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Johnny Depp supports Creede Rep
Movie star Johnny Depp has fulfilled a promise to the Creede Repertory Theatre by sending a $500 check in support of the company's youth outreach programs. The theater company has Depp's latest film - and a trio of entrepreneurial Texas youngsters - to thank for it.
Mary Beltran (age 12), Ryan Wilcocks (13) and Matt Wilcocks (16) of Carrollton, Texas, set up a lemonade stand on June 21-22 in front of Mountain Man Rafting in Creede to raise money for Creede Rep’s children’s programs. In two days, they raised $500.12. Depp was in Creede for most of June filming "The Lone Ranger" (he's Tonto), which wrapped on June 22. That night, Depp spent three hours signing autographs at Creede’s Town Hall. There the kids waited in line and eventually shared their lemonade story. Depp told them he’d match their gift to CRT, and the check arrived on Monday.
'If there's any message to my work, it is ultimately that it is okay to be different, that it's good to be different, that we should question ourselves before we pass judgement on someone who looks different, behaves different, talks different, is a different colour.' - Johnny Depp
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Once again a wonderful story of how generous and kind Johnny is.
Lemonade earns Depp donation for CRT Posted: Friday, Jul 20th, 2012 By Toni Steffens-Steward
On July 9 the theatre received a donation from Johnny Depp for the children's programs.
CREEDE – Three young Creede Repertory Theatre (CRT) supporters turned free lemonade and a desire to help into a large donation for the local theatre and an experience none of them will soon forget.
Mary Beltran, 12, says that she originally “kind of wanted to meet Johnny Depp and also to help out in the community,” along with Ryan, 13 and Matt Wilcocks, 16 they were able to do both. They came up with the idea of a lemonade stand with South Fork resident Sharon Thompson and with the help of their mothers Ann Beltran and Beverly Wilcocks were able to collect around $500 to donate to the theatre.
The lemonade stand was set up in front of Mountain Man Rafting in Creede, and many people stopped to enjoy a drink and donate to the education program. It was hard for the group to keep up with demand at times. Mary, Ryan and Matt—the Lemonade Gang— have been going to the theatre for years and were excited to raise money for those programs. Ann said that it was “fun to make people smile.”
On Thursday, June 22, the group got the attention of Johnny Depp who drove by the stand and rolled his window down in full “Lone Ranger” dress and waved at them. The next day when Depp went to the town hall to sign autographs Mary, Ryan and Matt were there in line to meet him. Mary said that she has seen many of Depp’s movies and she was very excited to meet him. Once they had gotten their autographs, Ryan asked if he remembered them from the lemonade stand and they explained their cause.
After listening to their story Depp said that he would match their donation to the theatre. Friday, June 23, was the last day of filming for “The Lone Ranger,” and Depp left town that day as well. Mary, Ryan and Matt went to the theatre and their donation was accepted by CRT Business Manager Elizabeth Zurn. On July 9 the theatre received a donation from Depp for more than double the amount raised by the lemonade stand.
Ann said that Depp “has a kind heart and is a great example to everyone with his generosity and follow through of his word.” As a thank you for their generosity and hard work, the CRT will be sending Mary, Ryan and Matt each a gift certificate for the summer education programs.
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