Broadway Theatre League of Utica supports Sleep in Heavenly Peace

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UTICA — Broadway Theatre League of Utica has named Sleep in Heavenly Peace as its Beyond The Stage recipient for the upcoming performances of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Through its local chapters, the national nonprofit organization builds, assembles, and delivers quality beds to children who lack beds and typically sleep on the floor. Run solely by volunteers, Sleep in Heavenly Peace strives to provide children with a safe and comfortable place to lay their heads down at night.

“Sleep in Heavenly Peace is the perfect tribute to Charlie. Their mission that no child sleeps on the floor made it easy for us to choose them as Broadway Utica’s ‘Beyond the Stage’ recipient,” Danielle Padula, executive director of Broadway Utica, said.

“We’ve been inspired by the efforts and mission of this national non-profit and the impact on the one comfort we take for granted — a bed. Sleep in Heavenly Peace is a beautiful organization with a big heart. We are honored to have them in our town,” Padula added.

According to numbers collected by Sleep In Heavenly Peace, roughly 2 to 3% of children in the U.S. are without beds.

Through this initiative, Broadway Theatre League of Utica seeks to draw attention to the organization’s mission and calls on the public to donate comfortable bedding accessories such as pillows, comforters, and sheets, that will provide recipients with a more restorative sleep experience.

“We are delighted to partner with the Broadway Theatre League. The enthusiasm their team brings to the table leads me to believe this event will not only provide Sleep in Heavenly Peace with opportunities to continue fundraising for the children in our area, but it will also bring awareness of what we do. This partnership is going to be instrumental in getting so many more kids off the floor and into a bed which supports our mission: No kid sleeps on the floor in our town,” said Theresa Swider, volunteer application/delivery coordinator for Sleep in Heavenly Peace.

Broadway Utica will collect donations at its home office, 258 Genesee St., and also during the premiere of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 8-9.

Sleep in Heavenly Peace’s wish list includes:

Twin sheets;

Twin comforters;

Pillows;

Pillow cases;

Mattress covers;

Gift cards for lumber and building supplies; and

Gift cards for bedding needs.

“Beyond The Stage” is Broadway Utica’s annual campaign that works with a chosen non-profit to promote awareness for their organization and ties into the message of the upcoming show presented by Broadway Theatre League of Utica. To learn more, visit Broadway Theater League of Utica go Online to broadwayutica.org or call 315-624-9444.

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