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Local group holding fundraiser for 'hearing loop' at the 'Forum Theatre'

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – The local organization, Friends of the Forum, is helping raise money to improve the sound quality at the Broome County Forum Theatre for those with hearing loss.

For nearly 100 years, the Forum Theatre has been the center of entertainment in Broome County.

"It's a historic theatre. I remember coming here when I was very young and before I was even ten years old to watch such movies as Benn Hurr. Such a beautiful downtown theatre," said Ron Sall, a 'Friend of the Forum' board member.

That's why the local organization continues to help enhance the venue.

"In 2009, we started Friends of the Forum with a purpose to have fundraisers to help with the renovation and the maintanence of our beloved downtown historic Forum Theatre," said Sall.

Those renovations include bathrooms, carpeting and the construction of the “Wall of Stars.”

Their next project is a system that helps those with hearing loss enjoy all that the theatre has to offer.

"This was something that was brought up by a lot of people. A little bit of difficulty hearing," said Sall.

The group is raising money to build a hearing loop, a project that costs nearly $40,000.

"It's gonna be on the ground. It goes every ten feet into a loop and it loops into sound system that is on the back of the stage," said Sall.

The system helps cancel out excess noise for people with hearing aids and will improve the sound quality.

"It's not just for people with hearing loss. It improves the quality of the sound throughout the theater for everybody. It does work effectively for those who do have hearing loss," said Sall. This is just one of the ways that members of the community are preserving the arts in Broome County.

"Try to work together. Make this a great district, where people can come and enjoy and the Forum, obviously, would be one of the big focal points," said Sall.

Friends of the Forum will hold a “Oh, What A Night Gala” to raise money for the hearing loop.

It'll be at the Metrocenter on March 19 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., which is also opening night for the “Jersey Boys” show at the Forum.

For more information, visit their website.

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