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Thanks to the generosity and support of several organizations and a lot of individuals, the Mighty Wurlitzer will again roar in The Long Center for the Performing Arts on June 10, 20172. This event, a variety show featuring several talented area residents and headlined by the inimitable Ken Double, will signal the 35th anniversary of Ken’s association with theatre organ in Lafayette.

LCTOS awarded grants from local, national organizations
The voice and heart of the Wurlitzer live in its acoustic pipe chambers, but its “brain” is a computer and Uniflex relay system that replaces literal miles of telephony and electrical wiring. While the old computer hardware served the Wurlitzer well for 20 years, its age made a hardware failure more likely with each passing year and prevented updates to the operating system and Uniflex software.

Thanks to The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette (CFGL) and the American Theatre Organ Society (ATOS), LCTOS has been awarded grants to the tune of $3,124 and $5,800 respectively to replace the old computer hardware and update the Uniflex system. These replacements are part of a long-term project to improve the Wurlitzer’s performance, enhance its visibility in the Long Center auditorium, and ensure that it continues to entertain Greater Lafayette audiences for decades to come.

The LCTOS Board of Directors offers their public thanks to and appreciation for The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette and the American Theatre Organ Society – and you can, too! If you have a moment, please contact the CFGL or ATOS to thank them for their support of the Long Center Mighty Wurlitzer.

Wurlitzer Repaired
The organ, severely damaged in 2007 by a roof leak, was removed in fall 2011 by Carlton Smith, nationally known organ restorer. It is scheduled to be reinstalled in late March 2012. Funds to repair the organ included a lead gift of $13,000 from the Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette and $10,000 raised from a fundraiser hosted by Bob and Ellie Haan during a reception at their historic home. Additionally, support for the extensive repair work was provided by The Caterpillar Foundation, and Tipmont REMC.

This beautiful and unique musical instrument needs regular maintenance to keep it roaring and entertaining audiences, and you, too can be a part of the support by joining LCTOS and/or making a donation to the LCTOS maintenance and repair fund. Eventually, we hope to have an endowment established to guarantee funds are always available to keep the Mighty Wurlitzer in pristine condition.