The Cortland Repertory Theatre held it’s Christmas party last night (December 12) at the downtown location on Port Watson Street, where Producing Artistic Director Kerby Thompson also announced the establishment of the new “CRT Hall of Fame.”
Named as the first-ever inductee: Longtime area resident and all-around supporter of the community Dan McNeil, who was in attendance to accept the honor as a full room of spectators rose to its feet in roaring applause.
That nomination was also extended to the greater McNeil family, including Dan’s late wife, Rose, who’s name remains a staple of the Dan & Rose McNeil Foundation that’s provided endless support to local organizations and projects.
Also inducted into the Hall of Fame was Dorothea “Dottie” Fowler, who’s been a member of the Cortland Repertory Theatre Board of Directors since 1988 and is also one of its past presidents.
Fowler currently serves as CRT Downtown’s capital campaign co-chair and supports many other causes in the community, with memberships including the Cortland Breakfast Rotary, the Syracuse Symphony Board of Directors, the Salvation Army Advisory Board, and the American Association of University Women.