PNC Bank Returns as The Lost Colony’s Presenting Sponsor
The Roanoke Island Historical Association today announced that PNC Bank will again be the presenting sponsor of The Lost Colony production this season. Last year, for the 80th anniversary season, PNC became the production’s first presenting sponsor since opening in 1937.
“We could not be more honored to have PNC Bank back again as the presenting sponsor,” said Bill Coleman, CEO of the Roanoke Island Historical Association. “We are grateful for PNC’s dedication to the arts and history of our region.”
PNC Bank’s sponsorship recognizes the historical significance of the Lost Colony story and the economic, educational and cultural impact the production has within the Outer Banks community and throughout North Carolina. Opening night is May 25, 2018.
Additionally, PNC Bank continues to support the Kids 5-and-under Ticket for free admittance to The Lost Colony performance. The PNC Kids 5-and-under Ticket allows families with young children to more affordably attend The Lost Colony, giving children the chance to learn about music, dance and theater as they develop the social and cognitive skills needed for long-term learning.
“The Lost Colony is an enduring mystery for all of us who are fascinated by this story,” said Jim Hansen, PNC regional president of Eastern Carolinas. “Our hope is that another generation finds the history of these early settlers equally fascinating and ignites a curiosity and love of learning in these children.”
More than 430 years ago, 117 men, women and children sailed from Plymouth, England, to settle on Roanoke Island. They vanished two years later. The Lost Colony is their story. In 1937, when The Lost Colony debuted, the attention of the nation focused on Roanoke Island and on the events in early colonial history that occurred there. That year the production was attended by 50,000 people from across the nation, as well as President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The story of the 1587 colony and its disappearance is known across the globe. The Lost Colony is the longest running outdoor symphonic drama in the nation and the only outdoor drama to have received a Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre.
PNC Bank, National Association, is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). PNC is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking including a full range of lending products; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. For information about PNC, visit www.pnc.com.
About The Roanoke Island Historical Association
The Roanoke Island Historical Association continues to preserve and celebrate the 1587 colony, mainly through the annual production of Paul Green’s The Lost Colony. RIHA is supported by memberships, corporate sponsorships, grants from the NC Arts Council and private foundations, fundraising events, and the dreams and efforts of its community and business leaders. The Roanoke Island Historical Association is very grateful to PNC for its philanthropy and its commitment to strengthening communities with both time and resources.