The Oscar Hammerstein Museum and Theatre Education Center, a nonprofit organization in Doylestown, has received funds from late night talk show host Stephen Colbert of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
Some of the profits from sales of Colbert’s Ben & Jerry’s flavored ice cream dubbed “Stephen Colbert’s AmeriCone Dream” will benefit the organization. A letter, addressed to center president Keith Fenimore, from a nonprofit entity called Coastal Community Foundation read as follows:
“Enclosed is a grant for $4,000 from the Coastal Community Foundation. The Stephen Colbert AmeriCone Dream Fund was created with us by Stephen Colbert funded by Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream with profits generated by sales of what we believe is their most scrumptious flavor – Stephen Colbert’s AmeriCone Dream.”
“To be recognized in such a tasty way by the Number 1 late night talk show in the country and one of the most iconic ice cream brands in the world is an honor,” Fenimore said.
“Throughout his life, Oscar mentored so many, including a young Stephen Sondheim, ultimately helping him live his American Dream ... It is only fitting that he is recognized now by Stephen Colbert’s AmeriCone Dream. This generous donation helps us get that much closer to saving Oscar’s home.”
In an effort to protect Hammerstein’s legacy, a nonprofit organization has been created to save his home from a looming subdivision. A developer has obtained approval to subdivide Highland Farm into residential lots. The nonprofit’s goal is to preserve the property so people can experience the special place where the modern musical was spawned.
Visit HammersteinMusuem.org to learn more and become part of the movement; #SaveOscarsHome.