Woodstock Mayor Brian Sager welcoming
the audience at the Talent Showcase, 2011
Since 1964 the WFAA has awarded annual scholarships for McHenry County high school seniors who excel in the arts. These have been named in honor of Helen Wright. The WFAA also hosts a Talent Showcase that allows the scholarship winners to perform at the Opera House for the community. Over just the past ten years forty $1,000 scholarships have been presented to talented seniors. In 2011, in honor of the WFAA's 50th Anniversary, ten $1,000 scholarships were awarded.
For 50 years the WFAA has remained true to its original mission statement. Since 1961 this group has worked to support the Woodstock Opera House and provide vibrant programming on that historic stage. In the past few years the WFAA has focused on four areas – the Creative Living Series, Children's Programming, Scholarships and the Talent Showcase, and our signature fundraiser, the Spring Luncheon.
The WFAA remains committed to funding restoration projects for the Opera House. The list of Opera House projects the WFAA has funded is long and impressive. The original commitment to the Woodstock Opera House will always be honored.