Over the years The Clyde has hosted many fund-raisers for local charities


The humble Magic Change Jar

In fact, there are those who say our motto should be “Sometimes it costs more to get out of The Clyde than to get in.” In 2004 through Operation Phone Home the theater and its patrons raised $16,000 in a month for the USO to provide phone cards for soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2005 $10,500 was raised in one unforgettable night of music and film to help victims of Hurricane Katrina rebuild. In 2010 The Clyde partnered with the PTSA to collect 1,000 pair of athletic shoes for villagers in Africa, plus the money to ship them all.

Instead of a tip jar on the snackbar counter, we have the Magic Change Jar—money put in the old canning jar by Clyde patrons is matched by The Clyde, South Whidbey Assembly of God, Island Athletic Club, and Kevin and Mary Jane Lundgren, and usually provides about $7,000 for six local charities every year. In a special Magic Change Jar collection after the Haiti earthquake in 2010, $8,667 was raised for three relief agencies working in Haiti through donations to the Magic Change Jar and community matches.