Rooftop Living

Rooftop Living

A unique fundraiser atop the Permian Playhouse is turning heads. One man is camping out in a tent on the roof to raise money for the arts.
Odessa, TX (Big 2 News) - "I decided I was going to camp out on the roof," said Executive Director of The Permian Playhouse Jonathon Horne.

Many think he's crazy.

"I thought he was insane," said owner of Express Employment Professionals Amber McDonald.

"That's what I have to say to that," said Horne.

But Jonathon Horne is up on the roof of The Permian Playhouse for a special reason.

"I'm up here to help raise some extra money so we can take our KC kids to New York this summer," said Horne.

Kaleidescope Kids is a group of teenage actors who want the chance to experience the city of lights.

And Horne wants to get them one step closer to their dreams, even if it means living without food or water for one week.

"I'm a man of my word and I promised these kids to do everything within my power including stay on the roof for a week to make sure we get to New York," said Horne.

And people like Amber Mcdonald, are making that happen.

"He's really been a champion for these kids. I thought it was a great way to raise money for these kids who really deserve this trip," said McDonald.

Her company. Express Employment Professionals donated one thousand dollars so Horne could buy a tent.

"It was scorching hot yesterday and he needed some shade so we were happy to provide that," said McDonald.

But many are wondering just how he came up with ths idea.

"We were sitting around coming up with fundraiser ideas and the kids were being kind of down, so much money, so hard to raise and I was like if I have to stay on the roof for a week we're going to get this money. It's Hunger Games inspired, we're calling it the Hungry Games," said Horne.

And just like in the books and movies...

"I have to have a sponsor buy an item that then gets sent to me," said Horne.

For example...

"A bottle of water is fifty dollars, bathroom break is fifty, you can give any amount you want," said Horne.

And any amount will put a smile on the face of kids like Cassidy Horton, who hope to make it all the way to New York City.

"I just want to have us have that experience of acting on Broadway," said Horton.
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