The Rebel Lounge may be closed for now, but its marquee is putting on a show.
As we reported several weeks ago, the venue, located at 2303 East Indian School Road, offered generous incentives for those contributing to a campaign to support its hard-working staff, including a one-of-a-kind T-shirt and a chance to put a personalized message on the sign outside.
"I didn't expect it to go nearly as well as it has," says owner Stephen Chilton.
While fundraising has exceeded Chilton's expectations, experts don't know when venues will reopen, leaving employees unsure as to when they will head back to work. There is still time to contribute if your budget allows it.
Until Chilton can put some bands on its marquee, we collected some of our favorite messages from generous fans so far. Be sure to check out The Rebel Lounge's Facebook and Instagram page for more pictures.
'Roses Are Red, Your Face Mask is Blue...'
Don't Forget to Call Your Mom!
The Maine Keep It Real
About That Prank ...
How Was H.P. Lovecraft Able to Contribute?
This wasn't part of the campaign, but here is an important message by Frank Turner..
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