Great Give Day 2017

Great Give Day is a 24-hour, online giving event organized by the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque to grow philanthropy in our seven-county region. This year’s giving day will take place on Thursday, May 11.

The goal of Great Give Day is to inspire the community to come together for 24 hours to give as much as possible to support the work of local nonprofits. The minimum donation is $10; there is no maximum. Bonus prize grants from corporate sponsors amplify charitable donations to make each dollar go further.

For the second year, The Grand Opera House will host 24 hours of free events to promote Great Give Day awareness and inspire contributions to the Grand and the many other worthy non-profits participating.  With events beginning at 12:00am, Midnight May 11th and running through 11:59pm, there will be something for everyone at the Grand!

Where and how to give

To donate to the Grand Opera House you can visit You can schedule a donation beginning on April 20th to be automatically sent at midnight on Thursday, May 11th, or donate anytime within the 24 hours.  Only donations made through the Great Give Day website will be considered for the bonus grants. In order to facilitate our donors, The Grand will have computers available in the lobby where you can pledge your donation during all events on May 11th.


Schedule of Events

  • 12:00am-2:00am               Ghost Hunt

Join the Great River Investigative Paranormal Society (G.R.I.P.S.) for a 2 hour “Ghost Hunt” through the Grand. If you have ever wondered about the paranormal history of the Grand, this is a great event to join in. Both informative and fun, this investigation into the Grand’s other worldly inhabitants will be a great way to kick off the “day”!

  • Start Time 2:30am            Little Shop of Horrors

Once GRIPS packs up, we will be bringing in the movie screen to show the original 1960 cult classic “Little Shop of Horrors” starring Jack Nicholson.

  • Start Time 4:00am            Attack of the Giant Leeches

We will be serving FREE POPCORN to anyone who stays up for this B-movie Classic: “Attack of the Giant Leeches” starring Yvette Vickers (Playboy’s Miss July 1959).

  • 5:45am                                 Sun Rise on the Roof

Watch the sun rise over the Mississippi from the roof of the Grand Opera House. This event will be limited to the first 20 people who arrive.  If you can’t join us in person, join our Executive Director, Frank McClain as he live streams the Sun Rise on Facebook!

  • 6:00am-10:00am               Free Breakfast

As you head into work, swing by the Grand Opera House for a Free Breakfast.  Bagels will be provided by Big Apple Bagels, and additional Breakfast items, including coffee, juice, and donuts will be provided by Hyvee.

  • 9:00am to 11:00am                          Theater Tours

Learn more about the Grand at our Open House! Sign up to volunteer, take a tour, or just stop in to see “what’s new”.

  • 11:00am-2:00pm              Food Trucks and Live Entertainment

For your lunch hour, join us as we host live entertainment and enjoy the fare of some of our local food trucks! Cindy & Dan Caraway and Adam Beck will perform live music. Bring you Lunch with you or buy a special treat from one of the food trucks that we have invited for the day. Currently 1st & Main and Magoo’s will be serving and more trucks will be added on our website.  If the weather is nice we will have tables and chairs provided by Inside Décor set up to enjoy the festivities outside. We will move everything inside to the lobby and stage in the event of bad weather.

  • 2:00pm                                 The Grand’s History: Multi-media Presentation

If you’ve always wanted to know more about the Grand Opera House stop down and check out our presentation about the building’s 126 year history. Multi-media presentations begin at 2:00pm, 2:30pm, or 3:00pm.

  • 3:30pm-5:30pm                                Cartoons and Cupcakes

Once the kids are out of school, stop by anytime for a special after school treat! Candle Ready Cakes Food Truck will be serving up tasty delights in front of the theater. Buy a cupcake (or two) then enjoy the antics of Classic Cartoons on the big screen.

  • 6:00pm                                 The Original Muppet Movie

Bring everyone down to SING ALONG with all your favorite muppets: Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo and the whole gang of Electric Mayhem.  Arrive early, the concession stand will be open and pre-screen events, including a vocal warm up, begin at 5:30.

  • 8:00pm-11:59pm              Karaoke

Now it’s your turn to perform on the Grand stage. The day ends with Becky McMahon Karaoke hosted by Grand favorite Katie McFarland.

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