I live in downtown Silver Spring and am very familiar with the Fillmore and its programming. While I really appreciated that your article (“In the spotlight,” Sept. 9) highlighted the potentially unsavory use of public dollars, I wanted to point out that some of your sources provided erroneous or misleading statistics — particularly regarding the number of community events.
I have visited the Fillmore every Sunday for almost a year, because my church meets there. Last November, the Fillmore partnered with “Generosity Feeds,” for community volunteers to pack 10,000 meals for food-insecure families, distributed by local schools. At least twice in the last year I have seen middle and high school kids bringing in their musical gear for battle-of-bands events, and I’ve heard the staff talk about other such community events that may not get front-page publicity.
I am in no way affiliated with the Fillmore, but I appreciate that it is legitimately available for community events. Numerous news stories have distorted the Fillmore’s presence in the community, which is unfortunate. While the $11 million cost to taxpayers is hefty, it is a different public debate when the “benefits” are accurately represented.
The Fillmore will be hosting another Generosity Feeds event in early December. I invite readers to come visit the Fillmore and help pack 10,000 meals for food-insecure children of Silver Spring.
Phil Dittmer, Silver Spring