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David Street Station advances from public voting round as finalist in $90K grant competition

5150' Festival at David Street Station on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022. (Jake Hoffman/Hoffman PC, Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo. — With help from the community, David Street Station remains in the running to receive a three-year $90,000 Levitt AMP Grant Award after the conclusion of the public voting round on Wednesday night.

David Street Station secured enough votes to finish in the top 20 of the public voting round. The Levitt Foundation will select up to 10 of the 20 finalists to receive $30,000 per year over the next three years.

If David Street Station is awarded the grant, it expects to be able to hold more concerts and bigger shows in downtown Casper. Concerts at the venue are free to the public but not free to put on, and Kevin Hawley, director of the Downtown Development Authority, which manages David Street Station, has said the $90,000 would be substantial for David Street.

In order to encourage the community to support David Street during the public voting round, the venue received words of support from past performers like Chancey Williams, the downtown business community and the University of Wyoming’s “Pistol Pete.” David Street Station staff worked down to the wire asking for votes, walking around the downtown area on Wednesday afternoon and evening in a Big Bird costume urging people to vote.

Having finished in the top 20, whether David Street Station will get a grant is now in the hands of the Levitt Foundation’s Board of Directors.

The top 20 finalists that advanced out of the public voting round are as follows, according to the Levitt Foundation: