Friends of the Goss announce capital campaign co-chairs

The Friends of the Goss Opera House foundation announced today that Jeff and Paula Orthaus and Don and Kelly Roby all of Watertown will serve as co-chairs of the foundation’s capital campaign, “Light up the Goss”.

The Friends of the Goss Opera House purchased the historic opera hall and associated historical bank building on Dec. 31, 2018, and have a mission to repair, revitalize, and re-open the opera house.

“We have been amazed by the community’s support for these efforts and are thrilled that Jeff and Paula and Don and Kelly will be helping lead this critical step of the process,” said foundation President Milt Carter.

The Friends of the Goss Opera House hosted numerous community feedback sessions and small group tours, gathering input as to how best use the Goss Opera House and its associated historical bank building in the future.

“We are committed to offering our community a unique event space for family and friends to gather,” said foundation Executive Director Missy Sinner. “We are working with the Watertown Development Company to bring in exceptional dining and retail options. We want a visit to the Goss to be a dining, entertainment, and shopping event you wish to share with all your out-of-town guests.”

With the support of a successful capital campaign, the foundation plans to complete a major roof repair and other upgrades to preserve the theater and make the entire facility more comfortable and useable.

“I think it is important that we preserve the Goss; an historical landmark in Watertown,” said campaign co-chair Don Roby. “It will serve as a key component in our revitalization of uptown Watertown.”


The Friends of the Goss expect to kick-off the quiet phase of their “Light up the Goss” capital campaign in early May.

“Paula and I believe the Goss is a unique asset to Watertown and is something that sets our city apart from others,” said co-chair Jeff Orthaus. “We anticipate the broad community will rally around making this historic theater gathering space it originally was envisioned to be by Charles Goss in 1889 when it first opened.”