Johnny Depp contributes to fundraising effort for the Creede Repertory Theatre

More good news continues to surface from Johnny Depp’s time in Creede, Colorado during the filming of The Lone Ranger last month. The Mineral County Miner reports that on Thursday, June 22, Johnny — in full costume as Tonto — was driven past a lemonade stand set up to raise money for the summer education programs at the Creede Repertory Theatre. Johnny rolled down his window and waved at the teenagers manning the lemonade stand. The next day, when Johnny signed autographs for local residents at the Creede town hall, the lemonade entrepreneurs — Mary Beltran and Ryan and Matt Wilcocks — “asked if he remembered them from the lemonade stand and they explained their cause.” Impressed with their dedication, Johnny promised to match their donation to the theater. And he did! According to the local newspaper, “On July 9 the theatre received a donation from Depp for more than double the amount raised by the lemonade stand.”

Ann Beltran, Mary’s mother, told the press that Johnny Depp “has a kind heart and is a great example to everyone with his generosity and follow through of his word.” We agree! Cheers to Johnny for his kindness and to Mary, Ryan, and Matt for their work to help their local theater.

The Zone thanks Gilbert’s Girl for sharing the story; you can read more about The Lone Ranger filming on the Zone’s News & Views forum. The Mineral County Miner story about Johnny’s donation to the lemonade stand is available HERE.

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