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ANNIE OAKLEY TICKET FUND
in 1984, the Annie Oakley Fund enables the National to invite groups
of disadvantaged children, students, and adults to see our major attractions
as guests of the theatre. In the old days, complimentary tickets were
punched with a hole like those which Annie Oakley,
the famed sharp-shooter, could shoot in a card tossed into the air.
However, Annie, born Phoebe Anne Oakley Moses (1860–1926), was also
known for buying blocks of tickets which were then distributed so
that orphans could have free admission to her shows Annie had a long career appearing with Buffalo Bill's Wild West
Show, and in circuses. Subsequently she had her own touring
show which she may have brought to the National Theatre stage.
Annie Oakley tickets are distributed
through 501.c.3 not-for-profit charitable organizations.