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|Galesburg Community Foundation Commits Money to Orpheum Fundraising Effort
|posted 10:50 a-m, 9/23/9 In a joint press release Wednesday, the Galesburg Community Foundation (GCF) and Orpheum Theatre announced GCF's commitment of $50,000 to the Orpheum's continuing capital fundraising effort, pending the receipt of a federal "Save America's Treasures" grant.
The Orpheum Theatre submitted a $500,000 grant application to "Save America's Treasures" in May 2009. The Orpheum must secure at least $500,000 from non-federal funding sources to match the federal gift. The "Save America's Treasures" grant is underwritten with monies from the stimulus package passed by Congress in early 2009.
"The Galesburg Community Foundation's generous commitment sends a strong message that securing the future of the Orpheum Theatre is part and parcel to securing the future of Galesburg as whole," said Orpheum president Kate Francis. "The theater is an integral component of quality of life, economic development and distinguishing Galesburg from other cities. The Orpheum Theatre board, staff, volunteers and patrons are deeply grateful for the Community Foundation's foresight and commitment to the sustainability of Galesburg's cultural institutions."
The 100-year old historic theater has been in need of significant facility repairs for several years since its last cosmetic renovation in 1988. The "Save America's Treasures" grant - if awarded in full - would replace the failing boiler and air conditioning systems, repair, re-plaster and repaint the magnificent, ornate interior, restore and repair the French Empire facade, and repair the solid wood stage that has seen the likes of George Burns, Harry Houdini, the Temptations, the Doobie Brothers, and other internationally famous artists.
"The Galesburg Community Foundation recognizes the historic and cultural significance of the Orpheum Theatre to the Galesburg community and surrounding area. GCF has committed to supporting the efforts of local people and organizations that foster and promote a healthy community. We feel the Orpheum Theatre is one of the unique 'gems' that makes Galesburg a desirable place to live and its efforts deserve our support," said GCF executive director Joshua Gibb.
The Orpheum Theatre has secured more than $200,000 toward the $500,000 matching requirement of the "Save America's Treasures" grant. The Orpheum Theatre management will move forward with regional grant applications to Ameren IP and Kresge Foundation to complete the matching requirement for the one million dollar project.
|09 22 09 by Newsroom
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