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Fundraising efforts for museum enclosure get a boost

$150,000 needed to raise additional $400,000 available

September 22, 2010|By DAVE McMILLION
  • Fundraising efforts for a $2.5 million glass enclosure over the courtyard of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts got a boost Wednesday when it was announced that a local foundation has agreed to give $400,000 toward the project. But there is work to do to get the money.
Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

Fundraising efforts for a $2.5 million glass enclosure over the courtyard of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts got a boost Wednesday when it was announced that a local foundation has agreed to give $400,000 toward the project.

But there is work to do to get the money.

Because the $400,000 would come through a 2-to-1 matching grant, $200,000 will have to be raised to secure the money, officials said Wednesday afternoon during an announcement ceremony at the museum.

The $200,000 needed was reduced to $150,000 when Lee Stine said he has agreed to give $50,000. Stine, who oversees the Agnita M. Stine Schreiber Foundation, previously gave $50,000 toward the project, said Thomas Newcomer, a member of the museum's board of trustees.

The $400,000 grant would come from the Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Foundation.

The Fletchers, who owned the Colonial Hardwood Flooring Co., were "quiet philanthropists" and they decided to create their foundation to benefit the community, officials said Wednesday.

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William Young, executive director of the foundation's board of directors, talked about his group's involvement in the project at Wednesday's ceremony.

"It's exciting and we're delighted to be a part of it," Young said.

News of the grant and other new funding that was announced Wednesday energized those who were in attendance.

"Godspeed and let's go get some more people," William Hamilton, a substantial contributor to the project, told audience members.

Newcomer said Wednesday that $2.1 million has been raised for the courtyard enclosure. The Washington County Commissioners loaned the museum $300,000 and it was announced previously that the commissioners have agreed to make $100,000 of their loan a grant, Newcomer said.

The state gave $500,000 and more than $1 million in private donations have been made.

If the $150,000 is raised to obtain the $400,000 grant, the leftover $200,000 would be used to pay back the $200,000 loan from the commissioners, Newcomer said.

John F. Barr, owner of Ellsworth Electric Inc. and president of the Washington County Commissioners, was among contributors to the project who were recognized Wednesday. Barr said he would donate the electrical work that his company will do at the site.

The donation will be worth more than $100,000, which Newcomer said was "pretty amazing."

The enclosure of the courtyard will create new space to allow the museum to exhibit sculptures it has not been able to show and create additional meeting room space that can be leased, museum director Rebecca Massie Lane said. The museum also plans to have a cafe in the new space that offers Wi-Fi, museum officials said.

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