Long Center: Grand gift takes campaign over the top
The Long Center received $5 million from the Sybil B. Harrington Trust, which put the organization over its $77 million fundraising goal
But while the Harrington Trust gift puts the campaign over the top, it won't stop the fundraising for the Long Center. Redd notes that within the $78 million raised to date are numerous pledges, some of which are timed to be paid over several years. The center's grand opening, however, is less than a year away, and Redd would love to throw the doors wide with the full $67 million in construction costs paid in full. In addition to the cash-flow issues, Redd says, other costs need to be met in the short term: "providing film projection equipment, outfitting offices, and other items that weren't included in our initial budget."
So don't put away the checkbook yet. Your contribution is still needed before the Dell Foundation Hall and Rollins Studio Theatre open next March 28. In fact, Joe Long himself says, "Several exceptional naming opportunities remain available for patrons who want to help us meet the community's needs with a truly first-class facility."
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