EAU CLAIRE, Wis. –– Mayo Clinic Health System has awarded the Eau Claire Community Foundation a $250,000 grant for the Confluence Arts Center in downtown Eau Claire.
Mayo Clinic Health System awarded the Eau Claire Community Foundation a $250,000 grant for the Confluence Arts Center in Eau Claire on Sept. 12.
Pictured left to right: Jerry Jacobson, chair of Eau Claire Confluence, Inc.; Laura Talley, vice chair of the Eau Claire Community Foundation; Randall Linton, M.D., president and CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System in northwest Wisconsin; Laurie Klinkhammer, secretary of the Eau Claire Community Foundation.
“The Confluence Arts Center highlights the value placed on the arts in the Chippewa Valley,” says Randall Linton, M.D., president and CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System in northwest Wisconsin. “Mayo Clinic Health System is proud to play a role in making this performing arts center a reality. It will be a destination landmark for years to come and will also help attract and retain highly skilled health care workers in the Eau Claire area. We look at this as an investment in our community and our employees.”
The Mayo Clinic Health System grant will be paid over five years and will be matched by a $1.5 million challenge gift offered by a group of anonymous donors. The Breaking New Ground campaign is a community-wide effort to build the arts center. Funding has included $15 million from the state of Wisconsin, $5 million from the city of Eau Claire and $3.5 million from Eau Claire County. More than $14 million in philanthropy already has been committed to the $45 million dollar arts center, according to Sue Bornick, executive director of the Eau Claire Community Foundation.
Dr. Linton presented the grant award, which was accepted by Laura Talley, vice chair of the Eau Claire Community Foundation; Laurie Klinkhammer, secretary of the Eau Claire Community Foundation; and Jerry Jacobson, chair of Eau Claire Confluence, Inc., along with members of the Confluence Fundraising Committee.
The Confluence Project, located at the confluence of the Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers, is a collaborative effort to continue the revitalization of downtown Eau Claire.
The 130,000-square-foot arts center will include a 1,200-seat large theater; a 400-seat flexible theater, along with rehearsal rooms; and offices and classrooms for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The project is expected to break ground late fall 2016, if the philanthropic goal of nearly $16 million is reached, and to be completed in late 2018.
The challenge campaign ends Sept. 30. To learn more, visit communityfortheconfluence.org.
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