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Wenatchee Valley College Closer to Reaching Music and Arts Center Fundraising Goal

June 11, 2010

Wenatchee Valley College President Jim Richardson’s dream of establishing a new Center

for Music and Arts is closer to becoming a reality with the launch of a major fundraising effort. Richardson and

several community leaders gathered Wednesday at the college for a news conference to announce plans for the new

30-thousand square foot facility. It was Richardson’s dream when he was hired five years ago. Five years later

over 5.8 million dollars has been raised through various public and private contributions including a 2-million

dollar state matching grant. The College is now ready to embark on a local drive to collect 800-thousand dollars

to complete the process. The project also involved Wenatchee School District’s offer to trade its Westside High

School property for the old Eagles Lodge which currently houses the College music and arts program. The College

hopes to start construction on the new Music and Arts Center at this time next year, if the necessary matching

funds can be raised by that time. The sprawling new facility will be located on the eastside of the campus

fronting the Historic Wells House.

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