Confluence Arts Center campaign receives two additional pledges

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The Confluence Arts Center fundraising campaign has just received another major contribution.

Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire is pledging $100,000 to support construction of the arts center. In addition, Peter Farrow, General Manager and CEO of Group Health, made a personal pledge of $20,000 to the campaign.

Those pledges will be counted in the recently launched $500,000 "It's Time" community campaign.



EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (NEWS RELEASE) -- The Confluence Arts Center fundraising campaign received a major contribution from Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire. Group Health pledged $100,000 to support construction of the Arts Center.

Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire made its $100,000 commitment through the Businesses for Growth Campaign for the Confluence Arts Center. In addition, Peter Farrow, general manager and CEO of Group Health, made a personal pledge of $20,000 to the campaign.

“As a community sponsored cooperative, Group Health is focused on providing our members with local, personal service,” said Farrow. “We are invested in the communities we serve. Part of that focus means supporting local projects that make Western Wisconsin a more attractive and healthier place to live and work. The Confluence Arts Center will transform our community for the better. Our board of directors enthusiastically supports this commitment. Because I believe in leading by example, I wanted to add my personal commitment as well.”

Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire started as a local health plan more than 35 years ago and has grown into a nationally recognized HMO. A community-based, non-profit health plan, Group Health serves more than 70,000 members in Western and Central Wisconsin. Its board of directors is elected by the members within the membership.

Group Health and Mr. Farrow’s pledges will be counted in the recently launched $500,000 “It’s Time” Community Campaign. If $500,000 in pledges and gifts are raised by December 31, the Arts Center campaign will receive an additional $1 million through an anonymous challenge gift. Almost $300,000 has been raised so far.

The Confluence Arts Center fundraising effort has moved past the $10.7 million mark in contributions and pledges these past few weeks. The goal is to raise at least $13.5 million to match $23.5 million committed by the state, city and county governments. Groundbreaking for the arts center is planned for late spring/early summer 2016.

Those wishing to make commitments in support of the Community Campaign for the Confluence Arts Center can go to www.communityfortheconfluence.org to find out more about the “It’s Time” Community Campaign and how to make a donation.

About the Confluence Project

The Confluence Project is a public/private partnership engaged in a $65 million downtown redevelopment project in Eau Claire. The major component in the project is a regional arts center. The arts center will be used by community arts organizations and UW-Eau Claire, and will be the region’s venue for touring and local stage theatrical and musical performance events. The $13.5 million in philanthropic giving that aims to be raised by the Confluence Campaign will be applied to help build the regional arts center, planned to open in 2018.



 
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