Time winding down for Confluence fundraising campaign

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)-- The clock is ticking for a fundraising campaign for Eau Claire’s Confluence Project.

As part of the "It's Time" campaign, an anonymous donor is pledging $1-million to the performing arts center portion of the project if another $500,000 is raised by project stakeholders by December 31st.

The campaign was launched in mid-October. Since it began $400,000 of the $500,000 goal has been raised.

Wednesday those efforts got a helping hand from Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce president Bob McCoy.

McCoy sent an email Wednesday morning urging the business community to pitch in and make a financial commitment to the project.

“We are really trying to spur that effort and get people to be aware of it because they are getting really close to being able to get to the half million dollar mark before the end of the year,” McCoy said.

McCoy adds he hopes the email sent to businesses helps bring attention to the fundraising campaign.

“If that message travels around to those people, they are going to be aware and hopefully in the next two weeks people will contribute,” McCoy added.

Already more than 52 businesses, including WEAU 13 News, have donated or pledged $4.2 million of the $13.5 million needed to make plans for the performing arts center a reality.

If all fundraising goals are met, the project will break ground this spring. The Confluence Arts Center is scheduled to be open by the end of 2018.

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