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WVC receives generous contribution to Music and Arts Center Campaign

A $100,000 contribution from the Wenatchee Valley Medical Center to the Wenatchee Valley College Music and Arts Center fund-raising campaign—the second-largest gift to the campaign--was announced this week. Campaign chair Dan Jackson made the announcement to the WVC Foundation Campaign Steering Committee after receiving the information from WVC President Jim Richardson.

The commitment, to be paid over five years, will be matched by the WVC Foundation with funds from the Morris Trust. In recognition, the student art gallery will be named in honor of the medical center.

The cooperative nature of the property exchange between the Wenatchee School District and Wenatchee Valley College to make this happen was a deciding point in the decision, according to Dr. David Weber, chief executive officer of WVMC. “Not only will the college music and art students have a facility that better fits their needs and is connected to the rest of the campus, the school district will have a building it can use for its West Side High School.

“It’s a rare opportunity when so much can be achieved through one project.”

Richardson said he was delighted to hear from Dr. Weber about the commitment from the medical center. “This generous gift will benefit students in the Wenatchee valley for years to come,” he said. “We appreciate the long partnership and support the medical center has shown over the years for students in our allied health and other programs. How fortunate we are to have the medical center in our community.”

The largest single gift to the campaign is a commitment of the Icicle Fund of Leavenworth for $1 million.

The campaign steering committee is planning a number of music and arts events to support the campaign and raise awareness of the long-awaited, new 29,000-square-foot facility that plans call for occupancy in the fall or winter of 2012-13.  The first event is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 30, at the existing MAC facility on the college campus. Jazz vocalist Suzanne MacPherson will present an evening concert that will be open to the public at $35 per person.

Additional information is available at the college foundation by calling 682-6410.

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