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In spite of the tough economy, those involved with raising money for the Armory at the Brighton Cultural Center say people have given generously to the cause. More than 100 …
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In spite of the tough economy, those involved with raising money for the Armory at the Brighton Cultural Center say people have given generously to the cause.
More than 100 households, 30 local businesses and three foundations have contributed almost $850,000 in private donations, corporate gifts and grants to the project.
“People here have been seriously affected by the national economy, yet they have shown the best of small town America’s self-reliance and determination to improve our future,” said Daryl Meyers, city councilman for Ward 4 and heART of Brighton Steering Committee member. “In some cases, the support is just overwhelming.”
Other donors include the state of Colorado Department of Local Affairs, United Power, Platte Valley Medical Center, BleekerVigesaa General Contractors and the Wells Fargo Foundation. Naming sponsorships have been committed to local residents and businesses, including the auditorium (Daryl and Kerstin Meyers); the auditorium entrances (Mark and Carol Baros, Steve and Susan Dyer, Jim and Jeanne O’Dell), the box office (Daily and McLean Families), the balcony (BleekerVigesaa General Contractors), the dressing rooms (Oscar and Nena DelVillar, Performing Arts Council of Brighton) and the outdoor stage (United Power).
Challenge grants of $150,000 have come from the Boettcher Foundation and the Gates Family Foundation. Adams County Economic Development designated the Armory as an enterprise zone project, which makes donors eligible for state tax credits.
“They recognize that the Armory is a catalyst project for downtown Brighton that will bring new visitors, local spending and spin-off business,” said Hilarie Portell, heART of Brighton coordinator.
Money is needed for finishing touches such as lighting, sound systems and furniture. Contributions of any size are much appreciated and can be completed online at www.heartofbrighton.org.
Personalized engraved bricks also are for sale, priced at $125 and $250, depending on the size. Bricks purchased by Nov. 13 will be installed by the holidays.
Brick sale forms are available on the heART of Brighton Web site.
“It’s a great way to honor a loved one or give a holiday gift that will last forever,” Meyers said.
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