$250,000 grant awarded to the Confluence Arts Center from Xcel Energy

Xcel Energy has just announced a $250,000 grant they have awarded to the highly anticipated Confluence Arts Center. Below is a press release from the Eau Claire Community Foundation with all of the details:

Date: May 17, 2016

The Eau Claire Community Foundation is pleased to announce that Xcel Energy has awarded the Foundation a $250,000 grant for the Confluence Building Fund.

The Confluence Project is a collaborative effort to continue the redevelopment of downtown Eau Claire at the confluence of the Chippewa and Eau Claire Rivers. The centerpiece of the project is the Confluence Arts Center, a state-of-the-art facility to showcase Eau Claire’s arts community.

Philanthropic support is critical to reach the Confluence Arts Center Campaign’s new $15 million fundraising goal; the original $13.5 million dollar goal was expanded to $15 million to ensure that the project moves forward with a September 2016 groundbreaking. Donations to the Confluence Building Fund, established at the Eau Claire Community Foundation for the construction of the Confluence Arts Center building, will help Campaign organizers attain this goal.

Presenting the grant award were Ben Fowke, Xcel Energy Chairman and President, and CEO Mark Stoering, President of Xcel Energy-Wisconsin. Eau Claire Community Foundation Board Chair Mark Faanes as well as Confluence Fundraising Committee Co-Chairs Tom and Jill Barland and Meghan Bauer were present to receive the award. Thanks to Xcel Energy’s generous grant, funding for the Confluence Arts Center has exceeded $13 million.

However, gifts and pledges to be paid over multiple years are still being sought and are still needed. The goal of the Confluence Arts Center Campaign is to have enough private funds committed by the end of this year to ensure that the Confluence Arts Center will be able to open in 2018.

To learn more or make a gift to the Confluence Arts Center, you can go to the Eau Claire Community Foundation website’s Confluence page (at www.eccommunityfoundation.org under the “Lasting Impact” tab) or to the Community for the Confluence website at www.communityfortheconfluence.org. You can also email Eau Claire Community Foundation Executive Director Sue Bornick at info@eccommunityfoundation.org or Kimera Way, UW-Eau Claire Foundation President, at waykk@uwec.edu.

The Eau Claire Community Foundation is a bridge connecting donors with charities in order to improve quality of life in the Eau Claire area. People do not give TO the Eau Claire Community Foundation; they give THROUGH it.

Contact: Sue Bornick, Executive Director
306 S. Barstow St. Suite 104
Eau Claire, WI 54701
715-552-3801
suebornick@eccommunityfoundation.org

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