The Ruder Ware law firm and its attorneys have come together to pledge a collective gift of $150,000 to the Confluence Arts Center.
The collective gift incorporates individual commitments from several attorneys in the firm, as well as a discount in the legal services Ruder Ware has provided the Confluence Project since its inception in 2011. In recognition of the long-time service and leadership of Attorney David Anderson, an area in the Confluence Arts Center will be named in his honor. Anderson, an Eau Claire native and 1966 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, was the attorney who worked with Haymarket, LLC, during the early phases of the project. He was the firm’s Eau Claire office’s senior partner for years.
“The Eau Claire office of Ruder Ware has been involved in the Confluence Project since its inception,” said Randi Osberg, a member of the firm’s Board of Directors. “Since we have seen every phase of this project, we felt it was only right and necessary for us to step in and provide philanthropic support as well. An added incentive was an opportunity to recognize our trusted colleague and mentor, Dave Anderson, for his leadership and dedication, not only to our firm, but to the entire Eau Claire community.”
A few weeks ago, the Confluence Arts Center fundraising campaign received a $1 million contribution from an anonymous donor – provided the fundraising committee raises $500,000 by December 31. Ruder Ware’s contribution puts that effort over the $400,000 mark.
The overall fundraising goal for the Confluence Arts Center is at least $13.5 million. Almost $11 million has been raised so far. The $13.5 million goal has to be met in order for the arts center project to receive $23.5 million pledged by the State of Wisconsin, the City of Eau Claire, and Eau Claire County.
Groundbreaking for the building is tentatively planned for late spring/early summer 2016. The arts center will open in 2018.