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Confluence Project receives $50K donation from local law firm

Eau Claire (WQOW) - The Confluence Project's art center fundraising campaign received a donation of $50,000 from Weld, Riley, Prenn & Ricci.

The local law firm will be added to the Business for Growth campaign with their donation. The campaign focuses on donation's from local business. 

“We are proud to support this project because we believe it will enrich the lives of everyone living in and around the Chippewa Valley.” said managing partner, Christine Gimber, from Weld, Riley, Prenn & Ricci, “Eau Claire is a place we are proud to call home and we want to make it even better.”

Businesses for Growth is a Confluence Arts Center Building Fund campaign launched on  February 5 to reach out to businesses throughout the Chippewa Valley seeking to raise $3 million towards the $13.5 million of donations needed to build the Confluence Arts Center.

“We appreciate the support of Weld, Riley, Prenn & Ricci.” said Gerald and Meghan Bauer, co-chairs of the Confluence fundraising committee, “They have been a great example of civic leadership in the Chippewa Valley, and their commitment will help the Confluence Arts Center become a reality.” 

In recent news, the Confluence Project renewed their 50 for 50 campaign because the goal of raising $50,000 by 50 area residents was met by the projected date. They launched a new campaign called the Century Club with hopes of expanding their fundraising goal. Commonweal Development also donated $100,000 to the performing arts center this week. 


Eau Claire (WQOW) - The Confluence Project's fundraising goal for its 50 for 50 campaign has been met, passed and now restarted. 

“Response has been so positive that we decided to expand the goal to seek another fifty $50,000 commitments. We changed the name to the Century Club," Tom and Jill Barland, co-chairs of the Confluence fundraising campaign, said.

The 50 for 50 campaign, headed by Sam Murty, was launched to raise separate $50,000 contributions from 50 area residents and business people in support for the project's performing arts center

“It's remarkable how our community has stepped up and supported this project so far,” the Barlands said.

Members of the Century Club will be specially recognized as founding contributors to the performing arts center. 

Those interested in learning how they can become a member of the performing arts center's Century Club, the can contact the Eau Claire Community Foundation.

Eau Claire (WQOW) - Commonweal Development, Inc. will donate $100,000 to the Confluence Project's performing arts center's fundraising campaign. The announcement was made by several Commonweal employees at a Chamber of Commerce event at the State Theatre Monday evening.

“The performing arts center will help revitalize downtown Eau Claire and make it a destination place again. We believe this is an essential project in the area's future economic development,” said Jamie Radabaugh. “We choose growth.” Elaine Carlson said that the company was fully committed to the project's success. “Each one of us is proud to be a part of helping to make the performing arts center a reality.”

Commonweal's $100,000 contribution helps push the performing arts center's fundraising campaign more than halfway towards its $13.5 million goal. So far $7 million has been raised in contributions and pledges. All of the philanthropy is dedicated to the arts center. Haymarket landing, another component off the Confluence Project, currently under construction, is being privately developed and funded.

“We are very grateful for this most generous commitment from Commonweal Development,” said Gerald and Meghan Bauer, co-chairs of the Confluence Fundraising Campaign. “Commonweal has been an integral part of the Confluence Project since its inception. Their vision, dedication and hard work has moved the project closer and closer to reality.”

Since last spring, an expanding army of volunteers have been working to solicit private support for the Confluence Project. The Commonweal pledge is part of a recently launched fundraising initiative called “Businesses for Growth.” Hundreds of area businesses will be personally contacted and invited to make commitments to the Confluence Arts Center as part of its $13.5 million philanthropy goal.

Philanthropy is one part of the fundraising target for the $40 million arts center. The community awaits action from the state in response to the governor's budget request for $15 million for the project. The state's funding will require a local match.

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