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Eau Claire Confluence project receives big donation

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Eau Claire's downtown confluence project received another big donation over the weekend.  The Ruder Ware law firm and its attorneys pledged $150,000 to support construction of the arts center portion of the project.

According to a representative of the firm, the gift includes individual commitments as well as a discount in legal services provided by Ruder Ware since the Confluence Project was announced in 2011.  They say, in recognition of the long-time service of attorney David Anderson, an area of the arts center will be named in his honor.

The pledge is part of the "It's Time" community campaign.  If $500,000 in pledges and gifts can be raised by the end of this month, an anonymous donor will pledge another $1 million.  The campaign has already raised $400,000.

As for the overall fund raising campaign, almost $11 million has been raised.  The goal is $13.5 million.  Groundbreaking for the arts center half of the Confluence Project is set for next spring.  The mixed-use portion is already under construction.

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