New England Public Radio Passes the $5MM Mark in Capital Campaign, Announces Plans for Formal Ground Breaking Ceremony
The New England Public Radio Foundation's 50th Anniversary Capital Campaign for WFCR has raised over $5 Million since it began 18 months ago. That fundraising momentum puts the station on course for the construction of its new facility in downtown Springfield, the centerpiece of the comprehensive campaign. Of the $5,282,500 raised to date, $3,990,000 has been designated for facilities, leaving $1.4MM to be raised to fully fund the Springfield building project. Fundraising efforts are ongoing.
CEO and General Manager Martin Miller said: "We are thrilled with the success of our campaign so far, and that after much planning and hard work, construction is set to kick off. We encourage the community to get involved as we now raise the remaining money to complete the project."
New England Public Radio will formally mark the beginning of construction at its new facility at 1525 Main Street with a ground breaking ceremony on Friday, February 8 at 2 p.m. Congressman Richard Neal, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy and Elizabeth Cardona, Director of Governor Deval Patrick's Springfield Office, will join NEPR's CEO & General Manager Martin Miller to celebrate the station's expansion into the region's largest city.
Upon completion of the building fund, the campaign will focus on raising money for local programming initiatives on WFCR and all-news WNNZ, a facilities endowment, new technologies and an endowment for classical and jazz programming. The campaign goal is $7MM.
Campaign contributions have come in through foundations, corporations, businesses, individual contributions, grants and New Markets Tax Credits through the Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation.
"Support for this campaign, and for New England Public Radio has been incredible," says Campaign Chair Jack Dill of Springfield. "The station provides a great service to our communities and this campaign will enable its success well into the future."
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FOR THE MEDIA:
Media is invited to attend New England Public Radio's official ground breaking ceremony
What: Ground Breaking Ceremony for NEPR's New Facility in Springfield, MA
When: Friday, February 8, 2013, 2 p.m.
Where: 1525 Main Street, Springfield (The Fuller Block Building, corner of Main and Bridge Streets)
- Congressman Richard Neal
- Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno
- Kumble Subbaswamy, Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Amherst
- Elizabeth Cardona, Director of the Governor's Springfield Office
Martin Miller, CEO & General Manager
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