Marion County Bank has pledged $30,000 to continue momentum for the Central College Douwstra Auditorium phase II renovations.

The next stage of the project will transform the local landmark into a regional concert hall. Plans include a new, handcrafted pipe organ by world-renowned organ builder Casavant Frères of Canada and back-of-the-house infrastructure improvements, including new air-handling and mechanical equipment. There is $3 million needed to finish phase II.

“Marion County Bank’s generous gift brings excitement and energy to the campaign to restore this beautiful resource for the college and surrounding area,” says Sunny Gonzales Eighmy, a 1999 graduate of the college and vice president for advancement. “We are thankful for this significant donation and the investment in this acoustical space that celebrates music and so much more.”

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