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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 7, 2016

Convention center raising funds with wishing tree

Nov 25, 2016
PHOTO SUBMITTED The wishing tree provides an opportunity to give a Christmas gift to the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center to support its carpet improvement project.

As the holiday season fast approaches, the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center invites the public to answer its wish for new carpeting in the meeting rooms with a wishing tree.

To help off-set the costs associated with replacing the carpet in the Cambridge and Smith meeting rooms, one carpet tile can be purchased for $10.

The wishing tree, led by Fairfield Arts & Convention Center board member Connie Boyer, is located at the ticket office and provides the opportunity to give a Christmas gift to the convention center to support its carpet improvement project.

“The community and people from across the southeast Iowa region have continued to support the center,” said Kadie Dennison, marketing and development manager for the center. “We’ve identified a need to enhance our facility and, unfortunately, we don’t have the capital improvement funds to see this project through so we are calling on our community.”

The carpet, originally with the building from 2007 has seen more than 5,000 events. The replacement carpet is the tile type, which will be easier to replace, in a color that will provide less visual wear and tear. The total cost of the meeting room carpet is more than $11,000, and according to Rustin Lippincott, director of the facility, this is one phase of the total carpet project.

“We have identified the need for additional improvements in the expo hall to increase the marketability of our events center and that improvement plan includes carpet tiles in the expo hall,” said Lippincott. “The carpet wish tree is an opportunity to support the center on a level that is comfortable during the holiday season.”

For more information on making a tax-deductible donation to the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center to support the carpet tile project, contact Dennison at 472-2000, ext. 104.

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