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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 19, 2017

Anonymous donor to match $25,000

By ANDY HALLMAN | Mar 08, 2013
Craig Foss, left, and Ken Malloy stand shoulder-to-shoulder in support of the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center’s fundraising drive, even though one is a Cyclone fan (Foss) and the other a Hawkeye fan (Malloy).

An anonymous donor has agreed to match donations to the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center up to $25,000.

Cindy Woodbury, development director of the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, said the center is hoping to receive another $25,000 from the community. The center is doing a number of promotions that make use of a “matching” theme.

For instance, Woodbury had two people who do not normally “match” pose for photographs. However, the caption read, “We’re matching. Are you?”

The photographs included one of an Iowa State fan standing next to an Iowa fan. In the promotion, Cyclone fan Craig Foss is seen alongside Hawkeye fan Ken Malloy. The two also posed for photos in which they were pretending to have a snowball fight. Woodbury said the snowball fight didn’t stay “pretend” for long, though.

In another series of photos, Pat Hammes is standing next to his tractor, which is parked next to Tom Thompson’s red corvette. Their caption also reads, “We’re matching. Are you?”

Woodbury said the drive to match the donor’s contribution will last through the month of March. She said these drives are an important source of revenue for the center.

“The ticket sales just partly cover our costs,” she said. “We have a lot of overhead, especially this time of year. Everyone’s utilities go up at this time, and they go up at the center, too.”

Woodbury said the cost of heating makes it a challenge to put on performances from January through March.

“We’re thinking of creative ways to underwrite those costs,” she said. “The anonymous donor decided this would be a way he could help, which is very exciting for us.

“When we book shows, we make sure ticket prices are appropriate for our audience,” she continued. “This is not New York. We’re not Chicago or even Des Moines where you’ll have to pay $50-$70 to see a show. It really is something that we’re very cognizant of. We’re trying to keep ticket prices at a level our audience can afford, so they can come out to see a variety of shows.”


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