Delano area residents, businesses and community groups have stepped up to contribute $74,102.58, as of Dec. 18, for the purchase of 450 new seats for the new Delano Performing Arts Center at Delano Middle School.
Second Act, a committee of community volunteers, needs $80,000 in all by the end of the year to be able to order new seats. This is the beginning of efforts to raise $200,000 for renovating the 38-year-old Delano Middle School auditorium and transforming it into the Delano Performing Arts Center. Ted May, of Second Act, expects the project to be completed in the spring.
The Second Act Committee is composed of parents, teachers and administrators, music and drama boosters and a wide variety of district residents who want to finance the auditorium restoration project entirely through donations.
The auditorium renovation “will affect future generations of Delano students and will provide the community with a state-of-art entertainment facility,” May said. “With the goal of raising $200,000 and selling 450 auditorium seats, significant progress has been made.”
As of Dec. 18, donors have purchased 226 seats. More than 90 individuals, families and businesses account for the seats that have been sold, May said. Six community groups have purchased a combined total of six rows of seats at $3,000 per row.
“The auditorium restoration effort will continue to reach out to area citizens,” May said. “Residents of the school district have always supported the mission of the school. When restoration is complete, it will provide Delano students a modern, technically advanced learning and performance space.”
Persons interested in joining this effort can contact Steve Heil, Delano High School principal, at 763-972-3365.