COLUMBUS, Ind.–The Columbus Indiana Philharmonic has received a generous donation from long-time donors for the purpose of building a community events center. The $1 million gift from the Haddad Foundation, started by Bob and Helen Haddad, will go toward expanding the current conference room in the philharmonic’s building at 315 Franklin Street. The offering is broken down into two parts: a $500,000 outright gift and a $500,000 matching grant once the community has contributed its own $500,000.
The new center will be available for use not only by the philharmonic, but also by dance and stage productions, business meetings, and other community functions. The expansion, with plans drawn up by Force Construction, will incorporate a stage, auditorium-style seating for up to 100 people, an audio-visual booth to support high-quality recording of performances, and a small kitchen to facilitate receptions.