Matthew Vandervoet | Dec 03, 2015
The FESS graduating class of 1986 kicked in $1,500 towards the fundraising campaign for the town’s new arts theatre last week, and they’ve challenged other graduating classes to do the same. Pictured are class of ‘86 alumni: Steve Horst, Dianne Flake, Lori Lampitt, Joe Infurna, Kristen Brooks, Nancy Niznik, Shawn O'Connor, and Mark Harvey.
A group of former Fort Erie Secondary School students have bandied together to chip in towards the local Embrace Greatness fundraising campaign.
The new high school being built on Garrison Road in Fort Erie will merge both existing high schools in town under one roof, but when plans were first designed, the school board didn’t include an arts theatre due to funding constraints. However, the District School Board of Niagara and the Town of Fort Erie teamed up and chipped in $500,000 each towards a campaign to ultimately raise the $3 million needed to build the facility. A fundraising committee has been set up to try and bring in the remaining $2 million before the 2017 deadline, at which point the local taxpayers and the DSBN will be forced to cough up the cash for any shortfall.
The fundraising campaign has already passed the $100,000 mark and last week the FESS graduating class of 1986 kicked in another $1,500 towards the efforts. They also issued a challenge to all the other graduating classes to raise some cash also.
To date, classes from 1985, 1986, 1990, 1991, 2005 have set up GoFundMe accounts to raise funds for the new theatre. For more information or to donate directly to the campaign, visit www.GFEcentreforthearts.com
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