Breakthrough in $1.8m fund drive for area school
The GH Foundation has passed the halfway point this week in its fund drive to build a $1.8 million, 300-seat Performing Arts Center at the Galva-Holstein school.
The drive received an unexpectedly generous boost in the form of a half-a-million-dollar pledge in matching funds from the Clausen family. The funds will match dollars being collected from alumni and area businesses and individuals. The Galva-Holstein School District is also expected to assist in the financing, according to Trish Clausen, in a Foundation statement.
The Performing Arts Center will connect to the high school and elementary school in Holstein, and will host community theater, community religious programs, civic events, professional entertainment events, recitals, bridal shows, Scouting functions, patriotic celebrations, charity benefits and business seminars.
The school district would use the Center for its music, drama, school assemblies, guest speakers and arts festivals.
"It will be an asset for the area communities, and a way for Galva-Holstein to expand events within the school and the community," Clausen said.
Construction is anticipated to begin in spring of 2008. Neumann Monson Wictor Architects of Sioux City is the designer. The addition would be located in front of the current administration offices.
The GH Foundation was started by local school supporters in 1992, under then-superintendent Marlin Lode. Rosemary Clausen was a founding member, along with Russ Kraai, Bob Butcher, Janna Brandt, Alverne Hustedt and Jesse Leonard.