A campaign to raise $100,000 to purchase a new grand piano and sound recording equipment in time for the opening of Bettendorf High School’s new performing arts center is falling short, but that won’t stop the effort.
The Bettendorf Fine Arts Boosters began its “Raise the Curtain” campaign in April to buy equipment for the school’s 840-seat performing arts center, the final piece of a
$19.2 million expansion and renovation project. The center is expected to open to the public next month.
So far, the campaign has raised about $22,000, booster club president Lora Lockwood said.
While booster club members are disappointed, Lockwood said the organization is not giving up.
“We’ll get there,” she said.
Lockwood said the boosters are writing grant applications to raise more money.
The school’s performing arts programs have traditionally not received as much recognition as the athletic programs, said Jim Berry, the school’s director of choral activities.
“I think that’s about to change with the new performing arts facility we have here at the high school,” Berry said.
Berry said the performing arts center will be “the jewel of our school district.”
He believes the facility will raise the public profile of the school’s performing arts programs once it is open and spur additional donations.
The 7 1/2-foot Yamaha grand piano the booster club hopes to purchase would cost about $42,000, Berry said.
He also would like to see the boosters purchase an electronic upright piano for about $10,000.
Berry said he now hopes the boosters will raise the funds to buy the equipment before the beginning of the next school year.
“I’m confident that we’ll get everything we need, and it will be just fine,” he said.