Liberty University donates $500,000 theatre restoration - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Liberty University donates $500,000 theatre restoration

Posted: Updated:
LYNCHBURG, VA -

Liberty University pledged a major contribution on Wednesday, for the restoration of Lynchburg's Academy of Fine Arts historic Academy of Music Theatre.

The university will give $500,000 as a matching gift.  The academy has a fundraising goal of $16.6 million.

The project includes restoring the theatre, and building a two-story connector between the theatre and administration building next door.  The plan calls for expanding the lobby, gallery, concession, and meeting spaces.

"Liberty University actually took ownership of this theater in 1986 and had planned to restore it.  Circumstances prevented us from completing the project in those days but we are thrilled to contribute now to a theater that will greatly enrich the cultural experience of both our students and the citizens of the Lynchburg area," said Jerry Falwell, Jr., Liberty University Chancellor, in a news release.

"This matching gift will go a long way in helping the Academy reach its $16.6 million fundraising goal," said David Jenkins, Executive Director of the Academy of Fine Arts, in the release.  "It sends the message that the top leaders in this community recognize the importance of this restoration project to Lynchburg and the region. With the generous matching support this will trigger from our donors, this $500,000 will become $1 million."

"Our campaign has really picked up speed now that we've completed the silent phase and have publicly launched," said Beth Doyle, Director of Development of the Academy of Fine Arts, in the release.  "To have the support of such a significant player in the community is just fabulous. This challenge will surely inspire others to contribute so that we can reach our goal."

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Knoxville woman finds body under deck during Easter egg hunt

    Knoxville woman finds body under deck during Easter egg hunt

    April 18, 2014 07:19 AM 2014-04-18 12:19:00 GMT
    A mother was shocked to discover the odor she'd smelled was a dead body underneath the deck of her Knoxville home.
    A mother was shocked to discover the odor she'd smelled was a dead body underneath the deck of her Knoxville home.
  • More details on sex offender arrested after being at Roanoke child day care

    More details on sex offender arrested after being at Roanoke child day care

    Friday, April 18 2014 3:43 PM EDT2014-04-18 19:43:05 GMT
    A man whose record stems back from 2010 as a violent sex offender was arrested after being at the Shining Star Family Center on Williamson Road. According to the Virginia State Police sex offender registry,
    A man whose record stems back from 2010 as a violent sex offender was arrested after being at the Shining Star Family Center on Williamson Road.   
  • Virginia Tech Researchers Find The Best Way to Catch Stink Bugs

    Virginia Tech Researchers Find The Best Way to Catch Stink Bugs

    Monday, April 7 2014 1:08 PM EDT2014-04-07 17:08:15 GMT
    Virginia Tech researchers in the entomology department have studied several different options for catching stinkbugs in your home and came up with one very simple option that will cost you about seven
    Virginia Tech researchers in the entomology department have studied several different options for catching stinkbugs in your home and came up with one very simple option that will cost you about seven dollars. After two years of studying three different traps the most effective one involved a turkey roasting pan, half gallon of water, and some dish liquid. Tonight more on the tas
Powered by WorldNow

WSLS 10, P.O. Box 10
Roanoke, VA 24022-0010

Telephone: 540.981.9110
Fax: 540.343.3157
Email: news@wsls.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.