WABASH – A five-year campaign to increase the Honeywell Foundation’s Endowment Fund has ended successfully after having exceeded its $8 million goal. Plans are currently underway to celebrate this great achievement.
An open house reception will take place on Thursday, Nov. 13 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Legacy Hall of the Honeywell Center and will be open to the public. The reception will include an Educational Outreach exhibit highlighting arts-in-education opportunities, individual and corporate donor recognition, live piano music provided by Susan Vanlandingham, and refreshments.
A presentation will take place at 5:30 p.m. featuring comments from campaign volunteer leaders. The Honeywell Center Vocal Impact Youth Choir under the direction of Emily France will also perform.
One of the key elements of the campaign was securing the future of the Foundation’s Educational Outreach Program. The Outreach Program provides arts-in-education opportunities to students in its 12-county service region. Over 41,000 arts opportunities were made available to schools during the 2013-2014 school-year at no cost to the students or to the schools. Through this campaign, $2.6 million was raised to support this specific program.
The success of the campaign can be attributed to the dedicated guidance of the Leadership Committee, co-chaired by Dave Haist and John Forrester. Others who served on this committee were Parker Beauchamp, Steve Downs, Steve Ford, Greg Garner, Patty Grant, Amy Ford, Dave Mann, Amy Sullivan, Howard Halderman, and Robert Halderman. These key volunteers were ably led by Honeywell Foundation staff, namely Executive Director Tod Minnich and Director of External Relations Cathy Gatchel. “This has been a truly remarkable year for development. And it has been so because of our committed and engaged donors” commented Dave Haist. “We were successful because we worked together and told our story.”
“We are over-joyed with the outcome of the campaign,” commented John Forrester. “We are very fortunate to live in a region where support for the Honeywell Foundation is so abundant.”
A total of 300 plus fervent Honeywell Foundation donors are responsible for the achieved success. “It is an exciting time for the Honeywell Foundation,” said Minnich. “Our appreciation and gratitude goes to our tremendous donor support. The future of the Honeywell Foundation looks very bright because of this successful campaign.”
The Honeywell Foundation seeks to provide artistic, social, cultural and recreational opportunities for all. The Foundation operates the Honeywell Center, Honeywell House, Eagles Theatre and the 13-24 Drive IN. All programs and activities are supported by gifts from individuals, businesses, the Indiana Arts Commission (a state agency) and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). For a complete program listing, visit www.honeywellcenter.org or call (260) 563-1102.