Closing In On The Finish Line: Leahy Secures $250,000 For Chandler Centennial Project

…Groundbreaking Ceremony And Celebration Planned For Saturday In Randolph

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Tuesday that Chandler Center for the Arts will receive a $250,000 federal grant through a partnership with the Preservation Trust of Vermont for the rehabilitation of the Chandler Music Hall and Gallery in Randolph.  These funds, plus an anticipated fundraising effort announced this weekend, will bring Chandler’s capital campaign within $50,000 of the completion of the original $3.2 million dollar campaign.  Leahy, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, secured the funds as part of the 2009 federal budget.

“The Chandler Board is delighted to learn of the federal grant obtained for our Centennial Project through the efforts of Senator Patrick Leahy and the Preservation Trust of Vermont,” said Janet Watton, president of the Chandler Center for the Arts Board of Directors.  “This federal support plus the $758,000 approved by Randolph, Braintree, and Brookfield voters in March 2007 makes a total of over $1 million in local and federal funding for a project which will greatly enhance Chandler's ability to serve Central Vermonters of all income levels, particularly our youth.  As we begin the renovation and expansion of the 102-year-old Music Hall and Gallery during the next few weeks, we thank Senator Leahy and everyone else who has helped us to reach this milestone.”

Leahy said, "The Chandler Music Hall is not only a signature historic building of downtown Randolph but is also a space that captures Randolph’s community spirit.  It is one of those special places in Vermont that reflects the soul of its community.  I am delighted that the federal government is helping through this partnership.  This project is restoring a cherished piece of Randolph’s heritage as a cornerstone for Randolph’s future."

Chandler Center for the Arts, a non-profit organization, operates the 100-year-old Chandler Music Hall and Gallery in Randolph, Vermont, owned by the Town of Randolph.  The Chandler building is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been continuously operated as a regional resource since it was built in 1907.  Chandler is committed to continuing the long tradition of using this historic building for arts, education, and community events to serve Central Vermont, responding to the needs of patrons and artists of all ages and income levels.

On Saturday, June 27th, at 4:30 p.m., Chandler will celebrate the beginning of construction with a groundbreaking event in the front of the Music Hall.  The ceremonial shovel will be wielded by Board President Janet Watton as well as local and state elected officials from Randolph.  Colonel Chandler will be on hand to give his blessing to this next generation of caretakers of his gift to the Town of Randolph.  Ken’s Barbershop Quartet will sing to celebrate the occasion.  A reception and refreshments will follow with the opportunity to see the plans of the renovation and expansion along with the current exhibit at the art gallery -- “Into the Woods.”  The public is invited to attend.    

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