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Performing arts center reaches $13 million in funding

The Marathon Center for the Performing Arts has reached its initial $13 million goal of private and corporate donations.

The new center will cost a total of $17 million to build, a figure that includes $2 million from an endowment fund. The center’s committee will attempt to raise the remaining $2 million in donations throughout its public campaign that kicked off during a ceremonial groundbreaking this morning.

The arts center will be built where Central Middle School once stood in Findlay and will actually make use of a portion of the old building.

Marathon earned the naming rights to the building by making the largest donation to the project. The amount of money the company donated remains undisclosed.

“This is great for the community,” said Marathon Chief Executive Officer Gary Heminger. “It’s really put us on a new stage.”

Heminger and his wife are co-chairs of the committee for the project.

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