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Arts of Collin County Receives $135,000 in Donated Gifts

During the last weeks of December 2009, several Collin County families came forward and donated more than $135,000 to the Arts of Collin County. More than 37 families and individuals donated gifts ranging from $25 – $50,000. More than just the holidays and year-end donations, these gifts signify the community’s appreciation of the contribution of the arts and commitment to investing in a cultural community. The Arts of Collin County is not just about today, but long range planning for sustained economic growth, strong home values and a quality of life rich in creativity, culture and community.

Additional philanthropic foundation, business and individual support are needed to make this a reality for the community today and for generations to come. This investment is an investment that benefits families, local employees and the overall quality of life that allows economic growth to thrive and North Texas to sustain its national leadership role as a desirable hub for business and “best places to live.”

“By supporting the Arts of Collin County, Collin County families and corporations are demonstrating their leadership to ensure our region offers quality of life, cultural development and economic impact for generations to come,” states Mike Simpson. “The Arts of Collin County Commission is grateful for their support.”

As the project gets closer to reaching its fundraising goal, groundbreaking is in sight for Spring. The guaranteed maximum price for construction will be announced in February. With this final investment figure, the Arts of Collin County and owner cities can proceed with approval to break ground for phase 1 which includes a 2,100 seat state-of-the-art performing arts hall and arts park nestled among 100+ acres located at the Sam Rayburn Tollway and Exchange Parkway where the cities of Allen, Frisco, McKinney and Plano meet. . Based on today’s market and low construction costs, the remaining funds needed are expected to between $8M and $10M.

A virtual tour of the project is available for viewing at www.artsofcollincounty.org also where online donations are accepted.

About The Arts of Collin County

The Arts of Collin County (ACC) is a nationally recognized, innovative, public-private partnership to develop a 100+ acre arts park. Co-owned by the cities of Allen, Frisco and Plano, with operational support by member cities, Fairview and Melissa, the development of the arts park is supported with $57 million in bond monies, up to $3 million in Collin County Open Space Grant funds, and an additional $17 million financial support from private individuals, corporations and foundations. Located at Sam Rayburn Tollway/ 121 and Custer Road, the arts park will be completed in phases, with a 2,100-seat performing arts hall, sculpture garden, performance meadow, and hike and bike trails included in Phase One. To contribute and learn more, visit the ACC website at www.artsofcollincounty.org or call 214-495-5810.

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