Donor comes through for Canandaigua Civic Center

The Greater Canandaigua Civic Center is about to get a major makeover.

And an anonymous donor is helping the nonprofit organization raise the $861,500 necessary for expanding and improving the facility on North Bloomfield Road.

Talk about major — the donor is pledging $500,000 for the Civic Center’s first major campaign.

More details on the plan are expected to be announced Tuesday morning during a press conference, but the center needs locker room and bathroom improvements, more meeting rooms, a new ice resurfacer and upgrades to the facility, which is nearly 25 years old.

Director of Development Dave Spiehler spoke with the former Canandaigua resident about the facility’s long list of needs, and the donor wanted to help the Civic Center maintain its significance to local families.

“He said, ‘OK, let’s do them all,’” Spiehler said. “He then told me to get busy and raise the balance of the money from the community.”

That a donor would pledge $500,000 of the total cost is exciting to say the least, said David Korpiel, executive director of the facility.

“This is special,” Korpiel said. “It means the person cares about this place and he cares about this community. What a special gift to the Civic Center and primarily, the children of this community. Not only Canandaigua, but the surrounding communities. I am thrilled for those people.”

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