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Muscatine Art Center Reaches a Critical Fundraising Goal

Crucial repairs to the Muscatine Art Center will be completed on time, thanks to a successful fund raising campaign. The Center has raised 350,000 dollars for the more than 2 million dollar project to replace windows and update the heating and air-conditioning.

Director Melanie Alexander says the city of Muscatine agreed to pay most of the cost, but the work might have been delayed after bids came in higher than expected.

"The Muscatine Art Center Support Foundation, which has its own separate board of trustees, saw the importance and critical nature of the work that was being done and they wanted to make sure the full project was completed."

Alexander says the money raised by the center will pay back the foundation, and the repairs and renovations will be done on time.

One of the key gifts in the campaign was a 100,000 dollar challenge - an anonymous donor promised to give the money if the center could match it during September and October. She says they met the challenge, and even exceeded it.  

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.