LIMA — The Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center is officially ready for its comeback season. It’s been a long summer of campaigning and fundraising for the civic center. The group hit its $60,000 goal to repair the stage at Crouse Performance Hall, and now it will be ready for a fall and winter jam-packed with performances.
“The new stage is going to be ready to go,” said civic center CEO Abe Ambroza. “It’s being finished right now. It should be ready to be used two weeks from today, as long as we don’t find any new hiccups in that process.”
Thanks to widespread community support, Ambroza said that the civic center can use some of the donation money to address other needs the building has.
“Before the pandemic hit, our building had a lot of needs that we were trying to address to get to catch up to what modern needs are,” he said. “Because of the donations like that to help offset the loss that we had with the floor campaign we’re going to be able to start getting back to some of those other capital needs that we had.”
After more than a year of being restricted by the pandemic, the civic center is getting ready to host its first full capacity show, starting with the Lima Symphony Orchestra on October 16, kicking off a full season of music, comedy and theater hosted by the civic center.
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