As she started to explain how the silent phase of the Kirkland Art Center’s capital campaign fared this spring, Jennifer Potter-Hayes had to stop and compose herself.
Potter-Hayes, co-president of the Clinton facility, told those assembled at the KAC and those watching the annual meeting last week through Zoom that the KAC’s good fortune still stunned her. In only the second capital campaign in the KAC’s 60 years, an anonymous donor pledged a match of all donations.
Potter-Hayes said the two-fold project will replace the building’s roof and renovate the back room into a culinary arts facility. Cost for both is at $300,000, the goal of the campaign.
As Potter-Hayes explained, the Kirkland Art Center is well on its way to that ambitious amount. Within the silent phase, along with the anonymous contributor, came donations from Hamilton College’s Town-Gown Fund, the Community Foundation of Oneida and Herkimer Counties and individuals, including a match of the college’s $20,000 by KAC Board members.
That total, prior to last week’s second phase to reach public and private funding, is $210,000.
The anonymous donor’s pledge to match all donations - which would be half of the capital campaign amount - is the largest gift in the history of the Art Center. “It breathed new energy into the campaign,’’ said Potter-Hayes, who is serving as chair of the capital campaign….