Cargill pledges $1,000,000 to the Performing Arts Centre
Posted on October 25, 2013 by Christopher Thrall
Cargill shows support for the arts, the community and Camrose as a whole with $1,000,000 in support of the new Performing Arts Centre.
On October 24, Dean Allen Berger of the University of Alberta’s Augustana Campus welcomed a group of special guests for a major announcement in the Performing Arts Centre’s fundraising campaign. He invited Ken Stone, Cargill Grains and Oil Seeds Commercial Manager, up to the podium.
The canola processing plant is only part of the new commitments that Cargill is making to Camrose, as part of their support of vibrant and sustainable Alberta communities. After several smaller partnerships announced earlier this week, Ken Stone revealed Cargill’s support for the arts, the community and Camrose as a whole with $1,000,000 in support of the new Performing Arts Centre.
The donation came with a commitment to partner with Augustana Campus in areas of Wetlands and Watershed Development, Sustainable Rural Communities, and Health and Wellness.
After the announcement, Camrose Mayor Marshall Chalmers and Camrose Coutny Reeve Don Gregorwich offered their sincere thanks for Cargill’s support and partnership in the area’s business and artistic communities.
“Not only is this an inspiring gift for the performing arts here in Camrose,” concluded Dean Allen Berger, “but this is also the start of an ongoing relationship with Cargill here on campus. They will be part of this beautiful new building, part of the next generation of performers and performances, and also partners in the education of our students.” Dean Berger anticipates new community-service learning, undergraduate research, internship and even employment opportunities for Augustana students with Cargill.
In recognition of the donation, the main theatre inside the Performing Arts Centre will be named the Cargill Theatre. Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, the privately held company employs 140,000 people in 65 countries and more than 8,000 people across Canada.
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