Goss Strides Closer to Campaign Goal

Fundraising campaign momentum continues for the Goss. From left are Chris Schilken, Director of the Watertown Development Company; Missy Sinner, Goss Opera House executive director; Supt. Jeff Danielsen, WACF Board vice chair; Jan DeBerg, WACF executive director; Kristen Henderson, FOG marketing chair and WACF Board member; and Milt Carter, FOG president.

The Watertown Area Community Foundation announced recently that it has awarded a second $150,000 grant to the Friends of the Goss. The Watertown Development Company also has donated a second $150,000 gift. The FOG nonprofit has raised more than $4,250,000 as part of its $4,750,000 “Light Up the Goss” capital campaign which kicked off last June.

The success of its fundraising effort has prompted an anonymous donor to offer a second $250,000 challenge grant. If the community donates a final $250,000 to match that grant, FOG will be able to complete all of its restoration goals for the 130-year-old building that houses an approximately 450-seat theater on its second floor.

The FOG Foundation hopes to complete its campital campaign by mid-March. The doors to the renovated building are expected to open for concerts April 24 and April 25.

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