Germantown Community Band Director, Jim Barnes, presented a check for $20,000 to the Germantown Kiwanis Community Foundation to help support the effort to build the Gehl Foods Performing Arts Pavillion in Firemen’s Park. Kiwanis Club President Dwayne Ketterer accepted the check at the Kiwanis weekly meeting on Wednesday at Aldo’s Pizza and Pub in Germantown.
Barnes, who is also the Director of Bands at Germantown High School, raised the funds with the help of a Go Fund Me account on the internet. He has invited friends of the arts in Germantown to go to this crowd funding account where anyone can donate at whatever level they feel comfortable to help build the Kiwanis sponsored Gehl Foods Performing Arts Pavillion. “Making a donation to Go Fund Me for the Germantown Outdoor Performance facility is really easy to do,” Barnes explained. “Just go to this link: http://www.gofundme.com/y4gsaw. Donations can be made by credit card.”
The Kiwanis Performing Arts Pavillion is a concept of the Germantown Kiwanis Club. They began promoting the idea and getting the permissions in place to complete the project eight years ago. With the important base of private funding for the project now in place the Kiwanis Club has set 2016 as the targeted year for breaking ground on the project seeing its completion by next summer. The vision of the Kiwanis Club is to build the PAP as a centering point for public performances. The PAP will be used by the Germantown Community Band, the Germantown High School Band, Destination Imagination, events put on by the Parks & Recreation Department and other groups in the community.
The Gehl Family, founders of Gehl Foods in Germantown, announced their $100,000 donation to the community’s Performing Arts Pavilion earlier in April of 2015. With their donation, the pavilion will be named The Gehl Foods Performing Arts Pavilion. The Gehl Family recently sold Gehl Foods in Germantown to a Chicago based equity company. In a surprise announcement the new CEO of Gehl Foods, Eric Beringause, pledged an additional $25,000 toward the Performing Arts Pavilion project. The Gehl Family and Gehl Foods are so deeply rooted in the Germantown area that they wanted to be part of this community based effort.
Germantown Kiwanis is proud to see so many groups getting involved this year. Below is a new rendering of what the Gehl Foods Performing Arts Pavillion will look like. You’ll see this rendering up close during the many Kiwanis sponsored events in the community this year.