Rally for Arts raises more than $126,000 for PACC

The Federal Way Coalition of the Performing Arts (FWCPA) reported that it surpassed its goal of $100,000 in pledges by hitting $126,525 for its fundraiser “Rally for the Arts,” which took place on Nov. 23.

That $126,625 will add to the nearly $475,000 the group had raised in direct donations and pledges prior to the event. The FWCPA, which was formed in 1989 to promote and help raise funds for a large performance hall in Federal Way, has been helping with the “capital campaign” portion of the proposed Performing Arts and Conference Center (PACC) that city leaders are trying to build in downtown Federal Way.

FWCPA member Joann Piquette was extremely happy with the results from the Nov. 23 event.

“We are really so pleased with the results, because a lot of people scoffed that we would be able to raise that kind of money in one event like this,” Piquette said. “We’re thrilled that we exceeded what we hoped for.”

At the Rally for the Arts, “six local performing groups presented musical performances, with fund raising rallies interspersed between acts.” According to the FWCPA, “several audience members pledged for naming rights for seats in the PACC, and the (FWCPA) pledged $50,000 toward naming rights for a meeting room in the facility.”

Piquette and the FWCPA are continuing their grant writing campaign, which Piquette said is very much a “waiting game” for some of the grants they have applied for during this recent round of fundraising.

The PACC is projected to cost approximately $32 million, with the city able to cover approximately $16 million.

The city is exploring a number of options to make up the difference, among them a federal tax credit program and organizations like the FWCPA and its fundraising drives.

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