Walton Arts Center announces $1 million grant from Donald W. Reynolds Foundation

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The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation awarded a $1 million grant to the Walton Arts Center to support, sustain and increase the number of musical artists and performances presented at Walton Arts Center.

The gift will help Walton Arts Center with the ongoing renovations to add nearly 30,000 square feet and allow the facility to function as a two-theater complex. The grant will also provide the opportunity to begin new programming initiatives, such as a new series called “West Street Live” presented by Neal Pendergraft.

“This commitment to underwrite new programming in the renovated Starr Theater and to support the program endowment will serve as a catalyst for Walton Arts Center.” said Peter Lane, president and CEO of Walton Arts Center. “This transformational gift will allow us to create new and diverse musical offerings.”

The grant was made in honor of Neal Pendergraft for his years of dedicated service as a trustee of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. Neal and Gina Pendergraft are long-time Fayetteville residents and Walton Arts Center supporters.

“I want to thank our Chairman, Fred W. Smith and the other trustees of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation for honoring me with this grant,” said Neal Pendergraft. “Gina and I are proud to support the expansion of the Walton Arts Center. It is exciting to give back to our community, especially in an area we are so passionate about … live music.”

The gift provides for a five-show multi-genre series for live music fans who can get early access to ticket by purchasing the West Street Live package. For more information contact the Walton Arts Center Box Office at 479-443-5600.

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