Pianist Michael Allen Harrison will perform; ticket proceeds to benefit community hall rennovations

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Numerous renovations have been completed inside Columbia City Community Hall, but some projects, including foundation repair and exterior painting, are still on the docket. Next weekend's concert will serve as a fundraiser to help cover the costs of some of the renovations.
A live piano concert in Columbia City next weekend will serve as a fundraiser to benefit a historic community building in the city.

The City of Columbia City is hosting a fundraiser concert with pianist Michael Allen Harrison at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, at Columbia City Community Hall, 1850 Second St.

The concert will serve as a fundraiser to benefit the very venue where the event is being hosted — the Columbia City Community Hall.

Over the past two years, the city and a group of community members and volunteers have formed a committee to launch a capital fundraising campaign to help pay for much-needed renovations on the 92-year-old building. In late 2015, the committee launched a fundraising campaign titled, "Community Hall - A Legacy to Treasure - Capital Campaign" to help pay for a list of upgrades identified for the building.

The community hall is rented out throughout the year to accommodate a variety of activities, from athletics and sports to weddings and town hall meetings.

Nearly $200,000 has been spent so far to complete an extensive list of remodeling work. Projects have included an entire remodel of the kitchen, the installation of a unisex shower stall, the creation of separate male and female restroom facilities, repair of dry rot, replacement of windows and doors, the improvement of Americans with Disabilities Act-accessibility to the facility, and room acoustics.

Foundation repair, replacement of basketball hoops, repainting of the building exterior, and the installation of several signs and recognition plaques have yet to be addressed.

The committee leading the capital campaign fundraising effort has collected $130,000 through sponsorships, grants and fundraising, but City Administrator Leahnette Rivers said the project still has a long way to go.

The committee will continue to fundraise to help pay for those upgrades, Rivers added, hosting holiday bake sales, live concerts and other special events throughout the year.

To purchase tickets for the concert, visit Columbia City City Hall at 1840 Second St. Tickets for the concert are $20 each. Appetizers and drinks will also be sold at the event.

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