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The Kettering Parks Foundation announces the Kettering Arts Center reinvention campaign

lobby renderingThe Kettering Parks Foundation has a long history of leveraging private philanthropic donations to assist with supporting the Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts department projects. In 2021, the Parks Foundation will be launching our next project to support the renovation and reinvention of the Rosewood Arts Centre, which has served our Kettering community for more than thirty years, into the new Kettering Art Center.
Offering the region’s sole multidisciplinary art education programs, Kettering Art Center provides a plethora of art programs for all ages to begin and or advance their skills. The Kettering Art Center’s success stems from the strong appreciation and commitment of the arts by our patrons and our creative and committed staff leadership. The Kettering Art Center provides a destination for meaningful creative experiences and the advancement of the arts in our community.

The City of Kettering will be investing $4.3 million dollars in the next three years to glass studio renderingrenovate and reinvent the Kettering Art Center, the former Rosewood Elementary School. The renovation project will provide much needed infrastructure improvements to make the facility safe, accessible and energy efficient, including an upgraded
HVAC system. In addition, many of the classrooms will be transformed into functional art studios and art classrooms that will be outfitted with state of the art
equipment, allowing for enhanced creativity.

In cooperation with the City of Kettering’s commitment to renovate the Art Center, the Parks Foundation will be stepping up to assist with raising funds for the furnishings and equipment for the new renovated building. The initial fundraising goal is $500,000.

ceramics studio renderingOpportunities for recognition will exist within the renovated and reinvented spaces ranging from placing a name on the building, naming a studio and the gallery. Gifts of all sizes are needed and will be appreciated. The Kettering Parks Foundation, a 501(c) 3 organization, is prepared to accept your gifts of cash, securities and stocks. Your philanthropic investment will help ensure the arts remain vibrant in Kettering for future generations.

Kettering Parks Foundation Special Summer Campaign: Feeding Our Kettering Kids

kpf headerOur special Parks Foundation campaign, “Feeding our Kettering Kids,” ran from June 22 – July 19, 2020. The campaign was created in response to the tremendous hardship that COVID-19 created for many of the underserved families in Kettering. The Parks Foundation, in partnership with the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department and the Kettering Backpack Program, requested donations to help combat food insecurity in our community by supporting the Kettering Backpack Program.

check exchangeThe Kettering Back Pack Program (KBI) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with one goal: to fight childhood hunger each week. In Kettering, 40% of school age children qualify for the free or reduced lunch program. KBI discreetly provides at-risk students with a bag of food each Thursday throughout the school year. This food helps sustain the student’s nutritional needs over the weekend.

The total amount raised during our summer 2020 special campaign was $6,001. We are very excited and grateful for your great response to the need to feed Kettering’s kids. Thank you very much to all who donated this summer!

Our Generous Donors
$20 to $499
Paula Barrows
Sue Ellen Boesch
Gerald Busch
Suzanne Finke
Paul Fleitz
Linda Hadley
Candace Holthouse
Ursula M. Kraus-Carey
Ken and Deb Lackey
Steven Mason
Kathleen Neff
Greg and Denise Nelson
Frances Repperger
Barbara Schenck
VFW Auxiliary Post 9927
Betsy Whitney
Wild Birds Unlimited
Mary Jean Zahedi

$500 to $999
Amvets of Kettering
Jerry Barnett
David Bodary
Richard Dailey
Mary Beth and Jim O’Dell
Robert K. Jones Insurance

$1,000 to $1,999
David Hammond

Buy a Brick Program

The Kettering Parks Foundation is actively selling bricks to be placed at the Kettering Veteran’s Plaza and Charles F. Kettering History Walk. Bricks come in various sizes and price ranges. A 4″x8″ brick sells for $100 and can utilize up to three lines of text (up to 42 characters total). An 8″x8″ brick sells for $250 and can utilize up to 6 lines of text (up to 84 characters total). A 12″x12″ brick sells for $500 and can utilize up to 8 lines of text (up to 112 characters total). The buy a brick program is a great way to honor a loved one, support the community and assist in the preservation of the Kettering Veteran’s Plaza and Charles F. Kettering History Walk. Bricks can be purchased by using the BUY A BRICK Form.