Three years after opening its doors, Worthington's McConnell Arts Center has nearly erased its $160,000 opening day debt.
Through a "silent campaign" held during the last two weeks of 2012, and the addition of matching funds from the Worthington Industries Foundation, $110,000 was raised.
That effort, along with commitments from donors to accelerate earlier pledges, should allow the MAC to pay off its s tart-up debt, a loan secured primarily for furnishing and fixtures for the arts cen-ter.
"We are extremely fortunate to have such generous individual donors and an equally generous benefactor in the Worthington Industries Foundation," said Jon Cook, director of the MAC.
"Eliminating this debt will free up additional dollars that we can use for programming," he said.
The generosity of the McConnell family and the Worthington Industries Foundation were critical in the opening of the McConnell Arts Center, he said. It is named after Peggy R. McConnell, wife of Worthington Industries founder John H. McConnell.
The MAC opened in November 2009 following years of public and private fundraising.
Located in the former Packard Annex at the corner of West Granville Road and Evening Street, the MAC offers programming, classes and events daily.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.