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Marion County Bank Pledges $30K to Central College’s Douwstra Renovations

Featured: Marion County Bank Pledges $30K to Central College’s Douwstra Renovations

June 21, 2022

Marion County Bank stepped into Central College’s Douwstra Auditorium spotlight when it pledged $30,000 to continue momentum for the phase II renovations.

Steve Kraayenbrink, Marion County Bank president and CEO, says, “Marion County Bank is proud to support Central College and Douwstra Auditorium. We believe in supporting communities we serve, and we’re excited about this project that continues to enhance the arts in Pella. We are glad to partner with Central and appreciate all the college does for our community.

Phase II of the Douwstra Auditorium renovation will transform the local landmark into a regional concert hall. Plans include a new, handcrafted pipe organ by world-renowned organ builder Casavant Frères of Canada and back-of-the-house infrastructure improvements, including new air-handling and mechanical equipment. In the spirit of music, the gift is a crescendo toward the remaining $3 million needed to finish phase II.

“Marion County Bank’s generous gift brings excitement and energy to the campaign to restore this beautiful resource for the college and surrounding area,” says Sunny Gonzales Eighmy, a 1999 graduate of the college and vice president for advancement. “We are thankful for this significant donation and the investment in this acoustical space that celebrates music and so much more.”

For information about events in Douwstra Auditorium, check events.central.edu regularly.

Central College of Pella, Iowa, is a private, four-year liberal arts college. Central is known for its academic rigor and leadership formation and for cultivating diversity of thought and culture through the arts and sciences, professional fields of study and experiential learning.