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Gallagher Family Foundation pledges $1 million to UNI’s Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center renovation

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWWL) – The Gallagher Family Foundation has pledged $1 million toward renovation of the University of Northern Iowa’s Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

The gift will go toward the estimated $14.5 million renovation in the works. The 100,000 square-foot center hosts more than 600 events each year. It opened in 2000.

“Each year this facility has showcased the world’s finest artists, ensembles of the UNI School of Music, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony and many other events and educational programs. The success of the facility is a direct result of the support the Gallaghers and other donors have provided the center since its inception," stated Steve Carignan, associate dean of special programs at UNI and executive director of the Gallagher Bluedorn.

The renovation and expansion project will be completed in three phases, including the addition of several spaces to make room for smaller performances, rehearsals and dinners. The box office and restrooms will also be "modernized," along with seating improvements and other improvements to the facility.

Cathy Gallagher is an alumna of the University of Northern Iowa. With this gift through the UNI Foundation, the Great Hall of the Gallagher Bluedorn will be named the “Catherine Cassidy Gallagher Great Hall.” The Great Hall seats up to 1,680 on three levels.

“Just like the Gallagher Bluedorn and the performances it hosts, this gift is an inspiration to our community," stated UNI President, Dr. Mark Nook. "The renovated Gallagher Bluedorn will continue to strengthen and inspire UNI and the Cedar Valley for decades to come.”

Click here to hear more from the family on why they have made this generous pledge.

“My parents believed that support of the arts in our community was a continuing responsibility. The Gallagher Family Foundation is making this gift to ensure that a great place for the performing arts and community and university gatherings can be made even better.”

Edward J. Gallagher, III, president of the Gallagher Family Foundation

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