Center’s ‘Legacy Campaign’ going strong

TROY — Fundraising for the $3.8 million Legacy Campaign at Lincoln Community Center (LCC) for a 21,803-square-foot addition to the current 80-year-old building has been an “incredibly positive experience,” according to executive director Shane Carter.

“With a committee of dedicated volunteer professionals, we started the Legacy Campaign a year ago in July and the response from foundations, individuals, businesses, and the general community has been wonderful and so much appreciated,” Carter said.

He added that it is gratifying to see the true community appreciation and support for the 155-year role of LCC as a “safe haven” and a “true community center.”

During the early “quiet” part of Legacy Campaign last year, Thom and Pat Robinson pledged a $1 million Leadership Gift to be matched with up to another $1 million in gifts. The Robinson Fund gift was announced at “A Neighborhood Gathering” at LCC of over 200 people Jan. 29, 2020.

Due to the immediate onset of COVID-19 pandemic following that event, the other gifts in place were not announced, according to Carter. Now that the center is reopened and the Legacy Campaign reactivated, Carter said it is important to acknowledge those other early leadership gifts.

Gifts from local foundations were important to the early fundraising, Carter said, and those include the following:

• The Paul G. Duke Foundation — $250,000 gift pledge. The Duke Foundation has been a long-time supporter of LCC and other non-profits in the area.

• The Troy Foundation — $250,000 gift pledge. The Troy Foundation has had a support relationship with LCC for many years, going back to the original building project in 1939.

• The John M. Spencer Fund — $250,000 gift pledge. The Spencer Fund was set up at the Troy Foundation by John M. Spencer (Hobart Corporation president) and his wife, Carolyn, in 1939, following the completion of the current LCC building for continuing operations support. Spencer headed up the planning/building committee for the original building.

Very early in the campaign, the first individual Leadership Gift of $100,000 came from Thomas Hartzell, a long-time advocate and supporter for LCC. Now retired, Hartzell is a well-known Miami County family business CEO and local philanthropist.

Carter said while the commitment of the early donors enabled the LCC construction project to begin on schedule in May of this year, giving to the Legacy Campaign has steadily continued even through the pandemic.

He added that LCC is “blessed” to have great community support.