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Friends of Robert Crown Center (FRCC) announced November 15 that it has transferred another $600,000 to the City of Evanston for the new Robert Crown Community Center, bringing the total transferred in cash to $9.837 million.
“Because of the generosity of our nearly 1,400 donors, Friends of the Robert Crown Center is happy to transfer another $600,000 to the City of Evanston. People love the award-winning Robert Crown Community Center, and our pledges continue to add up. We celebrate meeting our original $10 million commitment and continue to raise toward our $15 million stretch goal,” Daniel Stein, President of FRCC, said in a news release.
With this additional payment, FRCC will have transferred the entire $6 million portion made on direct construction costs for the new community center as well as an additional $3.837 million toward bond payments, enough to cover nearly all of the debt payments made by the city to date.
All told, FRCC has raised $14.2 million in donations and commitments for the new Robert Crown Community Center, including working with Senator Laura Fine and Representatives Robyn Gabel and Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz to win $1.5 million from Governor J.B. Pritzker’s 2019 capital bill. The state has already transferred $750,000 from this capital bill to the City of Evanston, bringing the total revenue generated by efforts of FRCC to nearly $10.6 million.
The American Public Works Association named the Robert Crown center and library its 2021 Project of the Year for structures in the $25 million to $75 million category, its highest national honor. This is the first time the City of Evanston has won the association’s top national award, one the city shares with no other municipality in the country.
Source: Friends of the Robert Crown Center