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Help us Open Centennial Hall’s Ballroom

Having completed a professional building assessment, we are launching a multi-year revitalization effort on two tracks, Rehabilitation and Access Improvement. Open the Ballroom is our most ambitious revitalization effort to date, and dependent upon the successful award of a number of pending grant opportunities. The largest of which is a matching grant filed with the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program in June.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and as a cultural resource in the town’s master plan, Centennial Hall’s long term survival depends on its renewed vitality as a community gathering place. But at present, since activities are restricted to the basement and first floor, rental and use opportunities are severely limited. Restored access to the grand ballroom, with its 225-person capacity, will provide the public space needed in allowing Centennial Hall to become of even more service and value to our communities.

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When we work together a community thrives!

Starting on July 19, our community will come together to support the amazing work of the FOCH to fundraise for Centennial Hall. We are honored to have been selected as one of the charities participating in a national grant opportunity, A Community Thrives, a program that supports community improvement ideas. With this National grant opportunity we will be competing in our local region for grants up to $200,000.

Why are we doing this so soon after NH Gives? Not only is this a great opportunity to potentially secure matching grants but the potential exposure could greatly help us continue renovations of our Cultural Hub and reach our goal to Open the Ballroom!

In order to make the minimum commitment to qualify for a grant, we need to raise a minimum of $3,000 by at least 10 unique donors during the campaign period. Between the Top Fundraiser Grants and Weekly Bonus Challenges throughout the fundraising period, there are $200,000 in incentives on the table. The more we raise and the more individual donors participate over the 4 week period, the more we increase our opportunity for these matching funds!

Help us raise awareness and funds to Open the Ballroom by making a donation online from July 19th through August 13th. Learn more, share and / or donate at: A Community Thrives Campaign 2021

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Arts and culture are major economic engines in the lives of their communities. A revitalized and fully functioning Centennial Hall with a full schedule of large events in the grand ballroom will draw arts and culture consumers, and will have a significant impact not just on the financial health and longevity of the building, but on the whole of North Hampton’s economy. It is past time for North Hampton to begin to tap into the creative economy as so many New England communities have.

Please consider a donation to the Friends of Centennial Hall so we can Open the Ballroom.

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