Friends of the Gardens launch Capital Campaign

Bohemian Foundation and Woodward Charitable Trust join to launch campaign

FORT COLLINS – June 10, 2015 - Friends of the Gardens on Spring Creek announce that the Bohemian Foundation together with the Woodward Charitable Trust are donating $500,000 toward the completion of the Great Lawn, Undaunted Garden, Prairie Garden, and Foothills Garden at the Gardens on Spring Creek, 2145 Centre Avenue.

Together, these philanthropist partners challenge the community to join them in matching their donation. Bohemian Foundation and the Woodward Charitable Trust will additionally match this community challenge for a total of $1.5 million raised for the Gardens on Spring Creek's site completion.

“We are honored to have these community leaders come together to launch our campaign to complete the Gardens on Spring Creek,” said Randy Morgan, President, Friends of the Gardens on Spring Creek.

"A legacy project like this is what makes cities like ours a desirable place to live," said Tom Gendron, CEO, Woodward, Inc.

The five acres of new gardens will allow for the construction of a multi-use venue suitable for outdoor performances, greater educational opportunities for all ages, and many sanctuaries for connecting with nature in our growing and vibrant community.

"Within walking distance of MAX and the Spring Creek Trail, you can be at The Gardens within minutes, enjoying a live performance under the open sky," said Cheryl Zimlich, Bohemian Foundation. "We are supportive of unique projects that provide a gathering space for this to happen in our community."

There are three phases to the Capital Campaign:

Phase 1: Completion of the remaining five acres of gardens, including the Great Lawn and stage surrounded by themed gardens, Undaunted Garden (xeriscape demonstration garden), Foothills and Prairie Gardens. The project budget is $2.5 million and is scheduled to be completed and open to the public in late 2016. $1.5 million has been raised to date.

Phase 2: Completion of the Visitors’ Center includes a conservatory, community meeting room, new lobby and gift shop, and additional offices. These additions will double the square footage of the facility. The project budget is $3.0 million including $2.0 million secured by the passage of BOB 2.0 in April.

Phase 3: Endowment Fund: A $500,000 endowment component to the campaign to support facility operations and long term sustainability of the organization.

This fundraising momentum provides a strong impetus for completing the Gardens on Spring Creek's master plan, which has proven to become an extraordinary amenity for Northern Colorado. In 2014, 70,000 guests visited The Gardens.

The Friends of the Gardens on Spring Creek is the non-profit advocacy and fundraising Board of the Gardens on Spring Creek. The Friends are working to raise the remaining funds by the end of 2015 to officially move towards groundbreaking and construction of this landmark project in 2016.

For more information or to contribute to the community challenge, please contact Randy Morgan, President, Friends of the Gardens on Spring Creek at 970.225.1455 or call Michelle Provaznik, Director, Gardens on Spring Creek at 970.416.2486.

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