The Columbia Valley Centre opened its doors to the community in September. The building itself is complete and is hosting a variety of events. The “extras” that will make it a truly multi-use facility are taking a bit longer.
The Centre’s Fundraising Committee is most grateful for the support of so many community members. Most of the finishings have been funded, but there is still an opportunity to Sponsor a Theatre Seat. Sponsoring Seats in the names of your loved ones is a unique and long-lasting Christmas gift. This is an opportunity to show your support for our new Centre and honour your loved ones as well.
The Centre will have 228 retractable theatre-style seats. Forty-two seats have been sponsored by the BC Museums Association (Canada 150) and the Invermere Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. They will be dedicated to veterans from the Columbia Valley who paid the supreme sacrifice during World Wars I and II. Another 101 seats have sponsors, leaving 85 available for sponsorship.
Each sponsored Seat will feature a metal plaque with your name or the name of the person you wish to honour. A sign in the Centre will list sponsors and where to find their Seats. The cost to Sponsor a Seat is $1,000. Sponsors may donate on the Columbia Valley Centre website www.columbiavalleycentre.ca or at the DOI office (914 – 8th Avenue, 250-342-9281). All donors receive a charitable tax receipt. The combined 2017 federal and provincial tax credit for a $1,000 donation is $450 in Alberta and $390 in BC.
The District of Invermere is now awarding contracts for the remaining finishings. The moveable partition wall is scheduled for installation in March 2018. Once the partition is complete, the pipe grid will be installed followed by the curtain, then the sound and lighting systems. The custom retractable theatre-style seating has the longest delivery time and consequently installation is expected during the summer of 2018. During installation of the various components, the wood floor needs to be covered to protect it from damage that could impact the floor’s warranty.
The Centre is an investment in the future of our Valley community – “The Place Where Our Community Gathers”. By sponsoring a seat for yourself or your loved ones, you will be part of this exciting project. When you and your family attend performances, special events, and movies in the Centre, you will have the satisfaction of knowing you helped make it possible.