Antero Resources Donates $600,000 to the Robinson Grand Restoration Project

By Connect Clarksburg Staff | October 07, 2017
Supporters of the Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center gathered Thursday evening to recognize donors to the historic theater renovation project and accept a generous gift to the ongoing capital campaign from Antero Resources.
The $600,000 donation from Antero – one of the most active West Virginia natural gas producers – is the largest to the campaign, which has raised nearly $2 million so far, said Ryan Tolley, Executive Director of the Robinson Grand.
“We’re deeply thankful for our partners, including Antero Resources, whose generosity is critical to restoring this very special institution,” Tolley said during a celebration in the historic Waldomore building. “This theater is such a huge part of our community here, we appreciate having so many civic and business leaders get behind the renovation and restoration project.”
Following the project’s initial “quiet” fundraising phase, the capital campaign will now broaden its scope which is aimed at fostering wider support as well as a sense of community solidarity.
Partnering with these types of economic development projects that strengthen the community fabric aligns with Antero’s corporate values, said Al Schopp, Antero’s Chief Administrative Officer and Regional Senior Vice President.
“The Robinson Grand has been – and with your support, will continue to be – a strong source of community and cultural identity,” Schopp told fellow project supporters. “When we heard about the opportunity to work closely alongside so many others who share our sense of community, we knew pretty quickly that this was a natural match for us, especially given the effort’s broader regional focus.”
The Robinson Grand is one of North Central West Virginia’s largest economic development projects. Located in Clarksburg’s Central Business District, the center is undergoing a $15 million renovation and restoration with an opening slated for Spring 2018.
Clarksburg City Manager Martin Howe – who is helping to lead the capital campaign along with Assistant City Manager Anthony Bellotte, Co-Chairs Michael and Denah D’Annunzio – thanked the community for uniting behind the project.
“A renovated and restored Robinson Grand will be an enormous asset to both our city and the entire region,” Howe said. “We’re proud to have so many community partners come together to support a project that will benefit generations to come.”
Photo courtesy of Joe McNemar.

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