With more than $5 million raised as part of the New England Public Radio Foundation's 50th anniversary capital campaign for WFCR, the station will break ground for its new downtown Springfield facility on Feb. 8.
Of the $5,282,500 raised to date, $3,990,000 has been designated for facilities, leaving $1.4 million to be raised to fully fund the Springfield building project.
CEO and general manager Martin Miller said, "We are thrilled with the success of our campaign so far, and that after much planning and hard work, construction is set to kick off. We encourage the community to get involved as we now raise the remaining money to complete the project."
Among those scheduled to take part in the groundbreaking ceremony at 1525 Main St. are Congressman Richard Neal, Mayor Domenic Sarno, Kumble Subbaswamy and Elizabeth Cardona, director of Gov. Deval Patrick's Springfield office.
Upon completion of the building fund, the campaign will focus on raising money for local programming initiatives on WFCR and all-news WNNZ, a facilities endowment, new technologies and an endowment for classical and jazz programming. The campaign goal is $7 million.
Campaign contributions have come in through foundations, corporations, businesses, individual contributions, grants and New Markets Tax Credits through the Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation.
"Support for this campaign, and for New England Public Radio has been incredible," says campaign chair Jack Dill of Springfield. "The station provides a great service to our communities and this campaign will enable its success well into the future."