ATHENA After nearly a decade of searching for large grants to restore Athenas Gem Theater, the 1901 building received two grants in one day totalling $237,000.
On Tuesday, Nov. 19, Ford Family Foundation gave $200,000 and Oregon Community Foundation gave $37,500 toward the estimated $800,000 restoration cost.
It was a slow slog with the economy but this should get the ball rolling, Rob McIntyre of the non-profit Athenas Gem said.
The frozen-in-time building hasnt been in use since 1968. The city took over the structure in 2004 before giving it to the non-profit for restoration the next year.
According to McIntyre, the organization plans to raise additional funds and get a new roof in the coming months.