Troy Christian Schools will build 1,200-seat auditorium

Troy Christian Schools announced it will build a performing arts center capable of seating 1,200 people.

The Arbogast Performing Arts Center will be located on the Troy Christian Schools Campus on Dorset Road, according to a news release from the school.

The center will host performing and visual arts, entertainment and special events, along with expanded Troy Christian Schools programs.

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“The performing arts center started out as a dream that someday Troy Christian Schools would have a place where our entire school could come together to help grow young people in their faith and culture,” said Gary Wilber, superintendent of Troy Christian Schools. “Equally meaningful, this is a venue to be shared … to give back to our community who has supported and encouraged our school for 38 years.”

The groundbreaking is planned for the spring or summer of 2019.

Troy parents and residents Dave and Linda Arbogast donated $2 million toward the building of the auditorium.

The school district plans to complete a $5 million dollar fundraising campaign by December 2018.

The auditorium will have a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization separate from the school district and a separate board of directors to handle operating costs.

Upper Valley Medical Center, operated by Dayton-based Premier Health, gave $1 million toward the arts center.

Upper Valley said in a statement that it provides nearly $15 million in free and reduced-cost care each year, but also “the health of the community is linked to the quality of life that those individuals enjoy.”

“The sponsorship of this new center reflects Premier Health and Upper Valley Medical Center’s ongoing commitment to partnerships that support our mission of building strong, healthy communities,” the hospital stated.

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