Arts drive begins – Public phase in February

By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C. — United Arts of Raleigh and Wake County has begun the quiet phase of its annual fundraising campaign, which this year aims to raise $1.6 million.

That includes $935,000 in private contributions, up 7 percent from the amount raised last year, plus $443,000 from Wake County and $125,000 from the N.C. Arts Council.

The amount being sought from Wake reflects an increase in the county’s per-capita contribution to 75 cents from 55 cents.

Brad Phillips, vice president for government and public affairs at Time Warner Cable, is chair of United Arts’ Development Council.

Actor and choreographer Debbie Allen will be the keynote speaker at the February kickoff of the campaign’s public phase. Allen is the sister of Hugh Allen, regional president, Carolina East, for First Union Bank.

Margot Knight, president and CEO of United Arts, says she hopes to see increases in the number of corporate gifts, employee workplace gifts and individual gifts of $250 or more.

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