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Arts in gear – $800,000 goal

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By Todd Cohen

DURHAM, N.C. – The Durham Arts Council has hired a new director of development and will kick off its annual fundraising campaign Feb. 13.

The group, which provides grants and support for arts organizations in Durham County, has set a goal of $800,000 for its annual campaign, which kicks off Feb. 13.

The campaign, which aims to raise $325,000 privately and seek the remainder from government sources, will be chaired by Dan Povia, director of finance, information technology and administration at RTP for Eisai Inc.

The kickoff will begin at 6 p.m. in the council’s headquarters at 120 Morris St. downtown.

The council also has named Melissa Hafner, development director of The Urban Ministries of Raleigh, as its new director of development.

Hafner, who begins work Feb. 13, succeeds Treat Harvey, who has been named assistant director of corporate and foundation relations at Duke University.

In the four annual campaigns she directed since joining the council in July 1996, annual private fundraising grew roughly 25 percent to $310,000 in 1999.

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