WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – A new arts center is open for business and more scholarships are available for students and campers, thanks to a $960,000 fundraising effort by the Eagle’s Nest Foundation in Pisgah Forest that nearly doubled its initial goal.
Kicking off the drive before the economy started to slide, Eagle’s Nest increased its goal after learning land next to the camp was for sale.
“Development on the parcel would have directly threatened the rural atmosphere important to us so when we heard the land was for sale, we acted,” says Susan Conley, development director.
Eagle’s Nest borrowed nearly $1.2 million to buy the land, and increased its campaign goal to $625,000 from $500,000.
Founded in 1950, Eagle’s Nest runs a summer camp that offers programs in the arts, natural sciences and outdoor leadership for 600 youngsters ages 6 to 17, plus a semester-long academic program for 60 10th graders.
Thanks to the campaign, Eagle’s Nest has opened a $372,000 arts center and increased annual scholarships to $80,000 from $30,000 at the academy, enabling eight youngsters to attend who otherwise would not have been able to afford it, twice the number last year. The foundation will also increase summer camp scholarships by a yet to be specified amount.
Leading the fundraising effort was Suzanne Madison Hogg, a consultant in Richmond, Va.