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Penland School raises $11.5 million

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PENLAND, N.C. — Penland School of Crafts says it has completed its Preserve Penland campaign, exceeding its $8 million goal $3.5 million, the school says.

The campaign, started in 2001 and completed in April, was chaired by Cynthia Bringle, a potter, and Bobby Kadis, a trustee of the school, located in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

The largest single donation to the campaign, and to the 76-year old institution, was a $2 million anonymous gift to match new capital dollars, with the total raised for capital needs topping $7.8 million.

The campaign received support from about 10 local and national foundations and the state Department of Cultural Resources, among other sources.

Campaign gifts will fund projects including new dorms, gallery and glass studio renovations, improved safety in student housing and general improvements to the aging school, among other things.

Almost $970,000 was raised for scholarship endowments funds.

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