(ANGOLA) - A building that first open over a century ago has a new lease on life. The brand new T. Furth Center for Performing Arts, which used to be the home of the Angola First Christian Church, was formally dedicated on Friday. The first performance in the Furth Center takes place Friday evening with a concert by Grammy winning singer Lee Greenwood which is by invitation only. Trine University President Doctor Earl Brooks II thanked the major donors and everyone else who helped make the $7.8 million project a reality. By the way, it only cost $55,000 to build the Angola First Christian Church back in 1910.
Church leaders approached Trine in 2006 to discuss the university acquiring the property. Ralph and Sheri Trine acquired the building for the university in 2008. The building is named after 1954 Tri State University graduate Dr. Tomas Furth who on hand for the dedication on Friday along with his wife Ema. Other donors honored were Rick and Vicki James, Judy Morrill, Ian and Mimi Rolland along with Cliff and Sig Ryan.
Brooks announced that among the shows in the Furth Center over the next several months will be a performance by Charlie Daniels during Homecoming weekend on October 4th. The Fort Wayne Philharmonic is also scheduled to perform during a fundraiser for the Steuben County Community Foundation in November. They will also perform a holiday concert in December.
Tomas Furth speaks at the dedication of the T. Furth Center for Performing Arts on Friday.