Posted by Joseph Kitchen
Tough times for the Civic Center.
CEO of the Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center, Abe Ambroza, shared with the Lima Rotary Club a litany of challenges and difficulties his organization has faced due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak. The majority of their programs have been canceled. Many private events, concerts, shows, and other presentations on the schedule never happened. However, he was happy to report that they have organized some giving campaigns including a telethon which was a huge success. They raised $70,000, far exceeding their goal. 
Although, this does not solve all of their problems. They have laid off many workers and are down to seven staff working part time only. However, Abe is extremely optimistic that things will get back to normal next year. Currently, they are looking for some help for a project in Crouse Hall to update the wiring/audio system. If you are interested in helping the Civic Center, contact Abe for more information.