Morris Performing Arts Center receives $1 million donation for renovations

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) – The Morris Performing Arts Center in downtown South Bend has received a $1 million donation to help with revitalization.

The St. Joseph’s County Community Foundation donates its largest fundraising grant yet, with $1 million donated to Morris’ Never-ending Encore.

The Never-ending Encore – a fundraiser with a goal of raising $30 million to renovate the theater – has now raised $19.5 million, after the CFSJC contributed.

The Morris Celebration Committee said its hopes for the renovation are to ensure the theater remains a magical place in the community for another 100 years.

“We would like people to go to the website, which is There are videos out there, there are all kinds of informative details about the history of the Morris, and people can of course go online and make a pledge, actually donate. And we would like people to be there because we need to reach $30 million to achieve this dream,” said Greg Downes, co-chair of the Morris Celebration Committee.

Downes told 16 News Now they hoped to begin renovations before their 100th anniversary celebration in the fall.

If you are interested in donating, you can click on the link here.

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