Prescott Park meets $100,000 matching challenge

Portsmouth, NH – Prescott Park Arts Festival starts the 2014 year having reached an important fundraising milestone – meeting a $100,000 challenge from The Thomas W Haas Fund of the NH Charitable Foundation – bringing total campaign dollars to $950,000.
In addition to reaching this key benchmark, the project has also reached an exciting turning point in construction.  Demolition of the old concessions building is now complete, making way for excavation to start for the new Pavilion.
The Campaign - “Believe in Magic” - will fund the construction of a new Pavilion building that will house an updated concession area and more public bathrooms. It will also include the acquisition of a protective, removable stage covering, which will allow for upgrades to both lighting and sound. These improvements will all provide a safer and more enjoyable Festival experience, better food, shorter restroom lines, more professional lighting, and sound and weather interruption mitigation.
To date more than 550 donors have contributed to the Campaign, including individual, local business and foundations.  The capital plan calls for completing construction of the new Pavilion in time for the beginning of the 40th anniversary season this summer. 
“The magnitude of support we have received has been incredible,” says the festival executive director Ben Anderson. “And, the generosity of Mr. Haas and the matching pledge goal was great inspiration, effectively doubling each contribution we received.”
This month the Festival will launch a corporate phase of the Campaign, inviting local businesses to become members of the “Campaign Corporate Club” which will provide visibility for corporate donors to the campaign at the Festival in summer 2014.    For information on joining, business owners can email or call Meghan Toner, at 603-436-2848 or at
Contributions to the campaign may be made online at or sent via mail to Prescott Park Arts Festival, PO Box 4370, Portsmouth NH 03802.
Prescott Park Arts Festival, a non-profit organization, is the Seacoast’s premier outdoor performing arts venue, offering a uniquely accessible experience of high quality live theater and music -- no fixed admissions fees -- in an idyllic natural setting.
For more information, contact Ben Anderson, Executive Director, at 603-436-2848 or at .