The Greater Canandaigua Civic Center has launched a major fundraising campaign to improve the event center.
Officials announced the campaign Tuesday with a goal of over $861,000 to expand and improve the 34,000 square foot facility.
Executive Director of the Center, David Korpiel says what was primarily an ice skating facility has evolved into a year-round space for a number of activities for roughly 45 thousand people each year.
"It is very important and it brings a lot of people to the community, and to this facility. And it's a place of assembly for the community and I deem it very, very important."
The capital campaign for the Civic Center has received a major boost with a $500,000 donation from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.
Korpiel is very optimistic the community will raise the remainder.
He says there's a long list of improvements to get to, including renovating locker rooms, expand and offer meeting rooms which are in short supply in Canandaigua, purchase a new ice resurfacing machine, new lighting and much more.