The Harvey and Carol Massey Foundation has announced a $3 million gift to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando for construction of a new theater and performance space.
The gift will count toward the $14 million fundraising goal for the project, which includes Steinmetz Hall, a seventeen hundred-seat adjustable theater, and the Green Room, a large rehearsal room and performance space that will be used for musical exploration, recording, creative programming, and performances by the nineteen-member Jazz Orchestra at Dr. Phillips Center. In recognition of the gift, the staircase in the Della Phillips Grand Lobby will be named the Harvey and Carol Massey Family Grand Staircase. Carol Massey is a member of the center's board.
The single largest gift the Massey Foundation has made to date brings to $5 million the couple's support for the center since 2009. "When we invest in something, we believe in making a long-term commitment," said Harvey Massey, chair and CEO of Massey Services. "It's important for all of us to continue to nurture what we've helped create."
"We are so close, and yet '$10 million to go' is a very big goal," said Dr. Phillips Center president and CEO Kathy Ramsberger. "Our intent is to use [this] announcement to reignite a real sense of excitement and purpose among our donor base and help us reach those who've not yet contributed."