Community support for ‘Pride' hits $414,803
While the “Pride of Oshkosh” lion project held its final fund-raiser, the impact of the nearly yearlong community art venture is still being felt.
After all the sponsorships, auctions and other events connected with the project were tallied, community support for the project totaled $414,803, said Robin Asbury, executive director of University Relations at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
“That support not only generated community pride and many beautiful lions that will remain on display in our community, but also dollars that will support scholarships, arts programs and more,” said UW-Oshkosh Chancellor Richard H. Wells.
The project was sponsored by UW-Oshkosh and the Paine Art Center and Gardens. Support also came from the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, the Oshkosh Northwestern and the Oshkosh Area Chamber of Commerce.
“The Pride of Oshkosh” produced 33 uniquely crafted, life-sized lions from fiberglass replicas of one of the two regal beasts that stand at the entrance to the Oshkosh Public Library.
Each lion was sponsored by a business organization for $3,500.
Of the cash raised by the project, $11,300 went to the library, while the rest went to the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, the UW-Oshkosh Foundation and Paine Art Center and Gardens.
Auctioning of the lions raised a total of $203,803. Other community support for the project included $101,500 contributed by lion sponsors, $13,500 of in-kind lion sponsorships and $3,500 contributed for a documentary film of the project.
The UW-Oshkosh Foundation and Paine Art Center each made $15,000 of in-kind contributions to the project, while the Oshkosh Northwestern provided $12,000 and the Oshkosh Area Chamber of Commerce contributed $5,000. There also was a $30,000 grant from the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation.
Auction tickets and merchandise sales raised another $15,500.
Organizers of the project that kicked off in January were Paine Art Center and Gardens Director Aaron Sherer, former Paine board president Christie Charbonneau Wells, UW-Oshkosh art department chair Gail Panske and Asbury.
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