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Ringling Museum of Art/SMOA Receives $300,000 Grant - posted by FFAB

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Ringling College's Sarasota Museum of Art/SMOA Receives $300,000 Grant From The William G. and Marie Selby Foundation– Leaving Just $509,435 Raise to Complete Campaign

Sarasota, FL (PRWEB) May 02, 2014
Ringling College of Art and Design president Dr. Larry R. Thompson and Wendy G. Surkis, president of the Sarasota Museum of Art/SMOA today announced a $300,000 grant from The Selby Foundation as a vote of confidence toward completing the $22 million fundraising goal for the museum project by May 31, 2014. 

The Selby grant follows the successful completion of both a 'Million Dollar Match' created by SMOA Board Member and Ringling College Trustee Elaine Keating, and an additional $1 Million Challenge from an anonymous donor, which was announced March 22, 2014. Since the $1 Million Challenge was revealed, $940,565 has been raised of the necessary $1.45 million remaining. The $1 Million Challenge will be met only if SMOA secures the final balance of $510,125 during the next 30 days. 

Dr. Sarah H. Pappas, President, The Selby Foundation expressed her Board's support of the SMOA project: "The Selby Board was pleased to support Ringling College of Art and Design's SMOA project that will help preserve an iconic building in Sarasota and establish a new art museum at the same time. We hope our $300,000 capping grant will motivate other donors to meet the challenge of the anonymous donor to raise a million dollars by May 31 to complete this important project."

For more information on contributing to the Sarasota Museum of Art/SMOA, contact: SMOA: Wendy G. Surkis at 941.309.SMOA (7662) |
Ringling College Office for Advancement: 941.309.4733 |

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