Latham Centers Meets $250K Challenge-Match Goal

Anonymous donor's gift will help fund Latham Community and Arts Center
Heather Kelsey, Director of Development, announces Latham’s Capital Campaign challenge match goal has been met. (Courtesy photo)

BREWSTER – One year after Latham Centers announced an anonymous donor pledged a $250,000 challenge match gift for the capital campaign to fund the Latham Community and Arts Center, donors have met the goal.

“The response from the community, Latham families, our staff, Board, and volunteers has been overwhelming,” said Heather Kelsey, Director of Development. “In December of 2018, we were still $70,000 away from completing the match which we hoped to raise by this coming July. We had a robust response to our holiday capital campaign appeal along with new, significant gifts from individual donors that helped us to meet the goal by early February.”

The new Latham Community and Arts Center will transform the former New England Fire and History Museum property on Main Street in Brewster. The Center will provide opportunities for expanded fitness, arts, and vocational curriculum, and include a gymnasium, fitness center, art room, recreation space, auditorium and stage, technology room, wood shop, and classroom. It will have a dramatic and lasting impact on the children and adults with complex special needs served by Latham Centers, provide a remarkable community resource for the community, and beautify and revitalize the area.

Latham School student Daniel shared his enthusiasm about the new facility. "All of the kids are so excited to play in the gym, especially in the winter when it is too cold to go outside. We can have parties and dances, and school meetings there with all of us together. It's going to be so awesome."

“We are so grateful to everyone who has partnered with us on this campaign,” said Anne McManus, Latham President and CEO. “The combined generosity of over 700 Latham family members, staff, friends, community partners, local businesses, and foundations has helped us raise over $1.5 million. With each campaign milestone, we grow closer to realizing the dream of creating the new Latham Community and Arts Center. This campus expansion project is an investment in our future. It means so much to know that the work we do resonates with so many.”

For information on Latham Centers’ Expanding our Circle campaign for the new Latham Community and Arts Center, including ways to give and available naming opportunities, please visit: welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on