Thanks to the efforts of the capital campaign donors, OCCA Board, staff and volunteers, capital campaign committee and a grant from The Ford Family Foundation, Phase 5 was completed in January of 2017.
The Women’s Restroom was remodeled and reconfigured featuring:
- Three new stalls
- An enlarged ADA stall
- New paint, floor tiling and fixtures
- Baby changing station
- Improved air flow
The OCCA and Capital Campaign thank all who donated to the ‘Women’s Relief Fund’ and The Ford Family Foundation for their generous grant.
Women at the PAC are still singing the praises of the new women's restroom. Lines are rare, and do sometimes still happen when our auditorium is full, but they move faster, with contented patrons. We had great fun in our "Women's Relief Fund" efforts and were richly rewarded with wonderful donors. – Pat Lewis
A ribbon-cutting ceremony on February 3, 2017 celebrated the completion of the Newport Performing Arts Center (PAC) lobby and women’s restroom expansion. Ramona Martin provided music as more than 80 guests assembled.
Speakers included OCCA Executive Director Catherine Rickbone, OCCA Board Chair Sandi Williams, Capital Campaign Chair Mark McConnell, architect Dietmar Goebel, Craig Hoffman from Quade Construction, Newport City Manager Spencer Nebel, major donor Bill Barton, and Rep. David Gomberg.
Supporters gathered to celebrate the completion of two more phases in the “Entertain the Future!” capital campaign: the expanded lobby and restroom at the Newport Performing Arts Center. From left are OCCA Executive Director Catherine Rickbone, Newport City Manager Spencer Nebel, OCCA Board Chair Sandi Williams, architect Dietmar Goebel, Capital Campaign Chair Mark McConnell, State Rep. David Gomberg, major donor Bill Barton, and Craig Hoffman of Quade Construction. (Photos by Chris Graamans)
Rep. Gomberg spoke about the importance of the PAC not only to Newport and the county but also on the central Oregon coast.
Major donor Bill Barton engaged the audience with his commentary on culture. Barton recalled Mark, the mailman, delivering a letter addressed to “Culture” and wanting to know where “Culture” lived. Barton suggested delivering it to 777 W. Olive Street, the home of the Newport Performing Arts Center. “If culture were a person, a sentient being, then the Performing Arts Center is culture’s home,” said Barton.
Mark asked if Bill had actually seen or met “Culture.” “Not personally,” said Barton, “but every time I see a performance at the PAC I know culture’s in the audience, living in the hearts of all those in attendance.”
“So why should you donate to improve culture’s home?” asked Barton. “Why not your church or favorite charity? What makes the PAC different? Because it’s a unique cultural oasis where everyone within our community, no matter their age, faith, ethnicity or political persuasion can come to be nourished, edified and replenished. It’s the home where the best of each of us resides.”