The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor has made it official, its $3.5 million capital campaign, entitled, Bringing Nature to Life, has been completed. Steve Leonard, executive director of the environmental preserve, says donors actually surpassed the goal of funding earmarked for the organization’s new interpretive center…[audio:http://www.wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/N1857.mp3|titles=Steve Leonard]
The achievement comes just six months after the Ridges went public with the campaign & announced that a one million dollar gift from a lifetime member, the late Chester Cook, had been donated. Judy Drew says an anonymous matching gift of $350,000 enhanced the donations, both large & small, that came in recently…[audio:http://www.wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/N1858.mp3|titles=Judy Drew]
The development of the Cook-Albert Fuller center is considered the foundation that will ensure that the Ridges Sanctuary is sustainable for generations to come.