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Whitaker Center announces milestone sponsorship with Capital BlueCross

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Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts today announced a milestone: Its first multiyear presenting sponsorship for the performing arts.

The sponsor is nonprofit insurer Capital BlueCross. According to the center, the insurer’s previous support and partnerships over the center’s 15-year history have totaled about $1 million. Both organizations declined to reveal the dollar amount of the sponsorship announced today.

“We recognize the positive influence the arts and culture have on shaping a healthy and engaged community,” Capital’s president and CEO, Gary D. St. Hilaire, said. “The Whitaker Center is truly a gem of the region.”

The center is celebrating its anniversary with a yearlong emphasis on the final portion of its 10-year, $25 million capital campaign. A nonprofit located in Harrisburg, it has been consistently running annual operating revenue shortfalls of $750,000 to $1.5 million. In July, it received a surprise final gift of about $2.6 million dollars from The Whitaker Foundation, which had long been a key supporter.

Michael Hanes, president and CEO of Whitaker Center, said then that the center expected a strong endowment would continue to be vital to its success and that it currently stood at about $6 million. Prior to the foundation’s gift, the capital campaign had raised about $17.5 million, he said.

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