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Iowa couple donates $5 million to school auditorium project

ALGONA, Iowa -- An Iowa couple is donating $5 million to build Algona High School's new performing arts center and auditorium. The Mason City Globe Gazette reported Ed and Betty Wilcox agreed to donate the money over the next five years to help t...

ALGONA, Iowa - An Iowa couple is donating $5 million to build Algona High School’s new performing arts center and auditorium.
The Mason City Globe Gazette reported Ed and Betty Wilcox agreed to donate the money over the next five years to help the school district and community.
The district plans to put $1 million into an endowment fund that will provide money for the operational costs of the facility that’s expected to open in the spring of next year.
Ed Wilcox said he and his wife decided to donate the money because the community needs the new auditorium. Plus, two of the couple’s grandchildren are students in the district who will benefit from the project.
“Our major reason for supporting this project was seeing there was a real need for a new auditorium in the community,” Ed Wilcox said.

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