WELLINGTON — A large donation from Shiloh Industries Inc. should bring the community closer to its goal of raising $2.5 million for an auditorium, but it will take a last-minute effort to hit the goal.
Wellington Schools Superintendent John Nolan said the community still has to raise $118,000 by the end of the month to build the auditorium, which would be adjacent to the new middle school to open in 2015.
The middle-school project does not include plans to replace the community’s auditorium, so the community, headed by the Friends of Wellington Community Auditorium group, came together to raise the funds.
On Friday, Shiloh Industries presented a $10,000 check for the Wellington Community Auditorium Project.
Jesse Maurer, vice president of human resources at Shiloh, said having a community auditorium is important because it can be used for extracurricular activities that spark the students’ interests in learning.
“We saw a need in one of our communities, and we are thrilled to be in a position to provide support to a great cause,” he said.
Headquartered in Liverpool Township, Shiloh Industries provides light weighting and noise, vibration and harshness solutions to automotive, commercial vehicle and other industrial markets. Shiloh’s Wellington plant manufactures complex stamping and modular assemblies for the automotive industry, according to a news release from the company.
Nolan said the auditorium is vital to the school district, which hopes to continue attracting young families to the area. He said he is impressed with the outpouring of support for the project, especially from such a small community.
“Wellington is a magical place — raising $2.37 million in a town of less than 4,800 people is a magical thing,” he said.
Nolan said he is not concerned that the deadline for raising the remaining funds is nearing. He said organizers of the project will be reaching out to more donors next week.
Donations for the project are being accepted by the Lorain County Community Foundation and can be made at www.peoplewhocare.org.