Thanks to your continued support we have been able to continue many exterior & interior building upgrades. Installation of full building (all 4 levels) sprinkler system WIFI available in building Repair to brick piers and stone masonry Installation of new fire monitoring panel Reconstruction and paint of front entry steps Reconstruction and paint of parking lot steps Repainting of 8,400 sq. ft. exterior building and cupola See our website page Open the Ballroom for full list. Normally this time of year we'd be mailing out our Annual Appeal fundraising effort seeking donations to continue renovations and upgrades. However, this year our "Annual Appeal" this year is to ask you to help spread the word about the renovation progress of our historic cultural hub. Also, if you could please help promote our beautiful Centennial Hall as a unique venue for functions & events. Potential renters can find out more about the unique attributes of our event space on our website page Rent the Hall. With immense gratitude we Give Thanks for Giving and for your continued support of Centennial Hall! May you have a healthy and blessed Thanksgiving!
Studio Office in the Historic Centennial Hall Now Available to Rent! Great 200 SqFt office available for rent in the historic Centennial Hall located at 105 Post Road in North Hampton. Home to artists, musicians and other cultural community groups. Lots of natural light, freshly painted, utilities included. Keyless entry into building; access to common areas including kitchen and bathroom. One of a kind location at a great price! For more information & to schedule showing send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Download Flyer
Centennial Hall only New Hampshire Non-Profit to Receive A Community Thrives Grant from Gannett Foundation October 5, 2021 (North Hampton, NH) — Friends of Centennial Hall Inc (FOCH) was announced a grant recipient of A Community Thrives, a grantmaking and crowd-funding program from the USA TODAY NETWORK and a part of the Gannett Foundation, today. FOCH will receive a $5,000 Local Operating Grant for the continued restoration of Centennial Hall. A Community Thrives supports non-profit organizations with projects focused on community building and has helped to contribute more than $17 million since 2017. This year, A Community Thrives engaged participants in 45 states. Friends of Centennial Hall was the only New Hampshire grant winner. FOCH continues its work of renovating and maintaining the unique 1876 structure so Centennial Hall may continue to serve the as a cultural hub to the surrounding communities. The A Community Thrives grant will support the outstanding projects that still must be completed in order to open the second floor ballroom. “We are honored to have been selected as a 2021 A Community Thrives grant recipient,” FOCH Board Chair said. “Not only will we be able to use the funds towards the ongoing renovation projects, we are hopeful for the possible exposure from this national USA Today Network and Gannett Foundation crowd-funding program might afford to our historic gem.” “We are proud of the work Friends of Centennial Hall Inc. has done to enhance North Hampton and the greater seacoast community. At Gannett, we take pride in supporting the organizations that make a positive impact in their communities. Through A Community Thrives, we lend financial support to that purpose as well as rally the whole community to champion a good and meaningful cause,” said CEO and Chairman Mike Reed
Thank you for once again supporting Centennial Hall! The A Community Thrives campaign ended today at noon. Together we raised the minimum $3,000 in online donations with an additional $3,455 in offline donations. We greatly appreciate and thank all of our donors for their support especially so soon after NH Gives! This was our first time participating in this program. With your support we were able to meet the minimum in online donations required for us to proceed with multiple grant opportunities available through USA Today/Gannett Network. All of your efforts will assist us in our mission to Open the Ballroom and to raise regional and national awareness of our amazing Cultural Hub! With heartfelt gratitude, thank you for your continued support of Centennial Hall!
Jean Booker Aug 4, 1927-June 23, 2021 The North Hampton community lost a very special member and lifelong resident in June. Jean Booker was an alumna of Centennial Hall and was one of the founding Board Members of the Friends of Centennial Hall. Her love for the building inspired many who have followed in her footsteps to keep up their work to fully restore the Hall. Her knowledge, warmth and wit were a gift to our organization. She even volunteered to share her memories in our video in 2019 at the age of 92! To see her and hear that great chuckle watch: https://vimeo.com/358295231 from 0:29-0:50. She did not have the chance to see a fully restored ballroom, but she was pleased with all that has been done and the amount of activity and excitement happening at the Hall as we bring it back to life. Those of you who knew Jean and her lifelong pal, Frances Winch (Oct 11, 1927-April 20, 2017...another kind and generous alumna and founding board member), saw the true value of friendship, how important it is to be involved in your community, and how a positive spirit and good laugh brings everyone around you together. Rest in peace, Jean. We hope you’ll sneak in and have a dance when our work is done!
When we work together a community thrives! Starting on July 19, our community will come together to support the amazing work of the FOCH to fundraise for Centennial Hall. We are honored to have been selected as one of the charities participating in a national grant opportunity, A Community Thrives, a program that supports community improvement ideas. With this National grant opportunity we will be competing in our local region for grants up to $200,000. Why are we doing this so soon after NH Gives? Not only is this a great opportunity to potentially secure matching grants but the potential exposure could greatly help us continue renovations of our Cultural Hub and reach our goal to Open the Ballroom! In order to make the minimum commitment to qualify for a grant, we need to raise a minimum of $3,000 by at least 10 unique donors during the campaign period. Between the Top Fundraiser Grants and Weekly Bonus Challenges throughout the fundraising period, there are $200,000 in incentives on the table. The more we raise and the more individual donors participate over the 4 week period, the more we increase our opportunity for these matching funds! Help us raise awareness and funds to Open the Ballroom by making a donation online from July 19th through August 13th. Learn more, share and / or donate at: A Community Thrives Campaign 2021. “… preservationists have always been able to imagine possibilities. Who else looks at a dilapidated building and sees not only how it looked historically, but a vision of what it might become?” -T Mayes We hope you will choose to support the great progress made thus far, and help keep the work of preserving, safe-guarding, and revitalizing Centennial Hall moving forward so that we may remain the cultural hub of our Community! If you have any questions or would like more information, let us know. Thank you in advance for your continued generosity to our organization! Thank you. Marcy McCann FOCH President