October 11. Athena’s Gem will receive an Oregon Cultural Trust FY2022 grant in the amount of $18,341 that will be used to further the installation of our eighteen rank, 1921 Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ. The organ will be the only public installation in Oregon east of the Cascades and is a longstanding project collaboration between Athena’s Gem and the students of Weston McEwen High School.
September 9. Athena’s Gem has received a $5,000 grant from the Milton Freewater Area Foundation. These funds will be used to purchase the remaining major appliances needed for the facility's commercial kitchen.
April 19. The Gem Project has been awarded $9,843.00 by AWERE for the 2021 cycle. This funding provides materials for the completion of the organ wall, proscenium, and puts us back into the auditorium for the last big construction push.
February 9. A short campaign in the month of December through the Blue Mountain Area Foundation Covid match ultimately yielded $45,910.00 for Athena’s Gem. At the end of a year where funding essentially dried up due to the pandemic, this money really helped the project start moving forward again. The revenue was used to purchase major appliances for two kitchens, kitchen cabinets, flooring and some labor for installation and the ever present monthly expenses.
The Gem is now a partner with the Oregon Cultural Trust! Oregon is the only state in the country that provides a 100 percent tax credit to inspire cultural giving. This incredible benefit is a pure treat for our arts, heritage and humanities nonprofits.
Simply make a donation to any of the more than 1,400 nonprofits, then make a matching gift to the Oregon Cultural Trust, and then claim the tax credit on your state income tax return. Brilliant!