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Buyer May Step In for Hayes Performing Arts Center PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Monday, 20 September 2010 14:59

In a press release on the tremendous success of a sold-out fund-raiser for the Hayes Performing Arts Center in Blowing Rock, it appears a community benefactor is stepping forward to possibly buy the facility and keep its' mission to the community true.  The Arts Center ceased operations a year ago, unable to meet obligations, but Rick Suyao's press release gives new hope about the facility's future: "On the heels of the successful fund-raiser is even more positive news that a member of the Blowing Rock community has come forward in a huge way to try to preserve the Hayes Performing Arts Center and its intended focus for the community and the High Country. The potential buyer, who has requested anonymity, has authorized negotiations with the bank to purchase the facility and then enter into a friendly sale-leaseback agreement with the Hayes Center Board of Trustees at a price financially feasible for the organization. The buyer wants the venue to continue to operate as a performing arts center serving Blowing Rock and the entire High Country region."  Two sold-out fundraising performances of the "USO Liberty Bells on Broadway" allowed the Hayes Center to pay some of its creditors and make plans for holiday events at the center.

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