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Grande Ballroom Analysis / Fund

$4,110 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 50 people in 13 months
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    The Friends of the Grande are a grass roots group that for over ten years has advocated for the preservation and the restoration of Detroit's legendary Grande Ballroom. Recently our group has partnered with the property's owners, Chapel Hill Missionary Baptist Church to stabilize and assess the viability of the structure. This partnership now needs your help to pay for a structural engineer that will inspect the property and generate a Structural Engineering Report.  




Where does my money go?   

   Donations will go towards the engineer's fee and any  inspection costs to include construction/carpentry and equipment rentals. This report will be used to make a decision for launching a 501-(c)3 non-profit organization, aid in determining a business case and to calculate the extent of work necessary to stabilize the structure.  Assuming positive viability can be determined, any balance will go towards startup costs and a much larger construction fund raising campaign. Exercising this due diligence will benefit the church in pursuing grants and additional funding. As the building has a perforated roof, time is of the essence and we hope to have the inspection complete as soon as possible, weather permitting. Our latest potential inspection date is December 15. 

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   All of this effort towards making this building usable again means a great deal to our beneficiary, Rev. LaMont Smith and Chapel Hill. The Friends (FOG) and the Church believe the Grande, as a revitalized keystone property, could potentially spur more development for the Grand River-Joy neighborhood. To help us towards our number, Margaret Saadi Kramer and Wayne Kramer (MC5 ) have graciously offered to match the first $1000 dollars in donations. This means that "early birds" will have their gift doubled! Would you please help us reach our goal?

Leo Early - Coordinator The Friends of the Grande
thegrandeballroom.com

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Much thanks to everyone who contributed to our GoFundMe campaign in 2017. In addition to last December's aerial survey of the building, we were able to fund professionals for a complete interior inspection this October! Cheers and don't forget to Kick out the Jams! - Leo Early Friends of the Grande
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Much thanks to everyone who donated during our 30 day campaign! This process has been a very encouraging exercise in grass roots support. It has been both proof of the public's concern for the Grande's future as well as a very successful fundraiser. In the end we reached 81% of our goal!
Our 2018 goal for these funds is to coordinate professionals to better scrutinize the property, and hopefully it's condition will allow us to continue to build momentum. Please send prayers and positive thoughts for a mild winter so that this process can be expedited.
A special thank you to Wayne and Margaret Saadi Kramer for their generous matching funds and endorsement.

All the best to you and yours this holiday season,

Leo Early
Friends of the Grande
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Although our donations have slowed, we still have a couple of days before our 30 day campaign ends. Please share with your social media networks as we still hope to be 100% funded! We are already looking at the calendar for an inspection date at the building. The limiting factor being snow and ice loads on the roof. Hoping for a mild day before the end of the month. - Leo Early
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A big thanks to everyone that has donated so far! As we are already nearing our goal, we can begin to make plans for our inspection and building safety projects. To perform all of them we will still need to hit the 100% mark, so please be certain to re-share our campaign! Cheers - Leo Early
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