Best greetings to you during this interesting 2020 holiday season!

We are pleased to report that lots of positive changes are being made regarding the Napoleon Civic Center performing arts project.  A new Board of Directors is now led by Steve and Julie Busch as Co-Presidents.  As you may know, the Busch’s transformed the Napoleon Armory (destined for the wrecking ball) and the former Senior Center (now the Emporium) into income-producing assets.  These facilities continue to bring new money into both city and county coffers.

So can the Napoleon Civic Center project WITH YOUR HELP!  To be more inclusive, the Napoleon Civic Center is changing its name to the Cultural Center of Henry County.   In turn, the Board is expanding to include leadership from outside the Napoleon city limits.

Another change is the volunteer support offered by Patricia Bilow who recently retired from a career in major gift fundraising and charitable gift planning.  Some of you may remember Pat’s help when United Way of Henry County got started in 1981.

We are most appreciative of a $28,000 gift from Carol Beck, wife of the late Kim Beck of Automatic Feed.  This and the Board’s gifts are being used to help clear the leftover debt owed to G5 Architects of Archbold, OH.

Our thanks also to Jeff Lankenau who is working pro bono to represent the organization in any legal matters.

With only 18 months left to complete the Phase 1 renovation portion of Central School (includes the 700 seat theater auditorium, a large gymnasium with lockers and additional rooms for office rentals) into a performing arts and athletics center, we KNOW this can be accomplished THANKS TO YOU!

Please give generously and think “outside the box.”  Cash gifts for Napoleon Civic Center (we need to keep this name until the name change is cleared with the Ohio Secretary of State) is wonderful! Other types of gifts can be even better:

➢ Life insurance no longer needed.  Cash value provides charitable gift for Napoleon Civic Center and charitable deduction for donor.

➢ Appreciated stock provides double tax benefit:  eliminates capital gains tax and provides charitable deduction.

➢ Required minimum distributions from traditional IRAs (although not required in 2020) can be great charitable gifts.  No income tax due.  No charitable deduction.  Cap is $100,000.

(Contact your financial advisors for assistance.)

YOUR GIFT IS SO IMPORTANT!  Please consider a generous contribution for the Performing Arts Center Phase 1 project.  The goal is $1.3 million.

Time is limited.  The building needs to be OCCUPIED by June 15, 2022.

Please send contributions to:

​​​​Napoleon Civic Center
P. O. Box 585
Napoleon, OH  43545

Thank you and blessings on your holidays!


The Board of Directors

P. S.  A new logo, brochure, pledge cards and other print materials are in the works!