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Ballet Lubbock receives generous donation to help expand at Buddy Holly Hall

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

If you are driving down Marsha Sharp fwy. and look towards down town you can see the construction site for the future Buddy Holly Hall.

"The thought of having a new performing arts center has been a dream of some of the citizens of Lubbock for twenty years," said Tim Collins, Lubbock Entertainment and Performing Arts Association board chairman."It was May of 2017 that we broke ground, but the project has been in the works with a lot of background work and information being gathered since early as 2011 when the feasibility study was done." 

The overall budget for the buddy holly hall is of about $155 million.The performing arts center will host events year round, including performances by Ballet Lubbock a non profit organization which will house its entire operation in the facility. The school's program has outgrown it's current building. 

"So when we were thinking about the need for additional studio space, we thought well how are we going to approach that," said Nicholas Dragga, executive director for Ballet Lubbock. "We made the decision that if we are going to expand our building or move or do whatever we wanted to do, we need to do it in a way that is going to have the biggest impact for Lubbock, Texas for west Texas and for all the people we are trying to serve." 

As a partner to this project Ballet Lubbock is expected to pay a certain percentage of the total construction cost to help in their efforts, Reagor Dykes Auto Group donated a million dollars.

"I know it was critical for them to raise money donations for this project for them to be able to be partners in the project.," said Bart Reagor, co-owner of Reagor Dykes Auto Group. "I don't think a lot of people know how much Lubbock ballet and ballet Lubbock does for the community and for kids. They help a lot of kids who are under privileged  that can't really afford to do ballet and stuff like that and they get them involved in it."  

Collins said up to this point LEPAA has been able to raise about $100 million and hopes to see the building fully funded and opened by January 2020. 

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