The recently received a $25,000 donation from Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, which in part will be used toward updates at the facility, the center announced last week.
Knabe's donation was announced Feb. 3 at the center's 80th anniversary birthday celebration.
“[Knabe's] generous contribution is a wonderful beginning to the broad-based community phase of our fundraising efforts," PVAC Board President Loren DeRoy said in a statement.
The gift marked the second phase of a more than $5 million fundraising campaign, the largest in the center’s history, called the 80th Anniversary Legacy Campaign. It was also the start of the community fundraising part of the campaign, said Allen Lay, chairman of the campaign and the center’s Board of Trustees.
Money raised throughout the campaign will be used toward facility redevelopment that will help improve the center’s ability to meet increasing demands for its classes, programs, and venue, according to a center press release.
Harlyne J. Norris was named the honorary chair of the community campaign.
A $2 million dollar gift from Dr. O. Allen Alpay launched the first phase of the campaign in June 2011.
“We are very grateful to the campaign’s initial leadership donors and believe others in the community will be inspired by these generous gifts,” said Bob Yassin, the center's executive director, in a statement.