Haliburton County’s Home Hardwares are helping build a Highlands arts hub.

The Home Hardware Building Centre of Haliburton and Minden has donated $25,000 to the Haliburton Highlands Art Centre Foundation (HHACF), becoming the foundation’s first corporate sponsor.

“We are very pleased and committed to supporting the HHACF in its mission to build and operate a world-class performing arts centre in Haliburton County,” said dealerowners Dan and Emily Moulton in a press release.

“We believe strongly in the economic impact that this project will bring to our region, and we would like to encourage all local companies and individuals to pledge their support in the coming year.”

The money will help fund follow-up steps to an ongoing feasibility study that will lay out the what, where and how of a large-scale performing arts centre in Haliburton County.

Nationally-acclaimed theatre consultants Janis A. Barlow & Associates are conducting the study, expected to be published by Spring 2022.

“Word of the foundation is spreading, but in these early stages, it’s donations like this that take our fundraising campaign to the next level,” said foundation president Dan Manley. “We hope that fellow business owners share in Dan and Emily’s economic vision for the Haliburton Highlands.”