The group behind the new Hoxie Center at Sagamore Beach for Art, Science, Education and Culture recently announced the results of its latest fundraising efforts. Hoxie committee vice president Scott A. Fitzmaurice of Pocasset reported that, to date, the nonprofit organization has raised $353,000 toward its goal of opening a new arts, education and cultural center in Sagamore Beach.

Mr. Fitzmaurice said that the group recently received $33,400 from the DORR Foundation of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He said that the funding will go toward hiring an executive director, who will “maintain organization, raise money and perform day-to-day operations.”

Part of that funding will also be used to support a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) launch program at both Peebles Elementary School and Bournedale Elementary School. Starting next month and continuing through December of this year, two Hoxie teachers will work with one class per month in all classes, kindergarten through 4th grade, with a focus on science and art.

Other funding announced by the Hoxie Center includes $5,000 from the Kelley Foundation of South Yarmouth, $1,500 from the Cape Cod Five Cent Savings Bank, another $1,500 from the Cape Cod Foundation, and $1,000 from the JBS Foundation in Ontario, Canada.

The group has also received a $15,000 matching grant from the Anderegg Family Foundation of Carlisle. The money will be used, in part, to hire a part-time development professional to help with fundraising.

They also received $300 from the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, which will be used to help pay for the Hoxie Center’s first annual Arts & Creativity Festival in May.

Mr. Fitzmaurice also wrote that on January 16, the Hoxie Center submitted a grant application to the town’s Community Preservation Committee for $208,000. That grant would support the continued renovations being done to the aging building, including: American Disabilities Act code compliance (elevator, ramps, egress), materials remediation, entrance modifications, flooring, roof repairs, climate control, window upgrades and more.

Mr. Fitzmaurice said that, by March, the group plans to submit grant applications to the Amelia Peabody Foundation of Wellesley and the B&E Collins Foundation of Golden, Colorado. Money from those grants would help pay for a new elevator.

The Hoxie group was appropriated $250,000 in community preservation committee funding at last May’s Annual Town Meeting. Mr. Fitzmaurice said that $213,000 of that money will go toward renovations of the aging Eleanor F. Hoxie Elementary School, and the remainder will be used to hire any outside consultants deemed necessary by either the group or the town to ensure historic preservation of the building.

Renovations on the building cannot begin until an historic restriction has been issued by the Massachusetts Historical Commission. Mr. Fitzmaurice said that the application for the restriction is in its final stages of review and he expects it to be issued in the near future.

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