The new podium, while aesthetically more appealing than the old one, is better equipped to handle the electronic functions of events on the stage of the Performing Arts Center. The podium includes a goose neck microphone, digital clock/timer with warning lights, a slide out A/V shelf, and controls for the sound system, DVD player, and wireless microphone.
Former superintendent Jon Bales submitted an application to the Foundation for a new podium when he learned that the existing podium relied on long cords and outdated wiring to provide sound and visuals. Diane Pertzborn, Director of Business & Auxiliary Services coordinated the project between the school district and the Foundation board. “This is an item that provides a positive impact on presentations, celebrations and award ceremonies, which are an important part of the work we do,” said Pertzborn.
The 590-seat Performing Arts Center was built in 2002 at DeForest Area High School. “This is a nice addition to the high-quality venue used by so many in the school and community,” said DeForest Area Foundation President Brad Schroeder.
According to Schroeder, the DeForest Area Foundation is dedicated to supporting charitable purposes and activities that benefit the DeForest area. The Foundation has several areas of focus, which include, but are not limited to: the Community and Senior Center, or organizations that support education, arts, culture, historical preservation, parks, families and youth.
In order to qualify for funding, an organization must have a 501( c ) (3) rating. Applications are considered twice each year. Interested groups may submit applications by March 1 or September 1 to The DeForest Area Foundation, 505 North Main Street, DeForest, WI 53532.