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Renaming Libbey Bowl Off Table

By Sondra Murphy 

“We understand the importance of maintaining Ojai’s history and legacy,” said Bill Burr Jr., Ojai Valley Service Foundation vice president. “After much thought, we have decided to take the opportunity to rename the bowl with a $1 million gift off the table out of respect to the community.”
The concept was raised last month when staff brought a request to the council to consider renaming the bowl in exchange for a $1 million donation toward the bowl’s reconstruction slated to begin this summer after the Ojai Music Festival wraps its season. No obligation would have been generated by the acceptance of such an amount, with the council retaining all rights to approval, but the idea created a flurry of debate throughout the community.
“Raising $1 million is a daunting task and we have been working hard to reach that goal,” said Burr. “We are seeking the council’s full support as we engage the entire community in creatively and completely funding the rebuilding of one of Ojai’s beloved iconic historical landmarks.”
Repairs have proved inadequate against the steady deterioration of the structure, built in 1957, and it was determined  last year a complete rebuilding was needed.
Councilwoman Sue Horgan reminded all that the project is on a tight time line. “If community members want to support this effort, now is the time,” she said.
Councilwoman Carol Smith asked about the foundation’s tax status. “It’s a 501(c)(4),” Burr said.
“So if people give a donation by the end of the year, they may write it off on their taxes?” Burr responded in the affirmative.
The city of Ojai and the Ojai Music Festival have already pledged two-thirds of the $3.3 million project. The campaign to raise the remaining $1 million, dubbed “Save Libbey Bowl,” kicked off in October.
For more information or to donate to the project, go to libbeybowl.org or call OVSF at 646-3117.

Many in the community are breathing easier this week, and not just because of the rains. Ojai Valley Service Foundation announced to the Ojai City Council on Tuesday that they were no longer entertaining the notion of renaming Libbey Bowl to boost efforts to raise funds for its make-over. “We understand the importance of maintaining Ojai’s history and legacy,” said Bill Burr Jr., Ojai Valley Service Foundation vice president. “After much thought, we have decided to take the opportunity to rename the bowl with a $1 million gift off

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