Developer Kim Blickenstaff makes donation to Peoria Women’s club, challenges community

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PEORIA, Ill.– A historic theatre is being renovated in Downtown Peoria.

The Peoria Women’s Club closed down nearly 40 years ago because of a fire. However, with the recent help of a $500,000 contribution, the club will soon be revived.

Developer Kim Blickenstaff, who made the donation, said the club’s history is a vital part of the community.

“It’s a pretty impressive institution, a long-standing role in the community,” he said. “It provides another entertainment center in the heart of Peoria.”

While expected renovation costs are in the seven-figure range, Blinkstaff said he hopes the community steps forward.

“One person can’t do everything. I would like to see people get involved as members of the club as children or grandchildren of former members of the club. I think it’s probably a lot of people who will be wanting to support the club one way or another,” he said.

A “restoration celebration,” fundraiser/membership drive will be held at the club in Downtown Peoria on Thursday, Oct. 24 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The club is seeking a new generation to carry on the legacy and traditions.

Information regarding donations and membership can be found on the club’s website.

“PWC is the second oldest Women’s Club in the U.S. … and this organization continues to make history in Peoria,” said Schwebel. “Indeed, if a gala event marked the building’s dedication on Jan. 15, 1894, Kim Blickenstaff’s “philanthropic gift generates another celebration!”

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