“Our goal for this campaign is to raise the $50,000 match required to leverage a $100,000 state grant for capital improvements,” the appeal says. “That means every dollar you donate leverages $2 more. That’s a great return on your charitable investment. No gift is too large or too small.”
Last week, officials announced that the center would have to leave its home at 113 E. Third St. in downtown Dayton’s Fire Blocks District by the end of the month due to leasing cost financial shortfalls.
The museum began using the Third Street space free of charge under the Ellway Group, the Fire Blocks district’s first developer.
Funk Center CEO and founder David Webb said the volunteer-led organization could not afford to pay the $1,400 a month the new Fire Blocks developer Windsor Companies is requiring.
The funk music genre put Dayton on the map as the Land of the Funk in the 1970s and '80s, thanks to a stable of groups that included the Ohio Players, Steve Arrington's Hall of Fame, Zapp, Faze-O, Heatwave, Sun, Slave and Lakeside.