For over 100 years, the Melton Center has provided educational, recreational, social, cultural, and civic services for the greater West Chester community.
The Center has undergone several renovation projects over the past few years: adding the community garden, paving over the pool, redoing the gym floors, and creating a beautiful outdoor space.
Below you’ll find a few projects on our “wish list” to help serve even more community members in our future.
Cover for Outside Patio $6,000
Our newly renovated outside patio has become very popular for gatherings. However, any inclement weather prevents the use of the space. Our goal is to increase the usability of the Patio by installing a cover that will allow visitors to use this venue in good weather and bad.
Auditorium Drapes $8,000
The Charles A. Melton Center hosts over 700 events each year in the Dr. Leslie Pinckney Hill Theater. This 150-person venue, used for community music, theater, and cultural events, is a centerpiece for the gatherings in West Chester. The focal point of the theater is the proscenium stage. Our goal is to replace the stage curtains to enhance the Theater. Your gift will be part of every event in the Theater, and you will become a part of every performance!
Resurfacing Existing Parking Lot $5,000/New Parking Lot $10,000
For many, the first impression visitors have of the Center is in our parking lot. Currently, the surface of the lot is deteriorating and does not reflect the pride we take in the Center. A gift to the parking lot fund will allow us to repair, or replace, the parking lot surface.
Electronic Marque $10,000
In order for our community to participate in our Melton Center Programming, members of the community must first know what is happening. We are fortunate that we are physically located where many members of our community pass by the Center every day. We are seeking resources to purchase a new electronic sign to increase the visibility of Center events and announcements.
The Charles A. Melton Center is dedicated to serving the whole community. While the Center is currently accessible to our visitors with mobility challenges, moving from one level to the other requires the person to exit the building and re-enter through another access point. We seek the resources necessary to construct an elevator within the center to make the space fully accessible for all without the need to leave the building and re-enter.
Entryway Remodel $30,000
The Center is like a second home to many people in our community. We strive to create a welcoming atmosphere for all members of our community from the moment they step foot into the Center. The entryway to the Center will be reimagined to invite visitors to feel at home and also provide another gathering place for all who enter.
Bleachers & Electronic Gym Partition $40,000
The Charles A Melton Center hosts numerous events including basketball and volleyball games and tournaments in the AAU rated gymnasium throughout the year. These events draw spectators from all over the area and provide an opportunity to grow The Center’s impact on the larger community. Our goal is to increase the gymnasium’s spectator seating capacity and provide a space for a roaring crowd and community interaction.
In addition to the bleacher expansion, we would like to install an electronic gym partition to increase the flexibility for utilization of the space.
How to Donate
- Donations covering the full cost of a wish list item are eligible for naming rights and commemorative placard.
- Checks made payable to the Charles A. Melton Arts and Education Center, please reference Gifts Brochure item you wish to help fund in the memo line.
- PayPal “Charles A. Melton Arts and Education Center”, kindly reference Gifts Brochure item you wish to allocate funds to in the comment field.
- The Charles A Melton Arts & Education Center is a registered 501(c)3 organization and all donations are tax-deductible to the amount allowable by the IRS.
- Contact Executive Director Ken Winston for details.
A special thanks to Melissa Slifer of Sunblue Designs for the graphic design work and Dottie Foley of Dottie Foley Photography for the copy assistance for this piece. Thanks for your support!