KeyBank in Bangor has provided a $25,000 gift to name the new elevator in the renovated Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine.
A dedication plaque recognizing KeyBank’s generosity will appear prominently on the elevator which transports people to the third floor where the VIP suite, the Bodwell Lounge and the entrance to the Hutchins Hall balcony all are located. There is certain to be plenty of hustle and bustle in the area, with people attending receptions, meetings and dinners or relaxing with a glass of wine during intermission.
The Collins Center for the Arts, honoring UMaine alumni Richard R. and Anne A. Collins ’59, ’61, who provided a $5 million gift toward the building’s renovation, reopened Feb. 1 with a performance by the Bangor Symphony Orchestra . The remodeled building features a spectacular new entrance, a renovated lobby, a new Hudson Museum on the second floor, an expanded Bodwell Lounge, and a significant facelift to Hutchins Hall.
“We’re delighted with KeyBank’s commitment to the Collins Center for the Arts,” said John Patches, executive director of the CCA. He noted that Adam Robertson, KeyBank’s vice president of private banking and member of the CCA’s advisory board, played a key role in securing the gift.
His colleagues at the bank were extremely enthusiastic about providing the gift for the CCA, Robertson said. “We like to support the Bangor marketplace, and the university is a cornerstone in that marketplace.”
Over the years, KeyBank has supported the university in a variety of ways. It provides annual student scholarships through the Mitchell Institute, named for U.S. Senator George J. Mitchell, and it is one of the sponsors of the Maine hockey program.