Loann Crane makes $2M donation to Upper Arlington’s community center project

Loann Crane makes $2M donation to Upper Arlington’s community center project


A recent donation from Loann Crane has put a private fundraising campaign well on its way to raising 10% of costs for the $54 million construction of Upper Arlington’s first community center.    

The Upper Arlington Community Center Capital Campaign Committee announced Aug. 9 it had received a $2 million gift from Crane. 

According to committee co-chair Margie Pizzuti, it is the first substantial donation toward the goal of raising at least $5.4 million in private funds toward construction of a community center at Kingsdale Shopping Center. Pizzuti said the campaign’s progress would be updated in September or October. 

It also will further cement the legacy of Crane’s late husband, Robert “Bob” S. Crane Jr., who held leadership positions with United Way of Central Ohio, First Community Church, Franklin University, Battelle Memorial Institute, the Paul Duke Foundation and the Ingram Foundation. He also built Columbus-based Crane Plastics with his father, Bob Sr., and brother, Jim. 



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