Buy A Seat Campaign Concludes at Northern College

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KIRKLAND LAKE, ON: The Kirkland Lake Auditorium Renewal Project headed by the Northern College Foundation Committee has successfully concluded its Buy a Seat campaign. The committee launched the campaign in order to raise funds to replace the Kirkland Lake Campus auditorium’s 500 aging seats.

Individuals, families, organizations and businesses have provided funding for the replacement of nearly 350 of the auditorium’s 500 seats. A generous donation of $100,000 from Les Cassidy has paid the balance on the seating, with the remainder going towards additional auditorium updates. Cassidy is a former Kirkland Lake resident who saw the Auditorium Renewal Project as a way of giving back to his home community.

“We’re delighted to announce the success of our fundraising campaign to renew the seating at Kirkland Lake Campus auditorium,” said Douglas Clark, Manager, Northern College Foundation. “We are very thankful for all of the donations that we’ve received. We are especially humbled by the generous donation from Mr. Les Cassidy, which has pushed us well above and beyond the target of our Buy a Seat campaign. It’s because of the support we have received from the community that we can help Kirkland Lake continue to deliver a vibrant, attractive community life experience for all who work, study and live here.”

In addition to Mr. Cassidy, donors who have contributed to the replacement of four or more seats include Northern College, the 11 grandchildren of Leona & Cliff Connelly, the Northern College Kirkland Lake Reunion Committee, the Rotary Club of Kirkland Lake, the Kirkland Lake Festivals Committee, the Gorman/McGibbon family, CJKL FM, Heath & Sherwood (1964) Limited, the Genier family, Kirkland Lake Power, St. Andrew Goldfields, Vivian & Delmar Brasch, Club Richelieu, the Hastie family, the Junior School of the Arts Northern Ontario (JSANO), the McBean/Mullins family, St-Cry/Kostun family, Allan Powell and donations made in memory of Tom McClelland.

The Northern College Kirkland Lake Campus auditorium is an essential resource for the Town of Kirkland Lake. The 500-seat venue hosts a variety of cultural events including concerts and live theatre, and is used during community events like the town’s annual Homecoming and Winter Carnival.

The Auditorium Renewal Project is led by the Northern College Foundations Committee in conjunction with community partners including the Kirkland Lake Festivals Committee, Kirkland Lake Arts Council, Interlink, JSANO, and the Town of Kirkland Lake.

The Auditorium Renewal Project will continue to raise funds for additional auditorium updates. For more information, please visit To speak to someone about donating, please contact David Gorman, Fundraising Chair, at 705.567.9500 or Linda Robson at 705.567.9291 ext. 3699 or by emailing


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