Auditorium fundraising continues

Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007

Supporters of the renovation of the former Montgomery Blair High School’s auditorium have begun a major campaign to raise money for the repairs.

The Old Blair Auditorium Project, the nonprofit organization supporting the renovation, has been working with county, state and federal officials to secure money. The renovation should cost about $3.8 million, according to county estimates, and the project’s organizers have raised almost $1 million, with more than $50,000 in private donations.

The organization is looking for volunteers to help with fund-raising, graphics design and community outreach. Go to

The auditorium, located at the former Blair campus on Wayne Avenue, has been closed since Blair moved to its new location at Colesville Road and University Boulevard. The auditorium is now part of the Silver Spring International Middle School and Sligo Creek Elementary School campuses. For budgetary reasons, Montgomery County Public Schools officials decided not to renovate the auditorium.