Sacred Heart hosting benefit concert

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - You can help with the preservation of a historic Richmond landmark.  Cathedral of the Sacred Heart is hosting a benefit concert tonight featuring the Richmond Symphony.  All proceeds will go to the Cathedral's preservation fund.

Crews continue their work on this $6 million preservation project; you can see the finishing touches; leaders say now that the project is nearing completion, it's time to finish paying for it, and that's what this concert tonight will help with.

It was a busy day at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Monroe Park in Richmond, which recently celebrated it's 100th birthday.  Work continues on a massive renovation project.

Mary Ellen Stumpf, a Concert Committee and Choir member says, "An extensive restoration of the outside; we had water damage; we've been working on the interior just fixing the plaster, fixing these giant rose windows."

The preservation project costs $6 million.  The Cathedral is closing in on $5 million of that through grants and gifts.  That leaves a million to go, a number Cathedral leaders hope to chip away at with tonight's benefit concert featuring the Richmond Symphony, Cathedral Adult Choir and a number of local soloists.

Project leaders say they're getting this building ready for it's next 100 years of serving the Richmond community and Virginia.  The Cathedral is a hot spot for tourists.

Stumpf says, "It really sits at the point at which all of Richmond's sectors converge whether it's governmental, financial, academic; we sit right in the middle of the VCU campus and also cultural attractions and the arts, and then of course human service."

The project is nearing completion; there's just some finishing touches going on here outside, which are scheduled to be complete sometime this summer.

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