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Aquesta commits $250K to Cain Center

Feb. 12. Aquesta Bank is committing $250,000 to the Cain Center for the Arts, the $25 million arts center which will be built on Catawba Avenue across from Town Hall. It is not only the largest corporate donation to date, but it also includes a challenge to other businesses to support the project.

Aquesta Challenge

Aquesta announced it will match local business contributions of $2,500 to $10,000—dollar for dollar up to $250,000.


To recognize the investment, Cain Center for the Arts will name the reception area and box office in Aquesta Bank’s honor.

The “Aquesta Challenge” will formally launch on March 1.

Aquesta will host a campaign kick-off event at the bank headquarters on Thursday, March 5 beginning at 5:30 pm. The public is invited to attend.

“I want to challenge all local business owners…help support this important project to add to the vibrancy and energy of our community. With your pledge during The Aquesta Challenge, you will be doubling your impact at no extra cost to you,” said Jim Engel, CEO of Aquesta.


The community bank was launched in 2006.

“We’re incredibly excited about this partnership with Aquesta Bank,” said Justin Dionne, executive director of Cain Center for the Arts. “Aquesta is doing so much to take the lead and kick off the business portion of our campaign, and we look forward to welcoming many more local businesses through the Aquesta Challenge.”

The Cain Center vision

Cain Center for the Arts will be a home for creativity, learning, entertainment and community for the Lake Norman region. The center will include a 400-seat theater, gallery space, an outdoor venue, and classrooms. In addition to providing a home for national and regional shows and performances, it will also be a venue for community, private, and civic events.

A $4 million bond project for redeveloping the arts district in the historic downtown Cornelius, combined with a foundational gift of $5 million from Bill and Ericka Cain has put the center well on its way towards its $25 million fundraising goal.