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Aurora Regional Fire Museum Receives Foundation Grant For Theater Seating

Aurora Regional Fire Museum Receives Grant from Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

Aurora, IL – The Aurora Regional Fire Museum has graciously been given a $15,692 grant from the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, which the museum used to purchase new seating for their Hayloft theatre.

The stadium-seating arrangement already has up-to-date audio and visual technology and high-speed internet capabilities. Mark Baum, Board Member, explained that the seating was, “in need of updating to keep up with current and future technologies.” Over the last year, museum staff have been working toward updating our rentable space in order to invite new visitors into our space. The museum’s desire is to have seating that is not only cost effective and versatile, but also comfortable, stylish and functional.

With the purchase of the new tablet armchairs and stools, the space has been transformed into a truly desirable, workable location that will benefit the surrounding communities in the Fox River Valley, including service clubs; charity events; church, community, and corporate groups; municipalities; and nonprofit organizations. Brian Failing, Executive Director, stated that the Hayloft Theater, “allows the museum to serve as a community hub and gathering place.”

In addition to the changes to the Hayloft theatre, the museum will also be opening a Children’s Discovery Room in June that will provide a space for children to play and learn about firefighters and fire safety.

The Aurora Regional Fire Museum preserves and exhibits artifacts and history of the Aurora Fire Department and surrounding area fire departments and teaches and promotes fire safety. For more information about the Museum or to inquire about using the space, contact Brian Failing, Executive Director, at 630-256-4141 or

The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley is a philanthropic organization that administers charitable funds from which grants and scholarships are distributed to benefit residents of Aurora, the Tri-Cities and Kendall County. For more information on the foundation, visit or call 630-896-7800.


As a first-generation college student from a low-income family, I was worried about how I was going to pay for books and supplies. This scholarship will allow me to focus more on my studies instead of worrying about how to afford college. I am working to not only create opportunities for myself but to motivate future generations. Thank you so much for helping me along this journey!

Moises J.

Claude & Alice Allen Memorial Scholarship Recipient

We chose the Community Foundation because of its reputation. It’s well known, established and we can trust them to do the job for us.

Dick Schindel

Richard and Susan Schindel Scholarship Funds

…you can always start small, even $25 can make a difference. Remember we can’t take our money with us. Even if it’s just your gift of time. Volunteer and get involved.

Cris Anderson

Cristina & Thomas S. Anderson Endowment Fund | Tom & Cris Anderson Colonial Advisory Fund

There’s no question in my mind that the scholarship I received opened up possibilities.

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

Thank you very much for supporting my college education for these four years. I will never be able to repay you for the opportunity that this scholarship has given to me.

Julia H.

[Renewing Scholarship Recipient] Graduate of Hinkley-Big Rock High School

A community foundation is a donor-driven organization that helps donors custom-design funds that reflect their charitable interests. Through the years, grants from these funds have made a significant impact on our local communities.

Sharon Stredde

President Emeritus

Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

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