Renovated Firehouse to include an art gallery, classroom and a performance center named the Kum & Go Theater.
Kum & Go President and CEO Kyle Krause and Sharon Krause along with Kum & Go presented the Des Moines Social Club (DMSC) with a $350,000 gift to renovate the former Des Moines Firehouse to promote local artists and provide a recruiting tool for downtown Des Moines.
This contribution signifies the importance of a vibrant arts community to the quality of life of residents in the Greater Des Moines area.
The Firehouse will include an art gallery, classroom and a performance center that will be named the Kum & Go Theater. Additionally, Kum & Go will sponsor DMSC’s The Bash, Des Moines’ premier New Year’s Eve event and benefit with proceeds supporting programming of the club.
“The spirit of philanthropy is deeply imbedded in the culture of Kum & Go. Supporting our local communities through giving has always been a cornerstone of our business both financially and donating our time, talent and resources,” said Krause. “Arts and cultural organizations offer a unique ability to enrich, inspire and educate audiences with diverse backgrounds.”
Kyle and Sharon both serve on the Capital Campaign Committee for DMSC. This group is charged with raising $3.5 million needed for the purchase and renovation of the Firehouse.
“Sharon and Kyle have always been visionary leaders for Des Moines, and have proved their leadership yet again through this amazing partnership,” said Zachary Mannheimer, executive director of The Des Moines Social Club. “They understand that the arts are vitally important to the economic industry, generating revenue, creating jobs and developing communities.”