Athenaeum President Living on Roof to Raise Money
The president of the Athenaeum Foundation will be on the roof of the building in downtown Indianapolis.
Cassie Stockamp will live on the roof of the historic downtown landmark for six days beginning October 8 to try and raise money to help with maintenance to keep the building's doors open. Stockamp says the total deferred maintenance costs are around $6 million dollars along with yearly heating and cooling costs of around $250,000 dollars.
Stockamp says the idea for the fundraiser came from Athenaeum Foundation board member David Willkie, who spent 60 days on top of the building in 1992 to help raise money for building repairs needed back then. She says the roof will be open for the public to join her and enjoy the view of downtown Indianapolis. At night, they'll be selling packages to corporations who can bring guests or employees and enjoy entertainment on the roof.
Earlier this year, the Athenaeum reached an agreement with the operators of the Ratheskellar restaurant to keep the popular Biergarten open. Part of that agreement includes the restaurant operators to host an annual fundraiser to help offset maintenance costs as well.