Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- The Clay Center is asking its board of directors and advisory members to pitch in as it tries to erase a projected $324,000 deficit.
It's the first budget shortage in the Charleston arts and sciences center's history. Clay center officials attribute the deficit to the economic downturn.
The Clay Center's development committee has asked the 56 board members to each help raise $5,000, either by soliciting $1,000 donations from five "business associates" or contributing the entire amount themselves.
The center's 27-member advisory board received the same request.
Chief development officer Kathy Bush-Morris says Clay Center officials expect many board members to help with the fundraising effort.
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