Members of the Convoy Historical Society accepted a $30,000 donation from Avangrid Renewables on Thursday. Pictured from left are Raymond Hertz, Fran Neiswander, Neil Voje of Avangrid, Larry Webb, Jane Jones, Emily Baur, Ruth Ann Densel, Cindy Harting, and Jan McIntosh. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)
Members of the Convoy Historical Society accepted a $30,000 donation from Avangrid Renewables on Thursday. Pictured from left are Raymond Hertz, Fran Neiswander, Neil Voje of Avangrid, Larry Webb, Jane Jones, Emily Baur, Ruth Ann Densel, Cindy Harting, and Jan McIntosh. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)

CONVOY – Avangrid Renewables donated their biggest amount yet in the community on Thursday.

A $30,000 donation from the Avangrid Foundation was given to the Convoy Historical Society to help with the Convoy Opera House project.

Larry Webb of the Convoy Historical Society said that the money will help to complete phase one which required $120,000 and give them a good start on phase two.

“The first phase is to restore the Opera House itself,” said Webb. “We bought the other building on the other side that will eventually come across. We want to put restrooms in the back, and we want to put in a food preparation area so if someone wants to come up and have a dinner they can do that.”

Other areas of restoration include a renovated lobby and restoration of walls and doors.

The Convoy Historical Society was awarded $60,000 from the State Capital Improvements Fund to help kick off the project in early 2016. Since then, many different organizations have come together to donate money.

Neil Voje, Wind Park Manger of Blue Creek Wind Farm, presented the check to the Convoy Historical Society. Originally the society had requested a $1,500 donation, but Avangrid was excited to hear about the project and wanted do more to help.

“The Avangrid Foundation is always looking for different cultural ways to benefit the community in addition to what we already do; this is more of a philanthropic donation,” said Voje. “They really enjoy reaching out. As soon as they heard that there is an opera house, the company got really excited; you don’t see that (an opera house) too often in small town living.”

“It’s just a really neat way of helping the community get better,” said Voje of the donation.

The Convoy Opera House is located at 111 S. Main St. in Convoy, and once renovation is completed the historical building will be able to host plays, meetings, community events, movies, and more.