Unleashed to Succeed - Capital Campaign

Dear Reading Center Supporters!

For decades, The Reading Center operated out of a basement; and, despite having moved to our own building almost twenty years ago, we still primarily work out of homes and borrowed spaces.  Our current 3,000 sq. foot building is about one-quarter the size we need to fit our programs onsite.  In 2013, The Reading Center Board of Directors approved a plan to grow programming numbers and fund a new facility to meet the community’s needs. We are starting to see the fruition of those plans come to life!


The Reading Center’s new home will be located in the NW corner of Rochester near Costco off West Circle Drive. The 10,000 square foot plan includes 9-12 spaces for tutoring and testing (we have 3 now), a classroom for our Reading Club parent/child classes, and an open library with seating for parents.  The new conference space will be large enough to fit our Basic and Advanced OG Training Institutes, as well as our monthly tutor meetings and outreach presentations for the public.  We will even have 40 parking spots!! 

We officially broke ground on the new building in November 2018 and move in late summer/early fall 2019!


Behind the scenes, The Reading Center has been quietly working to secure funds for a new facility. Thanks to our Capital Campaign Leadership and Volunteers, we have secured $1.5 million in state bonding funds and almost $2.8 million in private funds from foundations, corporations and individual donors. We have about $60,000 left to raise to fully fund the campaign.

The overall goal for the Unleashed to Succeed Campaign is $4.3 million, funding both program capacity increases and to build a new facility.   We budgeted $500,000 over three years to train and hire staff and to invest in technology and $3.8 million for construction of a new building.  We are well on our way to serving the most students ever in our 70 year history! 


We hope you will join us in contributing to this amazing opportunity to raise the profile of dyslexia in our community and to provide help to struggling readers in our state.

Thank you, 

Capital Campaign Co-Chairs

Capital Campaign Co-Chairs, Dr. Brooks Edwards, Dr. Terri Edwards, Joe Powers.

Capital Campaign Co-Chairs, Dr. Brooks Edwards, Dr. Terri Edwards, Joe Powers.

Capital Campaign Leadership

Campaign Co-Chairs

Joe Powers

Terri Edwards, M.D.

Brooks Edwards, M.D.

Campaign Group Co-Chairs

Bobbi LaRusso & Lora Keller, Staff & Tutors

Nicole Blegen & Amy Davis, Parents & Alumni

Sharon O’C Rome, Former Staff

Mike Fogarty & Larry Peterson, Former Board

Campaign Volunteers

Carl Anderson, Danny Bucknell, Jan Hagedorn, Ginger Holmes, Jeff Price, Ben Tilson, Becky & John Sperling, Stacey VandenHeuvel, Suzanne Viggianno


If you have questions about the campaign please contact Director of Development, Sarah Carlson-Wallrath at 507-288-5271 or read@thereadingcenter.org.

We are 99%+ of the way to our $4.3 million goal!

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November 26, 2018 - Officially breaking ground on the new Reading Center building!

We hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking with 125+ of our closest friends on Sunday, September 16, 2018.