Concert Raises Funds To Restore Manhattan Auditorium

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - Dozens of Manhattan residents were on hand Wednesday night for a special musical performance.

A free benefit concert was held to help restore Peace Memorial Auditorium, a living World War II memorial in downtown Manhattan.

The American Music Spectacular kicked off tonight at 7:30 featuring nearly 100 Kansas State University students performing instrumentals, vocals and dance.

"I’m very much interested in saving this auditorium, the stage, the balcony and the court here," said World War II Veteran Jim Sharp. "We built it way back in 1955 for future generations. We think we need to save it for future generations and do a remodel job to bring it up to its original grandeur."

In 1946 citizens approved a bond to build the auditorium that would serve as a living memorial for World War II veterans.

Donations were accepted at the door to help finance improvements toward the memorial.