The Kennedy Center is moving forward with its first major expansion of the memorial to President John F. Kennedy after collecting $40 million more dollars in gifts and pledges.
The gifts bring the fundraising total to $90 million dollars so far. The total cost of the project is $125 million.
The performing arts center plans to add pavilions housing rehearsal halls and classrooms, a memorial garden to honor Kennedy and an outdoor video wall to simulcast performances.
New gifts from about a dozen donors include a lead pledge from Kennedy Center Treasurer Michael Neidorff and the Centene Charitable Foundation.
Kennedy Center Chairman David Rubenstein made an earlier pledge of $50 million when the project was announced in January.
A groundbreaking for the expansion is planned for next year . Construction is expected to be complete in 2017.