New 3-Day 'Tere KESKUS' Fundraising Campaign Features Olympian Erki Nool and Conductor Tõnu Kaljuste

Updated: Jun 29

Update #102

The KESKUS International Estonian Centre Capital Campaign “Tere, KESKUS” is gaining momentum, and Estonian celebrities including Olympic Gold Medalist Erki Nool, tennis pro Anett Kontaveit and Grammy Award-winning conductor Tõnu Kaljuste are making special appearances during a special three-day fundraising campaign.


The campaign takes place from June 21st to 24th, and KESKUS is inviting Estonians and their friends across the globe to join virtually to donate and enjoy free programming.

Estonian Olympian Erki Nool wears KESKUS hardhat
Estonian tennis pro Anett Kontaveit

Each day, viewers will enjoy new Estonian music and entertainment, a culinary journey, special guest appearances and much more. The events will be broadcast on the Tere, KESKUS campaign webpage.


A Home for Estonians Around the World


Funds raised in the Tere, KESKUS campaign will go to build a 33,000 sq. ft. world-class, state-of-the-art home for Estonians around the world. The $31 million centre will bring prominence to Estonia and facilitate business and entrepreneurial opportunities between Estonia and North America. KESKUS was designed by three-time Governor General award-winning Estonian-Canadian architect Alar Kongats.


Former President Toomas Hendrik Ilves is Honourary Chair of the KESKUS International Estonian Centre Capital Campaign: ​“The new International Estonian Centre will inspire and be a source of pride for Estonia’s largest diaspora community, and a home away from home for those with Estonian roots across North America and beyond. This is the biggest project that our Estonian diaspora has undertaken in over 50 years. The Centre envisions a flagship building that showcases our culture and heritage and facilitates entrepreneurial and business opportunities with Estonia while also providing a space for the programming of the local vibrant community. ”


Support for KESKUS has already come from France, UK, Estonia and across Canada and the United States. KESKUS is slated to open in 2022. View the KESKUS three-minute virtual tour here.


Campaign Donations Matched to Have 4X Impact


KESKUS is currently at 75% of its overall campaign goal. From June 21-24th, all new donations will be matched to have a 4X effect, up to $1 million thanks to the generous support of the Estonian-Canadian Torokvei family. This means that your gift can have a 4X impact!


To learn more, visit the campaign website and join the Tere, KESKUS campaign to build a future for Estonians worldwide. Don't forget to check back on June 21st for the Tere, KESKUS virtual event, with new content each day!


Get Involved and Help Support Our Future


Please join our growing list of capital campaign donors!


The KESKUS International Estonian Centre’s donor categories are Kalevipoja Laud for gifts of $100,000 and above (including naming rights for specific areas), Viru Vanemad for gifts of $10,000 and above, and Kungla Rahvas for gifts under $10,000. To make a donation at the Kalevipoja Laud or Viru Vanemad level, or to donate securities or make a pledge to pay over time, please contact donations@estoniancentre.ca.


Donations may be made as a family gift, or in honour of an individual or family. All Canadian, Estonian and U.S. donations will be issued a tax receipt.


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