MCHENRY – The FirstEnergy Foundation doubled the establishment of the Performing Arts Center at Garrett College.
Having already committed to providing a name for one of the PAC offices, the FirstEnergy Foundation also provided the gift for the name of the PAC light and sound room. Richard Midcap, president of Garrett College, called the multiple donations “extremely inspiring.”
âFirstEnergy and the FirstEnergy Foundation have made a significant commitment to this facility, which will be a tremendous community resource,â said Midcap.
Lorna Wisham, President of the FirstEnergy Foundation, called the CAP “a cultural and educational good that will benefit the region for years to come”.
âFirstEnergy is committed to strengthening the communities where we live and work, and we are proud to support this exciting new facility with a donation from the FirstEnergy Foundation,â said Wisham.
The FirstEnergy Foundation contributes to local nonprofit organizations with the aim of strengthening the social and economic fabric of communities in its service region.
The name of the FirstEnergy Foundation is one in a series of donations recently announced by the Garrett College Foundation. The foundation has raised over $ 2.2 million to achieve the campaign’s $ 2.5 million goal for Garrett: Fulfilling Our Dream, which will generate regular income for PAC operations.
âMembers of our community and local businesses have been extremely generous in contributing to this ambitious campaign,â said GCF Managing Director Cherie Krug, noting that the $ 2.5 million campaign is the largest of the l history of the foundation. “We are currently working with a multitude of potential donors to help us reach this goal of $ 2.5 million.”
Mary Callis, executive director of the Performing Arts Center at Garrett College, said the light and sound capabilities will enhance the experience for performers and audiences.
âState-of-the-art sound and lighting are essential for the community that will be using this facility,â said Callis. âUntil now, it has been difficult, if not impossible, to have some theater and dance performances in our community due to inadequate lighting and sound technology.
âIn addition, there will be opportunities to provide more training and education on how to use this type of technology,â Callis said, noting that the PAC will be a center of learning and performance.