Greencastle-Antrim Performing Arts Center is named after the Shockey family
About ten years ago, Ken Shockey told then-superintendent Dr. C. Gregory Hoover that the Steinway grand piano in the auditorium at Greencastle-Antrim High School needed refurbishing and it was going to cost £50. $000.
“Ken said, ‘But I have an answer,'” Hoover recounted at the start of the first of two Old House Week community services on Sunday, August 7 in the auditorium.
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The piano refurbishment was the start of what would, beginning this year, total $400,000 invested in the auditorium by the Paul K. and Anna E. Shockey Family Foundation, established by Ken Shockey’s parents. Paul Shockey was co-founder of JLG Industries and Anna Shockey was a nurse.
“Ken probably regrets that answer because I kept coming back,” Hoover laughed before announcing that the auditorium will now be known as the Shockey Family Center for Performing Arts. The name appears in gold letters above the entrance to the establishment.
“Last year I said, ‘We need $100,000,’ and within 30 seconds Ken said, ‘Yes,'” Hoover told the worship service audience.
“We knew it was going to be put to good use, and it was,” said Ken Shockey, thanking the school district for the honor. He was followed on the microphone by his wife, Bonnie, who greeted the audience as President of 41st Triennial Greencastle-Antrim Old Home Week.
The latest upgrades – new curtains, better lighting for the pit and steps leading to the stage, and a new projector – were evident during services for Old Home Week, “Jesus, You Are Worthy” and the “Yesterday” show. , When We Were Young.”
The worship included an 80-plus-voice choir and a 30-plus-member orchestra, with Ken Shockey on keyboard.
“I still play that damn piano,” joked Ken Shockey.
“We thank your family for all that you have done for our district and we are extremely grateful for this generosity which will help provide a better experience for our students and the community,” wrote the current superintendent, Dr. Lura Hanks. , in a letter that was given to the Shockeys.
“It looks great now,” said Gerald Crable, Data and Assessment Supervisor and District Auditorium Manager. “The projector looks like what you would see in a huge theater, it’s that kind of quality. The picture is beautiful.
The upgrades wouldn’t be possible without what Crable called the “extreme generosity” of the Shockey family, since the auditorium’s budget is only $4,000 to $5,000 a year.
Shawn Hardy is a reporter for Gannett’s Franklin County newspapers in south-central Pennsylvania – Echo Pilot in Greencastle, The Record Herald in Waynesboro, and Public Opinion in Chambersburg. She has over 35 years of journalism experience. Contact her at email@example.com