Harvest to aid center

May 14, 2008

Harvest Foundation has awarded Spencer-Penn School Preservation Organization a three-year, $144,972 grant.

The funds will be used to enhance the Spencer-Penn Centre auditorium’s use for cultural performances and community and family events, and for senior citizen programs and organizational development, according to a release from Harvest and Spencer-Penn.

“Spencer-Penn Centre has become a real point of pride for our community,” said Jeffrey Mansour, senior program officer for The Harvest Foundation. “They succeeded in giving new life and purpose to the old school while staying true to its history. Their success has not just created a wonderful new venue for performances, programs and events; they have also cultivated a highly motivated group of volunteers and community leaders. This newly funded project will help them build on their successes and offer even more amenities and programs to area residents.”

The former Spencer-Penn School has been transformed into a cultural, educational and entertainment center by Spencer-Penn School Preservation Organization. The organization has upgraded the facility but also has restored aspects of the original structure.

Mary Jordan, president of preservation organization, emphasized what the Spencer-Penn Centre has meant to the community.

“The Spencer-Penn Centre has continued what the old Spencer-Penn School had accomplished for 77 years. It has continued to be the venue for education and entertainment, and also a place where neighbors from all over Henry and Patrick counties and many other surrounding areas, can meet,” she said.

“With positive-thinking volunteers who have unselfishly dedicated their time and many talents,” she added, “and through the contributions of the Harvest Foundation and other grantors, Spencer Penn is continuing its legacy.”

For more information on the center, go to www.thecentreatspencerpenn.com, or call 957-5757.

The Harvest Foundation was established in 2002 from the sale of Memorial Hospital in Martinsville. For more information, go to http://www.theharvestfoundation.org.


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