Published Sunday, February 03, 2013
From Special Reports
The Coweta Community Foundation (CCF) recently awarded a $4,000 grant to the Newnan High School Choral Department to purchase a new piano.
The grant was awarded from the newly-established Thomas McKeehan fund. McKeehan was once described as Senoia’s “one man cultural center.” Because of McKeehan’s avid love and appreciation for the arts, the grant for NHS was a natural fit.
However, the grant did not cover the entire amount that was needed, so Coweta Community Foundation Board Member and Newnan resident Ginger Jackson Queener, who is a vice president of investments with UBS, immediately went to her employer to see how they could help. UBS believes in improving the quality of life in the communities in which they live and work. As one of the world’s leading financial firms with operations in more than 50 countries, UBS depends on the well-being of these communities to support its growing business. Specifically, UBS places a priority on funding programs that prepare today’s youth for tomorrow’s work place.
UBS stepped up and through the Coweta Community Foundation awarded the Newnan High School Choral Department with the additional $1,000 to purchase the much needed piano.
Newnan High School Choral Director Ms. Elizabeth Robbins was ecstatic and appreciative of the grant. “It would’ve taken us 10 years to fund-raise for such a piano on our own,” said Robbins. Approximately 130 students in grades 9-12 participate in the choral program at Newnan High School. Each of these students will benefit directly from the addition of a piano in their classroom. Ms. Robbins shared that “it’s about seeing possibilities for yourself” and the new piano will open up those possibilities. The new piano with digital keyboard will be used for large group performances, cooperative projects, and individual student work. CCF will continue to support dynamic, community-focused organizations that put the needs of the county at the forefront.
CCF’s funding interests include, but are not limited to, women’s and children’s issues, public safety, education, and the arts. CCF maintains a broad and ongoing grants program which does not discriminate with regard to race, sex, religion, national origin, handicap, familial status or age.
Established in 1997 by the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce, CCF exists to help make the quality of life better for all Coweta County citizens. As a 501(c)3 organization governed by an entirely volunteer-staffed board of directors, CCF’s primary goal is to accept, manage and disperse gifts and bequests from individuals, organizations, corporations, and estates.
Contact CCF to learn how you can leave a legacy to touch your community. Visit the CCF website at www.cowetafoundation.org or call 770-253-1833.