NEWPORT—The ongoing efforts to raise money for a complete renovation and upgrade of Cocke County High School’s auditorium received a welcome boost this week through a $25,000 grant from the Wright Family Foundation.
The auditorium project is one of the main activities of the school’s centennial year. Dating to the school’s move to its current facility in 1963, the auditorium has never had any substantial improvements or upgrades since its construction.
“I am extremely grateful for a company like the SI Group in Newport that supports and so generously gives back to the community in which they have facilities. Cocke County is one of four places in the United States eligible for these grants,” said Nancy Brawley, CCHS 100 Committee chair.
“The Wright Family Foundation serves as a model of how companies can have a huge impact in a county such as ours and the Cocke County High School 100 Committee express their deepest and sincerest appreciation for being awarded this grant. This funding will go a long way toward the much-needed renovation of the CCHS auditorium,” Brawley added.
Dan Dickens, Director of Newport Operations of the SI Group, made the presentation.
“The Wright Family Foundation supports organizations and programs that create opportunities for long-term and sustainable impact,” Dickens said. “We collaborate with other community resources, both private and public, in common areas of interest to further leverage the impact to communities.
“The Wright Family Foundation, Inc. is celebrating 20 years of giving in 2017. Established in 1997 to provide funding in support of neighborhood revitalization, jobs, and career support, education, and social needs, initial funding for the foundation was provided with a generation donation from SI Group. Since the foundation’s inception, we have provided over 500 grants, totaling 22 million dollars.”