KULAS FOUNDATION AWARDS $48,000 GRANT TO LAKE ERIE COLLEGE
-MONEY TO ASSIST SKINNER ORGAN RESTORATION PROJECT
(PAINESVILLE, OHIO) –The Kulas Foundation of Cleveland recently approved a grant of $48,000 to Lake Erie College for the preservation of a 1927 Skinner pipe organ, located in Morley Music Building on the College campus. The grant will be fulfilled by June 2006.
“We’re grateful to the Kulas Foundation for its generous support of this restoration project,” Interim President Sue Dreitzler said. “Not only has this organ played a significant role in the tradition of Lake Erie College, but it is also has great historical significance as it is one of the few remaining original Skinner pipe organs in Northeast Ohio. Restoration of the organ is important to the local, regional and national arts community.”
The Muller Pipe Organ Company of Croton, Ohio, removed the organ’s 4,226 pipes from the Morley Music Building in summer 2005 and is now carrying out the necessary restoration work at its factory. The College plans to have the organ reinstalled for an inaugural concert in October 2006 as part of its 150th anniversary celebration.
The Kulas Foundation, founded in 1937 by Elroy J. and Fynette Hill Kulas and John W. Reavis, makes grants mainly to support music, music therapy and arts and culture programs in organizations in Northeast Ohio. Lake Erie College is fortunate to have received generous support from the Foundation for various programs for over 40 years. Most recently the Foundation has supported the Kulas student ticket fund, which enables Lake Erie students to attend cultural events in Cleveland free of charge.
Founded in 1856, Lake Erie College is a dynamic and progressive institution of higher education, offering 22 undergraduate majors and master’s degrees in business administration and education. This coeducational college, grounded in the liberal arts, enrolls just over 1,000 students of all ages and is nationally recognized for its equine studies and international learning opportunities for students.
For more information, call 800-533-4996 or visit the website at www.lec.edu.