The generosity of a Gorham Fayette graduate from the 1930s continues to benefit students today.
Funds from a donation by Marguerite (Stowell) Grueneberg recently led to the purchase of a four-piece tympani set for the Fayette school band.
Grueneberg, a member of the Class of 1934, gave a large sum of money for two purposes, explained Fayette Area Foundation board member David Metcalf.
Half of the money was to be used for scholarships, and those funds were exhausted last spring after 15 years.
The other half was to be used for various classroom equipment, including musical instruments.
In the past, the funds have been used primarily for computer purchases, Metcalf said, and this is the first time a request has come from the music department.
The four-piece Ludwig drum set cost $7,500.
Fayette Music Booster president Suzy Sommers is very appreciative of the Fayette Area Foundation’s decision to buy the tympani because it would have taken a long time for the Boosters to be able to fund the purchase.
The Boosters pay the cost of solo and ensemble contests, all-county and district competition and other band and choir needs. A portion of the Boosters’ funds is placed aside for equipment needs and the group is considering buying a digital organ.
The Boosters’ annual Little Caesar’s fund-raiser recently wrapped up for 2008.
Metcalf reminds alumni and other Fayette school supporters to keep the Fayette Area Foundation in mind. Large donations such as the Grueneberg gift are rare, but smaller gifts also help the group continue its support of the school.
Donations should be sent to Box 130, Fayette, OH 43521.