Holiday Evening raises more than $40K


PIQUA — The Edison Foundation at Edison State Community College held its 19th annual Holiday Evening on Wednesday, Dec. 7, to help raise money for student scholarships. The evening featured The Texas Tenors as the headlining entertainment for the night’s festivities.

Nearly 350 guests attended the annual gala, where they enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and the company of others. While a majority of the guests in attendance were local, several out-of-state guests attended to see the evening’s entertainment as they performed their special holiday show, “Deep in the Heart of Christmas.”

Proceeds from the evening benefit the Edison Foundation’s General Scholarship Fund, which directly assists recent high school graduates and those returning to the classroom to start, change or advance their careers.

“Each ticket that was sold is helping support students through scholarship opportunities,” said Rick Hanes, vice president of Business and Community Partnerships. “I have each guest to thank, as well as, the evening’s presenting sponsors, Emerson and Premier Health–Upper Valley Medical Center, for making this event a success. Every dollar counts when it comes to helping students achieve their dreams.”

This year’s event raised over $40,000, which will assist countless students in the upcoming academic year, including the Thomas Alva Edison recipients, who are in the top 15 percent of their high school class.

“It’s great to see so many people willing to help support a worthy cause, especially around the holidays,” said Edison State President Dr. Doreen Larson. “The students that receive these scholarships often find themselves with one less stress while pursuing their education, and that says a lot. We want to see students have a positive college experience and succeed, which is the whole reason behind this event.”

Also contributing to the success of the event were the evening’s co-chairs, Ed and Kay Curry of Greenville, who were instrumental in helping to garner additional sponsorships.

This year’s entertainment featured stunning vocals as they performed classic holiday hits as well as music of their own. The crowd rose to their feet for a moving rendition of Lee Greenwood’s “Gold Bless The U.S.A” as the American flag waived.

The celebration of the holiday season includes past performances by world-renowned musician Tim Janis, Australia’s The Ten Tenors, Straight No Chaser, The Toledo Symphony Orchestra and former “Tonight Show” bandleader Doc Severinsen.

To learn more about Holiday Evening and view a slideshow of the evening’s proceedings and attendees, visit

Courtesy photo The Texas Tenors perform “Amazing Grace” in front of a crowded audience at the Edison Foundation’s 19th annual Holiday Evening on December 7. photo The Texas Tenors perform “Amazing Grace” in front of a crowded audience at the Edison Foundation’s 19th annual Holiday Evening on December 7.

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