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Florence Symphony Guild presents five grants

on Monday, 13 June 2022. Posted in Local News

Recipients of the grants from the Florence Symphony Guild, in no particular order, are Mollie Sarvis, Nyla Carraway, Kinsey Carraway, Lilly Green, and Jessica Weaver.

   The Florence Symphony Guild recently selected five students to receive grants to further their musical education.

    The grant winners include: Mollie Sarvis, second grade, Latta Elementary School, piano; Nyla Carraway, sixth grade, Johnakin Middle School, vocals; Kinsey Carraway, 10th grade, West Florence High School, French horn; Lilly Green, eighth grade, Southside Middle School, flute; and Jessica Weaver, 11th grade, South Florence High School, drum major/flute.

    The grants are made possible through an endowment from Kathleen Lazar Baskin and her family. The endowment was seeded with $9,500 from the family. It was created in August 2020 at the Eastern Carolina Community Foundation to provide musical grants to the underserved children in the Pee Dee area.

       The seed money was given in honor of Baskin’s 102nd birthday. The guild had planned to make its first awards in spring 2021, but the COVID-19 pandemic pushed everything back until this May.

   Baskin helped found the Florence Symphony Guild more than 50 years ago. Other founding members were Betty Hirst, Orion Bobbett, Marion Manweller, Sylvia Jebaily and Lilian Bein.

     The Eastern Carolina Community Foundation serves seven counties in the Pee Dee, including Florence. The foundation is a public charities foundation which supports more than 100 agency endowment funds.

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