Marion Community Foundation grant supports Palace Theatre sound improvements
The Palace Cultural Arts Association (PCAA), better known to the community as the Marion Palace Theatre, was recently awarded $198,000 from two funds at Marion Community Foundation. The monies will cover most associated costs of replacing the main auditorium’s failing speaker system, amps and wiring. The estimated total for the Palace Sound System project is $200,000.
Marion Palace Theatre Perpetual Care Fund, a designated fund which benefits the Palace Cultural Arts Association by providing financial support for capital improvements and major repairs of the Marion Palace Theatre, has awarded $108,000 towards the sound replacement project.
The Robert and Dorothy Wopat Community Fund at the Marion Community Foundation granted $90,000 toward the project. The Wopat Community Fund honors the memory and generosity of Robert M. & Dorothy C. Wopat, long-time residents of the Marion area, and creators of this forward-thinking fund. This endowment fund recommends grants to address a variety of community needs.
This winter the Palace will install a state-of-the-art sound system designed by Eighth Day Sound, a subsidiary of Clair Integration, which will replace the theatre’s existing 20-year old sound structure.
Ohio State Bar Association honors Marion attorney for longtime service
COLUMBUS — The Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) recently recognized Thomas A. Frericks of Marion for 50 years of service to the community and the legal profession.
Frericks is an attorney with the firm of Frericks and Howard where he focuses his practice in the areas of business and corporate law, estate planning, labor and employment and real estate law. He is a former member of the OSBA Labor and Employment Law Section Council and a past president of the Marion County Bar Association.
Frericks is a founding board member and past president of the Palace Cultural Arts Association Board of Directors and a current member and secretary of the Marion Palace Theatre Endowment Fund. He currently serves on the Marion General Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, The Ohio State University at Marion Board of Trustees and the Marion Rotary Club, where he is a past president of both the club and the rotary’s foundation.
Also honored during the OSBA’s District 5 annual meeting Oct. 7 was Bucyrus attorney James W. Pry II.
District 5 includes nearly 400 attorneys who practice in Crawford, Delaware, Marion, Morrow, Seneca and Wyandot counties.
• Marion County Chapter #75 of Public Employee Retirees Inc., 10 a.m., Wednesday, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 930 Harding Memorial Highway (next to the Veteran’s Park), Marion.