TCT Awarded Grant

Traveling Children's Theatre among grant recipients

excerpts by Candace Blomendahl
York News-Times

YORK — The Jim B. and Lillian F. Cooper Foundation, along with Midwest Bank, announced that the York College Traveling Children's Theatre was among the recipients of grants given to very deserving organizations in local communities. 

Traveling Children's Theatre is in its 14th season under the direction of John Baker, Associate Professor of Communication. The 10-15 member cast surrenders their Tuesday and Thursday mornings to practices and performances. Beginning the first of March, they pack up twice a week and perform at various elementary schools in Nebraska and for special events, such as the boy scouts, and High School Days. Last year, they did 22 shows including their debut at Leadership Training for Christ in Kansas City. This year's show will be the children's classic Alice in Wonderland.

The Jim B. and Lillian F. Cooper Foundation began as a way for the Cooper family to give back to the communities in which Midwest Banks are located. The family felt it was important to show appreciation for and foster new relationships within those communities and has been doing so for many years. The Foundation's purpose is to support health, education and recreation in the communities that Midwest Bank serves. 

Over the years, the Jim B. and Lillian F. Cooper Foundation has been honored to give over $450,000 to local organizations. The Cooper Foundation appreciates the opportunity to make these contributions and looks forward to continuing the long standing tradition.

Midwest Bank presented the $750 Cooper Foundation grant and check. Pictured are: (l-r) Midwest Bank Senior Vice President Barry Redfern, Traveling Children’s Theatre Director John I. Baker III, and Midwest Bank President Doug Koopman.

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