Putnam County Playhouse adds new lighting with help from Hendricks Power

Monday, August 1, 2016
Lending support to a lighting upgrade project at Putnam County Playhouse, Hendricks Power CEO Greg Ternet (left) presents a $3,750 check to Playhouse board president Michael McClaine and board member Drew Brattain, along with Dean Gambill of the Putnam County Community Foundation, which facilitated the grant. (Courtesy of Hendricks Power)

Things should soon be getting a bit brighter inside the Hazel Day Longden Theatre in Greencastle.

Hendricks Power Cooperative recently contributed $3,750 toward a lighting project for the Putnam County Playhouse and sought a matching grant from CoBank's "Sharing Success" program. This $7,500-plus other funds raised by the organization will allow it to replace the existing system that's been in place for more than 15 years.

The outdated system was malfunctioning, causing not only lighting issues for productions, but also safety concerns.

"Our old lighting system was used when we obtained it over 15 years ago," Playhouse board president Michael McClaine said. "Needless to say, this grant came just in time to avoid major disruptions in performances and ensures technical lighting reliability going forward for many years."

Board member Drew Brattain added, "The support we received from Hendricks Power and CoBank is greatly appreciated and demonstrates their willingness to give back to communities they serve."

Hendricks Power Director of Corporate Marketing Dana Cochran said the company was happy to help the community.

"Hendricks Power is committed to helping our communities thrive in all areas and this project aligned well with our efforts from a lighting, energy efficiency and safety perspective," Cochran said. "We are glad to provide these funds and help attain the matching grant from CoBank so that the Putnam County Playhouse can continue to provide high quality productions for its community."

The Putnam County Community Foundation helped facilitate this grant by bringing the need to Hendricks Power.

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