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Arts Center awarded EITC funds from PPL Electric Utilities

The Community Arts Center is the grateful recipient of $10,000 from PPL Electric Utilities through the Pennsylvania Education Improvement Tax Credit program, a donation that was used to support last month’s production of “The Nutcracker.”

On Dec. 4-5, the CAC, Lycoming College and Saint John’s School of the Arts joined forces to present the holiday classic. “The Nutcracker” featured a live orchestra composed of Lycoming College students and local musicians, as well as a completely local intergenerational cast of more than 100 dancers, ages 4 to adult.

Displaying a $10,000 Educational Improvement Tax Credit donation from PPL Electric Utilities are (from left) Jim Dougherty, executive director of the Community Arts Center; Traci Witter, PPL regional affairs director; and Ana Gonzalez-White, director of CAC development. (Photo provided)
Displaying a $10,000 Educational Improvement Tax Credit donation from PPL Electric Utilities are (from left) Jim Dougherty, executive director of the Community Arts Center; Traci Witter, PPL regional affairs director; and Ana Gonzalez-White, director of CAC development. (Photo provided)

“PPL is proud to support the Community Arts Center,” said Tracie Witter, PPL regional affairs director. “Not only is it a beautiful historic venue, it allows the arts to thrive hosting performers from all over the country and inviting young people such as those who performed in ‘The Nutcracker’ this holiday season.”

Educational Improvement Tax Credit grants allow approved organizations to invest in projects that improve access to high quality education programs. Organizations must be prequalified by the state Department of Community & Economic Development to participate.

“EITC funds are essential in developing the arts through our region, and we’re thrilled to partner with PPL in supporting this mission,” said Jim Dougherty, executive director. “This generosity allows us to bring the wonder of live performance to young people throughout our community, both on the stage and in the audience.”

Funding for the educational programming is derived from various sources, including EITC funds, donations, corporate sponsorships and grants.

Ana Gonzalez-White, director of CAC development, said, “This donation from PPL Electric Utilities will contribute greatly to our student-centered programming and is very much appreciated.”

For more information about giving opportunities at the CAC, contact Gonzalez-White at 570-327-7657 or by email.

The CAC is a wholly owned subsidiary that merged with Pennsylvania College of Technology for administrative purposes last fall.

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