PIQUA — The Edison Foundation at Edison State Community College has named Ed and Kay Curry the Co-Chairs of the 19th Annual Holiday Evening event. This year’s event will feature The Texas Tenors on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the College’s Piqua campus. Proceeds from Holiday Evening at Edison State directly support the Edison Foundation to provide student scholarships.
Prior to serving as the Chairman of Edison State’s Board of Trustees and a member of the Edison Foundation Board, Ed spent a significant portion of his working career in the tire industry. After relocating for various positions, with his wife Kay’s support, they ended up in Greenville where he became part owner of Shrader’s, Inc.
“My first relationship with Edison State’s Darke County campus in Greenville was as a business owner,” said Curry. “We had 50-60 people working at our tire retread plant, including shift supervisors who we would send to take management courses at Edison. These were all workers who didn’t attend college and had worked their way up. The training helped supplement the knowledge they already had and prepared them for those roles.”
A Winchester, Indiana, native, Curry began his college career at Earlham University in Indiana and transferred to Ball State, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing. “When I transferred to Ball State, I was paying half of what I had at Earlham.”
“They talk about the college experience – your first year as a freshman, you’re scared to death, and all you do is worry and work, your senior year, you’re worried about getting a job – so really you only have two years of the college experience.”
“My advice is to go to a community college like Edison, spend next to nothing with a scholarship, finish two years of college, and then transfer to a four-year university.”
Outside of Edison State, the Currys are involved with a number of community organizations. Currently, Ed sits on the Board of Directors of the Darke County Economic Foundation and the Darke County Board of Elections as Chairman.
Kay, a founding member of the Cancer Association of Darke County, now sits on the board of directors for the association.
Together, Ed and Kay have supported the Annie Oakley Golf Tournament for the last 35 years, serving as event chairpersons for last 12. Since its start, the event has raised $300,000 for the Cancer Association of Darke County.
The Currys are aware of what a great asset Edison State is to the community and are pleased to act as the 2016 Holiday Evening Co-Chairs. “We believe community colleges serve what they are; they are there for the community. This event helps provide the community with scholarships to achieve their educational and career goals.”
“Within the last two years, we’ve had three opportunities to see The Texas Tenors, and we thought they were great,” added Curry.
From Bruno Mars to Puccini, Marcus Collins, John Hagen, and JC Fisher, of The Texas Tenors, treat audiences to a unique blend of country, classical, Broadway and current pop music. They use breathtaking vocals, humor and a touch of cowboy charm to create an unforgettable live show.
The annual holiday event has previously included performances by renowned musicians The Manhattan Transfer, The Return, Tim Janis, Australia’s The Ten Tenors, Straight No Chaser, The Toledo Symphony Orchestra and former Tonight Show bandleader Doc Severinson to name a few.
Now in its 19th year, the annual occasion has become a staple of the holiday season for many. Attendees spend the evening with family and friends while enjoying quality entertainment and cuisine.
“Holiday Evening is a special night out, with wonderful entertainment, and the ticket sales are for a good cause,” added Curry.
Tickets are limited and tend to sell out quickly. Proceeds from the evening will go to the Edison Foundation Scholarship Fund to support Edison State students. For more information, or to be added to the Holiday Evening mailing list, contact Julie Slattery at [email protected] or 937-778-7805. Tickets are available online at www.edisonohio.edu/holidayevening.