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Driving over to Wren Community Hall this morning to interview three individuals who made up a committee to organize an effort to build a stage in memory of Amy Schoener, I was reminded of the generosity that we often see in our part of the world.

First, Amy's husband, Bill Pearcy, along with Jane Olson and Mary Petersen, should be commended for all of their hard work in advancing the project from idea to reality. Everything fell right into place with folks like Jonathan Jenson, Lori Stephens, George Lauris, George Caldwell and Trevor Storch all playing important roles in its design and construction.

Those who donated money to the cause made it all happen. Petersen said two wonderful things occurred.

"First, the Wren Community Club was presented with an extremely generous offer by an organization that wishes to remain anonymous," Petersen wrote in an update on the stage project. "This organization offered to contribute up to $2,500 on a dollar-match basis if we raised $2,500 by a certain date toward the $5,000 goal."

But even before the Wren Community Club could get out the word on the equal match challenge, various donors had already contributed more than $2,500. And just like that, the money for the stage was in place. Additional donations were used to enhance the stage.

"We have been very fortunate, throughout this process, to have talented individuals step forward and volunteer their time and expertise to help us," Petersen wrote in another update. "A retired theatrical professor from OSU has shared his extensive knowledge about the requirements for a functional stage.

"A local architect, who understands the difficulties of working on buildings that are registered as historical resources, has been extremely generous with her time and guidance regarding building codes, the assessment of structural integrity of the hall, and has helped with preliminary design plans and images.

"And, a well-established local carpenter has volunteered to oversee our stage construction crew. Those are just a few examples, but everyone's efforts, both financial and volunteer, have shown extreme kindness to this community."

And she added, "This truly embodies how Amy Schoener lived her life."

The stage will be dedicated at 3 p.m. June 23.

Read about Amy and more details on Wren Community Hall's new stage in a full feature to appear in the Feb. 28 edition.


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