HIGH POINT, N.C., March 2, 2010 – High Point University is helping to bring music to the community, thanks to the donations of pianos to the Divine Restoration Ministries and the High Point Housing Authority.
“When it came time to replace the pianos in our students practice studios, the university wanted to ensure that these pianos found a good home, while helping nonprofit and community organizations in High Point,” says Dr. Marc Foster, chairman of the Music Department. “HPU called upon the United Way of High Point to solicit their members and associated agencies to find a group that needed a piano.”
Foster found that the Rev. Randall Baldwin of Divine Restoration Ministries needed a piano for the sanctuary in his church. Baldwin?s church works tirelessly for the homeless, and also provides emergency clothing and food boxes for victims of fires and other disasters. The church also provides clothes for job interviews.
“High Point University has been one of the first responders wherever there was a call for improvement,” Baldwin says. “Crossing ethnic and racial barriers, High Point University has always been first, and not last; the head, and not the tail, in every endeavor it undertakes.”
Foster then found that the High Point Housing Authority could use pianos as well. The organization will place the donated pianos in recreation areas in two of their facilities. The Housing Authority works diligently to provide eligible families and individuals with adequate and affordable housing, economic advancement and home ownership opportunities – in a safe, drug-free, suitable living environment – without discrimination.
“Our residents are extremely grateful for the pianos donated by High Point University,” says Ruth Henderson, senior property manager. “Music adds so much to everyone?s life, and the pianos will definitely energize our current programs, as well as our resident events in the future. … We are sure that the gift from HPU will provide many years of special entertainment and pleasure to a wonderful group of individuals – our residents.”
“The Divine Restoration Church and the High Point Housing Authority are so involved in our community helping those less fortunate,” says Dr. Nido Qubein, president of HPU. “We are happy to support their good works. HPU?s faculty, staff and students are involved in numerous nonprofits across our city and country.”
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at www.highpoint.edu.
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