On September 14, 2016, The Roanoke Women's Foundation was awarded the coveted Perry F. Kendig award for support of the arts! The RWF was nominated by Mill Mountain Theatre. It was a great evening with about a dozen RWF members present. The event was held in the home of the President of Hollins University, Nancy Gray.
The Perry F. Kendig Arts and Culture Awards, recognize individuals, businesses, and organizations in the Roanoke Valley that provide exemplary leadership in or support for the arts. Hollins University and Roanoke College co-sponsor the awards. “The Kendig Awards program provides a focal point for celebrating the Roanoke Valley’s cultural identity,” said Hollins President Nancy Gray. “This initiative enables all of us to realize and appreciate the vital role arts and culture play in economic development as well as education in our schools.”
“Presenting this annual program builds an even stronger arts and culture bridge between our campuses and the community,” added Roanoke College President Mike Maxey. “We are proud to join with Hollins to champion this celebration of the arts.”
Named for the late Perry F. Kendig, who served as president of Roanoke College and was an avid supporter and patron of the arts, the awards were presented by the Arts Council of the Blue Ridge for 27 years.