Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Pat Nowak presented a check for $11,000 Thursday, June 28, to Lourdes University Vice President for Institutional Advancement Mary Arquette. The funds were raised at the chamber’s Centennial Celebration for Walter Chapman held June 1 in the Sylvania Historical Village.
The $11,000 donation initiates the Walter Chapman endowed scholarship to be used for the Lourdes University’s study abroad program specifically for art students. Funds were raised at the chamber’s Centennial Celebration for Walter Chapman held on June 1 in the Sylvania Historical Village.
“When we realized that Walter was turning 100 on his birthday next Dec. 7, we decided this demanded a party. But, we wanted this celebration to be more than that, ” Ms. Nowak recounted. “Thanks to Erin Szavuly, Lourdes University’s art department chair, the concept for an endowed scholarship for art students to study abroad was developed. This was an ideal way to honor Walter, who was pleased with the concept. He donated five paintings, which were successfully auctioned at the even,” she said.
According to Ms. Nowak, the community response was tremendous. “We worked in conjunction with the Sylvania Community Arts Commission. As part of The Chapman Centennial, there was a Maple and Main Art Show on June 1 and 2 in downtown Sylvania featured 45 juried artists,” she reported.
Community cooperation included several corporate sponsors. Mercy Health Partners donated all of the banners, which graced the light posts in downtown Sylvania and the Historical Village. Other sponsors included KeyBank, The Toledo Blade, the city of Sylvania, Sylvania Township, Paramount Health Care, ProMedica Flower Hospital, Heidelberg Distributing, Walker Funeral Home, Kingston – Sylvania, Huntington Bank, 13 ABC, Buckeye CableSystem and 101.5 The River. “Several local restaurants, Caio!, Central Park West, Chandler Café, City Q Barbeque, Estons, Giant Eagle, Mancy’s Italian and Treo donated delicious samplings for grazing while Gordon’s Foods and Kroger offered in-kind support,” she offered. Joe and Shirley Gerdenich served as chairmen for the event.
‘This was a great collaboration of community groups to honor world-renowned Sylvania artist Walter Chapman and to benefit Lourdes University art students. It is wonderful to be a part of this great event,’ noted Mrs. Arquette.