By NECIA P. SEAMONS
Citizen staff writer
The restoration of the Oneida Stake Academy has received a significant boost from the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation, Inc.
The Oneida Stake Academy Foundation (OSAF) recently was awarded a $25,000 grant from the Cunningham Foundation to restore the main beam under the academy’s elegant ballroom. The ballroom comprises the entire upper floor of the 122-year-old building.
“Accepting this grant is especially gratifying, as the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation, Inc., is involved in sponsoring so many worthwhile projects in Idaho. We are pleased to be a part of that family,” said Elliott Larsen, executive director of the OSAF.
Laura Moore Cunningham was a native of Boise. Idaho Governor Robert E. Smylie stated at her funeral that, “her contribution to civic enterprise was the highest tradition of gracious citizenship.”
Cunningham’s foundation was organized in 1963, and is one of the oldest and largest charitable foundations in Idaho. It is dedicated to promoting organizations it believes will help to enhance the quality of life in the state of Idaho. Dozens of educational institutions offer scholarships funded by the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation, Inc. Many projects undertaken by other organizations such as hospitals, public schools and cultural and social centers in Idaho have received funds from the Cunningham Foundation.
“Our architects from Design West are working out final details on restoring the Oneida Stake Academy building’s ballroom beam. Work will begin as soon as they give the go ahead,” said Nathan Hale, chairman of the OSAF.
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