HICKORY — The Hickory Community Theatre has been chosen by the Corning Incorporated Foundation as one of 50 recipients for its Employee Vibrant Community Grant program.

The Employee Vibrant Community Grants first began in 2018 as part of the foundation’s 65th anniversary celebration. In 2019, the foundation made it an annual program, providing an opportunity for Corning employees to be a part of the granting process. The foundation has granted more than $167,600,000 to nonprofit organizations since it was founded in 1952. Through leadership and collaboration, the foundation strives to foster vibrant, enriching and supportive communities.

Full- and part-time Corning U.S. employees submitted applications online for the Employee Vibrant Community Grants. The first 50 eligible applications received by the foundation were awarded grants. Former Hickory resident Adam Neilly, director of finance for Corning Life Sciences, submitted the application for the theater. Both Neilly and his wife, Meredyth, were very involved with Hickory arts organizations during their time here; he as a board member of the Western Piedmont Symphony and she as an actor, board member and volunteer with the Hickory Community Theatre.

HCT is a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County and a charter member of the American Association of Community Theatres.

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