PIQUA — The Edison Foundation at Edison State Community College has named James and Ginny Thompson the co-chairs of the 20th annual Holiday Evening event, which supports student scholarship opportunities.
This year’s event will feature four-time Emmy Award winner and two-time Grammy nominee John Tesh on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at the Piqua Campus.
“We’re honored to be named co-chairs of this year’s Holiday Evening event. Ginny and I have always appreciated the great cause this event supports,” James Thompson said.
“The college, as is well-known, is an asset to Shelby, Miami, and Darke counties. Together by raising money for scholarships, we are all supporting individual students and their efforts to be successful and contribute to society.”
Before serving as the chairman of Edison State’s board of trustees and a member of the Foundation Board, Thompson served in the United States Navy and spent a significant portion of his career in law enforcement for the Botkins and Sidney communities.
Ginny Thompson, who spent 26 years as a schoolteacher, was selected twice as Teacher of the Year at Anna Local Schools and is a co-founder of the Shelby County Black Achievers Scholarship Foundation.
Outside of their contributions to Edison State, James and Ginny Thompsonhave been involved with numerous community organizations. Because of their experiences, the couple has witnessed the impact a scholarship can have on a student’s life.
“Ginny and I have always been aware of the value of education,” Thompson said. “Keeping in touch with students through the years, she and I have realized how much financial assistance can mean to someone trying to fulfill potential by enrolling in a college program.”
“We both believe the legacy of leaders, in any community, is usually recognized by the wake they leave behind. It is because of the many community members who have attended Holiday Evening in years past that have allowed the Edison Foundation to provide hundreds of thousand of dollars in scholarships to students over the last 19 years.”
John Tesh, a four-time Emmy Award winner and two-time Grammy nominee, has maintained a highly successful and varied career path that includes a 10-year run as anchor on “Entertainment Tonight,” a string of No. 1 radio hits, and his popular nationally syndicated radio show.
Tesh’s “Grand Piano Christmas” offers holiday favorites with Tesh’s signature style. Twenty-five years and 50-plus recordings into his multifaceted, ever-evolving musical career, Tesh blends easy listening, classical, pop, and new age.
“John Tesh and his band are phenomenal,” Thompson said. “We anticipate an entire evening of vibrant music and great entertainment.”
The annual holiday event has previously included performances by renowned musicians The Texas Tenors, The Manhattan Transfer, The Return, Tim Janis, Australia’s The Ten Tenors, Straight No Chaser, The Toledo Symphony Orchestra, and former “Tonight Show” bandleader Doc Severinson to name a few.
“Guests can expect another evening of outstanding first class entertainment. The food is always creative, delicious, and plentiful. Prepare to be impressed,” Thompson added.
Proceeds from the evening will directly benefit the Edison Foundation Scholarship Fund to support Edison State students. A limited number of tickets are available at $125 each and tend to sell out quickly. Tickets may be purchased online at www.edisonohio.edu/holidayevening. The Edison Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
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The Edison Foundation at Edison State Community College has named James and Ginny Thompson the co-chairs of the 20th annual Holiday Evening event on Nov. 29.
Emmy-winning artist John Tesh will be the featured performer at the Nov. 29 Holiday Evening event at Edison State Community College.