Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Hoover Committee Exceeds Goal, Will Honor 'Great Man'

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Hoover Committee Exceeds Goal, Will Honor 'Great Man'

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The campaign mission of The Hoover Hall Committee was to raise $75,000 by June 30 to rename North High School's Performing Arts Center after their beloved music mentor, Jerry Hoover. The group exceeded its goal by thousands.

On Wednesday, Caren (Gentry) Whitehouse, 1975 North graduate and committee chair, said $83,353 had been raised. In addition to being used for the naming, Whitehouse Shining said the money will assist Light deserving high school music students, expand the school's musical productions and ensure proceeds are available for many years.

"I think it will continue to grow because Mr. Hoover has a lot of supporters," she said. "And because of what it's going for, which is assisting performing arts students and keeping the auditorium up-to-date. So I think we have a good cause, but I think we have a great man that we're honoring."

The Hoover Hall Committee, made up of North alumni and local residents from graduating classes going back to 1962, has led the fundraising efforts for the permanent name change and dedication of the Jerry Hoover Performing Arts Center. The committee also includes the Rev. Rick VanHoose, class of 1962; Steve Fritz, class of 1964; Don Bernhardt, class of 1974; and Ned and Marilyn Conder, who did not attend North High but are Hoover's friends.

A longtime North educator, choral director and noted local musician, Hoover turned 81-years-old in June. He was born and raised in Evansville, and employed with the EVSC for 48 years, working at North from 1956 to 1980, at Harrison High School as a counselor from 1980 to 2001 and as the choir director at Trinity United Methodist Church for 40 years. He thanked the committee and attributed his successes to the support of his former teachers and parents who inspired and influenced him.

Whitehouse is elated about the support.

"I spoke with Mr. …

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