Atlanta philanthropist gives $1 million for Berry theatre
Release Date: September 27, 2016
Berry College officials received news of a $1 million gift Tuesday from
the foundation of the late philanthropist Bobbie Bailey during the
groundbreaking ceremony for the new campus theatre.
sister, Audrey Morgan, announced the gift at the project site next to
Blackstone Hall on campus.
learn so much about who we are as individuals and as a community through the
arts. I am honored to help bring facilities to Berry that will give such
wonderful, talented students new opportunity to grow artistically and
personally,” Morgan said.
served as a Kennesaw State University Foundation Trustee for more than 22
years. What began with music scholarships became an endowment and naming of the
624-seat Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center at Kennesaw State.
She became a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and
she served as president of the Friends of Georgia Music Festival, Inc. Bailey
was also executive producer of the annual Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards,
and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007.
World War II, she worked for a company that refabricated refrigeration
compressors, which led to the start of her own company, Our-Way, Inc. As sole
owner and CEO, Bailey built the company into a $45 million-a-year
enterprise. Morgan served as the CFO and
was an integral part of Our-Way’s success.
a passionate advocate for the arts and Berry students, led fundraising for the
new theatre with a $1 million challenge gift in 2015. Her generosity inspired
others, resulting in more than $4 million in additional gifts in just one
year’s time. Only $600,000 is left to complete $6.7 million in fundraising for
the 250-seat black-box theatre. The
project will also renovate historic Blackstone hall, the oldest brick building
on Berry’s campus. The new theatre is scheduled to open for the 2017-18
visionary donor who also helped spur development of the Gate of Opportunity Scholarship
has committed more than $7.5 million to programs and facilities benefiting
Berry students. She is a member of the Board of Visitors and because of her lifetime achievements,
she is a recipient of Berry’s honorary doctorate.
generosity is well-known in the Atlanta area. One of her greatest
accomplishments was the formation of a fundraising group for the American Heart
Association in Atlanta. Her work with the group has spanned 17 years and she
has been a close friend to the American Heart Association for decades. She and
her late husband, Jack, are also the founders of the Audrey and Jack Morgan
Foundation Scholarship that allows DeKalb Medical employees to continue
advancing their education. Morgan also participated with Bailey’s philanthropy
at Kennesaw State.
the groundbreaking, the audience enjoyed Berry College Theatre Company’s
outdoor production of “Peter and the Starcatcher.” Due to the
renovation of the E.H. Young Theatre, the shows this season will be performed
in various locations around campus giving students and audiences the valuable
experience of outdoor theatre.