Shockey family honored for lighting up school auditorium

September 15, 2011|By ROXANN MILLER |
  • Ken and Bonnie Shockey of Greencastle, Pa., were honored Thursday night by the Greencastle-Antrim School Board for their family's contributions toward a new lighting system at Greencastle-Antrim High School.
By Roxann Miller, Staff Writer

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — The Shockey family prefers to stay in the background when it comes to donating money to worthwhile causes, but they stepped into the spotlight at the request of the Greencastle-Antrim School Board.

At Thursday's board meeting held in the high school auditorium, board members and district officials honored the Shockey family for donating $132,400 for providing state-of-the art stage lighting for the Greencastle-Antrim High School auditorium.

Eslinger Lighting, Inc. of Enola, Pa., installed the lighting.

Ken and Bonnie Shockey are the advisers of the Paul K. and Anna E. Shockey Family Foundation that donated the money for the auditorium lighting, Superintendent C. Gregory Hoover said.

In addition, last year, the foundation spent $40,000 to refurbish the Steinway grand piano that resides in the auditorium.

"They really have stepped forward in both the piano and the lights, and it wasn't like we went out and asked — they saw a problem and gave us the resources," Hoover said. "With this budget situation we couldn't afford to put those lights in so we're very grateful for people like them.

Ken Shockey said giving is something he learned from his father Paul, who founded JLG with John Grove.

"He (Paul K. Shockey) did it quietly," Shockey said. "This is a tricky subject, because he always was anonymous (in his giving)."

His father currently resides in a nursing home, but his mother is still very active.

Shockey's father always wanted to set up a foundation to give back to the community.

"I want to follow in my dad's footsteps because he was always giving back," Shockey said.

When the auditorium was in dire need of lighting, Shockey knew he had to help because he played the piano in the high school auditorium for more than 40 years.

High school Principal Edward Rife said the lights in the auditorium have had many issues over the years.

He said they patched things together and worked with what they had.

Shockey said during Old Home Week the auditorium lights just gave out.

"This wasn't just for Greencastle as a school district, but because it's the center of the community," said Bonnie Shockey.

Attending the ceremony with Ken and Bonnie Shockey was their daughter Jodi Plum, her husband Eric, and their children Owen, 6, and Reece, 4.

Their daughter, Nikki Metzler, and her family were unable to attend.

"We want to pass down Ken's father's legacy of giving back and his generosity from generation to generation in the Shockey family," Bonnie Shockey said.

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