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(From a press release) The Marion Park Lewis Foundation has awarded $153,000 to organizations and individuals.

More than $114,000 was awarded to individuals. Recipients are:

Jaely Chamberlain, Marina de Medici, Michael Drake, Geraldine Kiefer, Gaven Largent, Leslie Mathis, David McCormick, Beverly Pearce, Lindsey Perrault, Jessica Seelinger, James Shepherd, Jr., Jacquelyn Zehring of Winchester; Christopher Bloom, Samantha Clark, Bryanna Demerly, Patricia Epperson, Victoria Goldizen, Olivia Myers, Ariana Myers, Cody Oher of Frederick County; Megan Burns, Rachel Herbaugh, Andrew Leach, Elizabeth Lukens, Aryana Montini, Joette Orndorff of Clarke County; Behbinn Egger, Nastassia Lee of Warren County; Caitlin McAvoy, Berkley Todd of Rockingham County; Sarah Wingard of Harrisonburg; Carly Anders, Tiffany Bovard, Megan Henshaw, Kristy Koppenhaver, Sidnie Stevens, Stephanie Wood of Jefferson County; Alivia Ayers, Sara Bivens, Kaitlin Farrell, Brittany Greenfield, Keleah Kidwell, Sara Sibole of Berkeley County.

Organizations received more than $38,000. Recipients are:

Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville Main St., Front Royal Oratorio Society, Inwood Dance Company, Masterworks Chorus of the Shenandoah Valley, Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Opus Oaks, Performing Arts Luray, Rockingham Ballet Theatre, Shenandoah Arts Council, Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, Shenandoah Valley Music Festival, Wayside Foundation for Arts, Winchester Little Theater and Winchester Musica Viva.

The foundation, which is administered by the Shenandoah Arts Council, and promotes education in the arts art-program funding for organizations. The foundation is named after Marion Park Lewis, a local businesswoman and arts patron. She was a founding member of the Virginia Commission for the Arts and Humanities and helped found arts organizations in the region.

The 2009 grant application deadline will be in mid-March. For more information, visit the www.shenarts.org and click on MPL Foundation.

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