The Community Theatre of Howell has established a new theater scholarship for youth in the memory of Vera Cunningham, the group’s “grande dame” who passed away on Feb. 20.
The Vera June Cunningham Memorial Scholarship will fund a variety of theatrical opportunities for young people whose families might otherwise not be able to afford them. Among other things, it will provide full or partial scholarships based on financial need for young people to be able to attend CTH’s popular summer theater camp.
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“We are humbled and honored that CTH has agreed to honor our mother’s memory with this scholarship,” said Buddy Moorehouse, one of Cunningham’s three children. “It’s so fitting that this scholarship will provide opportunities for kids to experience all the magic that theater has to offer, because that’s exactly what Vera stood for. She helped touch hundreds of young lives at CTH, and she believed that nobody should be denied that experience because of their financial circumstances. It warms our hearts to know that more kids will now be able to attend theater camp thanks to this scholarship.”
It costs about $300 for a youngster to attend CTH’s summer theater camp – an amount that some families simply can’t afford. The CTH board will now be able to use the Cunningham Scholarship to allow those students to attend the camp, as well as provide other theatrical opportunities for youngsters.
Cunningham directed and appeared in numerous shows for CTH. In 2017, she was honored with the Community Theatre Association of Michigan’s top volunteer award for her service to CTH.
A memorial service for Cunningham will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, March 15, at Shalom Lutheran Church in Pinckney, 1740 E. M-36.