This fund will support programming at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts. The distribution from this fund will support an annual public program featuring a classical or contemporary pianist, as well as a reception to accompany the program.
Margie was born in Lima and graduated from Lima Central High School. She went on to The Ohio State University to obtain a degree in education. She taught piano in Columbus and Lima, as well as the University of Findlay. Margie received the Distinguished Associates Award from UF in 1998, and was inducted into the UF Curtain Raisers Wall of Fame in 2009. She is a member of the Zonta Club of Findlay, St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, the Ohio and the National Music Teachers Associations, and more.
Gene was born in Risingsun and graduated from Risingsun High School before attending The Ohio State University where he received a degree in business. He was in the U.S. Army before starting his career with Ohio Fuel Gas Company and Marathon Oil. Gene retired from Marathon after 30 years in 1986. He is a member of St. Andrew’s Church, Findlay Elks, the American Legion and more.
The Whites are avid supporters of the local arts. The Whites made a gift to the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts to purchase a Bösendorfer grand piano. Bösendorfer pianos are rare, but especially rare at a venue the size of the Marathon Center.