For Immediate Release
Contact: Danny DiGiacomo
ORANGE, Texas, September 16, 2008 – The Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation office survived Hurricane Ike but did sustain some minimal structural damage.
Stark Foundation staff members had fully implemented the Foundation’s hurricane plan well in advance of the storm’s landfall and had taken steps to protect the facility to the greatest extent possible. While a full assessment has not yet been completed, it will nevertheless take a good deal of time and effort to restore the facility to its pre-hurricane condition, as a result of water intrusion to the Foundation offices.
Because of the extensive damage throughout the City of Orange and the lack of city services as a result of Hurricane Ike, the Stark Foundation office will remain closed to the public until such time as city services resume and power is restored.
Stark Foundation staff will work to establish temporary office facilities and will endeavor to return to normal operations as quickly as possible. Resumption of operations will depend entirely on the ultimate assessment of damages and subsequent recovery efforts, which remain to be determined.
Additionally, because of the scope of damages sustained as a result of Hurricane Ike by the Foundation and its programs, including Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center and the Carriage House of The W.H. Stark House, and the recovery efforts in which the Foundation must engage for its own operations, the Stark Foundation will suspend the grant-making aspect of its operations for the remainder of the year and will not be able to consider grants submitted as part of the October 2008 grant cycle.
For updates and further information, visit the Foundation’s website at www.starkfoundation.org.
About the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation
The Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation is a private foundation established in 1961 to encourage and assist education and to improve and enrich the quality of life in Southeast Texas. Preference is afforded to programs and organizations that directly influence Orange County, Texas.
The Stark Foundation seeks to continue the legacy of its founders through the programs of the Stark Museum of Art; The W.H. Stark House; the Frances Ann Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts; Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center; and the Miriam Lutcher Stark Contest in Reading and Declamation. These venues provide the community and region with rich resources and opportunities for study and enjoyment of the arts, history and nature.
The Stark Foundation further endeavors to uphold the legacy of its founders through grants to education and qualified scholarship programs, organizations that seek to improve health, medical care and social services in the Southeast Texas area, and organizations with a focus on community enhancement and arts and culture in the Southeast Texas area.