Spark! Awards $10,000 Fund to Support Access to the Arts

The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) has named the winner of its first-ever Spark! contest and campaign. After two rounds of voting, 25 submissions, 5 finalists, and over 4,000 votes, the public has chosen “Classical Ballet for All” as the official winner of a $10,000 endowment fund. The cause was submitted by Noel Purdy of Chambersburg and received 1,637 votes.

Spark! was created to help individuals within the Greater Harrisburg and South Central PA areas realize their philanthropic dreams, no matter their age, gender, income level, or ethnicity. The winning $10,000 area-of-interest endowment fund will be used to support local nonprofits and empower them to make a difference in their communities, for a cause they are passionate about.

Opportunity to Make Change

“Everybody has the opportunity to make change,” said Noel Purdy, 2022 Spark! winner. “It starts with an idea and sharing that idea with other people.” Purdy hopes that this fund will allow for better access to classical ballet for those with financial barriers, both for educational purposes and to attend a performance as an audience member. The benefits of participating in ballet include mental focus and confidence, physical strength and stability, and the development of social skills.

Individuals can visit to view a video interview with the winner. Plans for Spark! 2023 are currently in the works and details will be shared via the website as well as TFEC social channels.