Grainger gives $5,000 to Athens Tech Foundation
For the third consecutive year, Grainger industrial supply company’s philanthropic organization, the Grainger Foundation, has contributed $5,000 to the Athens Tech Foundation. Walter E. Wellborn, branch manager for the Grainger industrial supply store in Athens, recently presented the $5,000 check to Athens Tech Foundation officials.
As in previous years, the money will be used to purchase tools and equipment for the technical and industrial programs at Athens Technical College. This year, the college will use the donation acquire hand tools for the new Welding program at the Elbert County Campus.
Mr. Wellborn noted that, “Grainger is proud to be a partner with a quality institution of higher education like Athens Technical College. Grainger is committed to community development, and partnering with Athens Technical College is one way in which Grainger promotes community and economic development.”
The timing of the gift works well for the college, said Dr. Joyce Sansing, vice president for Academic Affairs.
“This generous donation from the Grainger Foundation will enable the College to purchase these necessary tools for the new Welding program just in time for the start of spring semester classes in January,” Dr. Sansing said.
Dr. Flora Tydings, President of Athens Technical College, praised Grainger for the donation.
“Our partnership with Grainger provides many wonderful benefits for Athens Technical College,” Dr. Tydings remarked. “Not only is the Grainger Foundation a generous benefactor, but Grainger also provides valuable scholarships for our students through the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow Program. I am extremely grateful to Grainger.” In recognition of the most recent $5,000 gift from the Grainger Foundation, 20 auditorium seats in the Coggins Center on the Elbert County Campus will be engraved with the Grainger name.
Photo caption: Walter Wellborn, second from left, presents a $5,000 check to Ed Graham, chair of the Athens Tech Foundation (second from right). They are joined by Liz Dalton, Athens Technical College’s Director of Development and Public Relations (far right) and Larry Siefferman, VP for Off-campus Operations (far left).