Thursday, May 26, 2016

Press Release: Donnelly Philanthropy Honored at Worcester Center for Crafts with Library Naming

(From Left to Right) Carol Donnelly, Jim Donnelly, Honee Hess (executive director of the Worcester Center for Crafts), and Barry Maloney (President, Worcester State University) pose at the conclusion of ceremonies

Worcester, MA—The Worcester Center for Crafts honored Carol and James (Jim) Donnelly of Worcester at its recent “30+ Faculty” show opening for their legacy of giving and service to the Crafts Center.  Both Carol and Jim are long-standing supporters of the Worcester Center for Crafts.  Carol, a professor of education at Worcester State University, served as Interim Director of the Crafts Center from 2008 until 2012 insuring the Center’s independence while guiding the then-new partnership between Worcester State and the Crafts Center.
Jim Donnelly is an attorney with Mirick, O'Connell, DeMallie & Lougee, LLP.  Both Jim and Carol Donnelly have been active community volunteers and leaders at many of the areas prominent cultural institutions in addition to the Worcester Center for Crafts such as the Worcester Art Museum and Higgins Armory Museum.   
“As a measure of our gratitude toward Carol and Jim Donnelly for their leadership, their giving and their promised philanthropy,” said Honee Hess, Executive Director of the Center, ”we are proud to name our Library the Carol and James Donnelly Library.  No one works harder for an organization they love then Carol and Jim Donnelly.”   The Board of the Worcester Center for Crafts presented Carol and Jim a set of book ends created by wood artist Matthew Thomas of Shock, WV.  The book ends are both symbolic of the library but also the Donnelly’s service on one end and philanthropy on the other that has helped hold the Worcester Center for Crafts together.
The Library is a non-circulating source of inspiration for the public and for students who visit the Center.  It also contains examples of ceramic and glass work done by visiting artists.  The Library is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm.

Dr. Carol Donnelly and James Donnelly

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