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BPC receives CD collection in honor of friend of the community
|Dr. Armenio Suzano, left, thanks Frank Freedman, second from left, for his recent donation of more than 2,000 music performance CDs to Brewton-Parker College. Freedman’s friend, Doris Foskey, fourth from left, looks on. Foskey is the sister of Ben Smith whom Freedman honored during the Nov. 5 ceremony. Freedman’s donation can be seen in the background, where it is housed in the BPC Fountain-New Library. (Photo by Kelley M. Arnold)
MOUNT VERNON—Frank Freedman, former Montgomery County High School Band Director and Rabbi for the Jewish Community in Toombs County, was honored Monday, Nov. 5 for his recent donation of music performance CDs – more than 2,000 in fact – to the Brewton-Parker College’s Division of Music.
A short ceremony took place in the Fountain-New Library with friends and supporters of both Freedman and the college in attendance.
According to Dr. Armenio Suzano, a personal friend and BPC music professor, “Along his celebrated career as professional musician and bandmaster, Mr. Freedman amassed a vast collection of CDs ranging from classics of the band repertoire all the way to important – and seldom found – recordings of operas, various collections of chamber music, concerti for a wide variety of instruments, piano sonatas, violin sonatas and – not to be forgotten – the complete works of J.S. Bach for Organ.”
“All in all there are over 2,000 CDs that are now part of the permanent collection at Brewton-Parker’s Fountain-New Library, which will for decades come to impact the lives and educational experience of thousands of BPC students, as well as the local communities of Toombs, Montgomery and Treutlen counties who benefit from the services provided by our library,” he continued.
“Thanks to the giving spirit and embracing personality of Mr. Frank Freedman,” added Dr. Suzano.
Dr. David R. Smith, president of BPC, thanked Freedman for his generous contribution to the college’s “community of learners.”
Freedman, who was humbled by the honor, deferred to the life lesson and inspiration he has found in another – Ben Smith, former owner and manager of his father’s department store, Max Smith’s store in Vidalia.
“Ben loved everybody and everybody loved Ben,” said Freedman. “He had a talent for bringing people together. As I was preparing for this honor today, I couldn’t help thinking the man that you call Savior did the same thing in his time as Ben did for his. In this tradition of bringing people together, we are to carry forward the life-teaching faith, regardless, for all of us to come together as one people under God.”
The catalogued digital CDs are available to the public during the library’s regular operating hours. For more information about the library, contact Ann Turner at 912-583-3230.
Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited Christian college in south Georgia.