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Brookhaven trust opens new year

DAILY LEADER / NATHANIEL WEATHERSBY / Some of the buildings that the Brookhaven Trust have donated money to or had a hand in preserving include the Mary Jane Lampton Auditorium on the old Whitworth College campus (top left), Brookhaven Little Theatre (top right), Ed's Cleaners (bottom left) and the Chamber of Commerce (bottom right).

DAILY LEADER / NATHANIEL WEATHERSBY / Some of the buildings that the Brookhaven Trust have donated money to or had a hand in preserving include the Mary Jane Lampton Auditorium on the old Whitworth College campus (top left), Brookhaven Little Theatre, Ed’s Cleaners and the Chamber of Commerce.

The Brookhaven Trust will host its first meeting of the year this upcoming week to reflect on last year, discuss plans for the New Year and bring in new members to the organization.

The meeting will take place Monday, Feb. 2. at 5:30 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce. Brookhaven Trust President Jason Snider said anybody in the community is more than welcome to join.

Snider said the meetings are quarterly throughout the year and are scheduled more frequently as the organization nears their annual fundraising event, Taste of the Trust, usually in November of each year.

Ed's Cleaners

Ed’s Cleaners

There are no dues to join the organization. All members are only required to sell 10 tickets to the Taste of the Trust event. The Taste of the Trust is an annual event where restaurants from all over the area are in one place sharing samples of their offerings. The event is the main fundraising push for the organization.

The Brookhaven Trust was started in 1991 by a group of citizens interested in preserving the history, culture and arts of the downtown Brookhaven area. Snider said the organization started from a project to restore and preserve the Mary Jane Lampton Auditorium on the old Whitworth College campus, which now belongs to the Mississippi School of Arts.

Snider said past projects of the Brookhaven Trust have been donating money for window treatments for the Chamber of Commerce making the building more energy efficient, sponsoring a concert for MSA in the spring of 2014, providing a fa├žade grant for painting the exterior of Ed’s Cleaners and the buildings near it and donations for structural upkeep of the Brookhaven Little Theatre.

Chamber of Commerce

Chamber of Commerce

In Monday’s meeting, Snider said, the Brookhaven Trust will wrap-up 2014, confirm how much the organization made at the Taste of the Trust and bring up projects for the new year to rejuvenate the downtown area. He said the organization, which currently has approximately 30 members is seeking more individuals and community members to join, and Snider encourages all interested individuals to visit the Chamber of Commerce at 5:30 p.m. For more information about the Brookhaven Trust or to donate to the organization, contact Jason Snider at jsnider@kdmc.org.

Brookhaven Little Theatre

Brookhaven Little Theatre