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Roxboro Savings Bank pledges $50,000 to Kirby Rebirth Project

Published Wednesday, February 13, 2013
by Elizabeth Townsend

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Photo information:   Roxboro Savings Bank Board of Directors and Corporate Officers reviewed initial plans for the Kirby Rebirth project with Dr. Walter Bartlett, PCC President. Pictured are, from left, front: Lindsay T. Wagstaff, Jr., Walter Bartlett, William C. Bullock, Jane D. Long; Back : Jugrette T. Whitt, Roy T. Brooks, Thomas D. Long, Sr., Norman C. Hall, J. Linwood Cates, Alfred F. Cole, Jr. (Not pictured: Leon H. Long)

Piedmont Community College’s campaign to renovate the second level of the Kirby Cultural Arts Complex has received a major gift pledge from a local bank. Roxboro Savings Bank (RSB) has pledged $50,000 in matching funds to the Kirby Rebirth: Upstairs-Uptown project. The gift was the first received in the campaign to raise approximately $236,500. Donations will be used to transform the upper level of the Kirby to usable space that will accommodate arts classes and activities, galleries, and studio spaces as well as meetings and business retreats.  

“We feel like the Kirby Rebirth project will greatly benefit our community and our citizens. It will bring vibrancy to our uptown area and will help improve the lives of our young people,” said Jane Long, RSB Executive Vice President and CEO.  

“Our bank is celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2013, and our mission has always been and will continue to be one of support and service to our customers and our community,” said Long. “We understand that without both, we would not be here. We have a passion for service in the community and believe we can accomplish more by working together. We’re happy to support the Kirby Rebirth project because it’s the right thing to do.”  

With the matching gift, RSB is encouraging others to join in the effort by knowing that their gifts will be matched by the bank’s gift up to $50,000.  

“We are grateful to Roxboro Savings Bank for its generous pledge to the Kirby Rebirth project,” said Dr. Walter Bartlett. “Once again, they have joined in a community effort to make Roxboro and Person County an even better place. We applaud their leadership in making the initial gift and also in making it a matching gift that encourages others to follow their lead.”  

The second floor of the Kirby complex has approximately 6,000 square feet of space that could be put to good use once it is brought up to minimum code. The Kirby Rebirth campaign seeks to raise funds to install an elevator and a new staircase and to renovate restrooms to make the upper level space accessible, Dr. Bartlett said.  

PCC is leading the Kirby Rebirth campaign through the PCC Foundation and is seeking donations from local civic organizations as well as individuals. Dr. Bartlett is available to make presentations to interested groups.  

“The PCC Foundation is excited to be involved in the revitalization of this beautiful building,” said Elizabeth Townsend, Executive Director, PCC Foundation. “The most exciting part of the endeavor is the fact that the community--businesses, civic organizations and individuals--can be engaged in the renovation. I look forward to working with those interested in learning more about the Kirby Rebirth project.” 

In 2010, PCC and Person County formed a partnership to develop the Kirby Theater, Gallery, and Learning Studios. The College works with the Person County Recreation, Arts, and Parks Department and the Arts Council of Person County as partners.  Through this partnership, Erin Ganey was hired to manage the Kirby Cultural Arts Complex. PCC currently conducts classes in its Associate in Fine Arts program at the Kirby Learning Studios, adjacent to the Kirby Theater.  

For more information on the project or to make a donation or arrange for a presentation, contact Elizabeth Townsend at or (336) 322-2104.