The Art of Giving

"Cora, like John, was a special person," said Tony Ceddia. "They both believed deeply in improving the human condition in the region and they accomplished this through many acts of generosity and support. Cora will be greatly missed."

Cora Grove and her late husband, John, gave generously to the university through various donations and endowments over the years.

Cora Grove donated more than $3.5 million to 14 nonprofit groups in the community, including $500,000 toward Shippensburg University's new performing arts center for the John L. Grove and Cora I. Grove Theatre.

Cora Grove, Shippensburg, PA

The University received $500,000 towards the construction of the main theatre in the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center. Cora, a long-time supporter of the university, donated the funds in honor of Tony (SU president, 1986-2005) and his wife Val Ceddia. In Cora’s remarks, she recognized the importance and value of Val’s role in supporting her husband and his career, something she did for her husband John L. Grove.

The Groves also established a scholarship fund for business students and gave a $1.25 million endowment for the school's college of business. They also contributed funds for the Cora I. Grove spiritual center adjacent to the university.

Both John and Cora played an important role in the future of Pennsylvania because of their contributions to the community.

Cora L. Grove, 87, died at her home in Greencastle on June 4, 2005. In honor of her death and the years of support that she and her husband provided Shippensburg University over the years, the main theatre of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center is named the John L. and Cora I. Grove Theatre.

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