Jamil Faridy Donates New Piano to MCCC's Kelsey Theatre

3-30-07

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- When Jamil Faridy, a long-time member of Mercer County Community College's Foundation Board, learned of Kelsey Theatre's need for a new piano, he purchased a new Remington upright and had it delivered to the theatre, located on the college's West Windsor campus.

It was during a casual conversation with Kelsey Theatre Director Kitty Getlik that Mr. Faridy heard about the theatre's need. The sound board in the theatre's old piano had cracked, making rehearsals and performances difficult. "Mr. Faridy came to our rescue," Getlik said. "We are so happy to have this beautiful new piano. We are now rehearsing with several different theatre companies for upcoming musicals, and we will be able to continue to offer a different show every two weeks."

Mr. Faridy, an accomplished pianist himself, is chairman of the Boheme Opera of New Jersey, and is retired from the architectural firm Faridy Veisz Fraytak of Ewing. Over the past 17 years he has raised more than $500,000 for Mercer County Community College student scholarships. From 1962 to 1967 he was an adjunct professor of architecture at Mercer. Since then he has been a volunteer member of the college's Architectural Advisory Commission. He is also a painter and donates his paintings to MCCC's annual silent auction, which supports student scholarships.

Jamil Faridy, a long-time member of Mercer County Community College's Foundation Board, and Kelsey Theatre Director Kitty Getlik, show off the new Remington piano Mr. Faridy recently donated to the theatre.
Kelsey Theatre, which will be celebrating its 35th anniversary next year, offers a full season of live cultural events including full-length family-oriented musicals, dramas, and children's theater. Professional and semi-professional acting troupes lend their talent year-round to the theatre, which is handicapped accessible. For more information visit www.kelseyatmccc.org.

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