Franklin & Marshall College joined local business leaders and organizations in honoring Ann Boyd Barshinger, one of Lancaster’s most generous benefactors, June 21 on the F&M campus.
During the event, “Lancaster Symphony Salutes Ann B. Barshinger,” the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra performed patriotic music for Barshinger and hundreds of guests in the Barshinger Center for Musical Arts, saluting the guest of honor for her generous support of the arts, education and health care.
Following the concert, F&M President Daniel R. Porterfield spoke of the impact Ann and her late husband, Richard ’43, have had at the College, including a gift to create the Barshinger Scholars Program to support high-achieving students from York and Lancaster counties. Barshinger’s generosity also includes $11.5 million in donations to support F&M’s Ann & Richard Barshinger Life Sciences & Philosophy Building, which opened on campus in 2008, and with her husband, the lead gift to create the Barshinger Center for Musical Arts, which was dedicated in 2000 after the renovation of Hensel Hall.
Primarily a Lancaster Symphony Orchestra event, the celebration was co-sponsored by F&M, Lancaster General Health and several other organizations and leaders in the Lancaster community.
Tom Beeman, president of Lancaster General Health and an F&M trustee, spoke of Barshinger’s generosity toward the hospital and the new Barshinger Cancer Center currently under construction in East Hempfield Township, Lancaster County. Also in attendance were former F&M presidents John Fry and Richard Kneedler and several current and former trustees and senior administrators of the College.