Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The Official Pi Beta Phi Statement.

On July 28, 2002, I stood on the Parkway in Gatlinburg, TN nervous and excited about my first experience at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.
I had now idea how much my life was about to change.

The following statement and link were posted today on the Pi Beta Phi Fraternity website.

"Elementary School and Arrowmont to Benefit From Sale of Gatlinburg Property

Grand Council announced that Pi Beta Phi Elementary School located in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, will be the recipient of a $1 million gift, which is to be used for an endowment or to establish a foundation. Pi Phi has also clarified their intentions for Arrowmont School of Art and Crafts. Contingent on the contract as currently written the crafts school stands to receive up to $9 million from the Fraternity. For this and other information concerning the sale of the Gatlinburg property read the FAQ."

Needless to day, I was disappointed with this news. I suppose all change is a part of life though.

I am anxious to hear what plans Arrowmont has for moving forward. Again, thank you to everyone for your emails, letters, phone calls, and signatures in support of the livelihood of this school!



1 comment:

Brian said...

I find it interesting that they state they'll give $1M to the elementary School, and 'up to' $9M to Arrowmont, but then don't enumerate how much will be going to the remainder of the projects.

Sounds like all we can do is hope that Arrowmont gets enough money to find land somewhere else and rebuild.
The one bright spot is that they would be free from Pi Beta Phi.