Lebanon's own Bert Coble Singers recently continued their 29-year history of generosity with a $7,500 donation to Cumberland University.
Derived from the proceeds of the Bert Coble Singers' popular Christmas Dinner performances, the gift will support Cumberland's H. Bert Coble Scholarship for exceptional music students. Jennifer Perry, in her fifth year as the Coble Singers' director, has continued the spirit of giving back instilled by Dr. Bert and Sue Coble, longtime benefactors of the university.
"This was our fourth year to have the shows at Baird Chapel, and we are so grateful for the support of Cumberland University, Dr. Paul Stumb and his staff," Perry said. "There's not a better place to sing in this town, and having our event in this beautiful space makes the evening very special for our guests."
An accomplished music instructor and director, Dr. Bert Coble built and oversaw the university's music program as a professor, choir director and chairman of the music department from 1972 until 1988. His wife, Sue, is a retired music instructor and teacher as well.
The Bert Coble Singers' annual charitable Christmas Dinner Shows have generated more than $150,000 for the American Cancer Society (ACS), the American Heart Association (AHA) and the H. Bert Coble Endowed Scholarship at CU. Empower Me and the Wilson County Community Help Center were added to the list of beneficiaries last year, replacing ACS and AHA.
"We are fortunate to be in a community that supports local interests. It is only because of that support that we are able to benefit these worthy organizations, and we are very grateful," Perry said.