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May 30, 2012
Community Foundation Of Greater Jackson Announces Newest Fund The Dave Cannada Memorial Scholarship Fund / Special to VIP
Portrait of John Alexander now on display in Mississippi Museum of Art’s Portrait Gallery / Special to VIP


Community Foundation Of Greater Jackson Announces Newest Fund The Dave Cannada Memorial Scholarship Fund

Jackson attorney William Reed announced the establishing of THE DAVE CANNADA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND. The fund honors the life of Dave Cannada, a Murrah graduate who died in 1970. Established by Dave’s classmates in the Murrah Class of 1968 and administered by The Community Foundation of Greater Jackson (CFGJ), the fund will underwrite scholarships to be awarded annually to Murrah High School seniors.

Reed made the announcement April 19th at Murrah High School. Following the announcement, Jackson businessman and philanthropist Jim Barksdale led the final session of the 2011—2012 Dave Cannada Mentor Program at Murrah High School. This year’s roster featured informative sessions led by Jackson area business leaders (all graduates of Murrah High School). Topics covered were government/public service, nursing, education, medicine, small business, insurance, law, accounting, advertising, real estate, dentistry, banking and military. The program began in 2010.

For more information about the Dave Cannada Memorial Scholarship Fund or other funds and scholarship programs offered by CFGJ, call 601-974-6044 or visit

Community Trust Bank Broke Ground on New Banking Centers in Madison and Flowood

Community Trust Bank broke ground on two new banking centers in last month, demonstrating a continued commitment to expansion and investment in the greater Jackson area. Located in Flowood and Madison, these centers are slated to open in the fourth quarter of 2012.

The new Flowood Banking Center took place at 203 Promenade Boulevard, Flowood. Joining representatives of Community Trust Bank were the Chamber of Flowood President Keith Clair, Rankin County Chamber of Commerce President Debbie Brinson, and City of Flowood Mayor Gary Rhoads.

The new Madison Banking Center groundbreaking was at 1910 Main Street, Madison. Madison the City Chamber of Commerce president, Jane Bell, Madison County Chamber of Commerce president, Sharon Moulder, and Madison the City Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler joined Community Trust Bank for this celebration.

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“Groundbreakings are representative of Community Trust Bank’s growth in Mississippi and our commitment to our customers and communities,” said Larry Ratzlaff, Regional President for Community Trust Bank. “Growth is a direct result of customer satisfaction, which is always our number one goal. As an organization, Community Trust Bank is committed to helping its communities prosper and grow. We feel moving to the Flowood area and establishing a presence on Main Street in Madison demonstrates our commitment as we continue to execute our planned development in central Mississippi.”

Community Trust Bank will open the Highland Colony Financial Center in Ridgeland later this summer. The financial center at 1063 Highland Colony Parkway broke ground in October 2011. The two-story building will feature state-of-the-art technology and include multiple drive-thru lanes. Dialogue towers will also be featured in the lobby, which offer a more customer friendly environment for conducting transactions.

Community Trust Bank, a century-old Louisiana-chartered bank, provides a wide range of traditional banking services with 30 banking centers throughout north Louisiana, north Texas, and north and central Mississippi. To learn more, visit Community Trust’s website at

Portrait of John Alexander now on display in Mississippi Museum of Art’s Portrait Gallery

A portrait of famed Metropolitan Opera tenor John Alexander, a Meridian native, is now on display at the Mississippi Museum of Art. The portrait was commissioned shortly after Alexander’s 1990 death by a group of opera enthusiasts led by Dick Wilson and his wife, Lester Senter Wilson.

Mississippi Opera board member Cecile Wardlaw noted, “I am delighted that this beautiful portrait of celebrated opera star John Alexander by acclaimed Mississippi portraitist Eric McDonald is now available for all to see. Even as a Metropolitan Opera star, Alexander maintained his Mississippi roots, visiting the state often and serving as president of the board of Mississippi Opera. In addition to being an excellent likeness, the portrait exhibits many of Alexander’s favorite things, from libretto to cufflinks.”

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Portrait donors include Mr. and Mrs. Richard B. Wilson, Jr., Lester Senter Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Chandler Clover, Mr. and Mrs. Emmanuel Crystal, Dr. and Mrs. Samuel B. Johnson, Mr. Stuart C. Irby, Mr. and Mrs. William Norton, Inn Service Corp.—Mr. Earle Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Watson, Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Gilbert, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Kossen, Mr. and Mrs. Warren Ludlam and Dr. and Mrs. McKamy Smith.

Eric McDonald explains the symbolism in his John Alexander portrait: “The clown’s costume is from I Pagliacci, one of John’s favorite operas in which he performed. The gold chiming watch represents the one John used numerous times in his role in the opera Die Fledermaus to attract the beautiful girls. The gold cuff links were custom made by a jeweler to simulate the stage of Metropolitan Opera. The G. Schirmer scores with dates of Cosi fan Tutte, the opera in which he made his Metropolitan Opera debut and La Clemenza di Tito, which was the last opera in which he premiered a role at the Met.”

Mississippi Opera is a non-profit organization that produces professional opera performances, promotes the understanding and appreciation of opera through education and expansion of audiences, and implements programs to identify and develop regional operatic talent. Founded in 1944, Mississippi Opera Association, the 10th oldest continuously operating professional opera company in the United States, is celebrating its 68th anniversary.

For more information about Mississippi Opera, visit

First Annual Independence Day Celebration

The Barnett Reservoir Foundation and the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District are proud to announce the 1st Annual Independence Day Celebration Saturday, June 30.

The Independence Day Celebration at the Barnett Reservoir will be a salute to our country’s troops. Events will include activities in both Old Trace Park and Lakeshore Park. At both parks, there will be kid zones, live music, food vendors and static military displays. Those attending at either park will enjoy the lighted boat parade, and a grand fireworks display that will finish the evening. Admission is free to all! Both Rankin County and Madison County sides of the reservoir will be able to partake in the celebrations in their local parks.

Wounded Warriors and Operation PROP will serve as our Grand Marshals for the 1st Annual Boat Parade. We are honored to be a partner with these organizations during our salute to our country and troops.

The Barnett Reservoir Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3, was recently established to promote the reservoir and surrounding businesses. The Foundation looks forward to introducing itself to the community with the Independence Day Celebration. Fireworks had been a tradition at the Barnett Reservoir since the 1980’s. With changes in business ownership around the reservoir, the fireworks went silent after the 2005 show. We hope to make this an annual tradition, becoming bigger and better each year.