Asset Managers Raise Funds For Pottstown Art School

Gallery School co-founders Erika Hornburg-Cooper, left, and Cathy Paretti accept a donation check from Bill Kreiger of BNY Mellon

POTTSTOWN PA – Employees who bought the right to “dress down” for a week during October in the Valley Forge PA offices of BNY Mellon helped raise funds for local arts programs being conducted by the non-profit Gallery School of Pottstown, school spokeswoman Julie Tonnessen reported Tuesday (Nov. 22, 2011).

The community art school, located at 254 High St., Pottstown, recently received a donation of more than $1,200 from more than 200 workers in BNY Mellon’s financial accounting, client services, tax, and regulatory administration divisions.

They contributed money to assist the school in return for the opportunity to dress casually in the office from Oct. 24-28. The event involved more than 90 percent of the offices’ staff. Their gift also was matched by BNY Mellon itself, an asset management and security services company.

The company’s employee “community partnership team,” which organizes its various community and charity-based events, selected The Gallery School as a recipient due to its efforts in supplementing school district arts programs affected by budget cuts in Montgomery County, and its work with underprivileged children.

The Gallery School offers day, evening and weekend classes to all ages, and intends to help students develop their creative skills through self-expression and independence. The accompanying Gallery on High hosts rotating shows featuring local artists, and also sells handcrafted, one-of-a-kind gift items.