Wilkins Family to be Recognized at Barns Gala June 12


Artist's Conception: Barns of Rose Hill - Image courtesy Barns of Rose Hill, Inc. website

The Barns of Rose Hill will recognize the family of James R. Wilkins, Sr. at its Gala event on Saturday, June 12 in Berryville.   Donna Downing, James R. Wilkins, Jr. and Richie Wilkins awarded a $100,000 grant to the Barns in 2009 toward the restoration of the barns in Berryville’s Rose Hill Park for public service as a center for community, arts and education. “Our Gala event is a wonderful opportunity to recognize the Wilkins family for sharing the vision for The Barns of Rose Hill and for their very generous gift to this exciting community project,” said Diana Kincannon, president of the Barns organization.

James R. Wilkins, Sr. established a charitable trust before his death to allow the continuation of his philanthropic gifts to many worthy causes in the community. Mrs. Downing, her brother Jim Wilkins and nephew Richie Wilkins determined that the mission of The Barns of Rose Hill to create a new community center and to produce programs that promote learning and creativity was worthy of the Trust’s support. The larger of the two barns will be designated the James R. Wilkins, Sr. Arts and Education Center; it will be the primary public space for The Barns Center.  

The June 12 Gala is the principal annual fund-raising event for the Barns, offering a rich variety of silent and live auction items contributed by individuals and businesses throughout the area. This year’s Gala is especially significant because construction on the barns restoration will begin this summer; a July 10 groundbreaking ceremony is anticipated.    

Reservations for this special ground-breaking Gala event for The Barns are available by calling (540) 955-7093 or emailing to info@barnsofrosehill.org.