Lake Norman’s Cashion family makes major contribution to Cain Center for the Arts


Pictured above: An artist rendering of the future facility on West Catawba Avenue in Cornelius – Picture courtesy of the Cain Center for the Arts


Cashion Family lends their name to Entryway Public Art Corner of Cain Center for the Arts Local family continues their generations-long legacy of supporting and enriching the region Cornelius, NC, November 15, 2019 — The Cashion family has publicly announced a leadership gift of $500,000 to Cain Center for the Arts, adding their foundational support to a $25 million campaign which will create an arts and community center to serve the Lake Norman region. The Cashion name will grace the center’s Entryway and Public Art Corner. Louise Cashion announced her family’s commitment to the project, which will be a cultural home for national, regional, and local artists, students, and community members from every walk of life.

“Through the years our family has been proud to support the projects and organizations that make this community such a wonderful place to live and work for everyone who lives here,” said Mrs. Cashion. “Cain Center for the Arts is something we need now and something future generations need as well – a place for the whole community to gather, learn, and experience great entertainment.”

The Cashion family has long been a pillar of the Lake Norman region, well-known for their leadership, generosity, and commitment to community. As owners of Cashion’s Food Mart, Inc., Robert and Louise Cashion employed and mentored several generations of residents of the region. Together, they established a “1% Give Back Policy,” giving back 1% of their sales to nonprofit organizations that help the community flourish. Their work has been honored by the National Grocers Association “Spirit of America” Award, the North Mecklenburg Civitan Club’s “Citizen of the Year” Award, and the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce “Business Person of the Year” Award, an honor which now bears Robert Cashion’s name.

The nonprofit Cain Center for the Arts was established in 2017 and is in the midst of a campaign to fund construction of the center, which will be built on Catawba Avenue, across from Cornelius Town Hall.

“We’re incredibly honored to have the support of the Cashion family,” says Justin Dionne, Executive Director of Cain Center for the Arts. “The Cashion name has been a symbol of this community’s welcoming spirit for many years, and now the Cashion Entryway at Cain Center for the Arts will be a lasting symbol of this core value, as we work to welcome all members of the community through our doors.”

While fundraising continues (the campaign is more than halfway to its goal), the Cain Center has already partnered with well-known Charlotte arts organizations such as Charlotte Ballet, Charlotte Symphony and Children’s Theatre of Charlotte to bring performing arts to more than 8,000 regional students.

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Author: Niakeya James