Diamond Award Legacy Fund:
The Diamond Award Legacy Fund is comprised of monies donated specifically in honor of or in memory of, a Diamond Award Honoree. Monies will accrue in this fund until the yearly interest earned will provide a scholarship. When the principal amount reaches $20,000.00, any funds exceeding the principal amount may be given for scholarships in honor of the Diamond Legacy Honorees at the recommendation of the Finance Committee, the selection of the Scholarship Committee, and the General Membership approval.
In Memory of Virginia Waring
The precise cut of the diamond, like the precision of the artist determines its beauty and brilliance
On Sunday, June 2, 2013 we lost one of the most remarkable women. Virginia Waring, 97, died at her home in Rancho Mirage, California.
Virginia was the namesake for the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition. This well-known desert event hosts aspiring young pianists
from around the world and has launched many into significant musical careers.
As a world renowned concert pianist Virginia enjoyed a long and successful musical career in the U.S. and abroad. She earned a full scholarship at the renowned Music Academy in Fontainebleau, France and with former husband Livingston Gearhart she formed the celebrated piano duo
of Morley & Gearhart. Under contract with Columbia Artists they performed 2000 concerts over a 13 year period. Their celebrity landed them
regular appearances on the “Fred Waring Show” and performances at the White House.
After marrying music legend Fred Waring, Virginia became an integral part of the Waring music and publishing business. Shawnee Press,
the publishing arm, expanded into one of America’s foremost publishing houses. As Fred declined in health, Virginia became conductor and master of ceremonies. She then became Chairman of the Board of Fred Waring Enterprises and President and Owner of Shawnee Press.
As long time residents of Coachella Valley Virginia and Fred were instrumental in the development of a great many cultural resources in the Coachella Valley, including the College of the Desert. Their annual fundraising concerts helped build and sustain interest in the future McCallum Theatre. On opening night Virginia attracted world-renowned pianist Van Cliburn to perform at the McCallum Theater’s opening night gala in 1988. In her later years Virginia remained creative and active. In addition to her role as the namesake of the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition she authored two books, an autobiography “Letters From Fontainebleau” and “Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians.”
In 2012 at our 58th Scholarship Gala, we were honored to present the gifted, intelligent, gracious, beautiful and humble Virginia with our 2012 Diamond Award. The CVAP Diamond Award honors multi-faceted women leaders who make a difference. Virginia was truly One in A Million.
Virginia Waring is survived by three sons, Paul of Rancho Mirage, Bill of Palm Desert and Malcolm (Dixie Wilson) of Shawnee in Delaware, PA. She also had two grandchildren, Alexandra Waring of Seattle and Adam Waring of Petaluma. A celebration of Life Service will be held in the Desert in the Fall. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition and the Coachella Valley Alumnae Panhellenic Diamond Legacy Scholarship Fund.
The Diamond Legacy Scholarship Fund raises money in the name of our Diamond Award Honorees. The interest earned supports our Scholarship Program. Once funded in the name of a Diamond Award Honoree, a scholarship will be given annually in her name.
To make a donation to the Diamond Legacy Scholarship Fund in the name of Virginia Waring please make your check
payable to CVAP – Diamond Legacy Scholarship Fund
On the memo line put in honor of Virginia Waring.
Mail to: Coachella Valley Alumnae Panhellenic
P.O. Box 11508, Palm Desert, CA 92255
CVAP is an IRS 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization #33-0454927 Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
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