Gilmer-Smith Foundation to cut programs

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — Officials of a Mount Airy foundation are cutting activities at the historic Gertrude Smith and Dr. Robert Smith houses and the position of Executive Director Ann Vaughn, according to the Mount Airy News.

The paper reported that Tom Fawcett, the Gilmer-Smith Foundation’s vice chairman, said Tuesday that the board has decided that they are not going to do any more programming.

Fawcett said the foundation operates under a trust fund that has become strained and will be limited to maintaining the two properties.

He said eliminating the full-time job of Vaughn was a natural progression of the cost-cutting decision. Vaughn had worked for the foundation for 17 years.

Read full story: The Mount Airy News.

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