Cages gives $50,000 scholarship

Marlene Brueggmann

One of Western’s most succesful alumni is giving back.

On Saturday, recording artist Athena Cage will give a concert at the Basil Griffin Park amphitheater to benefit a new music scholarship.

Cage has had several hits, such as “Nobody,” a No. 1 duet with Keith Sweat, and “All or Nothing” from the “Save the Last Dance” soundtrack.

Cage said the scholarship will be reserved for applicants from the immediate Bowling Green area who plan to major in music at Western.

“Growing up here, there weren’t enough things for the youth to do,” Cage said. “I had to leave Kentucky in order to make it in the music business, and I felt like that shouldn’t be the case.”

Cage works with the Delafield Community Center in Bowling Green, where she has provided Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for underpriviledged children in the area.

“Some children are less fortunate,” Cage said, “and my heart goes out to them.”

As a thank you to Cage, Chris Kummer assistant director of the Warren County Parks and Recreation Department, said the ampitheater will be renamed for the singer.

“We try to recognize those who do something to improve our community,” Kummer said. “It (the dedication) is a way to show our appreciation. It’s for all her generosity that she has shown us over the years and continues to show.”

David Lee, dean of Potter College, said Cage has made a $50,000 commitment to the scholarship, which will be named after the singer. Cage’s contribution to the scholarship will be matched by the Commonwealth of Kentucky Regional Excellence Trust Fund.

Kummer said the Parks and recreations department has a commitment from Western and South Central Bank to hold an annual concert with Cage for the next four years.

Tickets may be purchased for $10 at South Central Bank locations in Bowling Green and Franklin and at the Greenwood Mall service desk.

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