The public is invited to attend the Breakfast in the Gardens at Rome Art And Community Center, 308 W. Bloomfield St., to honor the Hinman family and Rome Strip Steel for their contributions to the art center and community at 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3.
Tickets are $25 per person, or $140 for a table of six. Admission includes a gourmet breakfast catered by Spressos Cafe, beverages and pastries. Reservations can be made by calling 336-1040 or online at www.romeart.org. A limited number of tickets will also be sold at the door on the morning of the event.
Breakfast in the Gardens was created to honor and thank generous individuals or businesses that have had a significant impact on RACC, helping to secure the center’s future by demonstrating unwavering support and advocacy over the years. The first Breakfast in the Gardens honored Charles Sprock in 2011 and the RACC Board of Trustees decided to make the event an annual tradition.
"Rome Art And Community Center would like to thank the Hinman family who so humbly accepted the opportunity to be honored in this public setting," RACC Executive Director Lauren Marie Getek said. "We invite all Romans and community members to take part in this special breakfast to honor and thank a business and a family who have had such a positive impact on our great city and our beloved art center."
Hazen B. Hinman Sr., his wife, Katherine, and their two young sons, Hazen Jr. and Buol, came to Rome in 1926 to found Rome Strip Steel. With a $5,000 grant from the Chamber of Commerce and an available plant, Rome became home to the Hinmans and Rome Strip Steel. The businesses, institutions and people of Rome helped the start-up company establish itself and weather the depression, which struck very early in the company’s existence. The company survived and when they were able, Rome Strip Steel and the Hinman family began to return the generosity that was shown them. Beneficiaries include the RACC, United Way, Salvation Army, Rescue Mission, Rome Family Y, Rome Memorial Hospital, Capital Theatre, Rome Community Foundation, Jervis Public Library, the Community Foundation, Michele Adey Fund, American Red Cross, Rome Home and Rome Rotary.