The Virginia Museum of Transportation won’t be the only Roanoke Valley nonprofit to benefit from Norfolk Southern’s $3.7 million sale of an abstract expressionist painting.
Feeding America Southwest Virginia will receive $252,000 and the Harrison Museum of African American Culture will receive $25,000 of the proceeds earned through the Nov. 14 auction of an untitled 1959 painting by American artist Mark Rothko.
The donation to Feeding America Southwest Virginia in Salem will cover the much needed replacement of the food bank’s 100,000-square-foot roof.
“This building was built in the mid-’60s, was added-on to various times through the mid-’80s,” said Walker Nelms, marketing and communications coordinator for the charity. The roof “has been leaking for quite a while and every time that we fix a leak, it leaks somewhere else.”
The food bank had asked Norfolk Southern for a grant to assist with some of the roof replacement cost. Instead, the railroad funded the entire amount.
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