Nov. 8, 1976 — Nearly 700 persons attended the dedication of the McHale Auditorium Sunday afternoon.
Principal speaker at the event was William F. Welch, a native of Logansport and law partner of the late Frank M. McHale. He stated it was a deep interest in young people and an abiding regard for his hometown of Logansport that prompted McHale to make the donation of funds which brought the auditorium into reality.
“We are gathered here today to dedicate what was one man’s dream, one man’s hope, which was the substance of his faith,” stated Welch. “Frank McHale was sufficiently perceptive to realize that if he could channel his benefactions through the youth of the community, through the school system, he would be building in a constantly renewing, recycling input, or contribution, designed to yield a permanent benefit to the entire community.”
“Other men in other times and in other communities have done similar things. Some men with greater means have done more. But I dare say that none ever had more pride and affection for the intended recipients of his benefaction than did Frank McHale, and none ever took more pleasure in the act of giving than did he.” Welch concluded.
Also speaking briefly were Dr. Ted B. Hughes, superintendent of schools; Gordon Gibbs, of Kingscott Associates, who presented the auditorium, and acceptance of the auditorium by Jerry Gibson, president of the school board, and of the McHale room by Mrs. Donald Baumann, president of the local chapter of the A.A.U.W.
Dr. Floyd Blake, pastor of the First United Methodist church gave the invocation, with Father Francis Meehan, pastor emeritus of St. Bridget’s Church, offering the benediction. The high school band, under the direction of Joe Huffman, played a musical interlude prior to the dedication.