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Fulton County Community Foundation Celebrates Twenty Years
A celebration of the Fulton County Community Foundation’s (FCCF) twentieth year of supporting the community was held at the newly-opened Fulton Community Center on Tuesday, October 29, 2013. The banquet recognized the people who have created a legacy with the FCCF, organizations that support the people of the county and the good works that have been accomplished through the Community Foundation.
Brian Johnson, Director of Development for the FCCF, welcomed all honored quests to the event. Larry Cunningham, FCCF President, was the guest speaker and shared how supporting the Community Foundation is an investment in the future.
The announcement of Impact Grants in 2013 was the spotlight of the evening. Two organizations are receiving funding through the FCCF’s annual competitive granting process. Recipients are the Nickel Plate Trail in the amount of $50,000, and the Fulton County Council On Aging is receiving $25,000.
Terry Lee, a representative of the Nickel Plate Trail, talked about how far the trail project has progressed in Fulton County and that with their grant they plan to relocate the 1892 Erie Rail passenger depot to serve as a trail head and visitor center. The depot will be relocated at Lakeview Park near the intersection of East 9th St. and Wabash Avenue. Bike lanes will be added to Wabash Avenue from the current trail head at 18th St. to the new location. This will connect the Nickel Plate Trail to the Rochester City Pathway.
Fulton County Council On Aging will use their grant to update the kitchen and restroom facilities at the Fulton County Community Center. The restrooms will be updated to be ADA compliant and kitchen fixtures will be improved to better serve their clients. Laurie Paulik, Director of the Council on Aging spoke about the history of the Center that opened in 1993 and serves over 300 seniors per week. It is also the home of agencies such as RSVP, United Ministries, Fulton County Transpo, and the Food Pantry
A grant awarded in 2012 was also recognized. The Kewanna Food Pantry received a $30,000 grant that allowed for expansion of the facility and introduced new services to the Kewanna community. Rev. Todd Wilson of the Kewanna United Methodist Church, and representative of the community group that heads-up the project, spoke about the impact the grant has made: “We are blessed to have what we need and thankful we can pass those blessings on to those who need our help.” The group has seen an increase in the number of people they can serve due to the expansion of their facility.
Jay Albright, the Executive Director of the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, closed the evening with a warm thank you to the guests. He recognized those who give of themselves to make Fulton County a special place to live. “I am visiting with all our donors who have created funds with the Community Foundation, and want to hear their personal stories on why they have used the Foundation to honor those that they love,” said Albright.
In this twentieth year, the FCCF has been sharing stories of agencies and ideas supported through the Foundation’s granting process. Signs are placed around the county in recognition of projects where grant money has been awarded. These signs can be found in Akron, Fulton, Rochester, Aubbeenaubbee Township and will be coming soon to Kewanna and Grass Creek.
In the next few weeks, the FCCF will announce the winners of their second round of grant funding. These “Community Support Grants” are designed to be awarded to several organizations and provide support throughout the community.
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