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Foundation Celebrates Twenty Years
A celebration of the Miami County Community Foundation’s (MCCF) twentieth year of supporting the community was held on Tuesday, November 12, 2013. What started as an idea by a few prominent local individuals has grown into 7 million dollars in endowment funds for Miami County.
Patrick Close, Director of Development for the MCCF, welcomed all honored quests to the event. Dr. Tom McKaig, MCCF President, was the guest speaker and emcee who shared how hopefulness is an asset that the Community Foundation and its donors bring to Miami County.
Memories of the beginnings of the Community Foundation and its journey through the past twenty years was shared by Susan Perkins and Terri Johnson. Susan was one of the founding members of the Community Foundation and told how she was approached about joining the first board of directors and the joy of raising the funds necessary to establish the organization in Miami County. Susan also served as president of the Northern Indiana Community Foundation (NICF), the legal entity of the Community Foundation and has also served as MCCF Service Committee President.
Terri Johnson, Associate Director of the GIFT program at the Indiana Grantmakers Alliance, shared how the Lilly Endowment begin the journey of helping every county in Indiana create a community foundation to help build lasting legacies in Indiana communities. “With an investment of half a billion dollars to build community foundations in the state, the assets state wide for community foundations is now over two billion dollars. That is a good return on investment,” said Johnson, who served as NICF Executive Director from 2002 to 2012.
Two grant recipients were also recognized. The Peru Public Library received $20,000 from the MCCF in 2013. This grant helped purchase new computers and wireless access for the library. Ron Schuckel and Anna Jo McKaig represented the library and spoke of how the Community Foundation has served the library through grants and smart investing of assets.
Elise Kordis, Director/Curator of the Miami County Museum spoke about the grant the Museum received in 2013 to purchase display cases for exhibits. This $10,000 grant will help showcase their upcoming exhibit celebrating Miami County agriculture. Currently the museum is exhibiting the history of local newspapers through the years.
Also recognized were current recipients of the 2013 Community Support Grants.
Those recipients are; Heritage Museum Foundation who received $1,000 to connect
to the Nickel Plate trail extension,
Jay Albright, the Executive Director of the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, closed the evening with a warm thank you to the guests. He recognized new donors who started a relationship with the Community Foundation in 2013 and honored those donors who have supported the organization since 1993. “I plan to make a personal visit to all our current donors in the next year. Patrick and I have been making calls and those who support the foundation should expect to see me in the next few months,” said Albright. “We want to personally thank everyone who has invested in the Community Foundation and hope that they will continue to give in the future.”
The Mayor of Peru, Jim Walker also proclaimed the month of November as Miami County Community Foundation Awareness Month.
Two Local Men Launch Campaign to Build Peru Skate Park
It's been tried in the past, but a skate park for the City of Peru is now becoming a reality.
Kipp Arnold, Steve Anderson and Steve's son Seth are working with the Peru Mayor Jim Walker and the City of Peru to build a skate park on donated park land. The skate park will be located on the Riverwalk next to Miamisfort.
The concept of a skate park in Peru has been talked about for at least 10 years, and with the push and help from the City, it looks like the talk will turn into an actual park.
The men have created a drawing and concept for the 100 by 100 foot structure. They plan to design a 3-D model to help them in their fundraising efforts.
The skate park will have safety in mind as the design simulates areas where kids typically like to use their skate boards. But the park will also be open for inline skaters and bicyclists. They also plan to break the park into two sections, with one section specifically for younger children.
While city land is designated for the project, funds are needed for the construction. So far the group has raised nearly $1,000 but the overall project budget is much larger.
Grants are actively being sought for the park as well as donations from local businesses and citizens.
If you would like to contribute to the Peru Skate Park, you can do so through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation. Go to the Make A Donation page and write in Peru Skate Park Fund under the fund designation and you will be directed to use your credit card or PayPal account to make a donation.
You can also make donations to the Northern Indiana Community Foundation for the Peru Skate Park and drop them off at the Miami County Community Foundation office located at 13 E Main in Peru.
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