Community Foundation Celebrates Fund Founders and Awards Grants to Area Charities
The Starke County Community Foundation (SCCF) celebrated with donors and charitable organizations at a fund founder celebration and grant reception held Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center in Knox.
Founders of Community Foundation funds were present to celebrate the accomplishments of 2015, during which more than $221,000 was awarded in grants and scholarships to local organizations and students.
Marilyn and Mathew Swanson of Bass Lake were also named the as recipients of the James R. Hardesty Leadership in Philanthropy Award.
Marilyn and Mat, who passed away on January 11 of this year, were honored for their great generosity and many years of commitment to many organizations that serve Starke County. The award will given by Charles Hardesty, nephew of the late James Hardesty and administer of The Hardesty Memorial Endowment Fund.
This is the first year the James R. Hardesty Leadership in Philanthropy Award was given, and is named in honor of Jim Hardesty, a late founder of the SCCF from Hamlet, Ind., who was one of the SCCF’s most ardent supporters.
More than $24,000 grant dollars were awarded from the SCCF’s Community Funds. The endowed funds that made the grants possible were: The Freedom Fund, the Ann R. and Orville Nichols Memorial Fund, the Schuyler Family Endowment Fund, the Stewart Lain Memorial Fund, the Starke County Community Fund, and the Arlowa S. Vorm Memorial Fund.
So far this year, the Community Foundation has welcomed eight new funds: the Awald Family Community Fund, North Judson Kiwanis Club Community Fund, The Knachel Orkis Family Community Fund, Starke United Community Fund, McLaughlin-Leonard Family Community Fund, Origer Family Community Fund, Jane Gappa Community Fund, Ladd, Gene and Nancy Community Fund.
“This is a recognition of the organizations that do great things in our community,” said Sarah Origer, SCCF Director of Development. “Sharing the evening with our donors who make these grants possible only enhances the celebration.”
Grants were awarded to various organizations that provide services throughout the county. Those grants are as follows:
The Robert 'Boom Boom' Baker Alternative Ag Grant is for projects that encourage or support alternative agriculture within Starke County. The Starke County Youth Club received this $750 grant for “Planting the Seeds of a Brighter Tomorrow” programming, and North Judson-San Pierre School Corp. also received $750 for the Blue Jay Community Garden project.
Indiana History grants are given through the Maude Brown and Henry F. Schricker Endowment Fund. Oregon-Davis Elementary 4th grade student will bring quilting into the classroom.
Since 1996 more than 5.6 million dollars have been provided to Starke County through the Community Foundation.
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