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Annual Starke United Golf Outing!
Friday, June 24, 2016

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Support Starke United and all the great programs that they fund in Starke County.

All proceeds support the Starke United Community Fund and grants to local charities.

When: Friday June 24, 2016.

Where: Hamlet Golf Course, 100 E Short Street, Hamlet, IN 46532.

Event Highlights:

  • 4 Person Scramble.
  • 7:00 am CDT - Registration
  • 8:00 am CDT -Shot Gun Start.
  • Lunch will be provided

The entry fee $70 Per Person or $250 Per Team.

Maybe you would like to sponsor a hole! That would be great. You can sponsor one hole for $75, or two holes for $100.

Entry fee Includes:
Green fees and lunch.

Fabulous Prizes and Bragging Rights for: Closest to the Pin, Longest Putt, Longest Drive.

Questions? Contact Emily Waters at (574) 225-2234.

There are a couple of options on how to pay:

Option 1: Please mail check to Northern Indiana Community Foundation, P.O. Box 807, Rochester, IN 46975 (notate "Starke United Fund Golf Outing " in the memo)

Please Download the Registration Form http://nicf.org/eventsregistration/images/PDF_Icon_sm.gif

Option 2: On the left side of this page your can contribute by doing the following:

  • Click on "Make a Donation" on the left hand side of the page
  • Click on "General Donation"
  • Under "Type of Gift" where is says "Please Include Your Fund Designation (required)" enter “Starke United Fund – Golf Outing”.
  • Click "Donate"
  • You then can complete your transaction by entering your credit card info or using your paypal accont.
  • Don't forget to email your completed registration form to info@nicf.org

20th Anniversary Community Impact Reception
October 2016

Celebrating 20 years of Starke County Community Foundation's Impact and Service

Beginning in 1996, the Starke County Community Foundation has helped numerous caring donors make a difference in the community. For years, the Community Foundation has helped charitable donors make Starke County a better place to call home.

This year, the Community Foundation celebrates their twentieth anniversary by sharing stories of Starke County and the amazing acts done through the county's Community Foundation.

The Community Foundation continues to make an impact through grants, scholarships, and supporting the agents and charitable organizations which serve the citizens of Starke County.

A grand event will take place in October where our donors, past and present board members, partners in charity, and the public will join us in celebrating the Community Foundation in Starke County.

This is just the beginning. The Starke County Community Foundation will grow, and give to our community forever.

Be looking for more information about this year-long celebration!

Long-Time Starke County Advocates Honored for Legacy of Giving
2015 James R. Hardesty Leadership in Philanthropy recipients.

Mathew and Marilyn Swanson circa 1980.

Knox, Ind. – Marilyn and Mathew Swanson of Bass Lake have been named the first recipients of the James R. Hardesty Leadership in Philanthropy Award by the Starke County Community Foundation (SCCF).

Marilyn and Mat, who passed away on January 11 of this year, are being honored for their great generosity and many years of commitment to many organizations that serve Starke County. The award will be given to Marilyn during the SCCF’s 2015 Community Impact Reception on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

Mat, a noted Starke County banker, was a long-time board member and past President of the Starke County Economic Development Foundation (SCEDF). He was instrumental in helping to choose the very first board members of the SCEDF and began serving on the board himself in 1990.

 SCEDF Executive Director Charles Weaver said, “Mat was a behind-the-scenes person. He recruited many of the initial members of SCEDF but could not be persuaded to join the Board until later.”

Over the years, Mat offered his service and expertise to many other non-profits and organizations. He served as a charter member and Treasurer of the Starke United Board, he was a director of the Starke County Fine Arts Commission, and he served on the Starke County 4-H Livestock Council for many years.

Mat was also active in the Purdue Ag Alumni Association as well as the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, and dedicated a great deal of time to Ancilla College; serving on the Board of Directors for nine years and serving on the Ancilla President’s Council.

Marilyn, who had a long tenure as an English teacher at the Knox Community High School, is also very active in Starke County. She has been a member of the Tri Kappa sorority for 53 years and has served in every executive position except treasurer. She also served on the Culver School Board for 10 years representing North Bend Township. She and Mat were both on the Knox School Reorganization Committee for four years each.

Marilyn started the 4-H Horse and Pony Club in Starke County after her children became interested in riding horses; she was a Starke County 4-H Leader for twenty years until she went back to school to earn her Master's degree.

Marilyn has also served on the Starke County Library Board, been very involved in the Daughters of the American Revolution, and served in a Home Demonstration Club in her township for about ten years.

Mat and Marilyn became involved with the SCCF in 1997. Marilyn remembers telling an SCCF founder, “If you want a good treasurer, you just take my husband under your wing because he’s the best treasurer in the whole world. He’s a treasurer and a half!”

Mat eventually served on the SCCF Service Committee, on the Board of Directors of the Northern Indiana Community Foundation (NICF), and on the NICF Finance Committee, and held the title of Member Emeritus. He also served on the Starke County Lilly Endowment Scholarship Committee for 7 years.

In 2003, Mat was honored for his many years of service when he received the Henry F. Schricker Award, which is given for “service before self”. He also earned the Robert E. Hamilton Award, awarded by the SCEDF, for the great contributions Mat made to the development in Starke County as a whole.

Over the years, Mat and Marilyn have given generously to many organizations and causes that better Starke County. Through the Community Foundation, Mat and Marilyn established The Mat and Marilyn Swanson Family Fund in 1998; it was one of the very first funds created at the SCCF. Mat and Marilyn were also instrumental in founding the Ancilla/SCILL Center Fund.

“When you think of people who have made the biggest impact on Starke County’s non-profits, the Swansons are high on that list,” says SCCF Director of Development Sarah Origer. “They’ve just done so much.”

When Mat spoke of his service to the SCEDF and the Community Foundation, he said: “You can see where you’re doing some good in the community, and that’s very satisfying.”

This is the first year the James R. Hardesty Leadership in Philanthropy Award is being 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.

For more information about the award, to nominate someone for the award, or for more information about the SCCF’s Community Impact Reception, contact Origer at 574-772-3665 or starke@nicf.org.