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SCCF Welcomes New Board Members

Knox, Ind. - The Starke County Community Foundation (SCCF) is excited to welcome three new board members: Leslie Baker, Joan Haugh-Beatty, and James Long.

Back row (L to R): James Long, Leslie Baker, Joan Haugh, Cheryl Orkis, Gene Ladd, Jerry Gurrado. Front (L to R): Suzy Bishop, Deb Awald, Jennifer Gappa (Pres.), Marilyn Wickert, Angela Courtney

SCCF board members are volunteers in the community who help make decisions regarding the operations of the SCCF. The SCCF works to recruit board members who are passionate about the wellbeing of Starke County and volunteer their time to the SCCF in order to support the community. The SCCF is a nonprofit organization that supports individuals and charitable organizations in Starke County through grants and scholarships.

Leslie Baker is an attorney in Knox, and she holds a law office with her father, which she described as a “fun adventure.” She has been in practice for over two years. Leslie attended Purdue University and earned her Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature. She later attended the University of Dayton School of Law, from which she graduated in 2013. Leslie is married to Ryan Baker, and they have two children, Maxwell and Molly. The family enjoys being outdoors and playing with their yellow Labrador, Murphy. Leslie loves to garden, cook, bake, and read when she has the opportunity.

Joan Haugh-Beatty served as Executive Director for Community Services of Starke County for 35 years. She is involved in Moving Starke County Forward, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Catholic Charities Advisory Council, P.E.O., Senior Health Insurance Information Program, Knox/Winamac Community Health Center, the Facility Planning Committee for the Starke County Historical Society, and the Marshall-Starke Development Center. She is a graduate of Ancilla College, having received an honorary degree in May of 2013. She and her late husband received the Distinguished Hoosier Award in 2010, and she was a recipient of the Henry F. Schricker Award in 2013. She married Ed Beatty on August 6th of this year. She has four children, all of whom are college graduates, with two having master’s degrees.

James “Jim” Long graduated from North Judson-San Pierre High School. He earned an Associate Degree in Electronic Engineering from ITT Technical Institute. He then earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting/Finance from Indiana University. He has worked for LTV Corporation, Price Waterhouse CPA, and American Oak Preserving Company, from which he retired after 39 years of service. He also distributes Airline Transportation Pilot licenses and Real Estate Broker licenses. He serves on several committees, and he is President of the Starke County Aviation Board. Jim is married to Susan Long and has two sons, Ryan and Westin. He is a member of North Judson United Methodist Church, and his hobbies include farming, flying his airplane, and hunting.

For more information, contact the Northern Indiana Community Foundation toll free at 877-432-6423, or Sarah Origer at the Starke County Community Foundation at 574-772-3665.

SCCF Makes Five-Year Grant Commitment to Ancilla College

Knox, IN. – The 2016-2017 school year will be an exciting time with new opportunities for students at Ancilla College. These new opportunities will continue to arise thanks to the committed support from the Starke County Community Foundation’s (SCCF) Hardesty Memorial Endowment Fund.

The SCCF is pleased to announce a grant from the Hardesty Memorial Endowment Fund of $25,000 in support of the new on-campus housing facility at Ancilla College.

Furthermore, it is the intent of the SCCF to grant $20,000 for the next four years following this initial gift, for a total of $105,000.

The Hardesty Memorial Endowment Fund was established by James ‘Jim’ Hardesty at the SCCF in 2005 to support charitable endeavors in Starke County. Jim was a dedicated supporter of Ancilla College and saw potential in its plans to expand the campus. The SCCF and Jim’s family feel that he would have been pleased to support this building project. Jim was a life-long resident of Starke County and was also a founder of the SCCF.

In a unanimous decision by the Board of Trustees, Ancilla officials announced that they have named the first residence hall Hardesty Hall.

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.

Read the latest article and see all the editions in this anniversary series!