Jerry Scherf Receives Philanthropy Award

Jerry Scherf Receives Philanthropy Award

Jerry Scherf and Jacque Ryan, SCCF Director of Development

Jerry Scherf is the recipient of the James R. Hardesty Leadership in Philanthropy Award, created by the Starke County Community Foundation to honor outstanding individuals and organizations that positively impact the community through philanthropic efforts.

From the age of eight, Sherf has been a resident of Starke County and as he grew, so did his love for his community. He established two funds at the community foundation; the Jerry Scherf Scholarship Fund that has helped eight local students further their education and the Jerry Scherf Community fund, which has helped fund charitable projects and organizations such as the Koontz Lake Fire Department, Starke County EMS, Junior Achievement, Joey’s Cat and Kitten Rescue, and many more.

“It means quite a bit to me,” said Scherf about the award. “It’s very appreciated, and I wanted to make sure that whatever I could give to an organization, it didn’t go to waste. I especially hope I can help people be successful with the scholarship.”

Scherf is the ninth recipient of the annual award, which was established to honor James “Jim” Hardesty’s legacy of giving back to the community in which he lived. Hardesty, who resided in Hamlet, stated his philosophy of giving simply and poignantly: “If you can’t do a lot, do what you can.” Jim passed away on May 24, 2014 at 92 years of age. His contributions to the Starke County Community Foundation make up the largest gift to-date from a single donor in any of the three counties served by the Northern Indiana Community Foundation.