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. Read more
The green portion of our Community Foundation flower represents the mint harvested in Starke County. Indiana is one of the top mint-producing states in the U.S., and a large portion of that mint is farmed in Starke County. One of our towns, North Judson, holds an annual Mint Festival over Father’s Day Weekend, and every year when the fields are harvested, the entire community is filled with the warm, sweet aroma of mint.
Jacque Ryan started as the Director of Development for the Starke County Community Foundation in the spring of 2021. She grew up in Starke County and after graduating from Ball State University in 2017, she returned to work as a reporter at Kankakee Valley Broadcasting and served as editor of The Starke County Leader newspaper, establishing multiple community connections.
Judy Climie, a member of our Community Foundation family, said, “You don’t give to the Foundation. You give through the foundation.” There are so many ways to make a difference in your community through the NICF. Whether you give a gift now, give to the NICF through your will, or give monthly or through a giving group, you’re making a difference that will last forever.