Community members who attended the Cass County Community Foundation’s annual “Thanks for Giving” reception did more than watch Friday night — they participated.
Attendees were asked to select a community project that would be awarded $20,000 in honor of the Cass County Community Foundation’s 20th anniversary.
The foundation received 34 proposals from Cass County charitable organizations and narrowed it down to five projects. Those who attended were allowed to select one community project. After votes were counted there was a tie, resulting in the foundation choosing to grant both projects money, totaling $30,000.
One of the projects is Plank Hill Park at Twelve Mile and the other is an art gallery in the Logansport Community School Corporation.
The Twelve Mile Lions Club, which owns and maintains Plank Hill Park, requested money to renovate the park. The club wants to pave the park, where several community events take place, and upgrade play equipment.
The second project awarded money is a student art gallery at Logansport High School and Century Career Center
There were about 84 people in attendance Friday night at Boondockers, including past and present Cass County Community Foundation board members.
Commemorating the foundation’s 20th anniversary was special for Deanna Crispen, the foundation’s president.
Since starting in 1993, $7.5 million in scholarships has been given in Cass County to more than 800 students. The foundation also manages over 163 and after the two new community projects, has awarded funds to 77 different organizations.
The foundation now holds more than $16 million in assets.
“The stories you hear from past board members, just make me cry – they’re special,” Crispen said. “It’s always important to look back to see where you are and where you’re going.”
Former board members spoke, including Paul Kroeger, Lisa Terry, Elizabeth Billman and Randy Head. Helen Monroe, a consultant for the Lilly Foundation’s “Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow” community development program who’s called the godmother of community foundations, was the guest speaker. She talked of Indiana’s implementation of community foundations.