The Community Foundation of Butler County hosted its annual awards ceremony at Vornado Air LLC in Andover on Saturday. The theme was Be A FAN of Butler County.

The Community Foundation of Butler County hosted its annual awards ceremony at Vornado Air LLC in Andover on Saturday. The theme was Be A FAN of Butler County.

Angie Baur, associate director CKCF, reported more than $70,000 is earmarked for distribution to local charities and students seeking higher education.

“Each year as more and more donors entrust us with managing their funds, the more fun we have assisting in the process of distributing awards to local causes, for local people,” said Baur. “We couldn’t do it without, not only our donors but also the volunteers that serve on the local advisory boards and those serving as volunteers on our numerous selection committees.”

“I’ve seen first-hand the impact we make in lives of the recipients - the students and charities alike are appreciative of these community gifts and use them wisely,” said  Chancy Gerbitz, chair of the BCCF advisory board,

Gerbitz is not only the chair of the advisory board but she is the sister to the namesake of a fund, the Chelsea Gerbitz Memorial Scholarship, which was established to memorialize her late sister. She knows both sides of the coin and is committed to seeing the foundation expand.

Gerbitz and others in 2012 saw a new direction in establishing even more localized community foundations within Butler County. Whitewater and Augusta both organized in 2012 and have already begun to see the benefits of how a local connection to philanthropy has sparked new interests for their residents and their communities at large.

The Be A Fan of Butler County Celebration included gifts made to and through our affiliates as well as the all encompassing Butler County awards.

The competitive grant cycle open to qualifying 501 (c) (3) organizations and other qualifying entities is for general grant categories that include: Arts and Culture; Community Preservation and Revitalization; Health and Human Services; and Animal Welfare.

The foundation also manages 13 scholarship funds for students seeking higher education. In fact, over $22,000 will be distributed for the 2013-14 academic year from the scholarships presented at the ceremony. Also to be noted are the Agency Designated and Donor Advised awards that not part of the competitive application process. Those awards to date are in excess of $38,000.

The following applicants received funds:

• Jenny Sundgren Baker Memorial Fund – Butler County Dept. on Aging, $300

• Kansas Governor's One Shot Turkey Hunt – KGOSTH - Operations, $505.52

• Tri-County CASA – Tri-County CASA - Operations, $966.52

• Leadership Butler Inc. – Leadership Butler Inc. - Class Projects & Operations, $10,181.16

• Project Jai Play – USD #402 - Garfield Playground, $18,448

• Fairy Godmother Fund – USD #206  -  Breakfast Program, $139

• Wayne Willis Expendable Fund – Scholarships - Wildlife & Natural Conservation, $4,200

• Susan B Allen Memorial Hospital – Susan B Allen Memorial Hospital, $1,635.71

• Whitewater Community Foundation – Community Recycling Bin Lion Club Project, $837.80

• KHF - Public Health Fund Butler County – Leadership Butler - Anti-Bullying Event, $500

• KHF - Public Health Fund Butler County – Helped Fund Central Kansas Kids FUNd , $1,000

• SCARF - supplies for interviews

• Kids Need to Eat - Lunchbox Program

 • Family Life Center of Butler County - child advocacy program

• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butler County - Bigs Program


2013 Butler County Competitive Grant Cycle:

• El Dorado Parks & Recreation Fund

Butler County Department on Aging, Spring Fling, $250, Butler County

Flinthills Services Inc., Art Tours, $500, El Dorado

• KHF Children’s Well Being Fund

Prairie Traveler’s Inc., Red Bud Trail Signage* $450, Andover

• KT Wiedemann Endowment

Rainbows United Inc., Infant Toddler Program Butler County*, $1,000, Butler County

USD 402 Crisis Planning Initiative, $1,000, Augusta

American Red Cross, Disaster Response BC, $500, Butler County

Friends of Whitewater Library, Literacy Summer Reading, $200, Whitewater

Prairie Travelers Inc., Red Bud Trail Signage*, $300, Andover

• CKCF - Butler County Community Impact Fund

Rainbows United Inc., Infant Toddler Program for Butler County, $500, Butler County

Augusta Arts Council, Inc. , Art & Culture for our Youth, $500, Augusta

El Dorado Senior Center Inc., Life Balance, $400, El Dorado

• Chelsea Gerbitz Community Fund

Andover Public Library, Family Events, $400, Andover

Friends of Augusta Library, Dig In To Reading Summer Program, $200, Augusta

• Wayne White Memorial Endowment

Bradford Library, Summer Reading Program, $320, El Dorado

CKCF-BC Operating Endowment, $250, Butler County

• Prairie Port Festival Community Event Fund

Kids Need to Eat, Lunch Box Summer Meal Program, $1,000, El Dorado

Rainbows United Inc. , Run/Walk*, $1,000, El Dorado

Butler County Department on Aging, Spring Fling 2014, $1,000 , El Dorado

(*) denotes more than one funder providing gifts to same request

2013 Butler County  -   Competitive Scholarship Cycle:

• Gary McEachern Memorial Scholarship

Katie VanDever, Augusta, $300

 • Clifford and Rubye Angleton Scholarship

Britnee  Pond, El Dorado, $2,000

Christine Conway, Towanda, $2,000

Megan Glenn, Andover, $2,000

Kaitlin Tennyson, Augusta, $2,000

Laura Haines, El Dorado,$2,000

• Chelsea Gerbitz Memorial Scholarship

Augusta High School:

Madison Becker, $500

Bradley Stevens, $500

Chase Winter, $500

Reese Willis, $500

Samuel Wilson, $500

Douglass High School:  

Mikel Absetz, $500


I Ning Israel, $500

Alyssa Keimig, $500

Lindsay Keimig, $500

• Sally Annette (Souder) Puckett Scholarship

Victoria Gilmore, Augusta, $1,000

• Tina Jo Wedel Burton Scholarship

Kyle Regier, $500

• Edna & Mae Mertz Scholarship

Lindsay Bevan, $2,000

Katrina Regehr, $1,000

Megan McNeill, $500

• Larry Brown Memorial Scholarship

Lily Dollarhide, $100

• Pat Halabi Memorial Scholarship

Katrina Carey, $500

• R.D. Allen Scholarship

Grant Claassen, $100

• John Edwards Scholarship

Nicole Minder, $300

• Dellsea Nachbor Memorial Scholarship

Sarah Wright, $1,000

• Marjorie Diekman Memorial Scholarship

Zoey Green, $500

• Galen Haaga Scholarship

Shaeli Munroe, $500