More than $70,000 is earmarked for distribution to local charities and students seeking higher education.

The Community Foundation of Butler County hosted its Annual Awards Ceremony at Vornado Air LLC, Andover, Saturday. The theme was Be A FAN of Butler County.

Angie Baur, Associate Director CKCF, reported that more than $70,000 is earmarked for distribution to local charities and students seeking higher education. Baur said, “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.” Baur went on to say, “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.”

The foundation’s future is bright. Chancy Gerbitz, chair of the BCCF advisory board, said, “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.” 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: 1. Arts and Culture; 2. Community Preservation and Revitalization; 3. Health and Human Services; & 4. 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 and it is only June!

All Funds and Applicants listed below:

Special Project, Donor Advised & Agency Designated Awards

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 Elementary 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 $1,000, El Dorado

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 , $30

Dellsea Nachbor Memorial Scholarship

Sarah Wright, $1,000

Marjorie Diekman Memorial Scholarship

Zoey Green, $500

Galen Haaga Scholarship

Shaeli Munroe, $500

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