The Central Kansas Community Foundation-Butler County presented grants and scholarships
The Central Kansas Community Foundation-Butler County presented more than $80,000 in grants and scholarships Saturday morning during the awards ceremony in El Dorado.
The CKCF is the host foundation to the Butler County foundation as well as four others, including Augusta, Douglass, Whitewater and El Dorado, which hosted this year's event.
The theme for the event was "Hats off to you."
“It is such a pleasure to tip our hat to the youth – who are our future – and the charitable organizations making a difference in countless lives each and every day,” said Angie Baur, executive director of Central Kansas Community Foundation.
"Already this year for 2015 we distributed $21,240 to local charities," Baur said.
These project, donor advised and agency designated awards included: Leadership Butler, $13,445.73; Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital Public Health Fund, $1,610.57; Taylor Family Children's Home Endowment, $1,246; Govern's Annual One Shot Turkey Hunt, $524; Remington USD 206 Fairy Godmother Fund, $500; KHF Greater Butler County Operating Endowment, $3,300; and KHF operating fund, $114.
That lead Baur to the gifts being presented Saturday.
"We have 11 funding sources that are granting 20 worthy organizations today," she said. "This is going to represent another $22,410 worth of grants going out."
Last year that number was only $14,000.
Baur went on to present the grants: 12 Baskets Inc., $1,500, Family Food Baskets; ARC of Butler County Special Olympics, $1,500; Bradford Memorial Library Outreach Program, $1,000; Butler County Department on Aging Spring Fling, $1,000; Child Start, safety maintenance and upkeep of outdoor play area, $1,500; Child Start, KidzFest, $500; CHildren First CEO Kansas, new location at Butler Community College, $250; City of Douglass, park fund, $300; El Dorado Broncos, thank a veteran night, $500; Family LIfe Center-SafeHouse, $3,000; First United Methodist Church of Augusta, special families support program, $1,000; Grace Med Health Clinic, Butler County Dental Outreach, $1,000; Journey to Recovery of Butler County, mental health awareness and suicide prevention event, $500; Kids Need 2 Eat, shuttle bus service for the lunchbox program, $2,230; K-State Research and Extension Butler County Extension Council, enjoy fruits and vegetables choice program, $554; Leadership Butler, low aware bridge sign project, $250; Rainbows United, Butler County infant toddler technology, $1,428; Rainbows United, KidzFest, $500; Real Life Church, food ministry, $1,000; Sick Middle School, resource room Kindles for kids, $571; Sunlight Children's Advocacy and Rights Foundation, children's home, $1,100; and Tri-County CASA, training CASA volunteers, $837.
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; and 4. Animal Welfare.
Next, they presented the scholarships.
"The Community Foundation manages 62 scholarships and 22 of those are here in Butler County and with that we had 50 final recipients selected from a much, much larger pool," Baur said.
They are receiving a total of $59,700.
"The Butler County system of foundations will be awarding today over
The first scholarships were through the Augusta Community Foundation and went to: Jakah Stultz, $500, May Gruver Scholarship; Dillon Thompson, Nicole Becker, Connor Hurst, $500 and Jacob Goldenstein, $500 each from the Augusta Community Foundation; Michael Albright, $500, Walter and Sidney Ewalt Scholarship; Jakah Stulz, $750, and Dillon Thompson, $400, Vada-Vida Fletcher/Ketch Business Scholarship; and Dillon Thompson, $1,000, Sally Annette (Souder) Puckett Scholarship.
The Butler County scholarships included: Alexis Luce, Christella Butler, Katie James, Brooke Ryan, Ellie Kennedy, Connor Hurst, Brody Caster and Blair Pullman, $500 each, Chelsea Gerbitz Memorial Scholarship, and Bailey Reiswig, $300, Gary McEachern Memorial Scholarship.
The Remington Scholarships went to: Dakotah Gillmore, $100, RD Allen Scholarship; Savita Carey, $250, Pat Halabi Memorial Scholarship; John Brunner, $200, Kristyn Wedel, $1,000, and Tabitha Abel, $200, Edna and Mae Mertz Scholarship; Tabitha Abel, $100, Larry Brown Memorial Scholarship; Meghan Nipper, $100, John Edwards Scholarship; and Sarah Chaney, $500, Tina Jo Wedel Burton Scholarship.
The El Dorado Community Foundation scholarships included: Nathaniel Coffman, $2,000, Tyler Gentry, $2,000, Kelby Mestahg, $1,000, Jacob Brubaker, $2,000, Trevor Schulte, $1,000, Andrew Eilert, $2,000, and Logan Erickson, $1,000, Wayne Willis Foundation Scholarship; Christine Conway, $5,000, Sarah Erpelding, $3,000, Megan Glenn, $4,000, Katie James, $3,000, Dallas Knapp, $3,000, Mariah Zerr, $2,000, Jackson Waldrip, $2,000, Dominique Milsap, $3,000, Conner Hurst, $2,000, and Kassidy Thompson, $2,000, Clifford and Rubye Angleton Scholarship; and Darbie Park, Riley Paye, Katherine Swan, Breck Towner, Brooke Ryan, Hanna Rowell, Sally Rowell, Alec Hildreth, Garrett Howland, Taylor Lawrence, Faith Hadley and Sarah Erpelding, all $500, George Trimble Special Needs Scholarship Fund.
The Douglass scholarships went to Hailey Brady, $500, Marjorie Diekman Memorial Scholarship; Kayla Hawkins, $500, Galen Hey-ga Memorial Scholarship; Brody Caster, $1,000, Dellsea Nachbor Memorial Scholarship; Dallas Mahlandt $500, Terry Lee Kaylor Memorial Scholarship; and Suzannah Wright, $350, Douglass United School District, Scholarship Fund.
More than $59,700 will be distributed for the 2015-16 academic year from the scholarships presented at the ceremony.
"We really do want to say hats off to you, congratulations," Baur said. "We know you are doing great work and we look forward to the future you al are going to instill in our community.
Those wanting to ensure the Community Impact Endowment grows are asked to consider making a donation in the name of the Community Impact Endowment today. Contributions will be matched at a 50 percent rate by the Kansas Health Foundation due to a challenge grant the community foundation has been awarded. Those who want their gifts to go direct to Butler County communities are asked to make note on their gift.
People may send checks to Central Kansas Community Foundation - Butler County, Butler County Community Impact Endowment, 301 N. Main, Suite 200, Newton, KS 67114.