Friends of the late Rick Randles have established the Rick Randles Art & Music Appreciation Fund to add value to the Covington community through the performing arts.
Rick graduated from Covington High School in 1974. He worked at Baxter’s Drug Store in Covington until he was employed by the Bank of Western Indiana on July 30, 1979, and then retired from its successor Old National Bank on December 31, 2018. He loved his customers and especially their pets.
As many people know, Rick loved singing and sang at many weddings and events. He won the Kiss Country Karaoke Contest at the Georgetown Fair and later was the opening act for country singer Darryl Worley. He was always willing to share his many talents, such as singing, decorating, painting, and much more. He also enjoyed participating in the Cemetery Walks around Covington, sponsored by the Fountain County Art Council and Fountain County Genealogy Society.
Rick was raised in the Covington First Assembly Church. Most recently he helped with the Genesis Kids Church in painting and decorating the new children’s room at the church. He loved his church families and they sure loved him!
Everyone who knew Rick seemed to love being in his presence. In keeping with the spirit of Rick’s love for the arts and music, the motivation behind this fund is to preserve his gifts, talents, and personality (kindness, patience, encouragement to others to grow and pursue their dreams related to their singing and artistic abilities. His sense of humor, quick wit, and ability to make people laugh) and to perpetuate his life through creative grantmaking projects by the means of the Rick Randles Art & Music Appreciation Fund.
To that end, the fund will support programs that are associated with painting, refurnishing, refinishing, repurposing, architecture, and music. Activities could include, but would not be limited to convocations, workshops, purchasing of classroom materials, providing financial support for music, street and art festivals, field trips and other endeavors related to music and art appreciation.
Dale White, CEO of the Community Foundation states, “It is admirable to see a group of friends get together and to take the initiative to establish a fund in Ricks honor that will benefit thousands of Covington citizens, youth and adults alike that will provide educational opportunities that encourage lifelong learning and participation in the visual, musical, and performing arts in the Covington community. It’s a real testimony to Rick and the loved that he and his friends shared.”
Donations to the Rick Randles Art & Music Appreciation Fund will matched $1 to $1 up to $5,000 through June 30. Contributions may be made online or mailed to: Covington Community Foundation, Attn: Rick Randles Art & Music Appreciation Fund, P.O. Box 175, Covington, IN 47932.