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New ~ Nancy Bourne Benevolent Fund Established

The Attica Community Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Nancy Bourne Benevolent Fund in memory of Nancy Rose Bourne, 74, who passed away on March 12, 2022, in Lafayette, Indiana. Nancy was the daughter to Milton S. Bourne and Wavalene Lois (Conner) Bourne Strait.

Nancy was born on November 23, 1947, to Milton Sylvester Bourne and Wavalene Lois (Conner) Bourne Strait. After graduation in 1965 from Pennville High School, she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Ball State University. Her teaching career began at Lake Ridge Junior High in Gary, Indiana, and later continued at Calumet High School in Gary and East Jay Elementary in Portland, Indiana. In 1977 Nancy began teaching at Seeger Memorial High School in West Lebanon, Indiana. For 36 years, until her retirement in 2013, she was admired and respected as a talented, dedicated, and quite witty English teacher.  Among Nancy’s community activities were Delta Theta Chapter of Kappa Kappa Kappa, Fountain-Warren Retired Teachers Association, and the Moose Lodge of Attica.

The purpose of the fund is to provide financial support for elderly citizens of the Attica Community.  Such assistance would include, but not necessarily be limited to food, clothing, prescriptions, and transportation for their medical care. A variety of organizations may be the beneficiary of grants from the fund.  Some of these would include, but not necessarily be limited to the Attica Thrift Shop, Attica Sharing Kindness (ASK), Mobility for Area Citizens (MAC Van – a program of the Community Action Agency of Western Indiana), and Township Board of Trustees (Davis, Logan, Shawnee).

Contributions may be made online at www.wicf-inc.org or mailed to: Attica Community Foundation, Attn: Nancy Bourne Benevolent Fund, P.O. Box 161, Attica, IN 47918.

Scholarship Recipients Announced

Touch here to see the entire listing of scholarship recipients awarded by the Community Foundation at the following Senior Awards Programs:

Wednesday, May 11 – Covington High School
Wednesday, May 11 – Fountain Central High School
Wednesday, May 18 – North Vermillion High School
Thursday, May 19 – South Vermillion High School
Friday, May 27 – Attica High School

Summer Newsletters Released

Check out the Fountain County & Vermillion County Summer Newsletters at: WICF – Publications (wicf-inc.org)

Recent Grant Recipients

Congratulations to recent grant recipients:
Covington Easter Egg Hunt ($1,000), Clinton Little League ($3,000), City of Attica – Shredd Day ($500), Vermillion County Disc Golf Club ($2,655), Hope Springs Safe House ($1,371), Perrysville Fire Department ($3,000), Miss Fountain County Queen Pageant ($500), Parke-Vermillion Retired Teacher’s Association ($450), Attica Jr/Sr High School ($2,000), Little Italy Festival ($1,500), Newtown Community Church ($1,000), City of Clinton – Fire Department ($300), North Vermillion School Corporation – Science Fair ($500), Johnny’s House ($10,000), Attica Park Board ($10,000), Town of Cayuga – Volunteer Fire Department ($5,400), N0rth Vermillion Elementary School ($1,000), and Clinton Public Library ($3,000).  More →

New ~ Retha Dean (Coffing) Martin Scholarship Established

The Community Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Retha Dean (Coffing) Martin Scholarship Fund.

Retha Dean (Coffing) Martin (1924-1991) was a lifelong resident of Fountain County and was well known and loved for her unwavering kindness and compassion.  During World War II, she graduated as a nursing cadet from the Lakeview College of Nursing in Danville, IL, while her fiancé, Thomas O. Martin, was serving in combat with the United States Marine Corps in the South Pacific.  When the war ended, he remained overseas on assignment to China before returning to the United States and being honorably discharged from the military.  Both were graduates of Covington High School’s class of 1942.

After the war, they married and settled into farming outside Covington.  They were blessed with six children, and later, dozens of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Her nursing skills were always in demand on the farm, and the way she tended to others inspired many of her descendants to go into the healing and helping professions.  As of 2022 and the founding of this scholarship, we have 3rd and 4th generation retired, practicing, and student nurses in the Martin family as a direct result of her powerful example.

The purpose of this scholarship is to honor Retha Dean’s memory and encourage and support others who feel called to the nursing profession.  It is open to ANY resident of Fountain County who has been accepted to, or is currently enrolled in, an accredited bachelor’s level or higher nursing program.  The scholarship can be awarded year over year until graduation for students in good standing, up to and including the doctorate level.   

Contributions may be made online at www.wicf-inc.org or mailed to: Western Indiana Community Foundation, Attn: Retha Dean (Coffing) Martin Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 175, Covington, IN 47932.

New Funds to Benefit Area Communities

Thirty-one (31) new endowment funds have recently been established to benefits area communities and high school students.  For more details click on the link to learn more about each fund.

The new funds include: Nancy Bourne Benevolent Fund, Retha Dean (Coffing) Martin Scholarship Fund, The Strawser Family & Jim & Wanda Clawson Scholarship Fund, Joseph D. Henderson Family Fund, Clinton High School Memorial Monument Fund, Rick Randles Art & Music Appreciation Fund Scott Stanton Scholarship Fund, Mandy Stanton Cancer Fund, Dr. Robert E. & Marceline A. Dicks Indiana State Medical School Scholarship, LIVINGenerously Donor-Advised Fund, Harold & Jean Rieches Scholarship FundLee & Thelma T. Clingan FundAnna & Les Zimmerman Fund Charles Todd Wagoner Scholarship Fund Mariah (Martin) Zabriskie & Sean Zabriskie Scholarship Fund,  William & Nellie Hendrix Scholarship FundCarl Swinford Memorial Scholarship FundEllis Family Scholarship Fund, Dr. Robert & Sue Ewbank Scholarship Fund, Yale & Orthanna Yager Scholarship FundCarol Shew Nursing Scholarship Fund Christy DeSutter Cancer Fund Kay Shoaf Scholarship FundRandall G. Shoaf Scholarship FundRobert & Lucreita (Verrill) Shoaf Scholarship Fund,  Patricia Scherer Leath Education Scholarship FundWilliam, Johanna & Mario Wilson Charitable Community Fund,  Darrell & Edith Dennis Community FundDaniel & Renee McGrady Family Fund,  CDH Scholarship FundWallace-Minnette Community Fund, George Norman Family FundMark & Cindy Mason Community Fund, and the Michael & Mary Margaret Rhees Community Fund.

To learn how you can establish a fund to benefit your community contact Dale at (765) 793-0702 or by email at dwhite@wicf-inc.org.

New ~ The Strawser Family & Jim & Wanda Clawson Scholarship Fund

The Community Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the The Strawser Family & Jim & Wanda Clawson Scholarship Fund by Jim Clawson on behalf of the Strawser Family including Dale M. & Gladys (Jones) Strawser; Wilma (Strawser) Hybarger; Donald Strawser; Robert D. Strawser; and  Jim & Wanda (Strawser) Clawson.

The purpose of the scholarship is to provide tuition payments for graduates of Covington, Attica, or Fountain Central High School who have been accepted as a full-time student at any two-year or four-year public college or university in the United States.

Several criteria will be taking into consideration when selection recipients including financial need, school and/or work activities, community/volunteer service, and academic performance.  One scholarship will be awarded annually with the first scholarship recipient being announced in May 2023.

Dale White, CEO of the Community Foundation states, “The Clawson family has made a very generous contribution to establish this fund. Fountain County youth are going to benefit greatly from this fund for generations to come.”

Contributions may be made online at www.wicf-inc.org or mailed to: Covington Community Foundation, Attn: The Strawser Family & Jim & Wanda Clawson Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 175, Covington, IN 47932.

Foundation Partners with Dolly Parton Imagination Library

In partnership with the 𝐕𝐞𝐫𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐲 𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐜 𝐋𝐢𝐛𝐫𝐚𝐫𝐲 – in Newport (serving Helt, Highland, Eugene, and Vermillion townships), the 𝐕𝐞𝐫𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐲 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐅𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧, is pleased to announce its affiliation with the 𝐃𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐨𝐧’𝐬 𝐈𝐦𝐚𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐋𝐢𝐛𝐫𝐚𝐫𝐲. The Imagination Library is a book gifting program for preschool age children birth to age 5.

To enroll in the program, the children must live in a community that sponsors the Imagination Library. The program replication strategy is simple; monthly an age-appropriate book is mailed directly to the enrolled child’s home at no cost to the parent. The books are mailed directly to the child in order to create a sense of excitement and bond with the books. Dolly has a saying, “𝐼𝑓 𝑏𝑜𝑜𝑘𝑠 𝑚𝑎𝑘𝑒 𝑎 𝑐ℎ𝑖𝑙𝑑 𝑓𝑒𝑒𝑙 𝑠𝑝𝑒𝑐𝑖𝑎𝑙, 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑐ℎ𝑖𝑙𝑑 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑓𝑒𝑒𝑙 𝑏𝑜𝑜𝑘𝑠 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑠𝑝𝑒𝑐𝑖𝑎𝑙.”

You may enroll a child in the program thru the link below if you reside in the townships of Helt, Highland, Eugene, or Vermillion in Vermillion County, Indiana.  Otherwise, contact the Clinton Public Library.

https://imaginationlibrary.com/…/affil…/INVERMILLION/…

Foundation to Host Family Night Event

Covington Community Foundation will be hosting its 54th semi-annual Family Night on Wednesday, April 20 from 4:30pm – 6:30pm ~ a late afternoon/early evening of great food and family entertainment at the Beef House Banquet Hall.

When was the last time you saw a father and sons magic show?  Wait no longer as the community foundation brings you CR Ryan Master Magician & Sons the only professional father-sons magic show in the State of Indiana.  This show is family friendly and promises to be fun and exciting for everyone involved!

Tickets MUST be purchased in advance at 135 S. Stringtown Rd., Covington or by calling (765) 793-0702, ext. 8. Tickets are $5.00 for adults and children are FREE. Seating is limited for this event.

New ~ Rick Randles Art & Music Appreciation Fund

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.

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