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South Whitley Community Facilities, Inc. announces grant awards, elects board members and officers

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South Whitley Community Facilities, Inc. recently met for their annual meeting.
The secretary and treasurer's reports were read and approved. Grant requests were reviewed and monies were awarded to: Leadership Whitley County - $600 for one Whitko student; One Community - $1000 for Lunch and Camaraderie program; Rainbow Preschool - $750 for educational materials and craft supplies; Sonshine Child Care Ministry - $1000 for Early childhood Conference registrations; South Whitley Area Emergency food Bank - $1000; South Whitley Community Preschool - $250 for curriculum and $1000 for tuition assistance; Whitley County Youth Leadership - $500 for five Whitko students; Whitko High School - $1500 for two, $750 senior scholarships.
Elected to three year terms were: Mark Rickerd, Cory Sickafoose and Tonya Warner. Officers elected were: Todd Jones - president, Mark Rickerd - vice president, Cindy Barnett - secretary and Joe Grant - treasurer. Taylor Kessie, Marlene Mishler and Ronda Sroufe are also members.
South Whitley Community Facilities Inc. was established in 1975 to build a medical clinic for four young doctors coming to the community. A massive, community wide fund drive was met with much community enthusiasm that raised over $50,000 in just four weeks. When the initial principal and interest were repaid, the community had over $70,000 to establish a lasting foundation to continue to promote the health and well-being of South Whitley and Cleveland Township. Over the last 40 years, the interest from the principle sum has awarded over $250,000 to various local projects.
The Facilities funds are held in an endowment with the Community Foundation of Whitley County. Funds will always be used to "promote the health, education and welfare of citizens in South Whitley and Cleveland Township". Anyone wishing to make a tax deductible donation to support Cleveland Township residents, should make their check payable to: South Whitley Community Fund and send it to the Community Foundation of Whitley County, 400 N Whitley St, Columbia City, IN 46725.

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