(Photos by Randy M. Cauthron)
The Clay County Community Foundation awarded financial support to more than 20 different programs and entities, totaling more than $94,000, at its annual awards event Monday night at Spencer Community Theatre.
Foundation president Anna Harmon told the audience the foundation seeks to connect "donors that care with causes that matter."
Parker Historical Society of Clay County received a $10,000 cash award to assist in the construction of exhibits at the new Clay County Heritage Center.
Also receiving a $10,000 gift from the foundation, the city of Peterson. The money will be used to assist in the installation of a new handicap chairlift at the community pool, and new entry doors at the location.
The foundation awarded itself a $5,000 grant to establish a website for the organization, and to assist with the establishment of a fall endowment stimulus dinner it will host.
The foundation facilitates the disbursement of the county's share of gambling revenues in addition to private donations. Five percent of the state gambling dollars received are placed in an endowment and the remainder is distributed to projects selected by the board.
A total of 23 projects, filling needs and providing a diverse variety of services, were recognized with grants. Others receiving funding from the foundation included; Seasons Center, Royal Rangers Outpost 37, Spencer Youth Baseball & Softball Association, Clay County Council on Aging, RSVP Volunteer Program, Spencer Community Theatre, City of Greenville, Spencer Parks and Recreation Department, Royal Library Board, Sunshine Services Inc., Peterson Brooke Memorial Field, Webb Fire and Rescue, Northwest Aging Association, Iowa Lakes Corridor Initiative, Spencer Municipal Trust, Clay County Public Health/Spencer Hospital, City of Everly Park Board and the City of Webb.
"We look forward to seeing your projects successfully completed," Harmon told the recipients.
Bob Rose, director of Spencer Mainstreet, served as the foundation's guest speaker.
"I want to congratulate all of you for what you've accomplished in Clay County. It's absolutely amazing what happens in these communities ... It's people like you to make it happen."
He added, "It's gratifying to see all the work foundations do, but they couldn't do it without your help."
Rose also acknowledged the foundation members, "What an incredible responsibility you have looking through all of these applications."
The former Spencer Chamber president asked the audience, "How did we get to where we are?"
He continued, by answering his rhetorical question. "We learn that helping your neighbor is expected. But we didn't call it volunteering, we called it being neighborly. ... It's difficult to put into words how important it is to have communities that are concerned about their neighbors."
List of Awards
|Parker Historical Society||Clay County Heritage Center Exhibits||$10,000|
|City of Peterson||Handicapped chairlift at community pool||$10,000|
|Spencer Area Arts Council||Entrance Enhancement Project||$6,300|
|Northwest Iowa Youth Soccer Alliance||Trench to install hydrant and drinking fountain||$6,000|
|Seasons Center for Behavioral Health||Modernize the Conference Room||$5,400|
|Royal Rangers Outpost 37||Outdoor Activity Trailer||$5,200|
|Clay County Community Foundation||Organizational Website/Fall Endowment Stimulus Dinner||$5,000|
|Spencer Youth Baseball & Softball Association||New bleachers at Pedersen Park||$5,000|
|Clay County Council on Aging||Acoustics in the main room||$5,000|
|RSVP Volunteer Program||Clay County Volunteer Clearinghouse||$4,846|
|Spencer Community Theatre||Children's Theatre Program/High School Leadership Program||$4,778|
|City of Greenville||Furnish and landscape Community Center||$4,500|
|Spencer Parks and Recreation Department||ADA accessible water fountain at Water Way Park||$3,800|
|Royal Library Board||Computer upgrade at Royal Public Library||$3,500|
|Sunshine Services Inc.||60 stackable chairs||$3,120|
|Peterson Brooke Memorial Field||New roof, new doors on concession stand/Restroom doors||$3,000|
|Webb Fire and Rescue||Remote mount and controlled monitor on grass fire fighting truck||$1,800|
|Northwest Aging Association||Expenses associated with new Clay County Senior Financial Management Program||$1,600|
|Iowa Lakes Corridor Initiative||Middle School Entrepreneurship Academy||$1,500|
|Spencer Municipal Trust||Spencer Public Library: Digital Signage Marketing Project||$1,500|
|Clay County Public Health/Spencer Hospital||Child Passenger Safety Program||$1,200|
|City of Everly Park Board||Sunny Brook School House chimney repair/paint classroom||$1,000|
|City of Webb||Landscape timber/mulch product for play area||$500|
Clay County Community Foundation board will transition, with four board members leaving and four new members joining the team.
Foundation president Anna Harmon recognized the outgoing board members, Susan Christiansen, Kathy Fueston, Bruce Harden and Norm Pixler; then introduced the four persons who will be replacing them: Bridget Bailey, Lisa Fahnlander, Kim Phelps and Lola Wood.
In addition to Harmon, remaining board members include: Kent Ankerstjerne, Janet Boyens, Matt Essick, Tonna Parsons, Holly Pearson, Dan Skelton and Tim Sylvester.