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Foundation awards more than $94,000

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Parker Museum Director Cindy McGranahan accepted a check from Clay County Community Foundation board member Susan Christiansen in the amount of $10,000 to be used for exhibits at the Clay County Heritage Center. The award was one of 23 handed out Monday night at the foundation's awards night at Spencer Community Theatre.
(Photos by Randy M. Cauthron)
Parker, Peterson receive $10,000 in assistance

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.

"It's gratifying to see all the work foundations do, but they couldn't do it without your help."

- Bob Rose, director of Spencer Mainstreet

Bob Rose was the featured speaker at Monday night's Clay County Community Foundation Award Night.
An entrance enhancement project, at Arts on Grand in Spencer, received $6,300 in funding, while a trenching project to install a fire hydrant and run a water fountain to the Spencer soccer fields captured $6,000 of the dollars given.

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 SocietyClay County Heritage Center Exhibits$10,000
City of PetersonHandicapped chairlift at community pool$10,000
Spencer Area Arts CouncilEntrance Enhancement Project$6,300
Northwest Iowa Youth Soccer AllianceTrench to install hydrant and drinking fountain$6,000
Seasons Center for Behavioral HealthModernize the Conference Room$5,400
Royal Rangers Outpost 37Outdoor Activity Trailer$5,200
Clay County Community FoundationOrganizational Website/Fall Endowment Stimulus Dinner$5,000
Spencer Youth Baseball & Softball AssociationNew bleachers at Pedersen Park$5,000
Clay County Council on AgingAcoustics in the main room$5,000
RSVP Volunteer ProgramClay County Volunteer Clearinghouse$4,846
Spencer Community TheatreChildren's Theatre Program/High School Leadership Program$4,778
City of GreenvilleFurnish and landscape Community Center$4,500
Spencer Parks and Recreation DepartmentADA accessible water fountain at Water Way Park$3,800
Royal Library BoardComputer upgrade at Royal Public Library$3,500
Sunshine Services Inc.60 stackable chairs$3,120
Peterson Brooke Memorial FieldNew roof, new doors on concession stand/Restroom doors$3,000
Webb Fire and RescueRemote mount and controlled monitor on grass fire fighting truck$1,800
Northwest Aging AssociationExpenses associated with new Clay County Senior Financial Management Program$1,600
Iowa Lakes Corridor InitiativeMiddle School Entrepreneurship Academy$1,500
Spencer Municipal TrustSpencer Public Library: Digital Signage Marketing Project$1,500
Clay County Public Health/Spencer HospitalChild Passenger Safety Program$1,200
City of Everly Park BoardSunny Brook School House chimney repair/paint classroom$1,000
City of WebbLandscape timber/mulch product for play area$500

Foundation member transition

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.

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Very nice event, and congratulations to all the recipients. Thank you to the committee who was faced with making the tough decisions on who recieved what amount. And a wonderful message from Bob Rose. Way to go Clay County!! Joe Skow

-- Posted by cruiser101 on Tue, Apr 3, 2012, at 7:29 AM

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