WAF grants total $13,500WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Area Foundation awarded $13,500 in funds to a host of community projects during a Monday evening program at BenLee’s Café.
WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Area Foundation awarded $13,500 in funds to a host of community projects during a Monday evening program at BenLee’s Café.
A total of 14 organizations received financial gifts from the foundation during the program, which followed a Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce mixer hosted by the organization. Robert J. Demuth, who foundation vice chair Bryan Hagen hailed Monday as the “brainchild” of the philanthropic group 20 years ago, was also recognized.
Three different Worthington Area Foundation funds were utilized in the dispersing of the funds. Organizations receiving financial gifts were:
* Worthington Montessori School: $350 from Ellen Baker Merrigan Endowed Fund for bus transportation for field trips, and $1,000 from Wolf Family Endowed Fund for assistance for head teacher to complete necessary training.
* Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra: $1,260 from Worthington Area Foundation Endowed Fund for purchase of a concert bass drum.
* Nobles County Historical Society: $500 from the foundation’s Endowed Fund for a Nobles County veterans uniforms preservation project.
* Nobles County Integration Collaborative: $750 from the foundation’s Endowed Fund for three rent-wise course to be offered in 2012. The four-session program is designed to help individuals develop the knowledge and skills needed to be good renters. The classes will be offered in English, Spanish and Karen.
* Nobles County Library: $425.85 from Ellen Baker Merrigan Endowed Fund for three portable DVD/CD/MP3 players.
* Love Inc.: $750 from Ellen Baker Merrigan Endowed Fund and $1,000 from the foundation’s Endowed Fund to assist in providing a help line that connects individuals in need with available community and church resources.
* Manna Food Pantry: $1,051.07 from Ellen Baker Merrigan Endowed Fund for conversion from current paper system to computer system.
* Lake Okabena Improvement Association: $500 from Ellen Baker Merrigan Endowed Fund for annual spring lake cleanup.
* Friends of the Auditorium: $500 from Ellen Baker Merrigan Endowed Fund and $1,000 from the foundation’s Endowed Fund for support of the summer community theater project.
* Cultural Awareness Organization: $1,000 from the foundation’s Endowed Fund for support of the International Festival.
* Historic Worthington/Dayton House: $1,000 from the foundation’s Endowed Fund for purchase and installation of a combination window in the back pantry entrance to the Dayton House.
* Children’s Cabinet: $130 from the foundation’s Endowed Fund for hosting the Children’s Fair in April. This will be the 25th anniversary of the fair.
* Worthington Area YMCA: $1,500 from the Wolf Family Endowed Fund for an after-school program addressing childhood obesity and the promotion of healthy lifestyle choices for youths in fourth through sixth grades.
* Dolly Parton Imagination Library: $661.70 from Wolf Family Endowed Fund for distribution of books to all preschool children in District 518.
A total of $30,000 in grant requests were submitted to the foundation this year, Hagen said.
Foundation board members include Connie Schmidt, Sharon Johnson, Gordon Orde, Beve Vajgrt, Becky Schilling, Randy Simonson, Pat Remme, Jim Nickel, Jesse Flynn, Bill Keitel and Randy Thompson.