Cherokee County Legacy Foundation Chairperson Belinda Leavitt,right, is pictured presenting a check for over $6,000 to Cherokee Symphony director Lee Thorson, center, and representative Donna Hicks, for new risers for the Symphony.
The Cherokee County Legacy Foundation's annual grant distribution dinner was recently held with over $90,000 distributed to organizations throughout Cherokee County.
This year's group of grant recipients included several Cherokee organizations. Grants were given to the Cherokee Symphony, Cherokee Co. Work Services, the Northwest Iowa Council for Families and Children, Plains Area Mental Health, the Cherokee Recreation Dept for a summer Active Kids program and a hands-on robotics laboratory and GPS kits for the Cherokee County 4-H Extension.
The dinner was held at the Aurelia Community Center, another of the CCLF's grant recipients. Dinner and dessert were enjoyed by 21 of this year's 25 qualifying organizations.
Cherokee County Legacy Foundation member Vernon Winterhof, right,is shown giving a check for the purchase of a robotics laboratory and GPS kits to 4-H Cherokee County Extension Coordinator Brenda Medick. Photo contributed
The awards come by way of the County Endowment Fund, which was established by HF 2302 in the 2004 Legislative Session. The purpose of this legislation is to provide financial support to encourage the creation and development of community foundations and civic philanthropy throughout Iowa.
Under terms of the legislation, the Cherokee County Legacy Foundation will direct 75 percent of the award to foundation grant making activities and 25 percent will be placed in the Foundation's permanent endowment. This allocation ration provides the opportunity to assist local projects immediately as well as help build an endowment for the future of the county.
In the seven years of the foundation's existence, over 100 grants have been given totaling well over $400,000.
Full Draw Archery Club
Shane Claussen, left, representing the Full Draw Archery Club, is shown receiving a check for $2,750 from Cherokee County Legacy Foundation member Chuck Clark, for a new equipment trailer for the club. Photo contributed