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FREDERICK, MD – May 1, 2019: A well-known businessman, politician, and community philanthropist who passed away at age 99 in early 2019 has left a permanent legacy in the form of new funds with The Community Foundation of Frederick County. With his vision for the future, Donald L. Lewis of Thurmont made provisions in his estate to create these funds benefiting local nonprofits: The Donald Lewis Community Impact Fund for The Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs, Meals on Wheels, The Community Foundation of Frederick County, Frederick Rescue Mission, Advocates for the Aging, and Mission of Mercy.
Mr. Lewis cared deeply about helping seniors and before his death created The Donald L. Lewis Staff Education Fund for Citizens Care & Rehabilitation Center and Montevue Assisted Living Fund, which helps with tuition and education expenses for facility employees to advance their training. He also cared about those in need in the community and grants from the new funds will support the operations and missions of the named nonprofits.
FREDERICK, MD – August 12, 2019: The Community Foundation of Frederick County announces The Mary Gregg Cornish Memorial Fund. Established by husband Dr. Edwin R. Cornish, Jr., it becomes one of more than 700 funds under management.
With the fund, Dr. Cornish is honoring his wife’s love of gardening. Grants from the fund will support community gardens, including educational activities that promote gardening and the nutritional value of using local produce. Grants will also help expand library collections related to gardening, assist in beautifying public spaces with plants and flowers, and encourage youth to become involved with gardening.
FREDERICK, MD – July 18, 2019: The Frederick Art Club has established The Claire McCardell Project Fund with The Community Foundation of Frederick County. It becomes one of more than 700 funds under management.
This project honors Frederick, Maryland native and internationally acclaimed fashion designer Claire McCardell (1905-1958) with the creation of a larger-than-life-size bronze statue that will be installed along the Carroll Creek Linear Park in downtown Frederick. The club has commissioned award-winning Frederick-based sculptor Sarah Hempel Irani to portray the designer at work. Through this project, the Frederick Art Club joins a national trend to “break the bronze ceiling” by putting monumental women on a pedestal.
Ms. McCardell pioneered the American style of sportswear that revolutionized how women dress and made design excellence accessible at ready-to-wear prices. Her innovative design continues to influence the fashion industry to this day, and her work is featured in collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fashion Institute of Technology, and the Smithsonian Institute.
The Frederick Art Club has undertaken this public art project as a gift to the community. The club has set a fundraising goal of $200,000, with contributions being used to underwrite artist fees and supplies; foundry, pedestal and engraving expenses; and installation costs. The club itself will not benefit financially.
Photo credit: Photo courtesy of Sarah Hempel Irani
FREDERICK, MD – September 30, 2019: To honor lives well-lived, The Robert J. and George J. Hogan, Jr. Memorial Fund has been established at The Community Foundation of Frederick County and becomes one of more than 720 funds under management.
The fund was established with a bequest from Irene Hogan’s estate in memory of her husband George and son Robert. Scholarships and grants from the fund will assist students studying and pursuing careers in the construction trades at Frederick Community College.
George Hogan began working as a brick mason in Frederick County, and then worked for various construction companies in the Maryland, Virginia, and District of Columbia area. He founded Hogan & Son Construction Company and built homes in Frederick County for 10 years and rounded out his career as a building inspector for Frederick County Government for another decade. Robert Hogan learned drafting through Frederick County Public Schools Career and Technology Center. His career path included warehouse automation and robotics.
The Glenn E. and Helen H. Biehl Charitable Fund has been established with The Community Foundation of Frederick County. The fund becomes one of more than 690 funds under management. The fund will provide grants to Evangelical Lutheran Church and Frederick Memorial Hospital. Mr. and Mrs. Biehl were well-known residents of Frederick County. Mr. Biehl served as president and chairman of the board of Frederick County National Bank, and was a member of the Rotary Club of Frederick. Mrs. Biehl was active in the community, volunteering with the Frederick Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Frederick Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, and Carroll Manor Grange. They will be remembered forever for their service and generosity.
FREDERICK, MD – July 6, 2018: In memory of a young man who was a selfless servant of his community, The Kristopher Fielding Lewis Memorial Fund has been established with The Community Foundation of Frederick County. The fund becomes one of more than 690 funds under management. Kristopher Lewis was an ocean rescue specialist, volunteer firefighter and emergency medical responder in Corolla, North Carolina, and was responsible for saving many lives. He was a beloved son, brother, and friend, and will be remembered for his devotion to helping those in need. The fund will provide grants to support life guard training and support services and/or scholarships to deserving students.
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