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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 – 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 $250,000, 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
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.
The Colleen M. Remsberg Memorial Fund has been established through estate provisions with The Community Foundation of Frederick County and becomes one of more than 690 funds under management. The fund will provide grants to The Mount Olivet Preservation and Enhancement Fund to assist in the maintenance of Mt. Olivet Cemetery and Key Memorial Chapel; Historical Society of Frederick County, Inc. for the maintenance of properties owned by the Historical Society; Evangelical Lutheran Church in Frederick, Maryland for facility maintenance, and The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center for operational support. Mrs. Remsberg was well-known for her love of history, historic preservation, and art, and her legacy continues through this fund.
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