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Yesterday was Father’s Day – a day traditionally meant to honor fathers and shine a light on the importance of an involved dad in child rearing. Hopefully fathers across Frederick are feeling the love. Over the years, donors have turned to the Community Foundation to help create lasting memorials to their fathers.
Yesterday was Father’s Day – a day traditionally meant to honor fathers and shine a light on the importance of an involved dad in child rearing. Hopefully fathers across Frederick are feeling the love.
Over the years, donors have turned to the Community Foundation to help create lasting memorials to their fathers. Jeffrey Hurwitz and his wife, Patty, created The William Hurwitz Memorial Endowment Fund with the Community Foundation to honor Jeff’s father, William, a long-time Frederick County resident and community leader. Will Hurwitz died of lung cancer in 1999.
William founded Colonial Jewelers in downtown Frederick in 1948. In 1978, Jeff and Patty joined the business, working closely with William until his retirement. William was a mentor and taught the importance of giving to the community and caring for others. The donor-advised fund founded in his honor provides support to various charitable endeavors in the Frederick County community.
“Our father was a very special human being. We are honored to have a way to keep Will's name in our memory,” Patty Hurwitz said. “He would have liked that his name is being used to help students further their education.”
There are also dedicated fathers who want to honor their children through a legacy of giving. In 2013, John Stush established The Todd J. Stush Memorial Scholarship Fund in honor of his son who died at 29.
Todd Stush had a warm heart, great sense of humor and an adventurous spirit. As a youth, Todd was a Cub Scout, became a Boy Scout, and earned the coveted Eagle rank. After graduating from Governor Thomas Johnson High School in 1983, Todd attended University of Maryland, College Park where he played rugby. The fund created in his honor provides scholarships to graduating seniors in Frederick County demonstrating financial need. Preference is given to students who participated in either Boy Scouts of America or Girl Scouts of the USA, with a record of community service while involved in scouting.
“This scholarship fund gives us something to keep my son’s memory alive, to help remember him, and that will carry on helping people even when I’m no longer here,” John Stush said. “Thinking of the students who receive the scholarships makes me think of my son when he was that age and preparing to go to college.”
There are other donors who have chosen to honor their father by positively impacting the Frederick County community for generations to come. Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Rice created The Millard Millburn Rice Memorial Scholarship Fund in honor of Robert’s father who graduated from Jefferson High School in 1910 and went on to serve in World War I and later work as a banker. Erin (Ellyn) Cornish created The Edwin R. Cornish, Jr. Memorial Fund in memory of her father for grants to nonprofits that provide services to nontraditional learners.
The life of William Eugene “Gene” Barnhart will have a profound impact on others with three funds created with The Community Foundation of Frederick County through his estate provisions. With Mr. Barnhart’s generosity and vision for the future, countless students will benefit from educational scholarships, people battling cancer will receive vital support services, and Broadfording Church of the Brethren will receive support for its operations.
Mr. Barnhart was originally from Laytonsville and then later became a Middletown resident. He was a farmer for most of his life, followed by a second career as an auto mechanic. Some of Mr. Barnhart’s earliest memories were of his parents, Evelyn and Ernest, farming their land during the difficult times of the Great Depression. From a young age, he helped his parents sustain their livelihood.
Mr. Barnhart’s lifelong love of farming, coupled with his desire to see farming continue to thrive in Frederick County, prompted him to turn to the Community Foundation in 2008 to establish The Gene, Evelyn and Ernest Barnhart Family Scholarship Fund. The fund provided post-secondary scholarships to students studying agriculture at the University of Maryland for a number of years, according to Mr. Barnhart’s direction. The fund was then closed when the last scholarship was awarded.
Mr. Barnhart passed away in 2013. Through his estate provisions, he created three new funds with the Community Foundation. Honoring the legacy of his parents, The Gene, Evelyn and Ernest Family Scholarship Fund II provides post-secondary scholarships to Frederick County high school graduates pursuing a career in agriculture. With Mr. Barnhart’s first scholarship fund and the new one created through his estate provisions, more than $135,000 in total scholarships have been awarded to students to pursue their agricultural educational goals through his generosity.
The William E. Barnhart Memorial Fund provides grants to Frederick County residents with cancer and/or organizations in Frederick County that provide direct services for people battling cancer. The fund has supported organizations such as Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County for home repairs for a cancer patient through its A Brush With Kindness Program and the Patty Pollatos Fund to provide financial assistance to adults with cancer. To date, the fund has provided more than $93,000 in grants.
The third fund Mr. Barnhart created through his estate provisions was The William E. Barnhart Memorial Fund for Broadfording Church of the Brethren to support the church’s operations. To date, more than $121,000 in grants have been distributed from the fund.
The three funds in Mr. Barnhart’s name have provided broad impact in the community. He will be remembered and appreciated by countless people who will benefit from his generosity.
The Gross family legacy permanently lives with The Community Foundation of Frederick County. As educators, artists, and through a common bond of wanting to give back to their community and positively impact the lives of others, Anne-Lynn, Thelma, and William Gross influenced countless Frederick County community members, and through three funds with the Community Foundation, they will continue to do so forever.
Anne-Lynn Gross, the daughter of “Judge” William B. Gross and Thelma Gross, was born and raised in Brunswick. She pursued her passion for music and music education at Shenandoah Conservatory of Music (now Shenandoah University) and West Virginia University. She later taught music in Frederick County Public Schools for 10 years. Anne-Lynn was well-known as “The Singing Auctioneer” and was the first woman auctioneer in Maryland. She was also the first woman auctioneer in Maryland to receive the CAI (Certified Auctioneers Designation), and the first woman in the nation to serve on the National Auctioneers Foundation Board.
Anne-Lynn had a strong desire to give back to her community, a quality that was instilled in her by her parents. During her lifetime, she turned to the Community Foundation to establish The Frederick Arts Council Thelma Gross Music Scholarship Fund, which she founded in collaboration with the Frederick Arts Council, and The “Judge” William B. Gross Fund.
The Frederick Arts Council Thelma Gross Music Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to students pursuing music education. Anne-Lynn created this fund in memory of her mother. Thelma Gross was a teacher for more than 30 years and taught at Maryland School for the Deaf and Brunswick Elementary School. She was also a singer and member of the Monday Morning Musical Foundation, an active organization in the 1940s. In her free time, Thelma enjoyed the art of writing poetry, singing, and playing the piano. The fund that honors her memory will allow countless students to follow their passion for music, just as Thelma did during her lifetime.
The “Judge” William B. Gross Fund was created by Anne-Lynn in her father’s memory. The fund’s purpose is to support the work of the Frederick Rescue Mission. “Judge” Gross was known for positively impacting the lives of others and providing second chances to people while he served as District Court Commissioner in Frederick. The fund in his name will continue his legacy of assisting people who are trying to improve their lives.
Anne-Lynn Gross passed away in 2014. Through her estate provisions, she established The “Judge” William B. Gross Scholarship Fund with the Community Foundation to provide scholarships to high school students pursuing postsecondary education. She also left real estate to the Community Foundation through her estate, which was then sold to support the Community Foundation’s charitable purposes, as per her instructions.
The Gross family made a positive impact on so many throughout their lives with their dedication and commitment to their community. Their charitable dreams will be permanently carried out by the Community Foundation, providing future community members with educational and other support services for generations to come.
FREDERICK, MD – November 11, 2020: During its recent FY2021 impact grantmaking cycle, The Community Foundation of Frederick County provided $374,192.10 to 40 area nonprofits dedicated to improving lives and enhancing Frederick County. This grant cycle is part of a larger grantmaking effort by the Community Foundation which distributes more than $5 million into the community annually.
The grants are designed to assist local nonprofits with projects that have meaningful and direct impact on the residents of Frederick County. As a leading source of grant funding in Frederick County, the Community Foundation supports the arts, historic preservation, agriculture, health and human services, education, cultural understanding, animal well-being, scholarships, elder care, youth programs, civic causes, and more.
Impact grant funding was provided from the following funds:
The AG-C.I.T.E. Fund:
$1,500.14 to Hope Valley Farm for a goat enclosure and chicken run to educate youth about goat and chicken care.
The Animal Care Field of Interest Fund:
$1,226.41 to Cuddles Cat Rescue for general operating expenses.
The Bar Association of Frederick County Justice for All Fund:
$5,000.00 to Asian American Center of Frederick for citizenship integration services.
$500.00 to Friends of the Child Advocacy Center of Frederick County for storage unit funding.
$5,000.00 to Mental Health Association of Frederick County for CASA of Frederick County program.
$5,000.00 to Spanish Speaking Community of Maryland, Inc. for legal services for families.
The William E. Barnhart Memorial Fund:
$31,614.77 to Team HOPE for breast cancer screening services in Frederick County.
The Elizabeth J. Brady Charitable Fund:
$685.54 to Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County Maryland for home repairs for seniors.
The Brunswick Area Fund:
$1,303.33 to Brunswick High School Drama Boosters for the Brunswick High School 2021 spring musical and fall play.
$1,000.00 to Brunswick High School Safe & Sane Graduation Committee for Brunswick Safe and Sane Class of 2021 program support.
The Major Dan Campbell Veteran Services Fund:
$684.12 to Platoon 22 for infrastructure needs for a veteran services center.
The Dan Crozier Music Trust Fund:
$850.00 to Chords of Courage for an Intergenerational Cyber Songwriting Studio for Frederick County residents.
$1,204.96 to Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ for an organ recital performed as part of a broader programmatic effort taking place to celebrate the 275th anniversary of the formation of the ERUCC congregation.
$3,000.00 to Frederick Regional Youth Orchestra for virtual performances.
$1,000.00 to The Frederick Children’s Chorus for sheet music purchases.
$1,000.00 to YMCA of Frederick County for YMCA Arts Center instrument purchases.
The Easels in Frederick Fund:
$1,500.00 to The Delaplaine Arts Center for the Elizabeth Barker Delaplaine Awards (Bettie Awards) program.
The Educational Enrichment Field of Interest Fund:
$500.00 to Boys & Girls Club of Frederick County for member support services.
The England Family Fund:
$616.66 to Frederick Rescue Mission for Faith House TransIT bus passes.
The Enhancing Agriculture Field of Interest Fund:
$647.51 to Hope Valley Farm for programs that support youth outdoor agricultural education and involvement with self-sustainable living and the lifestyle of homesteading.
The Environmental Preservation Field of Interest Fund:
$640.62 to Hope Valley Farm for programs that support youth outdoor agricultural education and involvement with self-sustainable living and the lifestyle of homesteading.
The Frederick County AIDS/HIV Education and Services Endowment Fund:
$1,486.54 to The Frederick Center for support for residents living with HIV and home testing support to prevent HIV transmission.
The Frederick Keys Care Fund:
$1,718.66 to Advocates for Homeless Families for children’s after-school and summer activities.
$1,718.66 to Blessings in a Backpack for weekend food for low-income students at Rock Creek School and the FCPS Success Program.
$1,718.66 to Housing Authority of the City of Frederick for special education learning lab support.
$1,000.00 to Madison House Autism Foundation for therapeutic horse riding to support people in Frederick County with autism and other intellectual/developmental disabilities.
$1,718.66 to Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership (SHIP) of Frederick County for the 2021 New Horizons Academy.
$3,000.00 to YMCA of Frederick County for the Kids Unlimited Program.
The Grove Foundation Fund:
$2,584.28 to Platoon 22 for infrastructure needs for a veteran services center.
The Health Fund for Frederick County Youth:
$27,231.35 to Children’s National Hospital Foundation for lodging and family resource assistance for patients fighting childhood cancer.
$7,318.27 to Frederick County Infants and Toddlers Program for rental and mortgage assistance.
$15,000.00 to Frederick County Infants and Toddlers Program for a home playground for a child with medical needs.
$2,500.00 to Variety- the Children’s Charity of the National Capital Region for emergency grants for parents of children with mobility disabilities who lost income due to COVID-19.
The Historic Preservation Field of Interest Fund:
$594.84 to Middletown Valley Historical Society for repairing the front porch of the historic stone house, which serves as the society’s headquarters.
The Sharon I. Hooper Fund for Children:
$2,993.53 to A Mother’s Rest Charitable Respite Foundation for the Terrace Guest House, which provides mental and physical health support for caregivers.
$3,045.00 to The Delaplaine Arts Center for art kits for youth coping with traumatic situations and/or experiencing homelessness.
$8,036.67 to The Frederick Center for youth services programs.
$1,000.00 to Weinberg Center for the Arts for the Families Need Fun program providing event tickets to catastrophically ill children and their families.
The Human Services Field of Interest Fund:
$500.00 to Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County Maryland for home repairs.
The Job Training and Skills Development Field of Interest Fund:
$1,364.93 to Literacy Council of Frederick County for supporting workplace literacy for hospitality workers.
The William O. Lee, Jr. and Family Endowment Fund:
$586.01 to AARCH for new logo and window graphics.
The Charles V. and Louise Main Endowment Fund:
$8,000.00 to AARCH for website upgrade and enhancing social media presence.
The Malamet Family Fund:
$1,000.00 to Crossed Bridges for Frederick County Goes Purple opioid safety and awareness training resources.
The Nonprofit Support Field of Interest Fund:
$500.00 to February Star Sanctuary for enhancing online presence and digital capabilities.
The Addie B. Null Health Care Fund:
$1,403.13 to Community Living, Inc. for music therapy for people who have Down syndrome, autism, and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The Parks Field of Interest Fund:
$741.13 to Brunswick Railroaders Little League for baseball field sound system repair and speaker replacement.
The John L. and Lucille H. Ponton Charitable Fund:
$62,768.65 to Children’s National Hospital Foundation for lodging and family resource assistance for patients fighting childhood cancer.
$33,087.00 to Frederick Health Hospice for Camp Jamie.
The Performing Arts Field of Interest Fund:
$649.94 to Chords of Courage for an Intergenerational Cyber Songwriting Studio for Frederick County residents.
The Persons with Disabilities Field of Interest Fund:
$982.91 to YMCA of Frederick County for the Kids Unlimited Program.
The Pritchett Family Foundation Fund:
$1,162.68 to Family Partnership for the Child and Family Learning Project.
$1,162.68 to Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership (SHIP) of Frederick County for the 2021 New Horizons Academy.
$750.00 to YMCA of Frederick County for the Kids Unlimited Program.
The Phil and Erika Rauh Fund:
$2,500.00 to City Youth Matrix for program expansion.
$2,000.00 to Family Partnership for the Children’s Growth and Development Project.
$1,826.06 to Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership (SHIP) of Frederick County for the 2021 New Horizons Academy.
The Recreation Field of Interest Fund:
$567.38 to YMCA of Frederick County for the Y Running Club.
The Remsberg Family Fund:
$2,626.12 to Crossed Bridges for Frederick County Goes Purple opioid safety and awareness training resources.
The Rosebud Frederick Senior Support Fund:
$1,000.00 to Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County Maryland for home repairs for seniors.
The Secret Santa Fund:
$658.71 to February Star Sanctuary for the Caring for Cats of the Homeless program.
$658.70 to Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County Maryland for home repairs.
The Alice Jean Stine Fund:
$1,250.00 to Animal Welfare League of Frederick County for a community cat spay/neuter event.
$500.00 to February Star Sanctuary for its Trap-Neuter-Return/Re-Home (TNRR) program.
The Paul L. Stine, Jr. Memorial Fund:
$500.00 to Frederick Friends of our County Animal Shelter for the Project Hope program.
$500.00 to Madison House Autism Foundation for the Job Readiness Program.
The Paul L. Stine, Sr. Memorial Fund:
$1,250.00 to Days End Farm Horse Rescue for horse rescue resources.
The Alvin F. Tesmer and John J. Hayes Veterans Memorial Fund:
$2,000.00 to Mission of Mercy for medical care for veterans.
$500.00 to Platoon 22 for infrastructure needs for a veteran services center.
The Transportation Field of Interest Fund:
$904.33 to Centro Hispano de Frederick for transportation services for the Años Dorados/Golden Years Program.
The Mildred B. Trevvett Music Education Fund:
$873.32 to The Frederick Children’s Chorus for professional development for music educators.
The Visual Arts Field of Interest Fund:
$687.45 to YMCA of Frederick County for YMCA Arts Center scholarships.
The Kevin R. and Sara J. Wade Special Needs Fund:
$2,900.00 to Frederick County Infants and Toddlers Program for rental assistance.
The Libby Hough Van Winkle Children’s Fund
$1,615.39 to YMCA of Frederick County for the Kids Unlimited Program.
The Florence Zahler Memorial Cancer Support Fund:
$3,000.00 to Asian American Center of Frederick for support services for individuals and families impacted by cancer.
$1,034.00 to Frederick County Infants and Toddlers Program for rental assistance for a family impacted by cancer.
Community Foundation unrestricted funds that are allocated by the Community Foundation Grants Committee, according to the donors’ instructions, provided the following grants:
$4,219.21 to AARCH for museum management software renewal.
$2,500.00 to Centro Hispano de Frederick for the Entre Mujeres Self-Sufficiency Program for Limited English Proficiency (LEP) young mothers and children.
$10,000.00 to Centro Hispano de Frederick for Latino/LEP Basic Needs Program support.
$12,500.00 to City Youth Matrix for program expansion.
$1,000.00 to Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry for hunger relief in Frederick County.
$1,000.00 to Frederick Rescue Mission for kitchen supplies.
$1,000.00 to Frederick Rescue Mission for drug testing supplies for the Changed Life Recovery Program.
$8,000.00 to Heartly House for service coordination expansion.
$7,500.00 to Housing Authority of the City of Frederick for expanding access to childcare.
$4,000.00 to Literacy Council of Frederick County for learning materials to meet adult literacy needs of families with children.
$3,200.00 to Main Street Housing, Inc. for improvements and upgrades to affordable housing units in Frederick County.
$5,000.00 to Maryland Food Bank for the Frederick County Senior Pantry Program.
$10,000.00 to Mental Health Association of Frederick County for crisis services.
$8,000.00 to Mission of Mercy for medications for those who are uninsured and under-insured.
$1,473.19 to Phoenix Foundation of Maryland for equipment purchases for safety and security.
$3,650.00 to Thurmont Senior Center for common area seating updates.
Since it was founded in 1986, The Community Foundation of Frederick County has encouraged charitable giving that benefits the quality of life for all residents of the county. One of the Community Foundation’s component funds has provided broad impact and enhanced the quality of life specifically for Brunswick area residents.
Judge and Mrs. William Wenner were longtime Brunswick residents and were deeply involved in their community. Judge Wenner was chairman of the board of Maryland Blue Cross Blue Shield, chairman of the board of trustees at his alma mater, St. James School, and was a member of the Brunswick Rotary Club and Frederick Kiwanis Club, among many other community activities. Lila Wenner served on the board of Frederick Memorial Hospital (now Frederick Health Hospital), was chairwoman of Heartly House, and was the first woman to serve as a director on the board of Farmers & Mechanics National Bank.
The Wenners cared deeply about their community and wanted to see it thrive well into the future. In 1993, Judge and Mrs. Wenner created The Brunswick Area Fund with the Community Foundation to support community services and projects in Brunswick.
The Brunswick Area Fund has disbursed nearly $19,000 to a wide range of programs and causes. Grants from the fund have supported a variety of programs at Brunswick Middle and High Schools, including helping to purchase musical instruments, funding the GeoBee and Mathematics Contest 8, offsetting the expenses of theatre productions for the drama club, and funding student enrichment programs.
Grants have also supported the restoration of the mural bridge in downtown Brunswick, helped Grace Episcopal Church provide WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) assistance for local families, supported the Brunswick Railroaders Little League, and awarded grants to Mission of Mercy for medical and dental care to many uninsured and underinsured people who live in the area.
Thanks to Judge and Mrs. Wenner’s generosity and vision for the future, grants from this fund will benefit Brunswick residents for generations to come.
The Brunswick Area Fund is what is known as a field of interest fund, which allows a donor to specify general areas to direct grantmaking, but not specific nonprofits. Field of interest funds can benefit a specific geographic area, as demonstrated by The Brunswick Area Fund. If you are interested in learning more about creating a fund to support a specific geographic area of Frederick County, contact our office at 301.695.7660 to speak with one of our staff members.
Photo caption: The Community Foundation joined trustee Lila Wenner in hosting a reception announcing The Brunswick Area Fund. Pictured, from left: Karol Strang, director of the Brunswick CASS Program, Community Foundation trustees Edith Wars, Walter C. Martz, Dr. Blanche Bourne-Tyree, Dr. Herbert Doggett and Lila Wenner, Brunswick City Councilman Brent Bell, Sylvia Nicola, president of The Learning Tree Day Care Center, Ed Gladstone, president of the Brunswick Railroad Museum’s board of directors, and Community Foundation trustee Marion Carmack. Photo credit: Kurt Holter.
FREDERICK, MD – August 5, 2021: The Community Foundation of Frederick County announces its FY2022 dates for the Impact Grant application period.
Applications for Impact Grants will be accepted August 15, 2021 through September 15, 2021. Nonprofits providing programs that impact health and human services, historic preservation, the arts, agriculture, civic causes, animal welfare, education, youth programs, and more should apply.
All grant applications are made through the Community Foundation’s online application process, and details can be found at www.FrederickCountyGives.org/grants.
To be eligible to apply, organizations must certify they are one of the following: a 501(c)(3) nonprofit; a government agency applying for an extraordinary project that is not funded by tax revenue; a religious organization requesting funding for non-sectarian activities; or a civic group that is not a 501(c)(3) requesting funding for a community cause.
FREDERICK, MD – November 23, 2020: The Community Foundation of Frederick County presents its 34th Annual Report to the Community via video. The video, titled #NothingStopsPhilanthropy, highlights the Community Foundation’s fiscal year 2020 accomplishments and honors some of the community’s outstanding volunteers.
The video highlights how the Community Foundation fully embraced #NothingStopsPhilanthropy in FY2020 by providing $5.4 million in grants and $1.2 million in post-secondary scholarships, while also serving as a leader in responding to the COVID-19 crisis.
In addition, the 2020 Wertheimer Fellows for Excellence in Volunteerism and Youth in Action Award honoree are recognized for their volunteer contributions to Frederick County. Sally Arnold is recognized for selfless volunteerism on behalf of such organizations as Calico Clovers 4-H Club, Frederick County 4-H Camp and Activities Center, and Future Farmers of America. Shari Ostrow Scher is recognized for selfless volunteerism on behalf of Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership, and Daryenne Elizabeth Dorsey is recognized for selfless volunteerism on behalf of Frederick County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association and United Steam Fire Engine Company #3.
Visit www.FrederickCountyGives.org/NothingStopsPhilanthropy to view #NothingStopsPhilanthropy, as well as videos produced by WDVM about the 2020 Wertheimer Fellows and Youth in Action honoree. Our 34th Annual Report is also available on the webpage in electronic format. The videos will be posted permanently on this page to view “on-demand.”
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