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FREDERICK, MD – September 4, 2018: The E. Ruth Nikirk Scholarship Fund has been established with The Community Foundation of Frederick County and becomes one of more than 700 funds under management. The fund was created by Mrs. Nikirk’s son, F. Martin Nikirk, in her honor, and will provide post-secondary scholarships to students who are freshmen or sophomores, pursuing careers in business or computer technology.
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 6, 2018: Colton Clingerman, a young man who always had a hug and smile for everyone he met, is being honored and remembered by family and friends though The Colton Clingerman Memorial Scholarship Fund established by his mother, Jennifer Clingerman, and his grandparents, Bertram and Virginia Edmonston. The fund becomes one of more than 690 component funds managed by The Community Foundation of Frederick County.
Colton, age 15 and a freshman at Catoctin High School, was known for his love of sports and the outdoors. He was a member of the high school’s golf and track teams, and also participated in kayaking, swimming, and biking. He was active with Brook Hill United Methodist Church youth group where his faith grew.
Post-secondary scholarships in Colton’s name will be presented to graduates of Catoctin High School, with preference to students who participated in track and golf. These scholarships will help establish Colton’s legacy of giving and kindness for which he was known.
To make a secure, online donation to the fund, visit www.FrederickCountyGives.org/Clingerman. Checks made payable to The Community Foundation of Frederick County may be mailed to 312 East Church Street, Frederick, Maryland, 21701, with the name of the specific fund on the memo line. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
FREDERICK, MD – December 18, 2018: During its recent FY2019 impact grantsmaking cycle, The Community Foundation of Frederick County provided $402,717.19 to 43 area nonprofits dedicated to improving lives and enhancing Frederick County.
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 welfare, 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:
$1,551.60 to University of Maryland for its Kids Growing with Grains program.
The Animal Care Field of Interest Fund:
$626.24 to TipMe Frederick for veterinary care expenses.
$626.23 to Days End Horse Rescue for abused and neglected horse care.
The Bar Association of Frederick County Justice for All Fund:
$2,918.00 to Frederick Community College Foundation for Maryland Divorce Custody Notebook Training and Assessment Project
$10,000.00 to Mental Health Association of Frederick County for CASA of Frederick County program.
$2,222.50 to Spanish Speaking of Community MD, Inc. for Critical Needs Partnership with Frederick County Public Schools.
The William E. Barnhart Memorial Fund:
$31,885.40 to Patty Pollatos Fund, Inc. to provide financial assistance to adults with cancer.
The Brunswick Area Fund:
$1,806.92 to Brunswick High School Drama Boosters for its spring musical.
$590.00 to Frederick County Public Schools for enrichment programs at Brunswick Middle School.
The C&O Canal Endowment Fund for Frederick County:
$980.83 to Brunswick Main Street, Inc. for C&O Canal Trail to History Brunswick brochure.
The Charles V. and Louise D. Main Endowment Fund:
$9,054.61 to Calvary United Methodist Church for Calvary Weekday School student tuition support.
The William E. Cross Special Needs Fund:
$2,000.00 to Frederick County Government for Infants and Toddlers Program to assist children with developmental delays or qualifying diagnosis prior to age 3.
$1,665.00 to Patty Pollatos Fund, Inc. to provide financial assistance to adults with cancer.
The Dan Crozier Music Trust Fund:
$950.00 to Frederick County Public Schools for elementary instrumental library project and $700.00 to middle school shared sheet music library expansion.
$925.00 to Frederick Regional Youth Orchestra for sheet music purchases.
$925.00 to Frederick Children’s Chorus for sheet music purchases.
The Dola Burkentine Nonprofit Marketing Fund:
$515.80 to Sophie & Madigan’s Playground to assist with marketing the opening of the playground and promote its mission of helping families play, learn, and create together.
The Educational Enrichment Field of Interest Fund:
$738.86 to Frederick Children’s Chorus for Little Music Makers program.
The Elder/Senior Care Field of Interest Fund:
$666.17 to Thurmont Senior Center, Inc. for partial center coordinator salary.
The England Family Fund:
$650.56 to Frederick Rescue Mission, Inc. for TransIT bus passes for Faith House clients.
The Enhancing Agriculture Field of Interest Fund:
$682.50 to YMCA of Frederick County for Camp West Mar teaching garden.
The Environmental Preservation Field of Interest Fund:
$674.89 to Envision Frederick County for food waste collecting and sorting at Sugarloaf Elementary, Urbana Middle School and Urbana High School.
The Florence Zahler Memorial Cancer Support Fund:
$3,342.24 to Patty Pollatos Fund, Inc. to provide financial assistance to adults with cancer.
The Frederick Jaycees Fund:
$1,300.00 to The Salvation Army for its emergency assistance fund.
The Frederick Keys Care Fund:
$1,000.00 to Advocates for Homeless Families for children’s after-school and summer activities.
$750.00 to Blessings in a Backpack for weekend backpacks of food for students served by Frederick County Public Schools Success Program.
$2,500.00 to Heartly House for child counseling.
$3,000.00 to Sophie and Madigan’s Playground for fully accessible ground cover.
$1,435.37 to Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership of Frederick County (SHIP) for New Horizons 2019 program.
$1,856.25 to YMCA of Frederick County for Kids Unlimited Musical Therapy program.
The Health Fund for Frederick County Youth:
$55,490.28 to Patty Pollatos Fund for children’s medical assistance and cancer treatment.
The Historic Preservation Field of Interest Fund:
$576.81 to Historic Rocky Springs Chapel, Inc. for emergency stabilization of historic Rocky Springs school house.
The Sharon I. Hooper Fund for Children:
$14,089.62 to Patty Pollatos Fund, Inc. for children’s medical assistance and cancer treatment.
$1,000.00 to Weinberg Center for the Arts for Families Need Fun program providing event tickets to catastrophically ill children and their families.
The Human Services Field of Interest Fund:
$670.59 to Patty Pollatos Fund, Inc. to provide financial assistance to adults with cancer.
The Job Training and Skills Development Field of Interest Fund:
$1,414.54 to Literacy Council of Frederick County, Inc. for small business workplace literacy classes.
The John L. and Lucille H. Ponton Charitable Fund:
$35,071.22 to Children’s Hospital Foundation to provide patient families resources and lodging assistance.
$35,071.22 to Hospice of Frederick County for Camp Jamie.
$35,071.22 to Patty Pollatos Fund, Inc. for children’s medical assistance and cancer treatment.
The Nonprofit Support Field of Interest Fund:
$544.12 to Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County for intern laptop computer.
The Parks Field of Interest Fund:
$724.02 to Sophie and Madigan’s Playground fully accessible ground cover.
The Performing Arts Field of Interest Fund:
$631.58 to Chords of Courage for STEP UP! Student songwriting contest.
The Persons with Disabilities Field of Interest Fund:
$968.66 to YMCA of Frederick County for Kids Unlimited sensory tools and equipment.
The Philip and Erika Rauh Fund:
$2,000.00 to Frederick Rescue Mission for summer enrichment camp.
$2,020.62 to Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership (SHIP) for New Horizons 2019 program.
The Pritchett Family Foundation Fund:
$1,250.00 to Sophie and Madigan’s Playground for fully accessible ground cover.
$548.30 to Friends of Baker Park for permanent, public, wheelchair accessible Bocce courts.
$1,061.23 to Mission of Mercy, Inc. for opioid alternative pain relief and safety for Frederick County residents.
$1,050.00 to Wells House @ Gale Recovery for men in recovery to receive music therapy.
The Secret Santa Fund:
$1,166.39 to The Federated Charities Corporation of Frederick for rapid response community assistance.
The Paul L. Stine, Jr. Memorial Fund:
$500.00 to TipMe Frederick for veterinary care expenses.
The Paul L. Stine, Sr. Memorial Fund:
$500.00 to Days End Farm Horse Rescue for abused and neglected horse care.
The Transportation Field of Interest Fund:
$936.19 to City Youth Matrix to provide transportation services for children to attend afterschool programs related to music, art, and athletics.
$670.11 to The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center for an interactive art cart for visitors.
Community Foundation unrestricted funds provided the following grants:
$20,000.00 to Blessings in a Backpack for Pre-K student weekend food packages to students in Frederick County Public Schools.
$1,000.00 to Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry for meat processing costs.
$15,000.00 to The Housing Authority of the City of Frederick for Young Men Rising program.
$3,500.00 to Lions Club of Frederick for eye care assistance to low-income individuals.
$1,000.00 to Frederick Rescue Mission for Bread of Life Kitchen necessities.
$5,000.00 to Maryland Food Bank for senior pantry program.
$3,000.00 to Mission of Mercy for opioid alternative pain relief and safety for Frederick County residents.
$4,847.27 to Second Chances Garage for driving school funding for low-income individuals.
$5,000.00 to Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership (SHIP) New Horizons 2019 program.
$10,000.00 to Thurmont Senior Center for partial center coordinator salary.
$2,000.00 to United Way of Frederick County for The ALICE Report.
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 30, 2019: The Community Foundation of Frederick County announces The St. Nicholas Children’s Scholarship Fund. The fund becomes one of more than 700 funds under management.
Established by Dr. John George, the fund will provide post-secondary scholarships for graduates of Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS), with preference to minority students and secondary preference to students with financial need. Dr. George, a career educator, was a teacher, administrator, and curriculum specialist with FCPS from 1968 to 2002. He was also an adjunct professor at Hood College for 17 years, and then full-time professor, including six years as department chair of education at Hood College from 2002 to 2016. Dr. George’s commitment to education and devotion to students will continue as part of his legacy through this fund.
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
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