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Post Rock Community Foundation serves area

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Established in 2010 as an affiliate of the Greater Salina Community Foundation, Post Rock Community Foundation (PRCF) is a public charity serving the communities of Lucas, Luray, Sylvan Grove, Denmark, Vesper, Hunter, Lincoln, Barnard, Beverly and Westfall.  Local Board Members include Kay Mettlen, Lucas; Sandy Labertew, Anne Dohl, Rachel Stecklein, and Tim Meyer, Sylvan Grove; Kathy Heinze, Luray; Kally Keller and Lucille Heller, Hunter and Jennifer O’Hare, Skip Florence, and Ladonna Reinert, Lincoln.

The purpose of a community foundation is to link donors with charitable causes by creating endowed funds that support current and future community needs.  Donors can contribute to already existing funds or create a new fund to support their favorite nonprofit or charitable interest.  To date, PRCF has awarded grants in the amount of $5,300 to fourteen different projects.

PRCF is excited to announce two newly established funds for the Lucas community- The Robert Durham Trust for the Lucas Area Community Theater, and the Robert Durham Trust for Friends of S.P. Dinsmoor’s Garden of Eden, both in the amount of $12,500.  Lucas resident Dee Durham established these funds in honor of her late husband. “Since Bob was a Shrine clown and enjoyed being with the children, I wanted his memorial to reflect that,” Dee commented.  “I also wanted it to be in our area, so I chose Lucas Area Community Theater and Friends of the Garden of Eden.”

Even though these funds were established by a single donor, supporters can contribute to them.  Once  a year the interest from the funds will go to the two nonprofit organizations.  In addition, these funds were matched at 25% by the Kansas Health Foundation.  The matching funds will support the Post Rock Healthy Living Fund and Foundation operations.

PRCF Awards 2013 Grants

Twice each year, Post Rock Community Foundation awards grants to area non-profits and charities.  These grants are awarded through a competitive grant process. In April, PRCF board members awarded grants from the Post Rock Healthy Living Fund and Kansas Health Foundation Fund for Post Rock to the following organizations: $760 to the City of Lincoln for pool equipment; $418 to Lincoln Elementary for physical education equipment; $100 to Luray Lions Club for the Mobile Screening Unit to come to their health fair; and $100 to Lincoln TOPS organization.

In October, grants were awarded form the Post Rock Community Action Fund to the Barnard Lions Club for $800 towards a new heating and air unit, to Lincoln County 4-H Shooting Sports in the amount of $419, and to Lucas-Luray/Sylvan Elementary School for the purchase of $400 worth of iPod Touch units for use in the first grade classroom.

Submitted by Kathy Heinze