Corry Community Foundation

Corry Community Foundation hands out $55,200

Jun 13, 2013 | Posted in News

By Maryann Mook, The Corry Journal
Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013

Karen Silvis, secretary of the Corry Area Arts Council, wasn't singing Thursday evening, but she was smiling.

That's because, thanks to the Corry Community Foundation, there will be singers and other musical performers for 14 weeks during the summer in Corry City Park.

During a reception held at Mead Park, Silvis accepted a grant in the amount of $8,000 from the Corry Community Foundation. Silvis said the money is used to bring the Thursday in the Park concert series to city park.

"It goes for different groups that come in," Silvis said. "We pay them and the Corry Area Arts Council Auxiliary sells refreshments. The money the auxiliary makes goes toward Missoula Children's Theatre."

Silvis said that, thanks to the CCF funding, the concerts are free to the public.

"It doesn't cost anything," Silvis said. "People may bring their lawn chairs and sit and enjoy the music."

The Corry Area Arts Council was one of 14 area nonprofit organizations that were presented with 16 grants during the reception. In all, the grants totaled $55,200.

Bill Nichols, chairman of the Corry Community Foundation board of directors, presented the grants to representatives of the nonprofits.

Nichols said that, since its inception in 2000, the Corry Community Foundation has established 50 different charitable endowments with a market value of more than $9 million, and during that time, has awarded near $4.4 million in grants and scholarships.

"I think it has had a tremendous impact on the community over the past 12 years," Nichols said. "It is really overwhelming."

Kelli Meerhoff believes the money will have an impact on a project she is involved with -- the Corry Chapter of Compassionate Friends, an organization for parents who have lost a child.

Meerhoff was presented with a grant check of $1,000.

"The money will towards a Worldwide Candle Lighting event the first Sunday in December," Meerhoff said. "A light will shine for each child that has passed away."

In addition to the Corry Community Foundation, there are two other Foundations serving the Corry Area: the Arlene H. Smith Charitable Foundation and the David L. Nichols Trust.

"The three foundations work cooperatively in their grant-making to meet the needs of the community," Nichols said.

In addition to the unrestricted gifts to the Mini-Grant Fund, the Foundation has seven unrestricted named funds, which provide funding for the competitive grants. The funds were created by local people who care deeply about their hometown, Nichols said.

The unrestricted funds are:
• A. Bruce and Arlene H. Smith Fund
• Louis F. Hanna Fund
E&M Benevolence Fund (anonymous)
• Romeo and Phyllis Marchitelli Fund
• Cliff and Betty Buesink Fund
• Corry Fund for Anonymous Gifts
• William and Mary Alice Hammond Fund

The Corry Fund for Anonymous Gifts is a fund created with a gift from a local couple who wanted to give to the community in a lasting way. The fund is open to receive gifts of any size from anyone wishing to do the same, Nichols said.

Silvis, for one, is grateful for the Corry Community Foundation. She said without the funding, Thursday in the Park would not happen.

"I'm very thankful," Silvis said. "Without the grant from the Corry Community Foundation, we wouldn't be able to do this --- there's no way."

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