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$67,514 in grants handed out at Highland Area Community Foundation’s annual banquet

2015 HACF Grant Recipients Seated from left are Tricia Blasdel of Relevant Pregnancy Options Center, Wendy Phillips of Highland Community Schools Very Important Principles, Amy Liefer of HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital, Shannon Mallrich of Highland Arts Council, Karen Zbinden of EvUCC Wee Care Day Care Center, Mary Jackson of Pierron Improvement Club Park, Debra Johnson of Highland Middle School Special Education Department, Margie Duncan of Highland High School Math Department, Nancy Genteman of Highland Elementary School, and Joyce Zerban of Highland Garden Club. Standing (middle row) from left are Jon Greve of TheBANK of Edwardsville, Banquet Sponsor; Renee Iberg of Marine Elementary School, Mark Rosen of Korte Recreation Center, City of Highland; Michael Durbin of St. Paul Parish, Dena Davis of Girl Scouts Service Unit No. 110, Janet Kruse of Highland Home, Tom Varner of Hard Road Theatre, Amy Powell of Highland Elementary School, Liza Basden of Highland High School Science Department, Eunice Rogier of HACSM, Jennifer Lee of Hospice of Southern Illinois, and Mary Parker of Highland Animal Shelter, and Donald Johannes, HACF Grants Chairman. Back row are Mike Mercer of Boy Scout Troop 43, Scott Korte of Highland Bulldog Hockey Club, Scott Schuepbach of Highland Area Scouts and Scouters, Wayne P. Steiner of Madison County Fair Association, Lucy Henrichs of Highland Meals on Wheels, Jay Simpson of St. Jacob Elementary School, Angela Kim of Louis Latzer Memorial Public Library, and Michael Sutton of Highland Schools.
2015 HACF Grant Recipients Seated from left are Tricia Blasdel of Relevant Pregnancy Options Center, Wendy Phillips of Highland Community Schools Very Important Principles, Amy Liefer of HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital, Shannon Mallrich of Highland Arts Council, Karen Zbinden of EvUCC Wee Care Day Care Center, Mary Jackson of Pierron Improvement Club Park, Debra Johnson of Highland Middle School Special Education Department, Margie Duncan of Highland High School Math Department, Nancy Genteman of Highland Elementary School, and Joyce Zerban of Highland Garden Club. Standing (middle row) from left are Jon Greve of TheBANK of Edwardsville, Banquet Sponsor; Renee Iberg of Marine Elementary School, Mark Rosen of Korte Recreation Center, City of Highland; Michael Durbin of St. Paul Parish, Dena Davis of Girl Scouts Service Unit No. 110, Janet Kruse of Highland Home, Tom Varner of Hard Road Theatre, Amy Powell of Highland Elementary School, Liza Basden of Highland High School Science Department, Eunice Rogier of HACSM, Jennifer Lee of Hospice of Southern Illinois, and Mary Parker of Highland Animal Shelter, and Donald Johannes, HACF Grants Chairman. Back row are Mike Mercer of Boy Scout Troop 43, Scott Korte of Highland Bulldog Hockey Club, Scott Schuepbach of Highland Area Scouts and Scouters, Wayne P. Steiner of Madison County Fair Association, Lucy Henrichs of Highland Meals on Wheels, Jay Simpson of St. Jacob Elementary School, Angela Kim of Louis Latzer Memorial Public Library, and Michael Sutton of Highland Schools.

The Highland Area Community Foundation (HACF) presented another record number of grants to community organizations at its 20th annual grants banquet on Thursday, Oct. 8 to continue to improve the quality of life in the Highland area.

Fifty-two grants totaling $67,514 were awarded by the Foundation grants committee at this year’s banquet, which was sponsored by TheBANK of Edwardsville. This year’s grants bring the total of foundation grants awarded in the last 20 years to $814,711 benefiting more than 90 different groups.

Jim Burgett, past member of the Foundation Board of Directors, served as master of ceremonies of the banquet held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Highland. Burgett thanked TheBANK of Edwardsville for sponsoring the banquet for the 11th consecutive year. He also thanked the community and all those present for their generosity to HACF.

Of the 52 grants awarded, $35,514 went to 25 community groups and schools from the Foundation’s unrestricted funds, and $32,000 went to various community organizations and schools, the city of Highland, and local scholarships from 26 specified funds. The grant recipients were announced by Grants Committee Chairman Don Johannes. Grants were awarded to a variety of Highland area organizations serving the less fortunate, senior citizens, youth, the arts, animals, sports, and the general public. Funds will provide needed equipment and services in medicine, the arts, education, community beautification, sports as well as non-sports programs, water safety training, and recreation.

In addition to the above grants, a grant in the amount of $493.78 was awarded to the Highland Area Christian Services Ministry from the City of Highland Employees Charitable Pass Through Fund.

Paula Shea-Calvert began her president’s remarks with a quote from Mary Ann Radmacher: “As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.”

Shea-Calvert thanked the 220 in attendance for coming out and sharing in the celebration of the HACF’s “20 years of making our community a better place to live.” She stated that the foundation exists today because of gifts, noting that all those in attendance were gifts of the HACF with each being unique and valuable to its success.

In her remarks, she noted that HACF has grown over the past 20 years from $66,000 to an asset base of nearly $4 million today, which includes the honor of managing the Louis Latzer Memorial Public Library Trust Fund.

This is an “amazing accomplishment” of which this community can be “extremely proud,” Shea-Calvert said.

Shea-Calvert concluded her remarks by introducing the story of the foundation, “Through the Years with HACF,” featuring various individuals who played a role in the founding and growth of the foundation over the past 20 years, and narrated by Adrian Rogier, past director.

In closing out the evening, Burgett thanked all those in attendance for their continued support and for helping HACF build a better community — one donation at a time.

He noted, “It is what you do that makes a difference. When you count your own blessings, you give back.”

For more information on the Foundation’s many funds or programs, call Executive Director Terry Riffel or administrative assistant Paula Redman at 654-4727.

Unrestricted Community Fund ($35,514)

Community Link/Highland CILA, $1,000 This grant will be used toward the purchase of top-loading washing machine and a drying unit.

Hard Road Theatre Productions, $750 This grant will be used toward sound system updates.

Highland Animal Shelter, $1,029 This grant will be used for an alarm system.

Highland Area Christian Services Ministry, $809 This grant will be used for a replacement chest freezer.

Highland Area Scouts, $2,679 This grant will be used to purchase a canoe/kayak hauler.

Highland Arts Council, $800 This grant will be used toward an Art in Action: Youth Art Expo

Highland Boy Scout Troop 1043, $1,000 This grant will be used to purchase four additional tents for their High Adventure Initiative.

Highland Bulldogs Hockey Club, $804 This grant will be used to purchase 12 warm-up jackets.

Highland School District Very Important Principles program, $1,095 This grant will be used to purchase and install two double-sided VIP Community signs.

Highland Elementary School, $790.79 This grant will be used to purchase a new book return for Bringing Back Books program.

Highland Elementary Social Work Department, $528.99 This grant will be used to purchase portable projector and speakers.

Highland Garden Club, $425 This grant will be used toward a new informational sign for the Labyrinth at Glik Park.

Highland Girl Scouts Service Unit, 10,$1,035.86 This grant will be used toward the purchase of archery equipment for a new Archery Program.

Highland High School Math Department, $2,824.40 This grant will be used to purchase two TI Nspire Calculator 10 packs.

Highland High School Science Department, $3,322 This grant will be used to purchase eight LabQuest 2 Connected Science System and six Colorimeters.

Highland Meals on Wheels, $1,090 This grant will be used to purchase 25 new coolers.

Highland Middle School Special Education Department, $1,679.94 This grant will be used for six Chromebooks and management fees.

Madison County Fair Association, $1,000 This grant will be used to replace lighting in the Exposition Building.

Marine Elementary School, $2,000 This grant will be to purchase Alexandria Library software.

Pierron Improvement Club, $2,130 This grant will be used for restroom renovation.

Relevant Pregnancy Options Center, $1,700 This grant will be used for store organization and Dad Curriculum.

St. Jacob Elementary School, $2,000 This grant will be used Chromebooks for one-to-one technology.

St. Paul Catholic School, $2,945.75 This grant will be used for STREAM Robotics Project.

The Highland Home, $1,175.87 This grant will be used for resident activity computer and accessories.

Wee Care Day Care, $899.98 This grant will be for classroom activity rug replacement (two rugs)

Specified Funds

NAN CARPENTER DONOR ADVISED FUND St. Joseph’s Hospital, $1,050

Purpose of Fund: To provide needed assistance and medical programs provided by St. Joseph’s Hospital of Highland or another not-for-profit health care provider serving the Foundation’s geographic area.

NAN CARPENTER MEMORIAL DESIGNATED FUND Hospice of Southern Illinois Inc., $350

Purpose of Fund: To benefit the Hospice of Southern Illinois Inc. for services provided in the foundation’s geographic area

RITA AND BOB HARDY CITY BEAUTIFICATION FUND Highland Garden Club, $200

Purpose of Fund: To enhance the appearance of Highland and its surrounding areas

RUTH and LELAND STEINER FUND IN MEMORY OF MILDA AND CHARLES CASPER Louis Latzer Library, $150

Purpose of Fund: To benefit the Louis Latzer Memorial Public Library for general library purposes as determined by the Board of Directors of the Library.

EUNICE M. KOCH AND VICTOR H. KOCH TECHNOLOGY FUND Louis Latzer Library, $300

Purpose of Fund: To benefit the patrons of the Louis Latzer Memorial Public Library for technology purposes as determined by the Board of Directors of the Library.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS COUNCIL 1580 CHARITABLE GIVING FUND Highland KC Council Giving Programs, $450

Purpose of Fund: To benefit the charitable giving programs of the Highland Knights of Columbus.

KORTE RECREATION ASSISTED MEMBERSHIP FUND City of Highland, $200

Purpose of Fund: To provide admission to the Recreation Center to those in need.

RECREATION CENTER OPERATIONS FUND City of Highland, $18,500

Purpose of Fund: To benefit the operations of the Recreation Center in Glik Park

KORTE RECREATION CENTER HALLER FUND City of Highland, $350

Purpose of Fund: To be used for Recreation Center non-sports related programs.

KORTE RECREATION CENTER HAMLIN FUND City of Highland, $150

Purpose of Fund: To be used to provide swim lessons, lifeguard training and therapy.

HIGHLAND CIVIC WOMAN’S CLUB GERALYN REHKEMPER MEMORIAL FUND To be determined, $450

Purpose of Fund: To provide scholarship grants to an educational institution providing the education or training of an individual seeking higher education. The award recipient is named with help from the Highland Civic Woman’s Club.

HIGHLAND LIONS CLUB SCHOLARSHIP FUND Taylor Prusa, $1,150

Purpose of Fund: To provide scholarship grants for graduating seniors of Highland High School. The award recipient was named with help from the Highland Lions Club in the spring of 2014.

BILL AND JOAN SACKETT FUND HACF Operations, $250

Purpose of Fund: To benefit the operations of the foundation.

DWIGHT AND CAROL ROGIER FUND Claire Litzenberg, $2,000; and books/technology to support curriculum grades K-6, $2,000

Purpose of Fund: To provide scholarships for future teachers (K-12) from the Highland School District and to provide books and technology to support the curriculum in Grades K-6. The award recipients were named with help from the Scholarship Fund’s Advisory Board in the spring of 2015.

GLORIA LOEBEL FUND Relevant Pregnancy Options Center, $500

Purpose of Fund: To benefit the Relevant Pregnancy Options Center’s various client programs.

JAMES A. APKEN ST. PAUL MUSIC AND TECHNOLOGY FUND St. Paul School, $200

Purpose of Fund: To benefit the St. Paul School Music and Technology programs.

WICK CHARITABLE FUND IN MEMORY OF MARTIN WICK Relevant Pregnancy Options Center, $150

Purpose of Fund: To benefit the Relevant Pregnancy Options Center’s various client programs.

BRADFORD NATIONAL BANK FUND HACF Operations, $200

Purpose of Fund: To benefit the operations of the Foundation.

MARGYE LIEBLER BAUMGARDNER FUND Meals on Wheels, $250

Purpose of Fund: To benefit various organizations — Highland Historical Society, Highland Animal Shelter, Meals on Wheels and Hospice of Southern Illinois — on a rotating basis.

CLINTON ‘PETE’ AND LILLIAN KERIN ST. JOSEPH HOSPITAL FUND St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland $150

Purpose of Fund: To benefit St. Joseph’s Hospital, Highland, IL.

UDELL & CECELIA HARRIS CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP FUND Brianna Pollock $750

Purpose of Fund: To provide scholarships for graduating eighth grade student parishioners of St. Paul Catholic Church to attend Father McGivney High School.

ANNA LEE & CLINTON H. ROGIER MEMORIAL FUND HACF Operations, $150

Purpose of Fund: To benefit the operations of the Foundation.

CARL AND KATHLEEN (IBERG) ERNST SCHOLARSHIP FUND Addison Korsmeyer (engineering) & Jaclyn Boekhout (nursing), both $750

Purpose of Fund: To provide scholarships to Highland High School graduating seniors pursuing a degree in engineering and in nursing.

HACF Board

Highland Area Community Foundation board members for 2015-2016 are Darren Altadonna, Erick Baer, Gary Bargetzi, Don Chaney, Laurie Frank, Carol Henrichs, Don Johannes, George Jones, Ceil Kloss, Mark Korte, Terry Lammers, Matt Powers, Jerry Rehkemper, Dennis Rinderer, Mandy Ringwald, Mark Rosen, and Paula SheaShea-Calvert .

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