Foundation Grants from First 2018 Cycle
The Wells County Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors recently approved grants totaling $37,152 for the first of three grant cycles in 2018. A total of 8 grants were awarded as follows:
Bluffton Parks and Recreation Department- $8,776 – This grant will provide funding for the purchase of four ADA compliant drinking fountains. These fountains will be placed at Jefferson, Lion’s Pickett’s Run and Washington parks. Grant made from the Community Enhancement Endowment Fund
Bluffton Parks & Recreation Department - $6,000 – This grant will provide full funding for four of the concerts in the Kehoe Park Summer concert series. Duke Tumatoe, Friday, June 15; Sweetwater Allstar Band, Sunday, August 12; Whistle Pigs, Sunday, July 22; and Todd Harrold, Sunday, July 29. Also scheduled to appear during the series are the Classic Rock Experience, Parrots of the Caribbean, Woomblies and the series will close with the annual gospel concert featuring the Shane Brothers and 3rd Row Boys. Grant made from the Unrestricted Fund.
Citizens Against Drug Abuse of Wells County, Inc. - $5,000 – This grant will provide major funding support for “An Evening with Sam Quinones,” author of Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Addiction. Sam Quinones is an award-winning journalist from Los Angeles, California who worked for the Los Angeles Times from 2004-14. He presents around the country and recently spent time testifying on the state of drug addiction in the United States to the Senate. Sam’s presentation will facilitate an increased understanding of historical opiate proliferation by the pharmaceutical industry which has resulted in the addiction of patients through unwittingly taking prescribed opiate medications and then being faced seeking alternative opiates when no longer able to obtain prescription pain medication. He will also share the business model of the illicit drug trade and discuss how through his book, families have been brought out of the shadows of their shame and despair. The presentation is scheduled to be presented in Wells County in October, 2018. Grant made from the Charles F. and Hildreth L. Hissem Endowment Fund.
Creative Arts Council of Wells County, Inc. - $510 – This grant will provide funding for the rights and royalties for the Wells Community Theater’s three performances of The Odd Couple. Through productions such as these, the Wells Community Theatre provides a constructive outlet for community members to exercise their creativity and a supportive group for people young and old with which to identify. In addition, it provides a great source of entertainment for Wells County residents to enjoy. Grant made from the Community Enhancement Endowment Fund
Creative Arts Council of Wells County, Inc. - $1,865 – This grant will provide funding support for equipment upgrades. The Council will purchase a lighting control console which will replace a fifteen year old model that is obsolete. The new equipment will provide many more lighting options and configurationsand will benefit both the Wells Community Theater and the School of Ballet. Grant made from the Community Enhancement Endowment Fund.
Creative Arts Council of Wells County, Inc. - $2,000 – This grant will provide funding for equipment upgrades for the Wells Community Theater. The Creative Arts Council will purchase ten headset-style wireless headphones for the use of the Wells Community Theater group. Grant made from the Community Enhancement Endowment Fund
Creative Arts Council of Wells County, Inc. - $600 – This grant will provide funding for a ballet master classes with Fort Wayne Ballet’s Karen Gibbons-Brown. Ms. Gibbons-Brown is an accomplished professional ballet dancer and instructor. She has taught classes throughout the United States as well as internationally in Italy and France. This master class will provide an opportunity for the School of Ballet students to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of classical ballet. These classes will also be open to other dance students within Wells County who are not currently enrolled in the School of Ballet. Grant made from the Unrestricted Endowment Fund
Fort Wayne Philharmonic - $8,000 – This grant will provide major funding for the 2018 presentation of the Patriotic Pops Concert. This year’s concert will be held on Saturday, June 30 at Ouabache State Park. The concert commemorates our nation’s independence, offers community members the unique opportunity to socially interact in an exceptional setting and cultivates arts engagement. Grant made from the Ellen A. Gerbers Unrestricted Endowment Fund.
Kate’s Kart - $2,000 – This grant will provide funding for the purchase of books utilized in the Kate’s Kart program at Bluffton Regional Medical Center. This program provides a free book to children who enter the Bluffton Regional Medical Center through the emergency room or admission to the hospital. Books distributed through this program provide a temporary diversion to children and their families during their visit to the emergency room or hospital stay. An average of 43 books are distributed on a monthly basis through this program at Bluffton Regional Medical Center. Grant made from the Elizabeth V. Patton Unrestricted Endowment Fund
Wells County Revitalization, Inc. - $1,200 – This grant will provide funding for the 2018 Health Careers Camp. This camp, coordinated through the Wells County Chamber of Commerce, Bluffton High School, Bluffton Regional Medical Center and Wells County Revitalization, Inc. will introduce eighth to eleventh grade students to the wide variety of health services careers. There is presently nationwide shortage of health care professionals, including Wells County. This camp will introduce participants to careers in dietary sciences, paramedic sciences, public safety, health sciences and more. Also, students will learn about health career pathways through Area 18 Career and Technical program and health and science education classes that are available to local juniors and seniors. Grant made from the Elizabeth V. Patton Unrestricted Endowment Fund.
Wells County Revitalization, Inc. - $1,600 - This grant will provide funding for the 2018 Robotics Camp. This camp, coordinated through the Wells County Chamber of Commerce, Wells County Economic Development, Wells County 4-H, Wells County Robotics Club and several manufacturers in Wells County will combine the elements of manufacturing, design, art, and entrepreneurship, introducing campers to how things are made in Wells County and how businesses develop their products. The camp will introduce students to a career path that would include technical skills and vocational training needed by local industries. Participants will have the opportunity to explore computer programming, manufacturing design and robotic mechanics. Grant made from the Elizabeth V. Patton Unrestricted Endowment Fund.
The Wells County Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit public charity established in 1957 to serve donors, award grants, and provide leadership to improve Wells County forever. Grants proposals to be considered for the next cycle are due to the Foundation office by June 15.