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RCCF recognizes Middlesex grant recipients

Library executive director Sherry Inabinet accepts the Middlesex Public Library grant from grants committee chairman Leland James.
Deltaville Maritime Museum board president Gene Ruark (left) and director Raynell Smith accept the museum grant from grants committee chairman Leland James.
From left, YMCA executive director Buzz Lambert, program director Clark Laster and president Mary Lib Hoinkes accept the Middlesex YMCA grant.
The Deltaville Maritime Museum, the Middlesex County Family YMCA, and the Middlesex County Public Library were three of the 16 recipients of just under $40,000 in competitive grants awarded by River Counties Community Foundation (RCCF) to nonprofits in Lancaster, Middlesex, and Northumberland counties at its 2008 annual meeting.

Located on 30 acres of waterfront property, the Deltaville Maritime Museum’s mission is to acquire, document, preserve and display materials that are historically important to the lower Chesapeake Bay. Special emphasis is on activities related to the boat building industry. To help with the recording of oral histories and to train staff in filming and editing, the museum received a $1,400 grant. Accepting the award from grants committee chairman Leland James were board president Gene Ruark and director Raynell Smith.

The Middlesex County Family YMCA, while only four years old, continues to grow and expand. An important part is the creation of a community center to be used by both the YMCA and other area non-profit organizations. A $3,000 grant was given to help with the purchase of equipment to be used specifically by teens. Accepting the award were Buzz Lambert, branch director; Clarke Laster, program director; and Mary Lib Hoinkes, president of the Middlesex YMCA.

The Middlesex County Public Library is one of only 13 independent public libraries in Virginia that is not a part of or operated by a division of government. With access to technology increasingly vital, the Middlesex County Public Library will provide computer training to over 100 seniors in the coming year. To assist with establishing a computer lab, a $2,000 grant was awarded and accepted by library director Sherry Inabinet.

These RCCF grants were funded in part from the Catherine B. Chilton Endowment Fund, Charles Winfield Paul Fund, Robert S. and Martha S. Scheu Fund, William and Sally Spotswood Fund, and The Dewey and Vivian Stallard Charitable Fund. One fund of The Community Foundation in Richmond, the Frances R. Parker Fund, also supported these grants. A portion of Mrs. Parker’s fund is designated for agencies that “promote emergency services, human needs or interpret history and local culture” in Middlesex County.

To establish a fund with RCCF to support qualified non-profit organizations, call Margaret Nost at 438-9414 or view

posted 09.04.2008

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