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Foundation awards a record $110,000 in grants & scholarships

The River Counties Community Foundation awarded $110,000 in grants and scholarships to 29 community organizations and 13 students during a reception recently held at Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury in Irvington.

The River Counties Community Foundation (RCCF) celebrated its many successes at its annual grants reception held recently at Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury in Irvington.

After board vice chair Ron Mihills welcomed guests and introduced advisory board members, affiliate director Margaret Nost highlighted the foundation’s accomplishments.

Nost said, “We are excited to give a record $110,000 in grants and scholarships for 2012, nearly doubling last year’s awards. As our assets continue to reach new milestones, we disseminated over $3,755,000 in the past six years. Cumulative assets now surpass $6 million with more than $271,000 distributed in 2011.”

Nost thanked the donors who have established more than 50 unique funds that benefit deserving nonprofit organizations with RCCF. She expressed gratitude for the contributions and faithful service of donor and former board chair Richard Steelman, who passed away earlier this year.

Competitive Grants
Mary Elizabeth Hoinkes, grants committee chair, announced grants totaling over $91,000 to 29 selected community organizations in Lancaster, Middlesex and Northumberland counties. 

Hoinkes said, “This year’s significant increase in dollars awarded enhances our ability to respond to local community needs. However, this is done while honoring the charitable purpose of the funds established by our donors.”

Rappahannock General Hospital received $8,405 to assist with the development of a major capital campaign.

Boys and Girls Club of the Northern Neck received $5,000 to help fund a summer program, “Smarter Fun in the Summer.”

Northern Neck Food Bank received $5,000 to purchase climate-controlled storage containers for produce.

Christchurch School received $4,545 to help fund educational outreach programs for students and teachers utilizing its Rappahannock River campus as a living classroom.

Lancaster County Education Foundation received $3,750 for 10 additional iPads. 

Lancaster/Northumberland Habitat for Humanity received $3,500 for the framing of a home in Lancaster County.

Middlesex Habitat for Humanity received $3,500 to assist in building a single-family home.

Northern Neck YMCA received $3,457 for “Bright Beginnings” to help children in need to purchase back-to-school clothing and supplies.

Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern Foundation received $3,457 for initiatives including the development of an “Historic Sites of Heathsville” coloring book to educate elementary students and their families about local history.

Northern Neck Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program received $3,000 for the training of volunteers who represent abused and neglected children in court.

Jacob’s Ladder received $2,556 for an at-risk, intellectually-gifted child to attend a 4-5 week residential enrichment summer camp.

Hospice of the Northern Neck received $2,500 for medical alarms for approximately 20 people living alone.

Friends of the Rappahannock received $2,500 to increase citizen awareness and involvement in collecting and monitoring the water quality of the Rappahannock River.

Foundation for Historic Christ Church received $2,500 to support interactive kiosks in the museum’s gallery.

Northumberland American Red Cross received $2,375 for training for disaster response.

River Counties American Red Cross received $2,375 for the “Learn to Swim” program for second-graders in Lancaster Primary School.

Rappahannock Foundation for the Arts received $2,300 to help bring four live performances to school-aged children in Lancaster County.

Middlesex Family YMCA received $2,000 for an educational series on fiscal responsibility, obesity, and healthful living for underserved families.

Hands Across Middlesex Interfaith Outreach received $2,000 for emergency home repairs thereby enabling recipients to remain in their homes.

Mid-County Volunteer Rescue Squad received $2,000 for community education and training in basic first aid.

Lancaster Northumberland Interfaith Service Council received $1,500 to help fund its Latchkey Project, which provides needy children with food and supplies during the summer.

Middlesex County Public Library received $1,500 for its summer reading program “Dream Big, Read!”. 

Fairfields Volunteer Fire Department received $1,000 for five portable radios.

RCCF component funds that contributed toward these community grants include the Catherine B. Chilton Endowment Fund, Nettie Mooring Gordon Fund, Charles Winfield Paul Fund, Robert S. and Martha S. Scheu Fund, William and Sally Spotswood Fund, the Dewey and Vivian Stallard Charitable Fund, the River Counties Youth Fund, and unrestricted funds from the River Counties Endowment and Operating Funds. Also supporting the grants is the Frances R. Parker Fund of The Community Foundation serving Richmond and Central Virginia.

Additionally, through the Chilton Endowment Fund, one-time noncompetitive grants in the amount of $3,456 each were made to the Irvington Steamboat Era Museum, Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury, Upper Lancaster Volunteer Rescue Squad, Northern Neck Free Health Clinic. and Northern Neck Historical Society.

Recognizing academic excellence, 13 students received just under $20,000 in scholarships to further their education.

Lindsay Dungan, Karla Pinkard and Sarah Kelly were awarded the Raymond F. Burmester Endowment for Scholastic Achievement.

Destiny Robinson was awarded the Alice Haynie Dameron Scholarship.

Brenda Santamaria Sanchez was awarded the Heartwood Dollars for Scholars award.

Ashley Rose was awarded the Maria Laqueur Scholarship.

Deandre Sidney, Carley Graves, Ryan Parker and Ashley Rose were awarded the Northern Neck Rotary Scholarship.

Sarah Seggelink and Ryan Parker were awarded the Northumberland Civic Center Scholarship.

Levi Payne was awarded the E.C. Joe and Viola C. Rice Scholarship.

Emily Moore and Victor Knez were awarded the Father John D. Boddie Memorial Scholarship.

For more information on River Counties Community Foundation, call Nost at 438-9414 or visit

posted 08.01.2012

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