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Tidewater Foundation grants total $250k in 10 years

Holly Ball Queen Abigail Leigh Robbins presents a check to Ammon Dunton of the Tidewater Foundation.
Each year the Tidewater Foundation disperses grants to a diverse group of community institutions and agencies located throughout the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. Over the course of the past 10 years, the Tidewater Foundation, through tradition and stewardship, has contributed about $247,000 to these local entities. The funds for these grants are from the proceeds of The Holly Ball, a 114-year old traditional debutante ball which takes place each year in December.

In 2009, the Tidewater Foundation made 29 such contributions, made possible by the proceeds of the 113th Holly Ball in 2008.

Contributions were made to the following local schools: Aylett Country Day School, Chesapeake Academy, Christchurch School, Northumberland Elementary School (music), St. Margaret’s School, Rappahannock Community College and Woodland Academy.

The Tidewater Foundation each year makes contributions to local and area museums. This year those contributions were made to the Kilmarnock Museum, Reedville Fishermen’s Museum, Morattico Waterfront Museum, and Steamboat Era Museum.

Local libraries that received funds were the Lancaster Community Library and Northumberland County Public Library, as well as the Friends of the Library.

Contributions have also been made to the Cub Scout Pack 222, Boy Scout Group 235, Family Development Center, Jacob’s Ladder, Northern Neck Free Health Clinic, Northern Neck YMCA, Middlesex Family YMCA, Northumberland Historical Society, Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Society, Rappahannock Foundation for the Arts, Richmond County Extension YMCA, Lancaster High School Band, Lancaster Middle School Band, Lancaster Primary School (music), and the Haven.

The 114th Holly Ball will take place Monday, December 28, from 7 p.m. to midnight at Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club, Kilmarnock. Queen Abigail Leigh Robbins of White Stone will reign over the Holly Realm. The proceeds from this tradition will continue to be used to support the Tidewater Foundation’s commitment to cultural enrichment and education in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. 

posted 11.24.2009

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