Community Foundation celebrates 10th Anniversary


The Community Foundation of Switzerland County, Inc. celebrated its 10th Anniversary on Friday, November 7th at the Best Western Ogle Haus Inn.

The celebration started out with a reception followed by dinner and a program; and approximately 170 people joined the foundation in celebrating this milestone.

Jennifer Scudder, the Community Foundation’s treasurer, welcomed those in attendance.

Following her welcome, the foundation’s past presidents – John Keeton, Roger Nay, Judy Firth, Jill Hutcherson, and Cindy Welch – highlighted some of the accomplishments that have taken place over the past 10 years.

Sandy Althoff, the foundation’s current president, concluded this portion of the program by recognizing everybody that has served as a volunteer on the foundation’s board or any of its committees.

Three of the foundation’s Lilly Endowment Community Scholars spoke at the dinner.

Natalie Daugherty and Melissa Kinne, both juniors at Franklin College, spoke of the impact that the Lilly Scholarship has had on them.

Amanda Deveary White, a 2000 Switzerland County High School graduate, then spoke of her experiences as a Lilly Scholar.

The impact that her late stepfather, George Robbins, had on her education, as well as her appreciation to the Community Foundation of Switzerland County for receiving the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship, led her to establish the “George A. Robbins Memorial Acorn Fund” through the foundation.

Many representatives from organizations that have received Community Foundation grants also spoke at the dinner.

Joe Ricketts and Bob Brown talked about their experience on an Honor Flight; Lewis Gordon talked about the Quercus Grove Food Pantry; Lowell Wayne Sullivan spoke of the American Legion; Laurice See talked about the Switzerland County EMS; Kristi Harms highlighted grants received by the public library; and Eric Cole spoke of the YMCA.

Some of the Community Foundation’s donors also spoke about the funds they have established.

Roger and Bev Parrott talked about the scholarship they established, as well as fund the local Kiwanis Club has created at the foundation. K.C. Banta talked about why the Moorefield Community Fire Department established a fund in memory of Nick Hart; Barry and Cheryl Valentine talked about their late son’s scholarship; Steve Crabtree spoke of the Vevay-Switzerland County Foundation and the funds it has created at the community foundation; and Maddie Gullion spoke about her family’s donor-advised fund.

Pam Acton, the Community Foundation’s executive director, recognized all of the individuals and organizations that have established funds at the foundation. They were presented with a drawing of the Switzerland County Courthouse done by Donna Cole. This drawing served as the foundation’s original logo.

Greg and Becky Curlin, along with their children Levi and Ethan, talked about the “Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library”. This program provides free books each month to children between the ages of birth to five residing in Switzerland County.

Darin Gullion from the Switzerland County School Corporation spoke about CAPE (Community Alliances to Promote Education) and the impact it has had on Switzerland County.

Finally, Sandy Althoff closed the program by thanking all of the people that made this special evening possible and assured those in attendance that the community foundation would be around for many more years serving the charitable needs of Switzerland County.

Anyone who would like to learn more about the Community Foundation of Switzerland County, please contact Pam Acton or Melissa Andrew at the foundation’s office, located at 303 Ferry Street. The phone number is 427-9160 and the e-mail address is