Mountain Grove Area Community Foundation to award grants

The Mountain Grove Area Community Foundation will present grants to three area organizations at a VIP  Reception and awards ceremony this Saturday evening at the MGHS Arena.  Recipients of grants include:  MGHS Project Graduation $500, Tri-Co Fair Board for improvements to restroom facilities $500, MG Senior Center Miles for Meals $1,000.  These grants are in addition to grants to five groups in December totaling $10,400.

“These grants are made possible by support from the community for our fundraising activities during the year,” said Dr. David Barbe, Foundation president.  The Foundation’s main fundraising activity in 2016 was the golf tournament and Sweet Summer Soirée dinner last August.

“Over $12,000 is a great investment in the community, but wouldn’t it be great if this could be two or three times that amount?  It could be if the community turns out and helps us grow our fundraising events even larger,” according to Jim Gunnels and Kim Norris, Foundation event coordinators.

The Foundation has an afternoon of food and fun scheduled for Sunday afternoon, March 26.  The afternoon starts with a BBQ lunch at 12:30 at the Fun City Complex in Mountain Grove.  But it will not be any ordinary lunch, there will be fun and games and a chance to be a participant in the Foundation’s own version of “Let’s Make a Deal” with prizes worth up to $100.  Tickets for the luncheon are only $15 per person.  “You have to eat somewhere.  You can have a great lunch, a lot of fun and support a good cause by joining us on March 26,” said Kim Norris, Foundation Board secretary.  Tickets can be purchased from any Foundation Board member.

Following the lunch at 1:30 p.m. the Foundation will hold its 3rd annual bowling tournament.  Bridgett Williams, vice-president of the Foundation explains, “This will be a 9 pin no-tap tournament.  If you get 9 pins on your first ball, it counts as a strike.  The idea is for the bowlers to come out and have a good time.”  Entry fee for a 5-person team is $100.  There will be a small cash prize for men’s and women’s high single game and first, second and third place for men, women and team will be recognized and have the opportunity to direct a donation to the Foundation Fund of their choice.  To enter a team, contact any Foundation Board member or call Mercy Clinic at 926-6111 or Kim Norris at American Family Insurance at 926-3446.

“These activities will be the major spring fund raiser for the Foundation,” according to Dr. David Barbe, Foundation president. “The Foundation is one of our community’s greatest assets and one of the least well known.  Now in its 13th year, the 26 funds in the Foundation have given over $400,000 in scholarships and grants to area students and local clubs and organizations.”

Foundation Board members include Dr. David Barbe, president, Bridget Williams, vice-president, Kim Norris, secretary, Steve Moody, treasurer, Robin Allen, Jim Gunnels, Jay Loveland, Ernie Ehlers, Judy Kemper, Lori Golden, Brenda Shannon, and Tom Coats.  Foundation Advisory Committee co-chairs are Vallie Hoerning and Patsy Worrell.  For more information about the Foundation or on how to establish a fund, contact Steve Moody at First Home Bank or Dr. David Barbe at Mercy Clinic.