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Community foundation boosts nonprofits

By Sherri Ellington Ten area nonprofits were the beneficiaries of the Barnesville-Lamar Community Foundation, which gave out 2012 grants at its first ever press conference at the United Bank conference room in the former FNB building. The BLCF, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Central Georgia, held the conference Tuesday, Nov. 6. It was led by grants chairman Noel Riggins. A Foundation member was recognized for each of the 10 grants given and chairman Jeff Manley rounded out the program. Food and drink were provided by Julia Woods and Alex Edwards of the CFCG. ’None of this would be possible without the generous people of this community donating to the general fund,’ said Riggins. The American Red Cross received a grant for disaster relief, accepted by Connie Hensler. ’This allows us a tremendous ability to give back to the communities we serve,’ said Hensler, who said much of the funds would go toward the most common disaster the Red Cross sees ‘“ home fires ‘“ and helping contact military members during family emergencies. The Barnesville Lamar Industrial Development Authority got its first ever grant for the new IDA website, accepted by Missy Kendrick. It can be seen at blcida.com in about six weeks. ’This community has given us all the support in the world for economic development,’ said Kendrick. ’Our competition these days is global. We need to get our information out there and make a good first impression on our prospects.’ Barnesville First United Methodist Church received money to buy supplies for its annual Great Day of Service, received by chairman Mark Stone. He said in the last year 440 people performed over 70 projects. ’A number of things are happening that are good for this community,’ said Stone. ‘It’s a large event now, in its fifth year. The schools are involved and Chick-Fil-A is our sponsor.’ Griffin Choral Arts got funding for its upcoming May performance, Inspired by Africa, accepted by director Steve Mulder and members Cherry Searcy and Jean Dukes. ’We’re trying to enrich and enable the community,’ said Mulder. The money will pay a composer from the University of Florida who is an expert on African culture and an Atlanta percussion trio experienced in African music to perform with the chorus at Gordon State College. The Hope Tree Foundation received funding for its food pantry, accepted by founder Rev. Jimmy Fambro. In addition to food bank offerings, the money will help pay for the annual Thanksgiving feast the ministry puts on at Barnesville First Baptist Church. ‘We make sure people have food at least once a month,’ said Rev. Fambro. ‘We don’t want anyone to be left out on Thanksgiving and feel they’re not loved. We make sure we take care of them.’ Lamar Arts got general supporting funds accepted by John Votaw. This money will also be used to provide internet service at the Barnesville Depot Gallery. ’We have a website but no way to connect to it,’ Votaw said. ‘This will save us money on mailings and expand our communications capabilities to allow more art education in the community.’ Lamar County 4-H got funding for Explorations in 4-H Project-Based Learning, accepted by Octavia Jackson. The project will serve 300 children a month with 10 Explorer programs. ’The grants will help children who wouldn’t normally take part in 4-H programs and projects,’ she said. ‘We prepare young people to go out into the workforce and be successful.’ The Rotary Club of Barnesville received funds for its Camp Grace Initiative accepted by Phillip Bell and a number of other Rotarians. Camp Grace, in Crawford County, aims to ‘bring children to Christ,’ said Bell. ‘It’s an opportunity for them to find a way to break a cycle.’ Since the camp ‘“ which includes fall, spring and Christmas events as well as the week-long program ‘“ costs $420, the Rotary Club sponsors local children each year, identified by the school system. It paid for six at-risk children to attend last year. St. George’s Episcopal School got money for its community educational trail accepted by Dr. Larry Collins. The trail, now not much more than a cow path, will be expanded with botanical specimens marked for students, residents and others. ’It’s a great honor for St. George’s to be recognized,’ said Dr. Collins, who put the target date for completion of the trail at about August 2013. The Conservatory for the Arts also got a grant for mentoring and therapy through the arts. Manley thanked the contributors who, each year, make the grants possible. ’We’ve been able to come up with $18,000 to put back into this community and those nearby that help serve our folks,’ said Manley. ‘We can help children for 50 years ‘“ and the donors decide how the money can be used.’

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