Thursday, May 12, 2011

Community Foundation of Central Illinois Holds Annual Meeting

The Community Foundation of Central Illinois (CFCI) held its 23rd Annual Meeting, A Year in Review today, May 10 at The Hotel Pere Marquette, Cotillion Ball Room from 11:30 am-1:15 pm. 
In attendance were community members, CFCI fund holders, and grantees.  Attendees were treated to lunch and a program that highlighted the accomplishments of the Community Foundation in 2010.  CFCI CEO Mark Roberts shared that over $5.1 million in grant funding was distributed in the past fiscal year by the organization.  In addition, CFCI distributed more than $230,000 in grants and scholarships through its competitive granting process.  Roberts stated, “We are honored to play a role in distributing charitable support to worthy organizations throughout central Illinois.  CFCI is in the business of promoting philanthropy, and we are so thankful for those supporters who work with us to positively impact the quality of life in our community”.

The luncheon also featured a performance by members of the Spoon River Community Chorus, a 2010 grant recipient for their production of Mass Theatrical, an original musical composition by Canton resident Richard Etter.  Etter and Carol Davis, Executive Director and VP of Community Outreach at Spoon River College, spoke about how support from the Community Foundation played an integral role in making this production possible.  Following their comments Mass Theatrical cast members Carla Bobell and Patrick Jenkins performed a song from the production. 

CFCI also presented the 2011 Founder’s Award to the organization’s first executive director, Donna Haerr.  Haerr served as executive director from 1989 to 1995 and grew the Foundation’s endowment to $1.6 million.  The Founders Award recognizes those individuals, corporations and organizations that have greatly benefited the Community Foundation.  Past Founder’s Award recipients include: Caterpillar Inc., Gordon and Jean Peters, and Gene and Harriett Swager.

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