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
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
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.