Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

June 27, 2013

Community Foundation highlights 20 years of giving at annual banquet

By Rob Cox Greensburg Daily News
Greensburg Daily News

---- — GREENSBURG – MainSource Bank hosted The Decatur County Community’s (DCCF) Annual Banquet Tuesday night.

DCCF Executive Director Deb Locke told the Daily News that more than 100 people attended. Locke was excited about the attendance, calling it higher than expected.

“This kind of turnout really shows how important DCCF is to this community,” Locke said. “Decatur County is such a giving community. There’s such a great spirit here of generosity and philanthropy. People volunteer because their heart’s really in it, and it’s great to see.”

The event included an overview of the Foundation’s 20 years of grant distribution in Decatur County (the non-profit turn 20 in 2012). Using a map of Decatur County to illustrate DCCF’s grant allocation throughout the county since 1992, various volunteers from the audience came up and wrote grant totals into in distinct slots on the map, representing different Decatur County regions.

Also Tuesday, three separate Decatur County professionals gave presentations regarding how grant money from DCCF has benefited their organizations in the past few years. Those speakers included Greensburg Dentist Dr. Robert Eversole, who, through DCCF grants to the Community Health Care Clinic, has provided free dental care to over 1,000 Decatur Countians since 2000.

Matt Morrow, chief of the Letts Community Volunteer Fire Department, gave a detailed overview of how DCCF money has been spent by his department in the last few years. Elementary School Teacher JoAnn Meyer thanked DCCF for its support in her classroom over the last few years, saying the Foundation’s support has made a real and tangible impact on her students’ live.

“These three individuals offer concrete examples of the good the DCCF is doing in our community,” Locke said. “These three offer very good examples that donations to the DCCF are changing lives, as are the donors who generously open their pocket books.”

The Foundation also named Sheila Doerflinger its 2013 inductee into the Stephen Decatur Society. According to the 2012 DCCF Annual Report, “The Stephen Decatur Society is an honorary society started in 2001 to recognize those persons who have made outstanding and continuing contributions to the efforts of charity and philanthropy in Decatur County.”

Doerflinger was clearly stunned and humbled and appeared to struggle for words. “This is such a great honor,” she said.

Contact: Rob Cox 812-663-3111 x7011