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Foundation recognizes local philanthropists

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

(By Sabrina Westfall) Amy Goodman (left) was recognized by the Greene County Foundation on Monday night as an Up and Coming philanthropist, Diane and Gerry Masse Sr. accepted the Philanthropy in Action award on behalf of their son Gerry Masse Jr., and Nina Henchman was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award. They are joined by Foundation Director Cam Trampke (right). [Order this photo]
The Greene County Foundation's annual meeting recognized three people from the county for their philanthropic efforts, as well as handed out community grants.

Amy Goodman, a 2010 graduate of Linton-Stockton High School, was recognized as the "Up and Coming" philanthropist for her efforts with the Summer Food Program.

"At the beginning it was very stressful. I didn't know I was going to be running four sites," Goodman said about the food programs in Linton, Worthington, Jasonville and Lyons. "I really want to thank the volunteers. Without them I wouldn't have been able to do it."

Throughout the summer the program gave thousands of free lunches to children under the age of 18, and provided entertainment at each location.

Goodman said she was surprised to be recognized for her efforts, but said she was glad to be chosen.

Gerry Masse, an Eastern Greene High School graduate and founder of Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum in Solsberry, was honored with the "Philanthropy in Action" award.

He was unable to attend the meeting, so his father, Gerry Masse Sr., accepted the award on his behalf.

"A lot of his planning involves the community, and it is nice to have him recognized for doing that," Masse Sr. said. "He is thrilled and took it as a great honor to be recognized for his efforts."

Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum features more than 60 large sculptures along a mile path, which is free for the public to walk on a self-guided tour. The museum also features several free events for the public throughout the year.

Sculpture Trails works with local organizations and schools to create a lasting memory with the sculpture murals.

Nina Hinchman, of Worthington, was recognized with a "Lifetime Achievement" philanthropy award for founding and volunteering at the Sonshine Shop, located at 16 N. Washington St. in Worthington.

The Sonshine Shop helps those in the White River Valley School District with clothing needs, housewares, shoes, furniture and also includes a food pantry.

Hinchman said she was very humbled to be recognized for her efforts since the inception of the Sonshine Shop in 2000.

"I feel like I've accepted this on behalf of the people who have helped me get to where I am today," Hinchman added.

Each philanthropist had a $250 contribution made in their name to the charity of their choice.

Foundation 500 members, who commit to donating $500 a year for five years, primarily fund the community grants awarded Monday night.

Approximately $52,000 in grants was awarded to 15 organizations and projects from throughout the county.

GCF Board President Linda Thomas said $147,000 worth of grants were requested during the 2012 grant cycle, and added the Foundation wished it could help every organization.

"All of your organizations deserve the funds you ask for, but we have limited funds," Thomas stressed.

Community Grants were award to:

* Shawnee Theatre - $7,000 to help with operations and programs.

* Greene Education Services - $7,000 match to help with career development in all local schools.

* A.M. Risher Pool in Linton - $7,500 to help with upgrades to meet ADA accessibility laws.

* Bloomfield Community Revitalization - $2,500 match for the revitalization of the downtown area in Bloomfield.

* Family Life Center - $1,225 for maintenance on the mobile van.

* Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry - $3,000 to help with food processing fees.

* Friends of Shakamak - $250 to support the Long Fish Dash Run/Walk

* Greene County Clothe-a-Child - $1,500 to support the effort to keep local children clothed for winter.

* Greene Academy/Habitat for Humanity - $2,000 to build handicap accessible ramps.

* Linton Youth League - $2,000 to help create a Linton Softball/Baseball Complex.

* Middleway House - $1,500 to support the effort to assist victims of domestic violence.

* Ride Solutions - $2,000 match for a handicap accessible vehicle to be used in Greene County.

* Salvation Army - $1,000 to support the program.

* Worthington Garden Club - $500 to help beautify a vacant lot in Worthington by creating a Garden Park.

* Carnegie Heritage and Arts Center - $350 from the Linton Heritage fund.

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WOO!!! HOO!!! Amy rocks!!!

-- Posted by alwaysinterested on Tue, Aug 28, 2012, at 10:32 PM

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