2014-07-22 / Front Page

Al Tucker Honored As 2014 PCCF ‘Spirit Of Philanthropy’ Recipient

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Al Tucker of Cloverdale was recently honored as the 2014 Spirit of Philanthropy Award recipient, the highest honor bestowed by the Board of Directors of the Putnam County Community Foundation. (Courtesy Photo) Al Tucker of Cloverdale was recently honored as the 2014 Spirit of Philanthropy Award recipient, the highest honor bestowed by the Board of Directors of the Putnam County Community Foundation. (Courtesy Photo) Over 140 community members recently gathered at the Inn at DePauw for the Putnam County Community Foundation’s (PCCF) annual meeting where Al Tucker of Cloverdale was given the 2014 Spirit of Philanthropy Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Board of Directors of the Putnam County Community Foundation.

Tucker has been an incredible force in the community as a well-known educator and coach. He is a founder of the Cloverdale Dollars for Scholars Program, a leader in his church, and an inspiration to all. Ellie Ypma, President of the PCCF announced the award: “As many people do, this person serves loyally in his church, taking on many leadership positions as well as supporting it financially. In addition he has served many community organizations, giving of himself beyond attendance at meetings. A nominator said, ‘He has given me many life lessons, including how to maintain my ethics in difficult circumstances. Just as important are the lessons he is giving me about the spirit of philanthropy.’”

In other news, the PCCF unveiled its 2013 Annual Report, gave a company update, and made some exciting announcements. Ypma opened the meeting by welcoming guests and reviewing last year’s annual meeting minutes. Keith Archer, PCCF Treasurer, reported the 2013 financial information. Archer announced that, in 2013, the PCCF served 1,043 individual donors, received $707,202 in donations, and ended the year with 249 active funds and endowments and 24.8 million dollars in total assets.

The business portion of the meeting concluded with the election of new board members: Debbi Christy, Ken Eitel, Susan Lemon, and Susan Price were elected to a term beginning in January 2014. Rick Bittles, Phil Gick, Carolyn Mann, and Mitch Proctor were elected to a term beginning in January 2015. Keith Brackney and Ellen Dittmer were elected to a second term, beginning in January 2015.

David Archer, member of the PCCF Board of Directors and Chair of the Scholarship Committee, announced that in 2013, the foundation awarded $184,505 in community scholarships plus an additional $102,330 in Lilly Community Scholarships for 151 graduating seniors and adults.

Archer pointed out that these scholarships were made possible by the hundreds of Putnam County citizens who have contributed to scholarship funds. He addressed the 2013 scholarship recipients who were in the audience by declaring, “We hope you will gratefully remember the generosity of these donors and that you will give back – or pay it forward – in a meaningful and significant way in the future.”

Brad Hayes, member of the PCCF Board of Directors and the Youth Philanthropy Committee, shared the stage with Alex Land, Youth Philanthropy member, to give an update about the Youth Philanthropy Program and to thank the graduating seniors for their service. Kristy Jerrell of Jerrell Consulting, provided a report of the impact of PCCF grants that help leverage Community Development Block Grants into the community. Jerrell reported that more than 7.2 million dollars had been awarded to communities in Putnam County from 2009 to 2014.

While the PCCF clearly had many accomplishments to celebrate at the annual meeting, they also took the opportunity to discuss an exciting new initiative that will benefit Putnam County in the future. Susan Price, PCCF Board Member and Chair of the Grant Committee, introduced Envision 2016: Moving Putnam County Forward, a new program that will award up to $200,000 to projects that focus on arts and culture, economic development, education, recreation, or youth.

The final updates from the PCCF recognized individuals who have made a meaningful impact not only on the foundation, but on Putnam County as a whole. Elaine Peck, the foundation’s executive director, recognized the newest honorary board members: Jim Ensley, Vicki Timm, Phyllis Rokicki and Ken Heeke.

The meeting ended on an exciting note with a chocolate box raffle. Attendees had the opportunity to purchase a box of South Bend Chocolate Company Fudge to benefit the PCCF. Dawn Tucker and Corey Brackney were lucky enough to select the boxes with “golden tickets.” Tucker won an Eco Drive watch donated by Mason Jewelers and Brackney collected a Serta mattress set and a “Serta Sheep” donated by Shuee’s Furniture and Mattress. Eighteen more guests left as winners by finding a red ticket under their chairs. The tickets were redeemable for a copy of Inspiring the Giving Spirit, a book detailing the first twentyfive years of the Putnam County Community Foundation.

The Putnam County Community Foundation is a nonprofit public charity established in 1985 to help donors establish endowments, award grants, and provide leadership, enriching the quality of life and strengthening community in Putnam County. The Community Foundation has been entrusted with more than 250 funds and endowments for donors, supporting a variety of charitable purposes. To learn how to start your own endowment, visit www.pcfoundation.org or contact the office at 765-653-4978.

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