2017-05-16 / Front Page

Orville and Frances Webb continue giving through the Community Foundation


Elaine Peck, Executive Director of the Putnam County Community Foundation presents check from the Orville Webb Endowment to members of the board of the South Putnam Youth League for the benefit of the Belle Union Sports Park. Left to right: Jim Holderfield (At-Large Member), Mike Switzer (At-Large Member), Elaine Peck (The Putnam County Community Foundation), Lee Cline (President), Clay Henry (Secretary), Michael Phillips (Vice-President). Not pictured: Courtney Williams (At-Large Member), and Samantha Tincher (Treasurer). (Courtesy photo) Elaine Peck, Executive Director of the Putnam County Community Foundation presents check from the Orville Webb Endowment to members of the board of the South Putnam Youth League for the benefit of the Belle Union Sports Park. Left to right: Jim Holderfield (At-Large Member), Mike Switzer (At-Large Member), Elaine Peck (The Putnam County Community Foundation), Lee Cline (President), Clay Henry (Secretary), Michael Phillips (Vice-President). Not pictured: Courtney Williams (At-Large Member), and Samantha Tincher (Treasurer). (Courtesy photo) Greencastle, IN – April 22, 2017 – On a blustery opening day of the 2017 season of the South Putnam Youth League, the Putnam County Community Foundation’s Executive Director, Elaine Peck, presented a check of more than $3,100 to the newly formed youth league. “This check is from the Orville Webb Endowment established by Orville and Frances Webb through their will before they died in 2001 and 2002. This endowment will provide support every year for Belle Union Sports Park for as long as the Park exists.”

Peck stated that Orville and Frances Webb loved children and wanted to help them have access to a safe place to have fun and learn values such as team work, good sportsmanship, hard work, and self-discipline. “They trusted the Community Foundation to carry out their wishes in perpetuity. Every year the Community Foundation sends grant checks from their endowment to seven different organizations as they instructed us before they passed away.” Peck reported that since inception, the Webb Endowment has awarded more than $230,000 for the benefit of various nonprofit and religious organizations.

Peck reported that the South Putnam Youth League is a newly formed nonprofit corporation that will unify and serve Reelsville, Belle Union, and Fillmore youth leagues. The leadership of the organization is currently composed of Lee Cline, President, Michael Phillips, Vice President, Clay Henry, Secretary, and Samantha Tincher, Treasurer. At-large Board Members are Jim Holderfield, Mike Switzer, and Courtney Williams. The League reports plans to apply to the IRS to become a designated 501 (c) 3 public charity, and to become a multi-sport league. “The Community Foundation is pleased to see the communities of Belle Union, Reelsville and Fillmore coming together to serve our youth in a collaborative and efficient manner,” said Peck.

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