GIVE YOUR HEART SERENADES
“GIVE YOUR HEART TO THE COMMUNITY”
The Cass County Community Foundation announces its 2014 “Give Your Heart to the Community” Campaign. CCCF Chairman Dr. Herb Price, who will oversee this traditional fundraising event, stated, “We are very excited to once again offer our annual Valentines serenades, 5th Grade Essay Contest and $1 hearts at Martins to help celebrate Valentine’s day and support the work at CCCF.”
For a $100 contribution, CCCF Valentine singers will deliver a live serenade to your loved one. Imagine the look on their faces when our merry band of troubadours arrives at their home or workplace and sings an unforgettable song just for them! Live serenades are perfect for spouses, friends and co-workers, employees and bosses, nursing home residents and shut-ins. Serenades will be delivered on Friday, February 14th.
Martin’s Supermarket has also agreed to partner with the foundation again this year and customers will be able to purchase a $1.00 Valentine at the checkout for the community foundation. Hearts may be purchased from February 1st through Valentine’s Day. Those who purchase hearts may sign their own name or they may dedicate it to a loved one. The cashier who sells the most Valentines will win a Pizza Hut gift certificate!
Cass County area 5th graders will be working hard this year to write an essay on: “what it means to you to give your heart to the community.” Two winners will be named from each school with an award for first place, and for second place. The winning essays will be published in the Pharos Tribune.
Orders for serenades must be received by Monday February 10th. Call the Cass County Community Foundation at 574-722-2200 for more information. Place your order today, and give your heart to the community!
CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF GIVING TO CASS COUNTY!
LOIS JEAN MCCREA NURSING SCHOLARSHIP
Fund Established to benefit Pioneer High School Students
Cass County Community Foundation President Deanna Crispen announced today the establishment of the “Lois Jean McCrea Nursing Scholarship Fund.”
The fund was established by Tom and Lois Jean McCrea to offer financial support to students who like, Lois Jean and the McCrea’s two daughters, aspire to become a nurse and serve people. The recipient will be a graduate of Pioneer High School, plan to attend a four-year college or university, and demonstrate a strong desire to become a nurse. The annual award of the scholarship will be $4,000 with a total award of $16,000 for a four-year nursing program leading to earning a B.S.N. Degree. This scholarship will become a permanent endowment with the planned estate gift of Mrs. McCrea.
Nursing has always been her dream and Lois Jean is a graduate of Indianapolis General Hospital, now Wishard. She was enrolled in the Cadet Nurse Program and, had WWII continued, she would have entered the service as an army or navy nurse after completing the training/
She was employed as a surgery nurse and later as Evening Supervisor at Cass County Memorial Hospital. She was also the first school nurse at Pioneer School Corp., working half days per week calling at Lake Cicott, Lucerne, Noble Twp., and Royal Center Grade and High Schools each week.
Crispen said, “You cannot be in a room with Tom and Jean McCrea without being inspired by their story of love, devotion and caring for each other that spans seven decades. Married after WW II in 1948, the couple have spent their life together caring for each other, their family, and our community. This is an outstanding gift to support Pioneer students and nursing.”
COMMUNITY STATE BANK ESTABLISHES NEW FUND FOR PIONEER AND CASTON STUDENTS
Cass County Community Foundation President Deanna Crispen announced today the establishment of The Community State Bank Academic Leadership Fund. The fund was established by the bank and will be awarded for the first time in Spring 2014.
The fund will provide an annual scholarship for qualified students graduating from Pioneer and Caston High Schools in Indiana who plan to attend a four-year institution of higher education. The designated award will be made to one student at Pioneer and one student at Caston each year in the amount of $1,000. The scholarship is also renewable for four years with proof of continued academic achievement and enrollment for a total of $4000 per student award.
In addition to graduating from Pioneer or Caston and attending a four-year educational institution, applicants must also have a 3.0 GPA or higher, plan to major in Business or a Business related field, and demonstrate leadership and community involvement. Students will also be required to submit a short essay describing their career decision and goals.
Community State Bank President, Joseph Carlson said, “Our bank has been an active community leader in the Pioneer and Caston school areas for many years and continues to grow and support the communities we serve. We believe that by establishing this scholarship as a four-year, renewable award for business majors, we will encourage those selected to excel and become the next generation of business leaders.”
“This is a wonderful new award for Pioneer and Caston students,” said CCCF President Deanna Crispen. “Most scholarship awards are only for the first year of college and leave students as sophomores with few options for assistance that are not government sponsored or loans. We are so grateful to Community State Bank for their thoughtful consideration of what students need most and establishing the scholarship as renewable for all four years.”
NEW FUND ESTABLISHED IN MEMORY OF NANCY RUTSCHMANN
The following is a letter written by Dr. Don Rutschmann about the new fund that has been established in memory of his wife, Nancy.
She Decorated Our Lives
Every time I hear Kenny Rogers singing his song, “You Decorated My Life,” I think of my wife, Nancy, who passed away on June 17, 2012. We first met each other as students at the University of Illinois where she was studying graphic design and I was completing a doctoral program in counseling psychology. As a blind student, I had initially engaged her skill in graphic design to assist me in developing the charts in my dissertation. That initial business-like engagement eventually developed into a personal engagement to be married, and so we were in January of 1971.
After raising our two daughters for a period of six years on the grounds of the State Hospital, Nancy consulted with a local contractor to build our home so that it would be accommodating to her wheelchair. She was not only involved in designing the floor plan of our home, but after it was built in 1978, she was continually developing the horticulture/landscaping plans for both our front and back yards. Over the years, she managed time to do numerous artworks which hang in every room of our house.
Nancy placed a very high value on her personal privacy, and it was very rare that she would allow a photograph to be taken of her. Therefore, because we continue to give due respect to her feelings in this regard, we have no photo of her to display with this article. However, we can give you some suggestive mental pictures where you may have seen her in the past. For example, she was involved as the publicity chairman for the Iron Horse Festival and had drawn posters for it which are now in the Logansport History Museum.
As a student in high school, you may have encountered Nancy when she was involved as a substitute teacher for the art classes. The logo designs for several businesses in and out of town were drawn by her. She was instrumental in the development of the Handicap Action League to help promote community awareness of the needs of disabled persons and to promote awareness for public facilities to comply with the accessibility standards of the American with Disabilities Act. Some of the people who worked at WSAL radio station at the time may remember when she enlisted them to volunteer to play wheelchair basketball with the Spinners, the wheelchair basketball team from Lafayette.
A few years back, Nancy had attended a presentation by Mr. Scotty Zwicker, the art teacher at the Indiana School for the Deaf, who described in detail the art program at the School. She was so impressed by his presentation that she decided to donate all of her books on art and artists to the program, all 132 of them.
As a way of memorializing the legacy of actively supporting people with disabilities, with the assistance of the Cass County Community Foundation, we have established a scholarship fund in her name and mine for a blind student who plans to attend college. If you know of any high school student at the School for the Blind or a blind student who may be attending special classes in a Cass County high school, feel free to let them know about the availability of this scholarship.
Don Rutschmann, EdD
Lance and Cathy Binder Endow Student Athlete Scholarship
The Cass County Community Foundation is pleased to announce a new scholarship for Logansport High School students funded by former LHS academic and athletic standout, Lance Binder who graduated in the class of 1974.
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