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30th Anniversary Celebration

Updated: Feb 6

Cass County Community Foundation Celebrates 30th Anniversary "30 Days of Giving” to highlight festivities

The Cass County Community Foundation will officially celebrate its 30th anniversary on Friday October 6th but the fun is scheduled to begin on September 1st when the group begins its “Thirty days of Giving” surprise giveaway program spanning the entire month of September.

CCCF President Deanna Crispen explained, “We are so grateful for the years of community support we have enjoyed that the Board of Directors wanted to do something to thank the community as well as feature our local businesses. The result is that for every day in September, CCCF will give away 30 of “something” to local organizations and citizens.” She added, “we are grateful for the support and help from Allan James and his staff at Iron-Horse Broadcasting for coordinating the call-in program for people to win various prizes and gift cards.”

The Foundation will be highlighting local non-profits on the weekends and gifting items such as 30 sports balls to the YMCA or 30 children’s books to the libraries. During the week, listeners will be encouraged to call in to the local radio stations at specific times to win prizes such as 30 appetizers at Bonus Pints, bowling at Myers Sport Bowl and tickets to upcoming events. Celebration Chairman, Tim Rich said, “we love projects like this that support local businesses, give back to the community, and allow those businesses some airtime. It’s a win for everyone involved. Our committee has been working on the concept for several months and vetting ideas for the giveaway. By the time September 30th is past, CCCF will have awarded over $50,000 in support and prizes back into the community.”

The Foundation will also be honored by the Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, September 7th at 11:00A.M. in recognition of the 30th anniversary. The recognition will be held in the CCCF Boardroom, 729 E. Market Street, and light refreshments will be served. The anniversary celebration will conclude with a gathering of former board members, donors and friends of the foundation at the State Theatre September 30th highlighting Gates Discovery Award recipients, Ian Hook and his original music composition and Alaina Sanchez sharing her original dance. The evening will also include a “$30,000 You be a Grantmaker” allowing attendees to participate in a drawing to choose from a list of selected nonprofits and award a $5,000 grant.

Crispen said, “We are grateful for the many gifts that have been entrusted to our care and allowed us to grow our assets to over $32.5 million and to award over $1 million in grants and scholarships this year alone. Our 30th anniversary is just a moment to stop and say thank you to all those donors, friends, and family who always care, always give, and believe in community.”

For more information about the Cass County Community Foundation, please visit the website at or call 574-722-2200.

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