Endowment helping community center thrive

Published 9:17 am Thursday, March 24, 2022

The Farmington Community Events Center and Nature Park has an endowment fund administered by the Davie Community Foundation that will provide support for the organization as long as it exits.

Thanks to a few of the members of the last class at Farmington High School (1956), which became the first class of Davie County High School (1957), the Acorn Fund started by Laura Mathis during her time as director, reached the minimum $5,000 needed to create a permanent endowment.

Following the 50th anniversary celebration in October, members of the class got involved to grow the Acorn into a source of permanent support. “This will be important in the future as funding sources for operations may change over time,” said Jane Simpson, president and CEO of the foundation.

The Farmington Community Association Fund joins 34 churches and non-profit organizations that benefit from an endowment at the foundation.

In 2022, checks totaling $282,565 will be sent to these organizations.

The Farmington Community Events Center and Nature Park has a part-time director, Melanie Forbes Cook, who has a full-time passion for Farmington. Cook and her board president, Allyson Sawtelle, have led the nine-member board to create a real community asset in the center of the county.

It now features a nature park with walking and mountain biking trails and practice area, picnic pavilion in the wooded area of the nature park, disc golf course, gym, event space, baseball field, and in the future, outdoor pickle ball courts.

“If you too have a passion for Farmington, you can get involved in several ways,” Simpson said. Send a donation to the association for immediate needs at 1723 Farmington Rd., Mocksville. To ensure its future success, add to the endowment at any time, in any amount. Checks payable to Davie Community Foundation with Farmington in the memo may be sent to the Foundation at PO Box 546, Mocksville.

Gifts may be made online at www.daviefoundation.org/donate. Choose Farmington Community Association Fund from the “allocate” drop down. Or leave a bequest in your will to the endowment fund. Questions about leaving a bequest should be directed to Simpson, 336-753-6903 or jsimpson@daviefoundation.org.

“If we all give a little, it can mean a lot for the future of the Farmington Community Events Center and Nature Park,” she said.