Families support community foundation mission

Published 9:36 pm Thursday, October 20, 2022

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The Dwiggins, Boger, and Shamel families aren’t the only families supporting Davie County through a Community Fund at the Davie Community Foundation.

“There are many who wish to leave their legacy through a fund named for their family,” said Jane Simpson, foundation president and CEO. “Thankfully they understand the importance of unrestricted or slightly restricted dollars for Davie.”

The following named funds were established in those early years:

• Woodard Family Fund (John & Joan Woodard);

• Abe and Miriam Brenner Fund;

• Francis and Daphne Slate Fund;

• Zach and Melody Wright Fund;

• Ayshire Fund (Grady & Cathy McClamrock);

• Phillip and Darlene Fuller Family Fund;

• Louise Bahnson Fund;

• C.D. “Duke” and Effie Smith Family Fund;

• Bill and Kathy Junker Family Fund;

• Braxton R. & Edith Marshburn Bailey Fund;

• Hope and Bob Hall Fund;

• Neal & Kim Foster Fund;

• George and Brook Martin Fund;

• Gil & Brenda Davis Fund;

• Fay Smithdeal Deans Fund;

• Bob & Marlene Carter Family Fund;

• Carl and Helen Boon Fund II;

  J. Charles & Terry Shutt Dunn Fund;

• David and Jane Simpson Family Fund;

• John and Hazelanne Barber Fund;

• Clyde and Gladys Scott Fund;

• Penry Arledge Fund;

• Bermuda Run Garden Club Reading Fund;

• B.C. and Laura Brock Fund;

ª• C. Stacy Hall Memorial Youth Fund;

• Cozart Naylor Family Fund;

• Gene & Peggy Vogler Fund; and the

• Eastern Davie Youth Sports Fund.

“Sadly, too many of these community leaders in philanthropy have passed away,” Simpson said. “Their legacy lives on in our county though as their names are remembered every time their fund awards a Community Grant to a Davie County organization or project.”

In 2022, earnings from the funds listed above supported 11 grants for Davie projects totaling $23,420. Those grants helped children become better readers through summer camps, digitized microfilm in the Public Library History Room, supported mentor matches through Big Brothers Big Sisters, helped middle school students transition to the next grade level, provided funding to start a GO FAR program, supported the arts at Davie County High School, and provided early support for the Backpack Program.

“Each of these awards was possible because your neighbors, friends, or family members chose to make a lasting gift that would make Davie County a better place,” Simpson said. “We believe every Community Grant is a current investment in someone’s future.”

As the Davie Community Foundation approached its 25th year in 2013, the board of directors issued an unparalleled challenge to the community. Read more about it in next week’s article.

To learn more, contact Simpson at (336) 753-6903 or jsimpson@daviefoundation.org or visit www.daviefoundation.org.