In just a couple of days, on Thursday, Oct. 17, the Community Foundation of Carroll County, Inc. will celebrate its 13th Annual Philanthropists of the Year Breakfast, the proceeds of which support our operating fund, the money that is hardest to raise but keeps our doors open.
This year’s list of honorees is just as impressive as all the other years have been. Our Youth for 2018 is Jordan Costley, a senior at Westminster High School. The Individual Award goes to Harold J. Robertson. Our Business of the Year is Integral Components and owners Russ and William Keiser. The nonprofit to be honored is Carroll County Public Library and its director, Lynn Wheeler. This year we will present our Legacy Award to Mrs. Nancy Koontz in honor of her late husband Howard E. Koontz. If you haven’t already purchased your ticket to this event, please call my office at the phone number below. You don’t want to miss hearing the stories that go with these wonderful people.
And here is something else you don’t want to miss. Next month, November of 2018 marks the beginning of the Community Foundation’s 25th year of operation. I can write those words. I can even say them out loud, but it is really unbelievable to me that we have been around that long and have helped over 300 people realize their charitable goals and put $50 million in scholarships, grants and services into the community. We want to keep doing that so we are dedicating our 25th year to building our operating fund. People come to us with an idea and in many cases we help them develop a plan of action that makes wonderful things happen. We provide the legal credentials, both state and federal, keep detailed records, counsel with them, assist with fund raising, invest the money, pay bills and make grants, all the back room office details that consume so much time, energy and money.
Our goal is to have an event each month of our anniversary year, some small, some not so small. A paint and wine party, a Bowl-a-Thon pitting our town police departments against one another and maybe some of the town councils. That would be fun. Maybe some of the high schools that do so well with our scholarships could challenge each other in a 5K race. How about one of you woodworking hobbyists out there building a dollhouse replica of one of our historic homes? We could raffle it off with the proceeds coming to the Community Foundation of Carroll County. I know I would buy a few of those chances. A Big Band concert is always popular. Lord knows we know how to do that. We would love to do another “The Other Westminster Dog Show.” And you know what? I think it’s time Carroll County had its own Giving Circle. More about that on Oct. 17. We are thinking about all these things and God help us, more. So, my friends get creative. We are open to good ideas that will allow us to continue to serve this wonderful community for many years to come. Thank You, Carroll County!
Audrey S. Cimino is the executive director of the Community Foundation of Carroll County, Inc. Reach her at 410-876-5505, ext. 100.