Perry County Community Foundation Celebrates Donors who Have Used Foundation to Provide More than $2.25 Million to the Community

2016 PCCF Community Good Grants


The Perry County Community Foundation recently awarded community grants and celebrated other gifts provided to the community during the year at their 2016 Grant Luncheon held Thursday (January 7) at the EUCC in Tell City.

Advisory board vice president and grants committee member Ray James announced that the Foundation now has 99 different funds that provide money for projects and general support.

He also indicated that more than $2,300,000 in grants and scholarships from the Perry County Community Foundation have been awarded since their first check distributions in 1998. “For a community our size, that’s remarkable!” he said.

At their luncheon on Thursday, community organizations received $69,516.06 in Community Good and field of interest grants. Designated, donor advised, and agency funds provided $59,284.92 in grants the past year.

Foundation grant committee members welcomed special guests, including those who created addressing particular needs. Some of those fund founders were present to distribute the checks and explain why they created their fund.

Those included:

Jim and Christine Dauby, Kevin Dauby and Alene Dauby who were present to distribute Joseph L. Dauby Endowment Fund, which was established in memory of Joseph L. Dauby by his family to support civic endeavors that improve the quality of life in Tell City. This year’s grant of $5,000 was provided to the Tell City Police Department for their Police K9 Project.

Kim Embrey-Hill and Marilyn Webb presented the grant from the Dawn Star, Elbert and Marilyn Ewing Environmental Fund, which was created by Marilyn Ewing in memory of her husband and daughter to provide support in Perry County for environmental projects or activities, and projects or activities that benefit animals. The $1,000 grant went to Horse Rescue South, Inc., to assist in their rescue efforts.

Rita Mahoney presented the Crippled Children’s Fund, which was created by Citizens National Bank of Tell City (later named Old National Bank) to benefit physically challenged children in Perry County. The $2,500 grant went to Special Olympics Perry County to help their athletes attend the 2016 Special Olympic Indiana Summer Games.

Other funds of this type that were distributed were:

The Goble-Kleeman Fund for Young Children which created by Kaye Goble Kleeman in memory of her father, to benefit early childhood education and child care in Perry County. The $900 grant went to Stepping Stones Preschool for their Parent and Child Time Together program.

The Perry County Arts Council Promoting the Arts Fund was created by the former Perry County Arts Council to promote the arts in Perry County. The $1,650 grant went to the Tell City Jr.-Sr. High School for their Empty Bowls Project.

The Perry County Power of Youth Fund supports youth in philanthropy. This year a grant of $500 went to each of Perry County’s elementary schools: Cannelton Elementary, Perry Central Elementary and William Tell Elementary. The student council at each elementary school will come up with a philanthropy project that utilizes the money, through an initiative called the League Youth Philanthropy Project.

Fifth Third Bank created a Community Good fund called the TCB Bank/Fifth Third Bank Perry County Fund. This grant from this fund go toward the community’s greatest needs. This year’s $3,500 grant was awarded to Junior Achievement for their Expansion of Junior Achievement Soft Skills and Financial Literacy Programs. They also were awarded a grant for their Creating Young Entrepreneurs project in the amount of $1,500.

Community Good Grants (from the Friends of Perry County Fund) were also distributed.

American Red Cross, Delivering Help, Hope, and Healing to Families in Perry County, $2,000

Anderson Township Fire Department, Step Up for Your Community, $2,740

Bread of Life Ministry, Coalition Loads, $500

Cannelton High School, Recess Games and Equipment, $600; School Safety, $1,372,90

Cannelton Police Department, Communications and Safety Upgrades, $2,991.72

Cannelton Volunteer Fire Department, Air Bottle Replacement, $3,114

City of Cannelton, Cannelton Community Center/ Gym, $1,800

Deaconess Foundation, HeartSaver AED, $3,585

Evansville Philharmonic Orchestral Corporation, 2015-2016 Helen M. McKinney Young People’s Concerts, $200

Perry Central Community School Corporation, Moving Minds, $5,680; Commodore Chatter: A Student Led Broadcasting Club, $6,900; Full STEAM Ahead, $2,000

Perry Childcare Initiative, Perry Childcare Initiative: Safety First, $4,700

Perry County Museum, Inc., Perry County Pioneering Traveling Exhibit, $3,000

The Salvation Army, Emergency Assistance Program, $2,000

St. Paul Ministry of Charity, Weekend Food Backpack Program, $5,000

Stepping Stones Preschool, Stepping Into Art, $1,100; STEM in Early Childhood, $1,000

Tell City Jr.-Sr. High School, Digital Yearbook for Junior High, $816.94; Communicating through Film, $2,115; T.C.E.C.S.: Tell City Explores Computer Science, $2,090.50

Vincennes University Adult Basic Education, HSE (formerly GED) Testing Fee Assistance, $1,400

Also recognized were donor advised funds, designated funds and agency funds. They were distributed in the fall and winter of 2015.

Agency Funds are established by a nonprofit organization as a simple and efficient way to provide ongoing support for themselves. Designated Funds are established by donors as a simple and efficient way to provide ongoing support for favorite nonprofit organizations. Donor advised funds allow the donor to advise the Foundation when and to what charitable organization they wish to make a grant. The total distributed for these funds were $59,284.92.

Kramer Charitable Fund, Anderson Woods Inc., $2,000

Anonymous Fund, Evangelical United Church of Christ, $2,964

Anonymous Fund, Leadership Perry County, $669

Anonymous Fund, Junior Achievement of Owensboro, Inc., $1,899

Anonymous Fund, Southern Indiana Resource Solutions Inc., $214

Anonymous Fund, Tell City Jr.-Sr. High, $2,000

Anonymous Fund, United Way of Perry County, $1,500

Anonymous Fund, Community Christian Fellowship Church, $750

Anonymous Fund, Perry County Animal Shelter, $1,000

Bill and Othello Ress Memorial Fund, Evangelical United Church of Christ, $629

Brenner Fund, Tell City-Perry County Public Library, $646

Cannelton High School Alumni Fund, Cannelton High School, $359

Catholic Knights of America Branch 557 Fund, St. Paul Catholic Church, $1,853

Clarence J. and Josephine F. Dauby Fund, St. Paul Catholic Church – Catholic Ministry Center, $2,320.00; Sisters of St. Benedict, $2,320; Saint Meinrad Archabbey, $4,640

Davis and Ruth Yates Scholarship Fund, Evangelical United Church of Christ, $468

Donna Fenn Literacy Fund, Tell City-Troy Township School Corporation, $2,660

EUCC Fund, Evangelical United Church of Christ, $610

EUCC Staff Sabbatical Fund, Evangelical United Church of Christ, $190

Gerald D. Thomas Fund for the Youth of Tell City, Tell City-Troy Township School Corporation, $452.76; Buffalo Trace Council-Boy Scouts of America, $233.24

Historic Cannelton, Inc. Fund, Perry County Museum, $296.50; Shubael Little Pioneer Village , $296.50
Holy Cross Catholic Church Fund, Holy Cross Catholic Church of St. Croix, $305

Huber Funeral Home Historic Preservation Fund, Tell City Historical Society, $102; Perry County Museum, $102

Hubert R. Bruce and Louise Simons Bruce Fund, USI Foundation, $1,389

James and Sue Campbell Scholarship Fund, Evangelical United Church of Christ, $3,295

Kids Kreation Playground Fund, City of Tell City, $444

Kiwanis Foundation of Tell City Inc. Fund, Kiwanis Foundation of Tell City Inc., $194

Mary Ruth Heck Fund, Evangelical United Church of Christ, $629

Perry Central High School Alumni Fund, Perry Central High School, $107

Perry County Memorial Hospital Foundation Fund, Perry County Memorial Hospital Foundation, $2,434

Perry County Memorial Hospital Fund, Perry County Memorial Hospital , $4,757

Perry County Memorial Hospital Scholarship Fund, Perry County Memorial Hospital, $3,094

Raintree Girl Scout Council Fund for Perry County, Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana, $1,441

Ralph and Ruth Anne Werner Fund, Evangelical United Church of Christ, $692.50; Tell City High School, $692.50

Raymond A. & Mary Jean Cassidy Charitable Fund, St. Theresa Catholic Church, $226.44; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital/ALSAC, $283.05; Central Perry Volunteer Fire Dept., $452.88 ; St Augustine’s Catholic Church, $452.88; Alzheimer’s Assoc., Inc./Ronald & Nancy Reagan Research Inst., $1,075.59 ; Spondylitis Association of America, $1,585.08

Tell City High School Alumni Fund, Tell City High School, $249

Tell City Straight Shooters Fund, Tell City High School, $476

Tom Smith Family Fund for Perry County, Catholic Charities, $608

United Way of Perry County, United Way of Perry County, $3,228

The Foundation helps donors invest in the community they love. Anyone who wants to make a charitable gift may contact the Foundation by calling 812.547.3176 or emailing the Foundation Director Renate Warner at