July 2020
Creating a Lasting Legacy for Loved Ones
In 2017, Community Foundation Board member Marlene Mulero-Betances and her husband Robert Betances, established a donor advised fund, the Dos Abuelas Fund, to honor their grandmothers and support charitable projects that align with their values. 
On May 31, 2020, Amelia Betances-Adorno, Robert's abuela (grandmother) and one of the inspirations behind the creation of the Dos Abuelas Fund, passed away. In the Betances family, she was a symbol of strength, courage, compassion, and generosity. Amelia was a selfless woman of great faith who always persevered. She will be missed by all who knew her.
During her lifetime, she impacted the lives of many family, friends, and neighbors. 
Although Amelia is gone, her legacy will continue to impact countless others through grants from the Dos Abuelas Fund. To learn more about establishing a donor advised fund in honor or memory of a loved one, visit our website or contact Brenda Rigdon.
Kendra Housel Joins the Foundation 
Kendra Housel serves as our Program and Communications Assistant. Her role focuses on the Foundation’s grant and scholarship programs, as well as assisting in public and internal communication. She is a lifelong Kosciusko County resident and a graduate of Warsaw Community High School. Kendra finished her undergraduate degree at Indiana Wesleyan University this past April, where she worked for the Alumni Association and the Music Ministry program. She previously was involved with the Community Foundation as a member of our youth organization, KEYS, when she was a high school student. Kendra enjoys writing, reading, singing, DIY projects, and hiking. Kendra said, “I am so thankful for the opportunity to work at an organization that has made such a difference in my life, and to give back to my community.”
KREMC Operation Round-Up Grants
Applications are now being accepted for our KREMC Operation Round-Up August grant cycle. These grants are made possible by the generous Kosciusko REMC members who choose to "round-up" their electrical bill every month to the nearest whole dollar. The deadline to apply is August 1 by 4:30 pm. To learn more about Operation Round-Up grants and applying, visit www.kcfoundation.org/grants
Suzie's Retirement Party 

In appreciation for Suzie's excellent leadership and service over the last 27 years, the Community Foundation will host a retirement reception in her honor on August 18, 2020. 

Suzie's Retirement Reception
August 18, 2020
Winona Heritage Room
4:30-7:00 pm, Open House Style

Brief Special Presentation at 5:30
RSVP Required to 574-267-1901 or www.kcfoundation.org/events

We hope you can join us and wish Suzie well as she embarks on her next adventure! If you are unable to join us but would like to send a message to Suzie, cards can be sent to the Community Foundation office, or you may stop in and a staff member can help you record a video message to be delivered to Suzie. 

Many community members have asked how they can honor Suzie's years of service to Kosciusko County and the Kosciusko County Community Foundation. In response to those requests, the Community Foundation Board of Directors approved two new funds:

Suzie Light Visual and Performing Arts Fund
Suzie Light Nonprofit Leadership Excellence Fund

To make an online gift to one of these funds in Suzie's honor, click here.
If sending a check via postal mail, please indicate the name of the fund you wish to support.
Upcoming Events
Click here to see a list of special events, application deadlines, and workshop opportunities! 
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Kosciusko County Community Foundation
Kosciusko County Community Foundation, Inc.
102 E. Market St., Warsaw, IN 46580
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