Banner Year for Caring and Giving at the Fair

28 Aug 2014, written by
Banner Year for Caring and Giving at the Fair

The Community Foundation was gratified by the amazing generosity of islanders last week at the 2014 San Juan County Fair when over $31,000 was donated to eight different projects featured in the matching program. This amount was raised in just the four days of the Fair!

The Foundation, in turn, matched those donations up to 50% of the project’s goal amount, thereby allowing over $44,000 to be granted to the following projects:

• Animal Protection Society’s new shelter
• Islands Oil Spill Association’s new supply trailer
• Museum of History & Industry’s expansion project
• Community Foundation’s Scholarship Fund
• Islands Museum of Art’s new building
• Family Resource Center’s youth mentoring program
• SJICF Women’s Fund membership drive
• Band Families & Friends musical instrument repair and acquisition

At the conclusion of the 2014 San Juan County Fair, two-year-old Gabby Baisch reached into the glass jar that held names of all contributors at the Community Foundation’s booth – and drew out the name of Allen Rosenberg. That gave Allen the opportunity to select the nonprofit beneficiary of a bonus $1,000 from the Foundation. He chose Islands Oil Spill Association to be the lucky recipient.

The Community Foundation extends its deepest gratitude to all who made this annual event so enjoyable – and so successful.

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