Abbie Rogers Civitan Camp Fund
Abbie Rogers Civitan Camp was founded in 1961 by Abbie Rogers when she combined her work with Girl Scouts and her dedication to individuals with disabilities. Abbie always had the belief that through friendships we learn that we are all more alike than different.
Camp is held in a very rustic setting. Adaptions for individual interests, limitations, and abilities enable individuals with disabilities to participate in typical camping activities.
The Alex Katrishin, Jr. Fund
When Alex Katrishin Jr. was a young man struggling to survive in the 1940s, he took up residence in a California YMCA. Injuries he had sustained in an explosion during the waning days of World War II had left him unable to find typical employment, so he became a street vendor. His frugal lifestyle and personal discipline enabled him to save and invest a small amount of money each month, and eventually it grew into a small fortune. More than 30 years later, when they were both in their 60s, Katrishin was reunited with his college sweetheart, Miriam, who was now a widow, and they married, settling in Hattiesburg. They had several happy years together before her death in 1997. All this time, Alex continued to exercise and receive physical therapy with his friends at the local Family Y. Shortly before Katrishin died on June 13, 2000, he left the bulk of his estate, $1 million, to the Family Y of Southeast Mississippi, in an endowed account with The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation. Each year, the PineBelt Foundation distributes the income from the Alex Katrishin fund to support the programs and services offered by his favorite organization, the local Family Y. The Family Y named its facility on Veterans Memorial Drive after Alex and Miriam Katrishin in gratitude for their donation. The Family YMCA made a large impact on Katrishin’s life, and with The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation, his life continues to make an impact on others. For more information about the Hattiesburg Family Y, please visit their website.
Allen Entrekin Scholarship Fund
Allen Entrekin Scholarship Fund was established to provide scholarships to all students in the 8th grade class at Baxterville School that graduate from any High School.
Ann Morris Memorial Fund
The Ann Morris Memorial Fund is set up to support programs, services and activities –as offered by area organizations– whose purpose of which is to enrich the quality of life of persons of advanced age, who have been diagnosed as mentally retarded.
See the attached Application to apply for grants disbursed by this fund. Ann Morris Grant Application 2015
Anonymous Fund 6
Anonymous Fund 6 is a Donor Advised Fund.
The Association for the Rights of Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (ARC) is a United Way non-profit agency who is committed to providing a network of support for families as they face the challenges of caring for a mentally, and often physically, disabled child or adult. The ARC staff attempts to achieve this goal through our various programs, including: After School Care, Seasonal Social Activities, Mother’s Day Out, Adventures Summer Program, Day at the ARC/Weekend Respite, Sunday Church Service Participation, Adult Male Respite / Adult Female Respite, and Parent Support Groups. The Arc serves clients from Lamar, Perry, Marion, Green, Jones, Wayne, and Stone counties. Clients range in age from birth until the individual’s death. The scope of disabilities includes: hearing impaired, visually impaired, physically impaired, multi-disabled, mentally disabled, medically fragile, and autism. In a fiscal year, approximately 500 individuals with some form of disability or members of the community at large are served. The endowment established at the PineBelt Foundation is for long term sustainability. For more information about the ARC, please visit http://hattiesburgarc.com.
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Arc Jones County
Arc of Jones County Supports the general operating needs of the Jones County Association. The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.
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Aubrey K. & Ella G. Lucas Donor Advised Fund
Established by Dr. and Mrs. Aubrey Lucas, the Aubrey K. & Ella G. Lucas Donor Advised Fund supports various nonprofit organizations at the discretions of the donors. Dr. Aubrey Lucas, past board president of the PineBelt Foundation, and his wife opened the fund in 2000 in order to help charitable organizations throughout the PineBelt.
Baxter I. White, Jr. Scholarship Fund
The Baxter I. White, Jr. Scholarship was established by former students to honor Baxter I. White, Jr.. The scholarship is awarded annually to a Columbia High School student based on academic excellence, community involvement, and financial need.The recipient will be a person graduating with a sound record of achievement in his or her studies and of outstanding school citizenship. This annual award will also include recognition of leadership ability by selecting a graduate who has taken initiative in school activities and/or organizations that contribute to an improved quality of life for the greater community.
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Benjamin J. Deen and Liquori Tate Scholarship Fund
Benjamin J. Deen and Liquori Tate Scholarship Fund. This fund was established in response of the tragic killing of Hattiesburg Police Officers Benjamin J. Deen and Liquori Tate on May 9, 2015. This Scholarship will provide scholarships to full-time sworn Pine Belt law enforcement officers and their family members in cases where the officer is killed in the line of duty or sustains a career-ending permanent injury in the line of duty or while acting in an official capacity. Each case must be substantiated by the appropriate investigating agency responsible for clearing the incident. Eligible family members include the officer’s spouse, children, step-children, siblings, and parents of the officer at the time of death or injury. Recipients must reside in the Pine Belt area and be enrolled at any community college, college, university, vocational school or police academy. Benjamin J. Deen and Liquori Tate Scholarship Application
Bernice Linton Memorial Endowment Fund
The Bernice Linton Memorial Endowment Fund honors her service and community leadership to the downtown area. The funds will be used to create community enhancement projects for Downtown Hattiesburg.
Big Al Jefferson Charitable Fund
Al Jefferson, an NBA player for the Charlotte Hornets, opened a Donor Advised Fund to support charitable organizations, schools, and churches in Jefferson Davis County and the Hattiesburg area. Al Jefferson grew up in Prentiss and played basketball for Prentiss High School before entering the NBA draft in 2004. He was the 15th pick and the first high school player drafted by the Boston Celtics. In 2007, he was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves where he became the team’s leading scorer. In 2010, the Timberwolves traded him to the Utah Jazz. In 2013, Big Al signed a deal with the Charlotte Hornets. Big Al desires to give back to his community and through his financial advisor he opened a Donor Advised Fund instead of creating a Private Foundation.
Bill and Cookie Prout Endowment for Christian Services, Inc.
The Bill and Cookie Prout Endowment for Christian Services, Inc. Fund was set up as a donor designated fund to benefit Christian Services, Inc.
Bill and JoAnn Kerley Memorial Fund
Established by the Knights of Columbus to continue the charitable activities espoused by Bill and JoAnn Kerley, the Bill and JoAnn Kerley Memorial Fund supports various projects throughout the community including the Boys and Girls Club and the Boys and Girls State programs sponsored by American Legion.
Blessings and Hope Fund
The Blessings and Hope Fund was set up as a field of interest fund to support medical, religious, arts, international needs, animal charity and education.
Bob James Memorial Fund
Bob James was an active and passionate supporter of the Hattiesburg community, especially of United Way of Southeast Mississippi. As a lasting tribute to her late husband and his charitable nature, Gwen James established the Bob James Memorial Fund at The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation in 2001. The purpose of the fund is to cover the administrative costs of United Way of Southeast Mississippi, so that more of its campaign and fund-raising dollars can go directly to support its service and the work of its partner agencies in Forrest, Lamar, and Perry counties. United Way of Southeast Mississippi’s operating expenses have averaged about 14% of its budget, which is well below national standards. United Way is constantly striving to lower its operating costs, so more money can be invested in direct services in our community. The ultimate goal is to raise enough money in the Bob James Memorial United Way Endowment Fund to support our local United Way’s operating budget. When we reach this amazing goal, 100% of the contributions to United Way of Southeast Mississippi will go to support its partner agencies and local programs. For more information about the United Way of Southeast Mississippi, please visit www.unitedwaysems.org.
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Bob and Lee Wood-Hote Walthall County Enhancement Fund
Robert (Bob) J. Hote was born and raised in New Orleans. He was a veteran of World War II having served in the U.S. Navy. He spent his career working offshore for Chevron which also enabled him to enjoy salt water fishing. In addition, Bob was an avid Saints and LSU fan.
Lee Ethel Wood was raised in the Kirklin community of Walthall County. Because of Southern tradition and having double names, she was often called Lee-ett. Her father John Quincy Wood had 11 brothers and sisters and her mother Mary (Mollie) Ard Wood also had 11 siblings. Lee had 127 FIRST cousins and 13 brothers and sisters.
Family and heritage were important to both Bob and Lee. Although their residence was in New Orleans they returned to “The Country” many times a year to be with friends and family. In their later years they became Uncle Bob and Aunt Lee to many.
This fund will help support various nonprofit organizations in Walthall County at the discretion of the donor.
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Breast Cancer Awareness Team Fund
The Breast Cancer Awareness Team (BCAT) began in 1997 to increase community awareness in the Pine Belt area regarding breast cancer. BCAT is composed of professionals from Forrest General Hospital, Wesley Medical Center, Hattiesburg Clinic, Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative, the Deep South Network for Comprehensive Cancer Control, American Cancer Society, Genentech BioOncology, and other health care providers and community members. The Breast Cancer Awareness Team provides educational, outreach, and breast cancer awareness events to the PineBelt community and to provide assistance to partnering breast cancer organizations. Local outreach activities include “Tickle Me Pink,” a women’s pampering awareness event, and “Flowers of Hope,” a breast cancer survivorship celebration. BCAT’s events promote awareness, celebrate survivorship, and honor those in memoriam.
Brooks Walters Memorial Fund
The Brooks Walters Memorial Fund was established to benefit children health organizations.
Camellia Goes To College Scholarship Fund
The purpose of the Camellia Goes to College Scholarship Fund is to provide annual scholarships to deserving high school seniors who have been accepted to an accredited two-year or four-year college or university or vocational program and/or to deserving high school graduates currently enrolled in an accredited two or four year college, university, or vocational/technical program. This scholarship was established by Camellia Home Health and Hospice for the purpose of providing financial aid for Camellia employees and family members and others needing assistance who want to pursue a higher education.
The recipients will be those graduating with sound record of achievements in his and/or her studies. This annual awards will also consider extra-curricular activities and recognition of leadership ability in the selection process.
Camp Bluebird Fund
The Camp Bluebird Fund supports Camp Bluebird, the first camp in Mississippi for adult cancer patients and survivors. The two-and-a-half-day camp held annually at Paul B. Johnson State Park includes recreational activities, social events, devotionals, education opportunities, and sharing time. The camp’s purpose is to promote a sense of well-being among cancer survivors, to teach skills for living with cancer and cancer treatments, and to provide a time for rest and relaxation.
The Carpenter's Helper Fund
The Carpenter’s Helper Fund supports The Carpenter’s Helper. To the best of its ability and resources, The Carpenter’s Helper corrects deficient housing conditions for persons in our immediate area who lack the resources or the physical or mental abilities to correct the problems themselves. This includes widows, widowers, the disabled and the disadvantaged with significant health problems, safety or quality of life issues. Projects are limited to single-family, owner-occupied residences. Their immediate area includes Forrest, Lamar and Perry counties or other nearby areas designated by our contributors. Elderly and disabled individuals’ homes are repaired, providing them safer and more sanitary living conditions. The long term impact for the homeowner includes better health, financial benefits of home weatherization and repairs and increased value of the home.
The Center for Encouraging Pastors Fund
Established by Dr. Argile Smith, The Center for Encouraging Pastors Fund encourages excellence in pastoral ministry through conferences, training opportunities, and resources for pastors. The Center for Encouraging Pastors endeavors to encourage a pastor to guard his personal walk with God, to prioritize his relationship with his family, to strengthen his relationship with his congregation, to excel in his pulpit ministry, and to grow as a worship leader.
The Center for Encouraging Pastors Endowment Fund
Established by Dr. Argile Smith, The Center for Encouraging Pastors Endowment Fund encourages excellence in pastoral ministry through conferences, training opportunities, and resources for pastors. The Center for Encouraging Pastors endeavors to encourage a pastor to guard his personal walk with God, to prioritize his relationship with his family, to strengthen his relationship with his congregation, to excel in his pulpit ministry, and to grow as a worship leader.
Community Partners Fund
Community Partners Fund supports various non -profits, churches, or schools.
Dan Sumrall Historical Cemetery Fund
Dan Sumrall Historical Cemetery Fund will provide for the maintenance, repair and restoration of monuments, headstones and grave markers of historical and architectural significance to the community.
David Ott Charitable Donor Advised Fund
Established by Attorney David Ott, the David Ott Charitable Donor Advised Fund provides support for non-profits in the PineBelt area. This fund has helped numerous causes in the area including supporting fine arts organizations in Jackson and Hattiesburg, the Salvation Army, The University of Southern Mississippi, etc.
Denham Cemetery Maintenance Fund
Denham Cemetery Fund will benefit the following specific charitable purpose: the care and upkeep and maintenance of the Denham Cemetery, in the Mahned Community of Perry County, MS, including, but not limited to (a) maintenance, repair and resoration of monuments, headstones and grave markers of historical or architectural significance, thus promoting an appreciation of commmunity history to the benefit of the general public; and (b) the preservation, beautification and maintenace of teh cemetery generally, and for the care and replacement of trees, flowers, shrubbery and lawns, thereby contributin to the aesthetic enjoyment of the community.
Dig A Well Fund
After hearing about the lack of clean and safe drinking water in developing nations and how far people walk in order to bring fresh water to their homes, Harrison St. John started the Dig A Well fund to bring fresh water closer to those who need it.
Disentangle AD Fund
The Disentangle AD Fund was set up as a fiscal sponsorship fund to help Pine Belt residents suffering with Alzheimer’s.
Domestic Abuse Family Shelter - Capital Campaign
It is estimated that every 15 seconds woman is beaten in the United States. Domestic abuse occurs in every race, socioeconomic group, religion, and profession. The Domestic Abuse Family Shelter (DAFS), a United Way agency, provides a home to women and children as they escaped domestic violence in their own homes. To address the needs of these families, DAFS has begun a capital campaign to build or purchase a larger facility in the Hattiesburg area. Victims of domestic abuse are fortunate to have the services of DAFS; however, the place they call their “temporary home” is not ideal. The shelter is over 100 years old and is in constant need of costly repairs and maintenance. In addition, some families have to be relocated due to overcrowding. In addition to temporary housing for women and children, the Domestic Abuse Family Shelter offers the following services: individual and group counseling, a 24-hour toll-free crisis line, referral information and advocacy, childcare for clients, education and aftercare case management. For more information about the Domestic Abuse Family Shelter, visit www.DomesticAbuseFamilyShelter.org.
Donnell Family Fund
Linda Donnell discovered the ecumenical Christian Women’s Job Corps in 2001 and helped start a chapter to help PineBelt women climb out of poverty, but money has always been hard to come by. That’s why she and her husband Robert established the Donnell Family Fund through The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation to provide funding for the Christian Women’s Job Corps. The Christian Women’s Job Corps offers a 10 week educational program to help women learn life skills, including computer and parenting classes, money management and nutrition, and meal planning, as well as a Bible study. Many go on to get better-paying jobs or attend college.
Don Suber Fund
Don Suber served as president of the Merchants Company for 20 years and retired after 50 years with the company. For his dedication and service, the Merchants Company established the Don Suber Fund in his honor. This fund supports various nonprofit organizations at the discretion of the donors. Past support has included educational and recreational activities for children and youth.
Downtown Laurel Legacy Fund
Downtown Laurel Legacy Fund supports Laurel Main Street. Laurel Main Street, whose purpose is the preservation and economic growth of Laurel’s Central Business District, is bounded at the north by 5th St., south by Carroll Gartin Boulevard, east by Front Street and west by Beacon Street.
Main Street is a unique and effective path to economic development through preservation. Using the four-point approach of organization, design, promotion and economic restructuring, Main Street communities boost local business from the city center outward.
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Dream of Hattiesburg Endowment
Dream of Hattiesburg Endowment supports Dream. Their mission is to prevent and reduce the abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs
Dr. Darrell Burnham Memorial Scholarship
The Darrell Burnham Memorial Scholarship Fund will honor the memory of Dr. Darrell Burnham.
The Dr. Darrell Burnham Memorial Scholarship for Engineering and Math has been established in remembrance of the legacy of intelligence, hard work, faith and leadership that so personified his life and career here in the Pine Belt area.
An aerospace engineering major from Mississippi State, he switched from a career at Boing to medicine when, on a whim, took the Medical College Admissions Test …and scored a perfect physics score. He attended University Medical Center in Jackson and did his Anesthesiology training at the University of Texas. He arrived in Hattiesburg in 1986 and soon became a leading force in the local medical field. He was widely known by both professional and lay people as one of the best physicians in the Pine Belt. He helped found the Hattiesburg Clinic Anesthesia Department in 1994 which has grown into one of the largest anesthesia groups in Mississippi. He was the director and chief at the LAW Outpatient Surgery Center sine 1997, and served as Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at Forrest General Hospital and on the Board of Directors of the Hattiesburg Clinic.
Dr. Burnham’s intelligence was legendary as he sized up all situations in a logical and proactive fashion. His coworkers often to this day ask themselves “what would Darrell do?” when faced with a vexing problem. What really set Dr. Burnham part though was his caring of all the people around him, be them other physicians, nurses, techs, patients or janitors. He treated and loved them all the same, and they all loved him back.
In Dr. Burnham’s honor and to continue his legacy of mathematics and engineering, his friends and family have established this scholarship to give an area youth who plans on attending Mississippi State or USM the opportunity to study the “true” sciences that Darrell loved so much.
The scholarship criteria is included in the attached application.
Darrell Burnham Scholarship Application
Dr. Edgar D. Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Dr. Edgar D. Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund will provide Scholarships to USM students who are accepted to Medical School with an interest in Primary Care.
Drs. Stephen and Ellen Ramp Women's Continuing Education Scholarship Fund
The Drs. Stephen and Ellen Ramp Women’s Continuing Education Scholarship Fund was established in may 2009 by Alison Buehler to provide scholarships for women who are pursing continuing education, career training, and courses to improve their job marketability. While volunteer teaching basic education classes to adults, Buehler noticed the frustration and red tape women had to endure to receive even the smallest amount of assistance to further their education and training. Women are more likely to be sole providers for families and receive less pay for the work they do. This scholarship is designed for women who want to pursue undergraduate, ESL, GED, or technical training, and is based on financial need.
Edward J. “Ed” Langton Scholarship Fund
In 2004, when it came time for the employees of Grand Bank to choose a Christmas gift for their CEO, Ed Langton, he objected as he did not want employees to be obligated to give him something personally. But everyone wanted to do something to honor him, so the employees established The Edward J. “Ed” Langton Scholarship Fund. “Every year since then our employees have contributed toward building the fund at Christmas, as our way of saying thank you,” said Rucker W. Howell, Grand Bank President. “And with someone like Ed, who is very active and involved in our community, establishing a scholarship fund to help local youth realize their goals and dreams was a natural fit.” Langton is Past President of the Board of Directors for The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation, so it was only natural for the employees to continue their gift-giving tradition by establishing a Fund with the PineBelt Foundation. “Now that we have partnered with the PineBelt Foundation, our contributions will be tax-deductible,” stated Howell, “and it’s an ideal way to ensure long-term growth, protect our contributions and make it easier to manage.” The Edward J. “Ed” Langton Scholarship will be awarded annually to a PineBelt area high school student based academic excellence, community involvement, and financial need. “Ed represents the kind of well-rounded, knowledge-seeking character that Grand Bank hopes to mirror in our quest to provide opportunities to students with that same character and determination to excel,” adds Howell. The student must be from the PineBelt area and accepted as a full-time student to a 2 or 4 year college in Mississippi. The selected student will receive $1,000 to use towards college tuition.
Edwards Street Fellowship Center
Edwards Street Fellowship Center Fund is set up to suppot the Edwards Street Fellowship Center. Their mission is to provide services to struggling families who are confronted by life circumstances beyond their capacity to overcome without a helping hand. The ministry is centered on a commitment to strengthening families and meeting special needs in the greater Hattiesburg area. Their purpose is to shine the light of God’s love in the dark places of human need. One of their current needs is a supplier to donate fresh eggs and milk.
Edwin H. Cole, M.D. and William E. Moak, M.D. Scholarship Fund
Established in 2010, the Drs. Cole and Moak Scholarship Fund honors Edwin H. Cole, M.D. and William E. Moak, M.D. for their dedication to the Richton community. Dr. William E. Moak served the Richton community for 60 years, not only as a physician but also as President of the Rotary Club, Richton School District School Board member, Medical Director of the Perry County Hospital, and numerous positions at the Richton United Methodist Church. Dr. Edwin Hewitt Cole practiced medicine for 52 years, beginning his career at South MS Charity Hospital in Laurel. In 1965, he joined Dr. Moak, and they established the Richton Medical Center in Richton. He worked as a surgeon at Perry County General Hospital until December of 2007 and passed away in February of 2008.
Elaine Moser Scholarship Fund
The Elaine Moser Scholarship Fund was established to honor Miss Elaine Moser who was an educator and the Pincipal of Richton Elementary School for 30 years. This scholarship ill be awarded each year to a college bound senior. To be eligible for consideration, the student must have attended Richton Elementary School for 4 years, attained high academic achievement, exhibited high moral character, and participated in school, church and community activities. For application see the Scholarship page.
Eloise T. Hopson Scholarship Fund
Before retirement, Eloise Hopson taught English at Hattiesburg High School. She was the kind of teacher who took a personal interest in her students. One former student reports that even after he finished high school, Ms. Hopson occasionally telephoned to be sure he remained focused on his college studies. In 1996, Ms. Hopson established a trust to take care of her finances for the remainder of her life. She instructed that any money remaining after her death be placed in an endowed fund with The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation. Ms. Hopson directed that the income from that fund be used to help graduates of Hattiesburg High who go to college and major in English. The recipient of that endowed scholarship fund is chosen each year by local members of Ms. Hopson’s academic sorority, Delta Sigma Theta. Since Ms. Hopson’s death in 1999, the income from the fund has been used to help deserving students attend their college of choice. Ms. Hopson’s love of the English language and its students will be preserved and honored in perpetuity. Anyone can add to this fund to help support deserving students attend college.
Extra Table Fund
Started by Robert St. John, Extra Table is a partnership with Sysco, The PineBelt Foundation and community supporters who supply mission food pantries with much-need food using a very simple order/delivery system. 100% of all food package donations go directly to mission partners. Restaurants and interested businesses can sponsor an “Extra Table Package” to help feed the hungry. For more information on this project, please visit their website.
Forrest -Perry County Adult Drug Court Fund
The Forrest- Perry County Adult Court Fund raises money for the Forrest- Perry County Drug and DUI Court which is a three year program designed to treat addiction and supervise the transition back into life free of criminal acts and drug and alcohol abuse.
The George and Polly Neel Memorial Fund
The George and Polly Neel Memorial Fund. The purpose of the George and Polly Neel Memorial Scholarship is to provide an annual scholarship to a high school graduate, preferably from Petal High School, who has obtained the rank of Eagle Scout as a member of a troop within the Pine Burr Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and who will attend any college or university. The Eagle Scout must reside within the Pine Burr Area Council service area. The recipient must be a student graduating with a sound record of achievement, outstanding school citizenship and leadership abilities. This fund was made possible by the children of George and Polly Neel: George M. Neel, William Reginald Neel and Susan Sansing.
Ginn Weeks Family Fund
The Ginn/Weeks Family Fund was established by Linda K. Ginn to support organizations and agencies that work and provide services to the community in these areas:
- Literacy services for adults and children, including tutoring programs, materials, and/or equipment to help adults and children learn to read.
- Homelessness and families in crisis, including homeless shelters, family crisis shelters, and organizations that help to build homes and/or assist people to find housing.
- Animal welfare, including shelter supplies, animal rescue services, fostering programs, and spay/neuter services.
- Public library services, including Friends of the Library groups in the Pine Belt area, purchase of library collection materials for children and young people, special library programming such as an author/speaker series, and special exhibits.
The Ginn/Weeks Family Fund was established in memory of Roy E. Ginn (Linda’s father), Roy and Lucille Ginn (paternal grandparents), and Herbert and Bernice Weeks (maternal grandparents); and in honor of Martha Weeks Ginn (mother) and Mark J. Ginn (brother).
It didn’t take long after Maggie Hanberry’s diagnosis with stage IV colorectal cancer, a one in a million diagnosis, for the Hanberry Family to feel the pull to channel energy and resources into a cause that would benefit Maggie and other children in difficult circumstances. Maggie was 15 years of age when diagnosed with cancer.
Compassion and concern move many to choose a ribbon and wear it. “There is no shortage of worthy endeavors as we learned early,” said Melissa Hanberry, mother of Maggie. “Our family has benefitted from the services of the Children’s Cancer Center at Batson’s Children’s Hospital, the Ronald McDonald House of Mississippi, Make-A-Wish among others. We began to prayerfully consider exactly which outlet would be the perfect fit. Our prayers were answered in an unusual way.”
When 12 year old, and fellow Temple Baptist Church member Gracie Deans heard about Maggie’s diagnosis, she was moved to do more than pray as her father asked her to do. She immediately thought of her “Giving Jar” and the money she had saved to help others. The Dean’s allowance system for their children includes three coffee cans labeled “give,” “save,” and “spend.” When they get their allowance for doing chores, they give 10% to the “give” can and divide the rest between “save” and “spend.”
When Gracie heard Maggie had cancer, God put it on her heart to give something to help. She knew that she had $40 in her “spend” can. That Sunday she was planning to give the $40 to the Hanberry’s to help pay for Maggie’s treatment. She brought the $40 along with her tithe in the “give” can. She gave her tithe to the church, and after the service she and her Dad found Phil Hanberry and gave him the $40.
The Hanberry’s were so touched by the sweet and generous gesture, that they decided that day that Gracie’s gift would do more than benefit Maggie. It would be multiplied and used to help other children. In honor of Gracie and Maggie, the Giving Grace Fund was established at the Greater Pine Belt Community Foundation. “It seemed most fitting to choose two beneficiaries, one nearest to each girl’s heart,” said Phil Hanberry.
Gracie is no stranger to helping other kids. In addition to her “Giving Jar” money, she freely gives of her own possessions. She once saved her own money to buy a new dress only to give it to a girl living at Homes of Hope who told her how much she liked it. Because of Gracie’s interest in Homes for Hope, this organization will be one of the beneficiaries from the Giving Grace fund. Homes of Hope of Mississippi provides homes for boys and girls who are in need of a stable, loving environment. They are located in Purvis, MS.
Maggie is undergoing treatment at the Children’s Cancer Center (3C) at Batson Children’s Hospital. The Center currently has 800 children in some phase of treatment (active or follow-up). Many are from low-income homes, while others have limited resources due to the enormous cost of fighting the particular disease afflicting them. The 3C is the charity chosen by Maggie to benefit from the Giving Grace fund.
With Gracie providing the example and Maggie providing the inspiration, the Giving Grace fund is set to provide help to children in life threatening or life altering situations. Several people have already matched Gracie’s gift.
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The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation Endowment Fund
Supports the operating cost of The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation.
Guidroz Family Fund
Life-long philanthropist, Charles Guidroz, established the Guidroz Family Fund to benefit the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi and to help with other children’s needs. He and his son, Kevin Guidroz, opened the fund because of their compassion for those who have gone through the DuBard School. Charles Guidroz has auditory dyslexia. He did not realize he had this disorder until he was an adult. “My ultimate hope for the DuBard School is that there will be no child or instructor that does not meet their potential because of a shortage of funds – especially for learning,” said Guidroz. “I hope that I can add additional funds every year.” For more information about the DuBard School, please visit www.usm.edu/dubard.
Hanberry Family Legacy Fund
Hanberry Family Legacy Fund supports The Greater Pinebelt Community Foundation Fund.
Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity
The Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity Fund was set up as a donor designated fund to benefit the Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity. Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization committed to assisting families in need by providing the life-changing opportunity of having simple, decent, affordable housing in partnership with a team of enthusiastic volunteers and staff guided by Christian values. Click here for more information on the Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity.
Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera (HCLO) Fund
The Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera (HCLO) Endowment Fund was established to support the programs of the Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera. HCLO is a nonprofit corporation that produces high quality, live musical theater for Hattiesburg and the surrounding communities. HCLO provides local amateur performers the means to showcase their acting, singing, and dancing talents in licensed Broadway musicals performed at the historic Saenger Theater and Jackie Dole Sherrill Community Center in downtown Hattiesburg. For more information about HCLO, please visit www.hclo.org.
The Hattiesburg Hundred Fund is designed to provide funds for emergencies and/or hardships experienced by family members of full-time, sworn, Pinebelt law enforcement officers that arise from and are directly related to the officer’s death in the line of duty or an injury sustained by the officer in the line of duty that leads to a career-ending permanent disability. This includes the Hattiesburg Police Department, Hattiesburg Fire Department, Forrest County Sherriff’s Department, Lamar County Sheriff’s Department, The University of Southern Mississippi’s Police Department, and Forrest General Hospital Security.
A Grant Selection Committee will create a grant application and will review all applications.
Hattiesburg Stands for Flint
Hattiesburg Stands for Flint is an initiative that is striving to help the victims of Flint, Michigan. Flint is a city of 100,000 citizens with 41.6% of the population living below the poverty line, over 15,000 children are sick with lead poisoning, and the citizens must live by water in bottles. To rectify the situation, it will take an estimated $55 million or approximately $4,000 per household to repair the piping infrastructure of Flint. Until the piping infrastructure is repaired, the citizens must use water bottles, which is causing an ecological problem due to the vast amounts of unrecycled plastic bottles.
Heart of MS
Approximately every 25 seconds, an American will have a coronary event, and approximately every minute, someone will die of one. In addition, Mississippi is ranked among the highest in the nation in the prevalence of cardiovascular disease. The Heart of MS Fund was created to assist hardworking Mississippians who are working but uninsured or underprivileged by providing access for cardiovascular care. This may include, but not limited to, cardiovascular procedures, medical equipment/devices, medications (on a limited basis) assistance/education about procuring more permanent health care options (Medicaid/Medicare) and also to provide education to Mississippians about cardiovascular disease in general. The Heart of MS is helping to save lives.
Health Insurance Premium Assistance Program
The Health Insurance Premium Assistance Program Fund will pay insurance premiums for approved patients to receive insurance on the exchange.
Howards Alms Fund
The Howards Alms Fund was set up as a donor advised fund to support non-profits, churches and school by the discretion of the donor.
The HUB Award is an annual event to recognize community leaders for their outstanding contributions to the community, commitment to excellence, and dedication to public service.
Hub Award Endowment
Hub Award Endowment will give money to USM and William Carey University.
Jerry Cumberland Scholarship for Outstanding Musicianship
Jerry Cumberland Scholarship for Outstanding Musicianship will honor the legacy of Jerry Cumberland from Picayune Memorial High School.
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J Lavon Smith Donor Advised Fund
James Lavon Smith and DeLois L. Smith, of the DeLois Smith All-Star Team, established the J Lavon Smith Donor Advised Fund in order to give back to the community. This fund supports various nonprofit organizations at the discretions of the donors. This fund has helped charitable causes such as Kindness Foundation International, which provides Bibles to students in Russia and the Ukraine.
John M. Watts Memorial Scholarship Fund
John M. Watts Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to honor the legacy of Mr. John M. Watts; artist, teacher, role model, and mentor for former Perry Central High School students. His kind spirit, genuineness, and dedication have touched the lives of those who knew him, and continue to live on in those he befriended. The original scholarship was called the John M. Watts Art Scholarship, but on November 14, 2014, Mr. Watts perished in a house fire, only six months after his retirement. The scholarship advisory committee has since decided to make this a memorial scholarship. John M. Watts Memorial Scholarship Application
Jones Companies Charitable Fund
Jones Companies has established the Jones Companies Endowment Fund to support various charitable organizations. “Jones Companies wants to give back to our community and we know through a donor advised fund that we have the flexibility to meet various community needs as they arise,” said Jonathan Jones, President and CEO of Jones Companies. The Jones Companies include Jones Lumber Company Inc.; Dixie Mat and Hardwood; Jones Environmental, LLC; Columbia Chip, L.P.; FiberVision Paper Stock, LLC; JB Transport, LLC; Woodland Transportation, LLC; and Jones Concrete. For more information about the Jones Companies, please visit
Joseph Mercier Catholic Education Fund
Father Mercier – Catholic Education Fund
The Joseph Mercier – Catholic Education Fund supports Sacred Heart School in Hattiesburg, MS by providing financial assistance to students & funding for specific projects that benefit the students of Sacred Heart School.
About Joseph Mercier
Msgr. Joseph C. Mercier, a native of Hattiesburg, graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1944. After two years in the US Navy, he began his seminary training for the priesthood at St. Joseph Seminary in St. Benedit, LA. After four years, he continued his training at the North American College in Rome, Italy & attended Philosophy & Theology classes at the Gregorian University. He was ordained a priest at the Church of the Twelve Apostles in Rome for the Diocese of Natchez on July 17, 1955. After returning to Mississippi in June 1956, he served as assistant pastor at St. Mary parish, Jackson; Sacred Heart parish, Pascagoula; St. John the Evangelist parish, Gulfport; & Sacred Heart parish, Dedeaux. He then served as pastor of Christ the King & Holy Family parishes in Jackson; Sacred Heart parish, Pascagoula; St. John the Evangelist parish, Gulfport; & Sacred Heart parish, Dedeaux. Msgr. Mercier also served the Catholic community in numerous roles during his 55 years as a priest. He has been involved in the education of Catholic youth as he taught in three Catholic high schools throughout Mississippi. Most of his assignments were parishes, which included Catholic schools. While he served at Sacred Heart parish in Hattiesburg, he also served the Catholic students at the University of Southern Mississippi as chaplain of the Newman Club on campus. He also served on the Diocesan Board of Consultors, Clergy Council, Diocesan Liturgical Commission, Personnel Board, Synodal Examiner, & Parish Priest Consultor. While at Sacred Heart parish, Dedeaux, he was the Priest Director of the Cursillo Movement of South Mississippi & Lay Retreats. Although now retired, his ministry with the Cursillo Movement of South Mississippi & his availability to help out at parishes while other priests go on vacation or retreats keep him active in the diocesan community. He also continues to be interested in the education of Catholic youth.
About Sacred Heart Catholic School
Sacred Heart Catholic School (SHCS) is one of the oldest existing schools in Hattiesburg & the largest school in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Biloxi. First opened in 1900, Sacred Heart Catholic School has been a cornerstone of the Catholic community as well as downtown Hattiesburg for over 110 years. The school educates over 700 students from preschool through twelfth grade. Thanks to the generosity of generations of Sacred Heart Parishioners, who continue to value Catholic education, SHCS has continued to grow & expand over the years.
If you would like to honor Monsignor Joseph Mercier, please consider giving to the Joseph Mercier – Catholic Education Fund & helping support the activities, students, & growth of Sacred Heart Catholic School.
Kappa Alpha Psi Scholarship Fund
The Hattiesburg Alumni Chapter and Kappa Iota Chapter (The University of Southern Mississippi) of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. established the Kappa Alpha Psi Scholarship Fund in 2010 to celebrate the chapter’s 50th & 30th year anniversary. Nationally, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. is nearly 100 years old having been founded at Indiana University in 1911. The Kappa Alpha Psi Scholarship will be awarded to a student entering college who has been through the Guide Right program or a collegian member of Kappa Alpha Psi at The University of Southern Mississippi. “After many years in this community, we thought it was time to formally financially support these young men who are a part of our guide right program and the undergraduates brothers on campus,” said Jerome Brown, president of the Hattiesburg Alumni Chapter.
Kappa Alpha Psi
Kappa Sigma-Epsilon Nu Chapter Charitable Fund
Kappa Sigma-Epsilon Nu Chapter Charitable Fund will assist with repairs, maintenance and improvements of the Kappa Sigma-Epsilon Nu Chapter house at USM.
Kid Cash Fund
Started by Holleman St. John, theKid Cash Fund gives area public school teachers and administrators discretionary funds to be used by under resourced students for direct expenses such as school supplies, uniforms, and field trips.
Lamar County Park Partners
Lamar County Park Partners fund will create more recreation spaces in Lamar County. Their first project is a playground near Optimist Park. Lamar County Park Partners Donation Flyer
Laughs 4 Life Fund
The purpose of the Laughs 4 Life Fund is to raise money to benefit the International Myeloma Foundation and the Forrest General Hospital Cancer Center. For more information visit: http://laughs4life.com/#charity-1
L.D. Ready Scholarship Fund
L.D. Ready Scholarship Fund will give scholarships to Richton High School Students who are attending college.
Leigh Anne Strong Fund
The Leigh Anne Strong Fund was set up as a donor advised fund to support non-profits, churches and schools by the discretion of the donor.
The Merchants Company Scholarship Fund
The purpose of the Merchants Company Scholarship is to provide an annual scholarship to a deserving high school senior who has been accepted to accredited college or university or to a deserving high school graduate currently enrolled in an accredited two and/or four year college or university. This scholarship was established by The Merchants Company for the purpose of providing financial aid for The Merchants Company’s employees and family members who want to pursue a higher education.
Mississippi Tank Company Scholarship Fund
The purpose of Mississippi Tank Company Scholarship is to provide an annual scholarship to a deserving high school senior who has been accepted to accredited college or university or to a deserving high school graduate currently enrolled in an accredited two and/or four year college or university. This scholarship was established by Mississippi Tank Company for the purpose of providing financial aid for Mississippi Tank Company’s employees and family members who want to pursue a higher education.
Neighbors Program Fund
The Neighbors Program Fund provides programming, scholarships, support personnel, and other community development efforts at Hawkins Elementary School and in the related community. Support for this fund is specified by the Neighbors Program Board or the Ekklesia Hattiesburg Leadership team. For more information about the Neighbors Program, please visit www.neighborsathawkins.com
. We strive at NEIGHBORS AT HAWKINS to put every
donation to good use. Each dollar goes directly to the education of our children. Here’s what your gift can do.
$5,300 provides a full time reading tutor at
Hawkins Elementary for an entire school year
$2,650 provides a full time reading tutor at
Hawkins Elementary for half the school year
$750 provides a full time reading tutor at
Hawkins Elementary for Full Month
$150 MONTHLY provides for a week of full time
tutoring per month
$30 MONTHLY provides for a day of full time
tutoring per month
Would you consider a donation to this amazing
fund that changes the lives of children? Be a good Neighbor!
Officer Benjamin J. Deen Police Needs Fund
Officer Benjamin J. Deen Police Needs Fund will assist the police department with needed equipment, training, and counseling for their safety.
Officers Deen and Tate Permanent Memorial
Officers Deen and Tate Permanent Memorial Fund will establish a permanent memorial to fallen Officers Benjamin J. Deen and Liquori Tate.
O'Neal Farish Educational Fund
The O’Neal Farish Educational Fund will provide educational opportunities to children of ministers of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) seeking an undergraduate, graduate or doctorate degree at any accredited college or university.
Omi Ruth Boston Twyner Scholarship Fund
Omi Ruth Boston Twyner Scholarship Fund will give Scholarship to first generation college students from Laurel High School.
Mrs. Omi Ruth Boston Twyner was born in Laurel, MS, to the late Eulalia Lott and Peter Boston, Sr., on December 18, 1922. The fourth child of ten siblings, she was preceded in death by two sisters-Eunice Boston Newell and Lucy Odessa Boston McAlpin, and two brothers – Frank D. Boston, Sr. and John Benjamin Boston. Mrs. Twyner was married to Olger C. Twyner, Jr., on December 21, 1952, and two children were born to their marriage.
Mrs. Twyner received her primary education at Kingston School and graduated from Oak Park High School in Laurel in 1941. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida A&M College (now University) in 1946 and pursed graduate study in home economics at Columbia University in the City of New York.
After college graduation, Mrs. Twyner taught home economics in the public schools of Mississippi with longstanding tenures at Shirley-Owens High School in Quitman, Mississippi, where she was the first home economics teacher; Oak Park HIgh School, her alma mater; and Pass Christian Middle School, where she retired after 38 years of teaching.
She was a dedicated participant in many activities, clubs and organizations in the communities where she lived and received numerous accolades and honors in recognition of her service to others. A Golden Life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., she was initiated into Beta Alpha Chapter, Florida A&M University (FAMU). She was a charter member of the Laurel, MS Alumnae Chapter and was also affiliated with the Alpha Chi Sigma (no Jackson, MS Alumnae) and Mississippi Gulf Coast Alumnae Chapters of Delta.
Mrs. Twyner was a life member of the FAMU National Alumni Association, FAMU Rattler Boosters, and the Vogue Socialite Club (a local club for Home Economics professionals) in Gulfport. She was also a proud member of the National Oak Park High School Alumni Association, attending every biennial reunion, serving as co-chair and chair of the Memorial Service for many years, and working locally with Mississippi Gulf Coast Chapter.
Mrs. Twyner was raised in the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana), attending the East 10th Street Church of God in Laurel, and she was a faithful member of the Klein Road Church of God in Gulfport. For many years, she enjoyed singing, sewing, cooking, cake decorating, entertaining, and travel.
Mrs. Omi Ruth Boston Twyner December 18, 1922 – May 20, 2013
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” John 11:25-26
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The O’Neal Farish Educational Scholarship Fund
The O’Neal Farish Educational Scholarship Fund. The purpose of O’Neal Farish Educational Scholarship is to provide an annual scholarship(s) to children of ministers of The Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or doctorate degree at an accredited two and/or four year college or university. The recipient will be a person whose parent is a minister in The Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). This annual award will also consider academic studies, financial need, financial aid, extra-curricular activities, and recognition of leadership ability in the selection process.
Pearl River Valley EPA Round Up for Education Endowment Scholarship Fund
Will provide Scholarships for Fall Freshmen at MS Community Colleges for members and members dependants.
Pearl River Valley EPA Round Up for Education Scholarship Fund
Will provide Scholarships for Fall Freshmen at MS Community Colleges for members and members dependants.
Pine Belt Community Disaster Fund
The Pine Belt Community Disaster Fund is to help long term recovery needs of the Pine Belt Community. At the current moment, funds will be used to help people who have suffered during the recent tornado on Feb 10, 2013. This fund is set up to collaborate with other disaster recovery and to help rebuild our area.
Pine Belt Law Enforcement Emergency/Hardship Fund
This Fund is designed to provide funds for emergencies and/or hardships experienced by family members of full-time, sworn, Pinebelt law enforcement officers that arise from and are directly related to the officer’s death in the line of duty or an injury sustained by the officer in the line of duty that leads to a career-ending permanent disability. A Grant Selection Committee will determine grant distributions based on established criteria.
Ramp Up MS Fund
One of the charitable Funds that the PineBelt Community Foundation manages is the “Ramp Up Mississippi” Fund. The Ramp Up Mississippi Fund was created by Bob and Anna Edenfield who own Home Instead Senior Care – 603, which serves the Pine Belt area.
The objective of Ramp Up Mississippi is to build or rebuild handicap ramps and do minor modifications to homes allowing full access for physically challenged seniors. The ramps are built to allow seniors to move in and out of their homes without falling or causing more harm due to excessive disadvantages.
The project plans to build at least thirty ramps for disabled seniors. These seniors are identified by social workers in the field. All seniors eligible for the service must fill out an application to verify that they are unable to build this ramp with their own resources. The applications are thoroughly discussed and decided upon by a selection committee. Once the applicant is approved, the ramp is built quickly to avoid any further disruption in their life.
There have been several ramps built via donations to this fund. One story is of a ramp that helped a wheelchair-bound grandmother who suffers with several health problems. Her health seriously declined after she was “weakened with grief” after her 19 year-old grandson was killed. Through the generosity of the Edenfields and other donors to this fund, she now sees her future as a little brighter.
Your donations will produce so many more stories of changing the lives of Pine Belt senior residents .
Ralph H. Stallcup Memorial Scholarship Fund
Ralph H. Stallcup Memorial Scholarship Fund will give money to Pearl River Community College and Jones County Junior College students.
Rare Reverb Fund
The Rare Reverb Fund was set up as a donor advised fund to support non-profits, churches and school by the discretion of the donor.
The Richard C. Vreeland Fund
Started by Dr. Vreeland, the annual disbursement from the Vreeland Endowment is invaluable to Southern Pines Animal Shelter and is used each year to help with basic shelter operating costs. The Southern Pines Animal Shelter in an “open admission” shelter, meaning that no pet is turned away regardless of health, age, or temperament. The animal shelter houses lost pets and reunites them with their owners; finds homes for unwanted pets; educates the community about the problems of unwanted, neglected, and abused animals; and provides humane care for all animals in custody. For more information about the Southern Pines Animal Shelter, please visit www.southernpinesanimalshelter.org.
Richton Woman's Scholarship Fund
The Richton Woman’s Scholarship Fund will provide scholarships to Richton High School seniors.
Robert & Sandy Jackson, Sr. Donor Advised Fund
As Charter Partners of the PineBelt Foundation, Robert and Sandy Jackson, Sr. opened the Robert & Sandy Jackson, Sr. Donor Advised Fund which provides designated support for The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation’s operating budget. Robert Jackson, Sr. says, “I have seen the good that the organization can accomplish, and I am extremely interested in seeing it grow larger to help a greater number of people. My wife and I plan to add to the fund in our lifetime and also through our Last Will and Testament. I am also hoping that other people would follow suit and establish charitable funds with the PineBelt Foundation.”
Romano Family Fund
The Romano Family Fund will support various non-profits, churches and schools.
Rotary Club of Hattiesburg Community Service Fund
The Rotary Club of Hattiesburg Community Service Fund will support various non-profits from the fund raised at the Bike A Thon.
Sabina Jane Allen Memorial Scholarship Fund
Sabrina Allen was passionate about literature and life. She was genuine. She loved her children, Celeste and Allen, her family, friends, students, and the beach!
Sabrina moved to Richton when she was a sophomore in high school. While a student at Richton High School (RHS), she was a Maroon Marionette and selected as Homecoming Queen. As an adult, she made her career at RHS. She worked in the library, taught junior high, and taught advanced high school English classes. She has served our school in the past sponsoring the Maroon Marionettes and FCS. Mrs. Sabrina was the chairman of homecoming and graduation, senior sponsor, yearbook advisor, Advanced Placement English II teacher, Advanced Placement Language teacher, Advanced Placement Literature teacher, and bookkeeper for the RHS basketball teams. She has been honored with being selected “Rotary Teacher of the Month” numerous times and “Star Teacher.”
On January 2, 2016, she was unexpectedly taken to her eternal home.
The Sabrina Jane Allen Memorial Scholarship was establish by friends and family members to honor her life by recognizing an outstanding senior from RHS who exemplifies the passionate love for literature, academics and life itself as Sabrina did.
Sacred Heart Catholic Church Endowment Fund
Sacred Heart Catholic Church Fund will support the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Sacred Heart Catholic Church Cemetery Fund
Sacred Heart Catholic Church Fund will support the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery by providing maintenance, repair and restoration of all monuments, headstones and grave markers.
Sacred Heart Catholic School Endowment Fund
Sacred Heart Catholic School Fund will support the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
See Spot Run Dog Park
See Spot Run Dog Park will create a common space for their dogs and their owners and increase livability for residents in the city. Would you like to get involved?
LEADER OF THE PACK (PARKING SPONSOR) $15,000 Prominent recognition in all group sponsorship signage Special recognition at entrance to park Ten year sponsorship – right of first refusal to renew
NEW LEASH ON LIFE $7,500 Recognition in all group sponsorship signage Special signage in park Five year sponsorship – right of first refusal to renew
TOP DOGS (PLAY AREA SPONSOR) $5,000 Recognition in all group sponsorship signage Special recognition at gates to large and small dog sections Five year sponsorship – right of first refusal to renew
LOVABLE LABS $2,500 Special recognition on drinking fountains/water features Recognition in all group sponsorship signage Five year sponsorship – right of first refusal to renew
IRISH SETTERS (BENCH SPONSOR) $1,500 Business or family name on one of 15 benches in park Recognition in all group sponsorship signage Five year sponsorship – right of first refusal to renew
PARK FRIEND $1,000 Recognition in all group sponsorship signage Five year sponsorship – right of first refusal to renew
STILL MISSING YOU (MEMORIAL SPONSORSHIP) $500 Memorialize that special dog that meant so much Perpetual memorial on special remembrance site.
DOG’S BEST FRIEND $250 Brick paver throughout park Commemorative print T-Shirt
HUG A HOUND $150 Commemorative print T-Shirt
GIVE A DOG A BONE $50 T-Shirt
Southern Pines Animal Shelter Endowment Fund
Southern Pines Animal Shelter Endowment Fund supports the Southern Pines Animal Shelter.
Speak Up, Hattiesburg!
Speak Up, Hattiesburg! is a community-built initiative to fund and preserve the traditions of Forensics at Hattiesburg High School. Speak Up, Hattiesburg! was established to help ensure the longevity of a myriad of forensics activities at Hattiesburg High School, including Debate, Theatre, Mock Trial and Public Service.
Sumrall Development Foundation Fund
The Sumrall Development Fund is working to assist the government of the Town of Sumrall and the area’s industries and businesses with growth and development by identifying and solving problems within the community and to improve the educational opportunities and quality of life for all citizens. The Sumrall Development Foundation was established in March of 2010 in an effort to bring together citizens of Sumrall for the common purpose of improving our community. Sumrall is made up of a very diverse citizenry including people who have resided in Sumrall all of their lives and people who are new to the area. While embracing the history of the town, this group partners with individuals and businesses, allowing people to come together in a common spirit of community improvement.
Supporters of State Line School Fund
In 1989 State Line School was closed and never reopened. The loss of the neighborhood school removed a key part of the very fabric of the community. This closed the book on important chapters in the lives of many young people who cannot have the complete school experience due to bussing to another school. The closing of this school also removed a key element of economic development and the addition of new residents, as well as part of the soul and spirit of the entire community. The Supporters of State Line School want the school re-established. They want to regain what has been lost, return pride and spirit to our community and a total educational experience to young people in the community. For more information on this project, please visit www.supportstatelineschool.com.
The Tally Ho Fund
The Tally Ho Fund was set up as a donor advised fund to support non-profits, churches and school by the discretion of the donor.
Truman McKenzie Thornton Memorial Fund
Truman McKenzie Thornton Memorial Fund is set up in memory of Truman McKenzie Thornton who passed away March 22, 2014. Mrs. Thornton was retired as a teacher and food service director with the West Jasper School District. Fund from this fund will support Alzheimer’s Association- MS Chapter, Homes of Hope for Children and Temple Baptist Church- Mission Fund.
Westminster Presbyterian Church Outreach Fund
Established through an initial donation by Pastor Steve Ramp, the Westminster Presbyterian Outreach Fund supports a number of different causes such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, United Way, and the Domestic Abuse Shelter and offers an opportunity for individuals and organizations to make an impact for a common good. Ramp started the Westminster Presbyterian Outreach Fund in hopes that others in the congregation and other churches in the community will “go and do likewise.” For more information about Westminster Presbyterian Church, please visit www.wpchattiesburg.com
William F. & Rosalie B. Schoell, III Donor Advised Fund
When Bill and Rosalie Schoell moved to Hattiesburg in 1970 from New Orleans, they did not intend to stay in the Hub City, but eventually they came to love their adopted hometown. Their desire to do something that would leave a positive lasting impact on Hattiesburg led the Schoells to create the William F. and Rosalie B. Schoell, III Fund. The Schoells made an initial contribution to their fund and will continue to add to it over the coming years, eventually selecting a charity to receive the fund’s earnings on an annual basis. They will also add additional funds through their wills.
William K Ray Scholarship Fund
The William K. Ray Scholarship Endowment was set up for William Cary University- College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Zachary Little Memorial Endowment Fund
Zachary Little was 11 years old when he passed away from cancer. His loving parents opened The Zachary Little Memorial Fund to support organizations that help other children with cancer, and to help Sumrall High School in appreciation for their support of their son. This fund is a donor advised fund to support various non-profits as the discretion of the donor.
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Zachary Little Memorial Fund
Zachary Little was 11 years old when he passed away from cancer. His loving parents opened The Zachary Little Memorial Fund to support organizations that help other children with cancer, and to help Sumrall High School in appreciation for their support of their son. This fund will support St. Jude, Catch a Dream, Batson Children’s Hospital and Sumrall High School.
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