Once again, the Christian Science Society of Boonville Irrevocable Trust blessed more than a dozen local non-profits with charitable donations.
A total of $70,000 was donated to 15 organizations on Thursday, Nov. 10 at the Paradise location of the People’s Trust and Savings Bank in Newburgh.
The donations were handed out to organization representatives by trust officer and executive administrative assistant Kelly Engelbrecht and bank president Mark Hendrickson.
The Nu Theta Chapter of Delta Theta Tau received $2,000 and has been given $32,400 in charitable donations to date. Representatives Maria Krause and Sharon Farr said the money will go towards Warrick County families $100 gift certificates for groceries.
Tri-State Food Bank received $2,500 and has been given $13,500 in charitable donations to date. Representative Heather Davis said the money is going to go to the Weekend BackPack Food for Kids Program, which assists children who may not have enough food to eat over the weekend.
The Warrick Ecumenical Soup Kitchen received $2,500 and has been given $21,000 in charitable donations to date. Representative Terry Vote said the money will help them serve weekly meals to a population that is disabled and on a fixed income. She said it will also help to provide hygiene items that food stamps won’t cover, such as soap, toothpaste and tissues.
“We see each other once a year,” Hendrickson said to Vote. “So this isn’t a bad way to see each other.”
The Boonville Archery Club received $2,700 and has been given $6,700 to date. Representative Jaylene Bell said their club has 125 archers from Boonville Middle School and Boonville High School and that the money will help to pay for the targets they shoot with.
“We made it to states, nationals and worlds,” she said. “We do really well. This is our second year and we are so happy.”
Chandler Cumberland Food Bank received two separate donations: one for $1,500 for the Food Bank and another for $1,500 for Flock 99. In total, they have been given $29,500 in charitable donations to date. Mary Jane Barnett, representative for the food bank, said they serve all of Warrick County and also help to provide them with things that are not covered by food stamps like canned foods, laundry detergent and dish soap. Gretchen Fleming, Flock 99 representative, said they are a mid-week program that serves 60 to 70 children and adults.
“We serve a hot meal and fellowship with our awesome God,” she said. “Whatever their needs are, we are here to help them.”
Newburgh Area Food Pantry received $3,000 and has been given $46,800 in charitable donations to date. Representative Susan Sorensen said the funds will go towards the milk program, where families are provided with a gallon of milk. She said they served 4,330 families last year.
“Although it is just a gallon of milk,” she said, “it is a drop in a bucket more than they had.”
Wesley Food Pantry received $3,000 and has been given $22,500 in charitable donations to date. Representative Wayne Drewlinger said the pantry serves families out of Newburgh and that they are open from 9 to 11 a.m. every Monday, except the fifth of each month.
“If you come the Monday before Thanksgiving,” he said, “I ask you to bring a wheel barrel because we’ll be handing out 101 meals.”
Drewlinger said their average budget only helps with three quarters of the needs and that the donation from the Christian Science Society of Boonville really helps out with the rest of the costs.
Chandler United Methodist Church Food Pantry received $3,500 and has been given $28,475 in charitable donations to date.
“I’ll be blunt, without this donation, our food pantry would be closed,” representative Tamara Fowler said. “Every year, the number of people being served goes up and the price of food goes up.”
Bread of Life Ministry, Inc., was given $4,200 and has received $48,213 in charitable donations to date. Representative Bill Carlisle said they serve 700,000 individuals and thanked the Irrevocable Trust for helping to keep them thriving.
Warrick County Council on Aging received $5,000 and has been given $15,792 in charitable donations to date.
Representative Kathy Fark said the funds will go towards putting lights in the parking lot so the elderly and disabled can find their cars at night.
“We need this to light up the seniors,” she said.
Studio Bee received $5,300 and has been given $48,893 in charitable donations to date. Representative Randy Breard said the funds will go toward buying new refrigeration and ice machines, to replace the ones that broke down over the summer.
The Warrick County Museum received $8,000 and has been given $46,650 in charitable donations to date.
“This grant will help us to replace the carpet,” representative Debbie Yeager said. “And keep the costs of utilities down so that we can spend more time educating the children.”
The last two recipients: 4 A Better Chandler, Inc., and Play For Kate, were both first time recipients of charitable donations from the Christian Science Society of Boonville.
4 A Better Chandler, Inc., received $10,000 to help fund an inclusive and accessible playground at the Chandler Town Park.
“We are excited to have you here,” Hendrickson said to representatives Wendy Wary and Christina Hemenway. “And keep applying because Chandler has needs, too.”
Play for Kate received $15,300 to help fund a new Buddy Ball Field off Vann Park. Representative Ashlee Bruggenschmidt said it will be a special field for special needs kids to be able to play ball. She said the inspiration for the project came after she and her family went to a baseball field and saw kids being unable to safely play.
“We saw disabled kids tripping through the dirt trying to play,” she said, “So we decided this should be Play for Kate’s next mission.”
In total, over the years, The Christian Science Society of Boonville, Irrevocable Trust has given $1,545,436.29 to more than 149 organizations. To apply for the 2017 charitable donations, email Kelly Engelbrecht at KEngelbrecht@ptsb-in.com.