Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas

Franklin gets $10K donation

Local nonprofit group announces new name

Chris Ward, Executive Director of Community Foundation of SE Kansas presenting check to Veda Maxwell, Treasurer, Franklin Community Council, Inc.

Chris Ward, Executive Director of Community Foundation of SE Kansas presenting check to Veda Maxwell, Treasurer, Franklin Community Council, Inc.


By NIKKI PATRICK
Morning Sun Lifestyle Editor
FRANKLIN - Members of the Franklin Community Council Inc. had 10,000 reasons to celebrate during their monthly meeting Sunday.
The group received a $10,000 donation from the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas, formerly the Pittsburg Area Community Foundation.
The name change was approved at the foundation's last board meeting, according to Frank Dunnick, the group's president.
"We felt this change would be a good step to broaden our foundation," Dunnick said. "You in Franklin are the first group to hear it."
The foundation made the $10,000 donation in recognition of Franklin's efforts to rebuild after the May 4, 2003, tornado.
"We've never seen a group work harder," said Chris Ward, the foundation's executive secretary. "You really are an inspiration."
"You set an example of what a small community can do," Dunnick added.
The money can be used for the new community hall, the new park, or whatever project the council chooses.

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Article appearing in Volume 3, Issue 2 of "Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas" Newsletter

Franklin Community Council Receives Grant

After the devastating tornado hit Franklin, Kansas May 3, 2003 many area residents wondered if the town would survive.  That question was answered when a group of citizens formed the Franklin Community Council in October of 2003.  The purpose of the group is to rebuild and restore the feeling of "home" and "community".  gathering funding for their vision of rebuilding the community center and park is a constant challenge.  Knowing this, the Board of trustees of the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas would like to honor the spirit of this community as the rebuilding efort continues with a check for 410,000.  Phyllis Bitner, a member of the council said, "I just hope that everyone in the Foundation knows how much this money is appreciated and how grateful the community will be.  this is a wonderful surprise and will help a great deal.  We still need to raise additional funding but this check is very special to us."

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