Good people doing great things marked the beginning of
The Community Foundation. Through the interest and efforts of a small group
of civic-minded individuals, a non-profit charitable organization was born.
This organization was established to help improve the quality of life for
the West Chester and Liberty Township residents. With their vision of how
much a community foundation could benefit our area, the founding members
were as follows: Patti Alderson, Cindy Allen, Greg Amend, Debbie Boehner,
Sandy Brueshaber, Missy Deters, Jim Dodge, Eric Ellis, Larry Erp, Stu Eversole,
Rhonda Ford, Brenda Frazier, Cindy Hobbs, Otto Keeton, Pam Krieger, Lew
Ann Lawhorn, Elsa Lindenschmidt, Kathy Maurer, Mary McConnell, Fr. Jim
Meade, Kim Satzger, Beth Thomas and Sandy Wheatley.
Initial funds came
with the creation of the first event held in support of the American Cancer
Society in 1994. The Key Event, a cocktail/dinner party held at several
homes in the area raised more than $11,000. After three years of successful
fundraising by The Key Event, volunteers and supporting area charities,
the group decided instead of raising the monies for outside organizations,
they would begin to focus on the needs of West Chester and Liberty Township
residents. And in the next two years, the Key Event raised more than $45,000
for Reach Out Lakota.
In 1999, based on the growth of the two communities
and the needs within those communities, The Community Foundation was born.