MSCF presents awards

Helfen­bein hon­ored for lead­er­ship, ser­vice

Record Observer - - Front Page - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­times.com

WYE MILLS — About 24 years ago the Mid-Shore Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion was founded with $236,000 from the United Fund of Tal­bot County, said MSCF Pres­i­dent Buck Dun­can to the au­di­ence at the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s 2016 Re­port to the Com­mu­nity Awards Lun­cheon at Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege on Fri­day, Nov. 18.

Al­most a quar­ter of a cen­tury later, Dun­can said the or­ga­ni­za­tion has re­ceived $61.5 mil­lion in con­tri­bu­tions which it has turned into $25.3 mil­lion in grants and schol­ar­ships through­out the Mid-Shore re­gion.

Gath­ered in the Caroline Col­lege Cen­ter, mem­bers of non­profit and com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions through­out the re­gion ate lunch and lis­tened to MSCF rep­re­sen­ta­tives present awards to lo­cal in­di­vid­u­als and groups.

Moor­head Ver­mi­lye, chair­man of Mid-Shore Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion, said 42 per­cent of the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s grant mak­ing in 2016 fo­cused di­rectly on sup­port­ing youth in the five coun­ties it serves, re­sult­ing in $1,540,270 pro­vided for ed­u­ca­tion and youth de­vel­op­ment. Grant amounts for

other fo­cus ar­eas in­cluded: $69,502, an­i­mal wel­fare; $354,049, arts; $88,877, en­vi­ron­ment; $332,907, hu­man ser­vices; and $1,292,099, health and dis­abil­ity.

Dun­can said the Foun­da­tion pro­vided $4.3 mil­lion in grants and schol­ar­ships in 2016 that aided 364 char­i­ties and 133 Mid-Shore stu­dents. Dun­can said later in the day an as­so­ciate at the Foun­da­tion was dis­tribut­ing checks to 30 not-for-prof­its in the amounts of $250,000. Dun­can also said $528,000 in schol­ar­ships was pro­vided in 2016.

“From my per­spec­tive, in­vest­ing in the youth of the Mid-Shore is the right pri­or­ity for Mid-Shore Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion and it re­flects the pri­mary fo­cus of our donors who again this year set a new record in char­i­ta­ble giv­ing to the foun­da­tion,” Ver­mi­lye said.

In Dun­can’s fi­nan­cial per­for­mance note in the 2016 Re­port to the Com­mu­nity, he said the Foun­da­tion ex­pe­ri­enced an in­crease of 1.2 per­cent in donor con­tri­bu­tions re­sult­ing in about $6.4 mil­lion. Dun­can also said the Foun­da­tion in­creased its as­sets by more than $2.6 mil­lion to a to­tal of $59,367,850, which he said was a record high.

Be­fore the annual pre­sen­ta­tion of awards, North Caroline High School ju­nior Brit­tney Lane, and Spe­cial As­sis­tant to Comptroller Peter Fran­chot John Han­d­ley, cur­rent and pre­vi­ous schol­ar­ship awardees, re­spec­tively, spoke. Both re­cip­i­ents talked about how the funds they re­ceived have guided them to­ward reach­ing their pro­fes­sional goals. Bar­bara Viniar, Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege pres­i­dent, spoke about the school, how it in­ter­acts with non­prof­its and how it eco­nom­i­cally im­pacts the re­gion.

“To­day I have the great­est priv­i­lege, which is to say thank you in an in­vest­ment you made in me,” Han­d­ley said.

Two in­di­vid­u­als and two or­ga­ni­za­tions re­ceived hon­ors from MSCF for their work in the re­gion. The first honor, the Town Watch So­ci­ety Award, was given to Tom Helfen­bein for his lead­er­ship and ser­vice.

Helfen­bein was named chair­man of the Compass Re­gional Hospice board of di­rec­tors, where he has been a board mem­ber since 2010. Dun­can said as well as be­ing a mem­ber of both the Cen­tre­ville Lions Club and the Cen­tre­ville Lodge, Helfen­bein is the di­rec­tor of the Queen Anne’s County Arts Coun­cil and was in­stru­men­tal in set­ting up the Sto­ry­telling Fes­ti­val at the col­lege, Dun­can said.

For many years, Helfen­bein worked as a funeral di­rec­tor af­ter he cre­ated his own funeral home in 1973. The busi­ness con­tin­ues to be run by his fam­ily.

“Tom is ab­so­lutely one of the fel­lows I con­sider an un­sung com­mu­nity hero here on the Mid-Shore,” Dun­can said.

The sec­ond in­di­vid­ual award, the Golden Key So­ci­ety Award, was pre­sented to John Val­liant, founder and Re­spon­si­ble Phi­lan­thropy Group LLC. Val­liant also serves as pres­i­dent of the Grayce B. Kerr Fund.

Dun­can said while Helfen­bein served as pres­i­dent of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Mar­itime Mu­seum in St. Michaels, Val­liant was in­stru­men­tal in the Cen­ter for Ch­e­sa­peake Stud­ies as well as many ex­hibits and ed­u­ca­tional

pro­grams cre­ated for adults and chil­dren.

Or­ga­ni­za­tions that re­ceived hon­ors were the Mid-Shore Re­cov­er­ing Vet­er­ans Group and The Caroline Foun­da­tion Inc. Royce Ball, co-founder of the MSRVG, re­ceived the award on be­half of the mem­bers, and Terry Mead and Robert Jar­rell re­ceived the award on be­half of The Caroline Foun­da­tion.

Mid-Shore Re­cov­er­ing Vet­er­ans Group of­fers as­sis­tance to vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies for any of their needs. Dun­can said 100 per­cent of the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s do­na­tions go to the vet­er­ans.

The Caroline Foun­da­tion, which op­er­ated a nurs­ing home for many years un­til it was sold for about $14 mil­lion, has now in­vested that money to be used for ser­vices in Caroline County, Dun­can said. MSCF has en­tered into an agree­ment with The Caroline Foun­da­tion to pro­vide it with ac­count­ing and other fi­nan­cial ser­vices, in­clud­ing grant mak­ing.

Dun­can said the first two grants from it have been given. Hospice of Caroline County re­ceived $100,000, and the YMCA Den­ton Branch re­ceived $10,000 for a piece of equip­ment. Dun­can said the or­ga­ni­za­tion is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing $500,000 in funds “year af­ter year af­ter year to sup­port their mis­sion” of pro­vid­ing economic sup­port to or­ga­ni­za­tions that deal with med­i­cal or health re­lated ser­vices in the county.

“Each and ev­ery one of you here makes an ab­so­lute pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence in what we do here on the Mid-Shore and the qual­ity of our lives,” Dun­can said.

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Mid-Shore Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion Pres­i­dent Buck Dun­can presents Tom Helfen­bein with the Town Watch So­ci­ety Award dur­ing the 2016 Re­port to the Com­mu­nity Lun­cheon and Awards at Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege on Fri­day, Nov. 18.

PHO­TOS BY MIKE DAVIS

Mid-Shore Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion Pres­i­dent Buck Dun­can, mid­dle, presents the Spe­cial Recog­ni­tion Award to Terry Mead and Robert Jar­rell, Esq., on be­half of The Caroline Foun­da­tion, Inc. dur­ing the 2016 Awards and Lun-

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