Jan 21, 2013

HOPE Foundation awards Marlin Thompson Grants to two groups

GREENVILLE – In a tribute to HOPE Foundation founder Dr. Marlin D. Thompson, the foundation created a permanent endowment fund after his death in 2010. Community members have contributed over $43,000 to support annual grants to local non-profit organizations as well as scholarships. The grants reflect causes that were important to this inspiring leader who was passionate about education and community giving. 

The Marlin Thompson Fund recently awarded a grant to ACES Alternative School, located in downtown Greenville and a service of Council on Rural Services. ACES gives Darke County students the extra boost needed to graduate from high school. “Without ACES, many of these kids may drop out of high school,” said coordinator Jeff Vaughn. “Now, they have a diploma and the outlook for their future completely changes.” The HOPE Foundation grant to ACES provided curriculum materials that were necessary but impossible to obtain due to budget cuts.

The Thompson Fund also awarded a grant to Anthony Wayne Early Childhood Program to make upgrades to its playground equipment. “Gross motor development is essential for a child’s success,” said Roxann Leeper, Anthony Wayne director. “This equipment will fit the needs of our smaller and visually impaired students.”

The HOPE Foundation is pleased to add these two organizations to what will be a long line of recipients in years to come. As the community foundation of Darke County, the HOPE Foundation receives, administers and distributes charitable gifts for the benefit of Darke County residents. For information on establishing a charitable fund or contributing to the Marlin Thompson Fund, contact the HOPE Foundation, 548-4673, or visit its website, www.hopedarkecounty.com.

Students at ACES Alternative School in Greenville join Christy Prakel (back left) of the HOPE Foundation of Darke County as she presents a check to Jeff Vaughn, coordinator of ACES School.

Children at Anthony Wayne Early Childhood Program play on new playground equipment purchased with a grant from the Dr. Marlin Thompson Fund of the HOPE Foundation of Darke County.

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