By Aimee Bingham Osinski email@example.com
The Dexter Community Fund hosted its 2nd annual donor appreciation dinner at Frutig Farms on Thursday Oct 10th. It was, as the name of the event implies, a celebration of the community members who made the Community Fund possible. The Community Fund also announced the two organizations receiving grants from the fund: The Dexter Community Players for its youth program and The Center for Independent Living Together in Dexter, to decrease isolation for those members of the community with disabilities. Both organizations were on hand. All in all it was a gorgeous event celebrating the community members who give to create a lasting legacy in the city of Dexter.
As guests arrived, they were welcomed at the door and given the opportunity to eat food provided by an in-kind donation from the Movable Feast. Because the Community Fund does not use donations to the fund for events, nearly everything guests enjoyed at the event, including the venue was gifted from an in-kind donation. In the loft above the main floor, young musicians from The Community Jazz Band, played jazzy renditions of popular tunes keeping the mood light and festive.
Dr. Julie Schumaker is the Chair of The Dexter Community Fund. After guests had the opportunity to eat, mingle, and enjoy a beverage, Julie began the presentation. The fund began in 2014, It’s a permanent endowment, meaning the principal is preserved and invested and grants are given from the interest accrued. The Community Fund is a geographical field of interest fund through the Ann Arbor Community Foundation. What that means is, all decisions on grants awarded and actual fundraising are done by an advisory board who live or work in Dexter. But the Ann Arbor Community Fund provides their expertise on the investment and management side. The Dexter Community Fund’s mission is to create a lasting legacy in the community with a focus on: services for seniors, culture, teens, mental health, outdoor activities, and homebound community members. The Community Fund is in its third year of providing grants to the community and 5th year of existence.
To celebrate five years, a group of donors has created a 100,000.00 challenge match. From now until Dec 31st, these donors will match any gift made to the fund up to 100,000.00. Bequests are also encouraged and a way for people to leave a lasting legacy within the community.
The evening wrapped up with the breath taking sounds of Steven West, a voice Professor at the University of Michigan. He’s performed everywhere from Paris to Berlin and even with the Metropolitan Opera. It was a gorgeous way to end a spectacular night celebrating the generosity and warmth of Dexter. If you’d like to join the $100,000.00 challenge match, visit www.dextercommunityfund.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.