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Ann Friend – A Legacy of Giving

  A life-long resident of Anderson and a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Ann Friend gave freely of her time and talents.  A Duke Energy retiree, Ann was the first recipient of the Robinson Citizen Award for community service. She passed away on September 12, 2015 at the age of 83. Foothills Community Foundation…

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Foothills Community Foundation Sponsors Purchase Award

Dean Woods, President of Foothills Community Foundation is pictured with artist Paul Frederick at the 42nd Annual Juried Art Show on April 28th at the Anderson Arts Center.   The purchase award was announced during the Art Center’s Art on the Town Celebration.  Woods explained that the pastel titled Low Country Vista, will hang in…

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Foundation Announces 2017 Lyons Memorial Scholarship Recipients

Foothills Community Foundation is pleased to announce the 2017 recipients of the Jonny A. Lyons Memorial Scholarship.  A bequest from Mrs. John Joseph Lyons provides scholarship assistance to graduating high school seniors who are descendants of former Orr-Lyons Mill employees. The Orr-Lyons Mill was a cotton spinning and weaving plant that was founded in 1899…

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Foundation President Honored at Founders Day Convocation

  Anderson University has named R. Dean Woods as this year’s recipient of the Alumni Service Award.  The award, presented at the Founders Day Convocation, is given to an alumnus of outstanding and unselfish service to his alma mater, community and to humanity.   In a subsequent meeting, the Anderson University Board of Trust conveyed…

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It’s Happening!

  Work is underway at the site of the TBA 100 Dog Park! This will be the first dog park in our community.   Foothills Community Foundation is partnering with the City of Anderson, AnMed Health and Anderson County on this endeavor, which is the fourth venture of the TBA 100 group of private donors.…

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Foundation Establishes the Robert M. Rainey Philanthropy Award

Foothills Community Foundation announced the creation of The Robert M. Rainey Philanthropy award at its recognition ceremony for retiring President Robert Rainey. The Robert M. Rainey Philanthropy Award is presented to a philanthropist in the Oconee, Pickens, and Anderson county area who has made significant contributions to the betterment of the community by raising awareness…

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Foundation Names New President

Dean Woods has been named as the new President of Foothills Community Foundation. Woods currently serves as Vice President for principal gifts and special assistant to the President at Anderson University. Mr. Woods replaces Robert M. Rainey who is retiring. Board Chairman John A. Miller, Jr. expressed his utmost confidence in Woods’ leadership ability. “Our…

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Duke Energy Awards Grantmaking Funds to Foothills Community Foundation

  Alan Stuart, Senior Project Manager with Duke Energy Carolinas was on hand at Foothills Community Foundation on December 16th to present $762,000 to the Foundation’s Keowee Toxaway Habitat Enhancement Fund.  Stuart was accompanied at the presentation by Emily DeRoberts, Business Relations Manager with Duke Energy.  Foundation President Robert Rainey explained that a partnership between…

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Bill and Jo Trent Celebration Airshow draws 50,000

There was a roar over Anderson on October 19th as tens of thousands of spectators gazed at the skies over the Anderson Regional Airport. Former commercial pilot and Vietnam veteran Bill Trent and his wife Jo demonstrated their love of aviation by helping to bring this event to  their community. Foothills Community Foundation partnered with…

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Rainey Announces Retirement

Foothills Community Foundation announced on Tuesday that the organization’s president, Robert Rainey, plans to retire at the end of the year. Rainey explained “After more than 15 years with the Foundation I have decided to retire as President. I’ll be enjoying extended travel opportunities with my wife and we will see what’s next. I cannot…

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