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The George E. Prince Memorial Ring – Continuing the Legacy

Samuel Lander Prince wanted to create a memorial to his father and approached the Anderson School Board with the idea of the Prince Ring. The following language is from the original resolution of the Anderson School Board in 1924: The George E. Prince Memorial Ring should be awarded to some member of the graduating class…

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In Memoriam

The Foundation lost a good friend with the passing of Cordes Seabrook, Jr. on May 27th.  Cordes was instrumental in chartering Foothills Community Foundation as a non-profit community foundation and served as the Foundation’s first Board Chairman. Cordes and Clinky created the Foundation’s first Charitable Remainder Unitrust in 1999 and the Foundation’s first Donor Advised…

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Foundation Announces Lyons Memorial Scholarship Recipients

Foothills Community Foundation is pleased to announce the 2015 recipients of the Jonny A. Lyons Memorial Scholarship. A bequest from Mrs. John Joseph Lyons provides scholarship assistance to descendants of former Orr-Lyons Mill employees. The four recipients of the Lyons Scholarship for 2015 are Ashley Elizabeth Burriss, Candace Clinkscales, Amy Leigh Hubbard and Sarah Amanda…

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Foothills Community Foundation Receives National Recognition

 (President Robert Rainey, pictured right at the 15th Anniversary Celebration of Foothills Community Foundation, Gray Suggs, CPA, outgoing board chairman is pictured at left) Foothills Community Foundation recently received accreditation with the nation’s highest standard for philanthropic excellence. National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations™ establish legal, ethical, effective practices for community foundations everywhere. “Meeting the…

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Foundation Hosts 15th Anniversary Reception

Foothills Community Foundation celebrated its 15th anniversary on September 23rd at the Bleckley Inn with approximately 140 guests in attendance. Board chairman Gray Suggs welcomed the guests and asked all founders and former board members to stand for recognition. He thanked them for their leadership, vision and generosity. Many of the Foundation’s original board members…

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We Are Building a Dog Park!

This is a joint venture between tba, the City of Anderson, and First Baptist Church.  tba is raising the money and will build the park.  The City of Anderson will maintain the park.  First Baptist Church is allowing us to use its parking lot between Benson Street and East Whitner Street.   tba (to be announced or to…

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Foundation Announces 2014 Lyons Memorial Scholarship Recipients

Foothills Community Foundation is pleased to announce the 2014 recipients of the Jonny A. Lyons Memorial Scholarship. A bequest from Mrs. John Joseph Lyons provides scholarship assistance to descendants of former Orr-Lyons Mill employees. Her legacy will live on in perpetuity through the Lyons Memorial Scholarship Fund. Each recipient receives a $2,000 scholarship from Foothills…

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A Partnership Milestone – 8 Years and Counting

In March 2006, the cupboards at the Anderson Emergency Soup Kitchen were bare. The volunteers who prepare hot nutritional meals for needy persons five days per week were struggling to meet their mission. McLester McDowell, Chairperson explained, “We are dependent upon the goodwill of individuals, churches and grants to provide these meals.  There is only…

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Local Bikers Brighten Christmas…….. Again!

Robert “Little Man” Fagg and the Confederates Motorcycle Club presented a check in the amount of $12,000 to the Foundation’s Brighter Christmas Fund on Saturday. Independent Mail publisher Susan Kelly-Gilbert thanked the bikers who gathered at the newspaper office for the presentation. The bikers’ generosity at Christmas is legendary. Year after year, no matter the…

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Foundation Elects New Officers

The board of directors of Foothills Community Foundation met on November 19th at the Plaza at the Bleckley. New officers for 2014 were elected by the governing body. Foundation president Robert Rainey recognized outgoing board chairman Fred L. Foster and thanked him for his service to the Foundation in 2013. Smith Wham ended his tenure…

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Foundation Assists Anderson Apartment Fire Victims

Foothills Community Foundation presented a check in the amount of $5,000 to the American Red Cross in Anderson to match their disaster relief donations in the wake of a recent tragedy. The American Red Cross has provided a variety of services to the Azalea Apartment complex families since the August 14 fire, and will continue…

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Foundation Joins Habitat for Humanity’s “Executive Build”

Foothills Community Foundation has partnered with eight local companies in Habitat for Humanity’s 2013 “Executive Build” program. “We saw an opportunity to participate in a cause that our Board of Directors believes in”, explained Foundation President Robert Rainey. According to Habitat’s Priscilla Bowers, this home construction is part of the first “Executive Build” in which…

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