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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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Shelter Receives New Mattresses from the Foundation

Foothills Community Foundation has donated 30 new TempurPedic mattresses and mattress covers to the Salvation Army’s Stringer Emergency Lodge in Anderson. Major Bryan Tatterson thanked Foundation President Robert Rainey for the donation, acknowledging that the old mattresses at their facility were in dire need of replacement. “A good night’s sleep is important to everyone“, Tatterson…

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Blackwell and Coffee named Lyons Memorial Scholars for 2013

Foothills Community Foundation is pleased to announce the 2013 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. The two recipients of the Lyons Scholarship for…

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Watkins Epigram Unveiling

Memorable words: William Watkins quote embedded in sidewalk in downtown Anderson By Abe Hardesty Posted June 18, 2013 at 7:52 p.m. ANDERSON — “Only if its people are all they can be,” William Law Watkins once stated at the Anderson County courthouse, “can our county be all we ask of it.” Fourteen years after his…

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Foundation Announces Lyons Memorial Scholarship Recipients

Foothills Community Foundation is pleased to announce the 2012 recipients of the Jonny A. Lyons Memorial Scholarship. A bequest from Mrs. John Joseph Lyons provides scholarship assistance to descendants of Orr-Lyons Mill employees. Her legacy will live on in perpetuity through the Lyons Memorial Scholarship Fund. The four recipients of the Lyons Scholarship for 2012…

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Foundation Awards Grant to Red Cross

The American Red Cross Western Carolinas Region Recently received a grant of $5,000 from the Foothills Community Foundation as a reward for raising over $20,000 in Anderson County. Anderson Red Cross board chairman Louise Trammell said “We appreciate the continued support of the Foundation. Mr. Rainey and his efforts have greatly helped to finance disaster…

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