2015’s Grant Recipients Announced

47 Organizations receive Mushroom Festival Grants totaling $80,000 at the Spring Gala

Since 2000, the Mushroom Festival has invested some of the proceeds from the Mushroom Festival back into the community in the form of Mushroom Festival grants, helping hundreds of local nonprofit organizations over the last 15 years. In total, slightly over $700,000 has been given back in Mushroom Festival grants and donations.

On April 17, the Mushroom Festival held its Spring Gala at the Red Clay Room. At this event, 47 organizations received a total of $80,000 in grants. The organizations and how the funds will be used is as follows:

  • Adult Care of Chester County received funds for replacement chairs for patient use at the SCC Adult Day Care Center.
  • ALS Association received funds to purchase devices to that will help ALS patients to stay healthy and active through the Augmentative Assistive Technology Program.
  • The Arc of Chester County received funds to enhance their ABBLE program, which address the needs of two-year-olds with autism.
  • Avondale Fire Co. No. 1 received funding for video surveillance cameras, a security system upgrade, at their Fire House.
  • Bournelyf Special Camp received funds for transportation costs associated with off-site field trips for canoeing, hiking, and other activities at their annual summer camps for special needs youth.
  • Camp Dreamcatcher received funding which will allow two HIV/AIDS impacted youth to attend their summer therapeutic camp.
  • Chester County Council, Boy Scouts of America received funding to send at-risk youth participating in a scouting program to National Youth Leadership Training and/or STEM Camp.
  • Chester County Women’s Services received funding to purchase baby supplies for at-risk parents participating in the Family Movement Program at Kennett Square’s satellite center.
  • Delaware Zoological Society received funding to purchase needed supplies for the Brandywine Zoo’s touring program.
  • The Domestic Violence Center received funding to support their Kennett Square Satellite Office.
  • Family Promise of Southern Chester County received funding toward the purchase of blow-up beds for hosting families in area churches as part of their new SCC Emergency Shelter initiative.
  • Friends Home in Kennett received funding to bring Wi-Fi connectivity to Linden Hall, their skilled nursing facility. This will benefit their patients and visiting families.
  • Friends of White Clay Creek Preserve received funds for supplies to construct a 30′ bridge for access to the new Tri-State Marker Trail.
  • Good Neighbors received funds to purchase reusable, metal, portable ramp components for handicapped access to their client’s homes.
  • Head Start received funds to purchase book bags and school supplies for their pre-school students transitioning to kindergarten.
  • Historic Kennett Square received funds to present the annual Memorial Day Parade.
  • JAM Daycare received funds to purchase equipment and storage for their Pedaling On Project, a new riding skills area at their daycare.
  • Jonathan Beech Memorial Concert received funds to cover a portion of the costs of putting on the Eighth Annual Jonathan Beech Memorial Concert.
  • Kennett After Prom received funds to provide entertainment for the Kennett After Prom.
  • The Kennett After-School Association received funds to provide after school transportation to students participating in the After-the Bell Program.
  • Kennett Area Community Service received funding to help with costs associated with renovating the property next to the current KCAS building.
  • Kennett Area Park Authority received funds to produce the 2015 Free Summer Concert Series at Anson B. Nixon.
  • Kennett Area Parks and Recreation Board received funding toward new bleachers at Herb Pennock Park and for program expenses for the annual KAPRB Kids Cross Country Race
  • Kennett Area Senior Center received funds to go toward the purchase of a new information technology system at the Senior Center.
  • Kennett Education Foundation received funding for their Promising Proven And SMART educational grants for educators and students in KCSD.
  • Kennett Fire Co. No. 1 received funds toward the purchase of needed equipment for larger vehicle rescue.
  • Kennett Symphony of Chester County received funds toward the commission of a world premiere orchestral piece and educational outreach project for their 75th anniversary celebration.
  • Lighthouse Youth Center received funds to purchase laptop computers, ink, paper, and network security for their Homework Assistance Program.
  • Longwood Fire Company received funds to upgrade the patient safety rails and mattresses on their primary ambulance stretchers.
  • Maternal and Child Health Consortium of Chester County received funds to purchase books and supplies for their Healthy Start Program benefiting new parents and child health.
  • Meals on Wheels received funds to provide hot nutritious meals to residents at Luther House, in Jennersville.
  • Operation Homefront PA/DE/NJ Field Office received funds to supply urgent financial support to military families and veterans, and funds for their Back to School and/or holiday gifts program event for families.
  • Oxford Arts Alliance received funds to purchase art stools, tabletop easels, and materials for community art classes.
  • Oxford Area Neighborhood Services Center received funds towards the costs associated with the agency’s strategic planning process.
  • Paws for People received funds to purchase incentives, such as small toys and t-shirts, for children participating in the PAWS for Reading program.
  • Quest Therapeutic Services received funds for veterinary and dental care for therapy horses.
  • Reins of Life received funds for veterinary care services for their therapy horses.
  • Smart Drive Foundation received funds to purchase Fatal Vision Goggles: Marijuana Impairment Experience to add to the hands on programming of Smart Drive’s B 4 I Drive outreach program for 7th, 8th and 9th grade students.
  • Southern Chester County Emergency Medical Services received funding toward the purchase of a new Paramedic Responder.
  • Spanish Health Ministry received funds to cover transportation costs associated with providing translation and interpretation services at their client’s medical appointments and home visits.
  • The Garage Community & Youth Center received funding for the purchase of program supplies for Kennett Square and West Grove Garages’ after school programming.
  • Tick Tock Early Learning Center received funds to purchase new size-appropriate tables and chairs for student use.
  • Unionville Chadds-Ford Education Foundation received funds toward the purchase of a mechanism that will automate the greenhouses used as part of a garden based learning program in the Consumer Science curriculum in the Middle School.
  • Wings for Success received funds to purchase clothing and undergarments for their clients at their new Kennett Square site.
  • Kennett YMCA received funds to purchase program materials and supplies, plus fund field trip, admissions and bussing, for the Kennett Square Borough Youth Summer Camp program.
  • Young Moms received funds to purchase program supplies and office supplies for their monthly meetings for teenage mothers.
  • Youth Community Forward received funds to provide transportation for their 4-H Summer Camp students and families to attend the 4-H Chester County Fair.

Each year the Mushroom Festival also makes a donation to the charity of choice of the previous year’s honorary chairs. 2014’s Honorary Chairs Terry and Rich Forte chose A Hero’s Welcome, to receive the donation this year.


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