Mushroom Festival awards $81,000 in grants to 50 local organizations
Honored guests from 50 area non-profits gathered at Loch Nairn Golf Course on April 12 for the Mushroom Festival’s Grants Dinner. In total the 50 organizations were awarded $81,620 in grants. Since 2000, the Mushroom Festival has awarded over $886,000 to area non-profits.
Last year’s Honorary Chairman, Louise D’Amico, chose the West Grove-Avondale Rotary as the recipient of the Honorary Chairman’s award and the organization will receive a $1000 donation from the Mushroom Festival.
Organizations receiving grants in 2017 and how the funds are used are as follows:
- The Adult Literacy Program at Kennett Library: funds to purchase materials for the English as a second language and tutoring programs.
- ALS Association: funds to purchase needed equipment for Chester County patients with ALS.
- Avon Grove Regional Management: funds to purchase a portable generator and laptop computer to support their mobile emergency operations trailer.
- Avondale Fire Co. No. 1: funds to upgrade the audio visual equipment for training.
- The Barn at Spring Brook Farm: funds for program supplies for their summer camp program serving 96 children with physical disabilities and Autism.
- Bournelyf Special Camp: funds to cover transportation costs associated with their summer camp program for children and young adults with special needs.
- Brandywine Valley Chorale: funds to commission a world premiere choral work celebrating their 10th anniversary.
- Camp Dreamcatcher: funds for three camper sponsorships for children in Kennett Square.
- Canine Partners for Life: funds to purchase custom service dog harnesses to hold documents and needed materials for their human partner.
- Chenoa Manor Animal Sanctuary: funds to be used to convert an existing building into a tropical environment for tortoise and parrot residents.
- Chester County Council, Boy Scouts of America: funds to help their elementary and middle school participants attend National Youth Leadership Training or Provisional Scout Camp.
- Community Volunteers in Medicine: funds for dental hygiene supplies for their mobile dental site at St. Rocco’s Center.
- The Crime Victims Center: funds to support their Southern Chester County outreach with emphasis on counseling for children and teen victims of sexual abuse.
- Delaware Zoological Society/Brandywine Zoo: funds to purchase supplies to make animal enrichments for the zoo animals.
- Domestic Violence Center: funds to support the Kennett Square Outreach Office.
- Family Promise of SCC: funds to purchase shelving and cabinets for their new Family Resource Center.
- Friends of White Clay Creek Preserve: funds toward the restoration of a 300′ stone wall around the historic London Tract Meeting House.
- Good Neighbors: funds toward the roof repair for a low-income homeowner in Kennett Square.
- Historic Kennett Square: funds to cover part of the expenses of having the Memorial Day Parade.
- JAM Christian Daycare: funds to purchase a mushroom cottage for and rubber mushrooms stools for a new mushroom-themed outdoor playground for toddlers.
- Jonathan Beech Memorial Concert: funds to cover part of the expenses to hold this annual event.
- Kennett After-School Association: funds toward transportation costs associated with the After-the-Bell program.
- Kennett Area Community Service: funds to support participation in the 16-week Getting Ahead workshop.
- Kennett Area Park Authority: funds to produce the eight-week free summer concert series at Anson. B. Nixon Park.
- Kennett Fire Co. No. 1: funds toward the refurbishment of an ambulance to transport people to hospitals.
- Kennett Flash: funds to purchase equipment and furnishing to support programs.
- Kennett Symphony: funds to create a new concert series for senior citizens and first time symphony attendees.
- Kennett High School Friends of Music: funds toward the purchase of a gator and small equipment trailer to support the marching band at games, parades, and competitions.
- Kennett High School- Walk in Knowledge: funds to support transportation costs for college and special field trips.
- La Communidada Hispana: funds to purchase supplies for their new Dental Center such as disposable gloves, floss, fluoride treatments, dental sealants for children.
- The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County: funds to purchase archeological tools and supplies for their new program.
- Lighthouse Youth Center: funds to support the rewards program for the Lighthouse Learning Hour.
- Longwood Fire Company: funds toward the purchase of a new ambulance
- Meals on Wheels: funds to purchase hot meals for 10 elderly residents at Luther House that are unable to make their full contributions..
- Operation Homefront PA/DE/NJ: funds to help Chester County veterans experiencing a financial crisis.
- Oxford Area Neighborhood Services Center: funds to purchase food for the Food Assistance Program.
- Oxford Arts Alliance: funds to purchase supplies for their summer camp programs to keep the costs same as last year for participants.
- Paws for People: funds to purchase supplies for Goldie’s Gang Summer Program at Kennett Library.
- The Penn State University/Chester County Cooperative Extension 4H program: Funds to cover bus transportation to the 4H Fair for youth participating in their summer program.
- Quest Therapeutic Services: funds to purchase five saddle pads for new therapy horses.
- Reins of Life: funds to help with the medical costs of the horses used in the program to help children with special needs.
- Smart Drive Foundation: funds to purchase two PrimeKart Pedal Karts for their Distraction and Reaction course.
- Southern Chester County Emergency Medical Services: funds to purchase new helmets and personal protective coats to replace equipment that is over a decade old.
- The Garage Community & Youth Center: funds to purchase supplies for the after school programs at both the Kennett and West Grove Garages.
- Tick Tock Early Learning Center: funds for program supplies and special activities to enhance curriculum and overall program services.
- Volunteer English Program in Chester County: funds to purchase books, workbooks, and supplemental CDs to support 25 student-tutor pairs.
- Wings for Success: funds to purchase work/career appropriate attire for participants.
- YMCA Camp Tockwogh: funds to send Kennett Middle School students to summer camp.
- YMCA of Greater Brandywine, Kennett Branch: funds toward program materials to send 20 low-income Borough children per week to Y Summer Camp.
Mushroom Festival awards $85,000 in grants to help 47 local organizations and supports cancer research
The Mushroom Festival presented this year’s grants to 47 local organizations at the Grant Recipients Reception at the Kennett Square Inn on April 14.
The Festival has made its first donation, as part of a multi-year commitment, to The City of Hope’s new cancer research program using mushrooms.
Also each year the previous year’s Honorary Chairman selects a non-profit organization to donate $1000 in their honor. RoRo Ferrante, 2015’s Honorary Chair, chose the ALS Society this year.
The grant recipients reception and check presentation was the culminating event from the 2015 Festival and kicks off the start of 2016’s 31st Annual Mushroom Festival. This year the Festival awarded $85,000 in grants and donations, bringing its total awards to $805,000 since 2000.
All the organizations receiving grants in 2015 and how the funds will help the community are as follows:
Adult Care of Chester County received funds toward the purchase of a new shower chair, therapeutic games, and raised bed planters.
ALS Society received funds to meet the equipment needs of Chester County patients with ALS.
Avondale Fire Company’s grant will purchase a portable radio to be used for interior firefighting.
The Barn at Spring Brook Farm received funds for new equipment for each of The Barn’s five therapy horses.
Bournelyf Special Camp will use their funds for program related transportation costs to various off site locations for canoeing, hiking, and other activities.
Camp Dreamcatcher’s grant will allow three HIV/ADS impacted youth to attend summer camp.
Canine Partner for Life received funds to purchase customized hardware for the service dog’s harnesses.
Chester County Council, Boy Scouts of America will use its grant to send scouts to National Youth Leadership Training and STEM Camp.
Chester County SPCA’s grant will be used to purchase pet food for low income families that can no longer afford to feed their pets as a temporary solution to keep families from having to give their pets away.
Chester County Women’s Services received a grant to purchase baby supplies for at-risk parents participating in their program at Kennett Square satellite center.
Delaware Zoological Society (Brandywine Zoo) received funds for materials and supplies for their Boo in the Zoo Event and to build kestrel nesting boxes in Delaware.
Domestic Violence Center of Chester County received funds to support their Kennett Square Satellite Office.
Family Promise of Southern Chester County’s grant funds the purchase of a computer projector, screen and speakers for training volunteers and community presentations.
Friends Home of Kennett Square will use its grant to purchase two three-position electric lift recliner chairs for their patients.
Friends of Auburn Heights Preserve received funds to develop a new interactive exhibit highlighting the Stanley Motor Carriage Company.
Good Neighbors’ grant will allow it to make a critical van repair to one of their work vans.
Head Start of Kennett Square will purchase book bags and school supplies to give to their children transitioning to kindergarten with their grant.
Historic East Linden Projects’s grant will purchase a new computer for their computer lab for the Study Buddies program.
Historic Kennett Square’s grant will be used to present the Memorial Day Parade.
Jonathan Beech Memorial Concert will use its funds to cover part of the cost of putting on the event.
Kennett After Prom received a grant to provide entertainment for the after prom event.
Kennett After School Association’s grant will be put toward afterschool transportation costs for the After-the-Bell program.
Kennett High School Walk in Knowledge program received funds to provide transportation for college visits, snacks and supplies for their afterschool program
Kennett Area Parks Authority‘s will use its funds to produce the Summer Concert Series at Anson B. Nixon Park.
Kennett Area Parks and Recreation Board received funds for beautification at Herb Pennock Park and program expenses for the KAPRB Cross Country Race.
Kennett Education Foundation’s grant will fund educational grants for educators and students in KCSD.
Kennett Fire Company received a grant to purchase two AEDs (defibrillators) for use on their vehicles.
Kennett Flash will use its grant to purchase furniture and equipment to support a variety of programs at the venue.
Kennett Area YMCA’s grant will purchase program materials and supplies and pay for field trip admissions and busing for its Kennett Borough Summer Camp.
La Communida Hispana will purchase a medication refrigerator and other equipment and supplies for the new pediatric services they are providing at their center.
Land Conservancy of SCC’s grant will provide transportation to TLC’s preserves for environmental educational programs.
Lighthouse Youth Center received funds toward purchasing incentives for students to receive upon meeting specific goals throughout the year.
Longwood Fire Company received funds toward the purchase of a McGrath MAC EMS Video Laryngoscope.
Meals on Wheels funds will provide meals to residents at Luther House, Jennersville for seniors.
Operation Homefront will use its grant to supply emergency financial assistance to military families in this region.
Oxford Arts Alliance will use its funds to purchase materials, stools and tables for a new clay/ceramic studio.
Paws for People will purchase items for a kit that will help trained pet-therapy teams to interact better with their visitors with their grant.
Po-Mar-Lin Fire Company’s grant will purchase a portable radio to be used for interior firefighting.
Reins of Life received funds to cover veterinary care services for their therapy horses.
Smart Drive’s grant will purchase Fatal Vision Goggles: Alcohol Impairment and Goggle Ultraviolet Sterilization cabinet for use in their middle and high school programs.
SCC Emergency Medical Service Medic 94 will use their grant toward the conversion of a new Paramedic Responder
Spanish Health Ministry received funds for mileage reimbursement for staff to accompany clients at medical appointments and home visits.
The Crime Victims Center received a grant to fund services, supplies and materials for their Non-Offending Parents Group and children’s program at their Kennett, West Grove, and New Garden satellite centers.
The Garage’s grant will allow them to purchase program supplies for the Kennett Square and West Grove Garages.
Tick Tock Early Learning Center’s grant will fund program supplies and special activities to enhance their curriculum and overall program services.
Unionville Fair received funds to support Children’s Entertainment at the Fair.
Volunteers in English will use their funds for books and workbooks used during tutoring sessions.
47 Organizations received $80,000 in grants at the Mushroom Festival’s 2015 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 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.
39 local non-profits receive a total of $75,000 in Mushroom Festival Grants at the 2014 Spring Event
At the Mushroom Festival Spring Gala on Thursday, May 1, local nonprofit organizations received Mushroom Festival grants totaling over $75,000. Grants are awarded from proceeds of the previous year’s Mushroom Festival.
“It’s a hard decision every year to determine how to divide our grant funds,” said Kathi Lafferty, the Mushroom Festival’s coordinator. “We had over $150,000 in requests and made a few hard decisions in choosing a wide variety of organizations that help various groups of people in our diverse community. This wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our volunteers and our sponsors.”
A special donation was also made to the Kennett Area Park Authority’s Mushroom Playground fund as the 2013 Honorary Chairs, Jo Beth and Mark Thompson’s Charity of Choice.
Local organizations receiving Mushroom Festival grants and a description of how the funds will be used were:
- Adult Care of Chester County: to purchase furniture for new expanded SCC adult day care center for its Alzheimer day care patients
- ALS Association: to purchase accessibility ramping materials for Chester County clients
- The Arc of Chester County: to purchase iPads and assistive technology apps for classroom programs for two-year-olds with autism.
- Avondale Fire Co. No. 1: to purchase two positive pressure ventilation fans for use in removing smoke and gases from fire scenes.
- Bournelyf Special Camp: for program related transportation costs to take campers for off-site experiences such as horseback riding, canoeing, and hiking.
- Camp Dreamcatcher: toward the cost of sponsoring two Kennett Square children to their summer camp program.
- Canine Partners for Life: the costs of embroidery for Service Dog in Training Capes plus to purchase the hardware and wool covering needed to create custom service dog harnesses.
- Chester County Council, Boy Scouts of America: toward expenses for the elementary and middle school ScoutReach programs for disadvantaged, at-risk, under-served youth in Avon Grove, Kennett and Oxford school districts.
- The Crime Victims Center: for expenses associated with support projects and activities for the Latina Teen Sexual Assault Self-Esteem Support Group held monthly in Kennett Square.
- Domestic Violence Center: to support the organization’s Kennett Square Satellite office.
- Family Services of CC: to purchase furniture for outpatient mental health counseling at the organization’s satellite office in Kennett Square.
- Friends Association for Care and Protection of Children: for case management services to assist families to secure affordable and stable housing.
- Friends Home in Kennett: to purchase supplies for the activities programs offered to the residents.
- Friends of Tennis: for equipment, prizes, snacks and additional help at the organization’s summer sessions.
- Friends of White Clay Creek Preserve, a chapter of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation: toward the purchase of a DR Brush Mower and other equipment for trail maintenance at the White Clay Creek Preserve.
- Good Neighbors: toward the purchase of portable, component, metal reusable handicapped ramps for wheelchair access for homes in SCC.
- Head Start: for costs associated with supplying Kindergarten Readiness Backpacks for Head Start students going to kindergarten in the fall.
- Historic Kennett Square: for sponsorship of the Memorial Day Parade.
- Kennett After-School Association: to cover some of the costs of transportation home at the conclusion of After the Bell after school program.
- Kennett Area Park Authority: for costs associated with offering the free eight week summer concert series at Anson B. Nixon Park.
- Kennett Area Parks and Recreation Board: the costs associated with offering the free Kids Cross Country Race and purchasing two new scoreboards at Herb Pennock Park.
- Kennett Area Senior Center: to purchase portable room dividers for their facility.
- Kennett Athletic Booster Club: to install a sprinkler system for the KHS baseball infield.
- Kennett Education Foundation: to be used to fund education grants for teachers and students in Kennett Consolidated School District
- Kennett Fire Co. No. 1: funds toward a replacement ambulance to serve the community.
- KHS Demon Robotics: toward the purchase of tools such as bench grinder, drill press, sander and chop saw.
- KHS Walk In Knowledge: to support the Walk-in-Knowledge program at Kennett High School.
- Lighthouse Youth Center: to purchase the range and fire suppression system for the new commercial kitchen at their new facility.
- Meals on Wheels: to pay for hot, daily lunches delivered by Meals on wheels volunteers at Luther House.
- Oxford Area Neighborhood Services Center: to purchase food for the food cupboard for times when donations are low.
- Paws for People: toward the purchase of t-shirts and books for incentives for children who read to their therapy dogs.
- Quest Therapeutic Services: toward veterinary care expenses for the organization’s10 therapy horses
- Southern Chester County Emergency Medical Services: purchase two King Vision laryngoscopes.
- The Flash: funds toward the cost of replacement seating at The Flash’s venue.
- The Garage Community & Youth Center: to purchase after-school program supplies.
- Tick Tock Early Learning Center: for costs associated with field trips and to bring performers to summer camp.
- WCU Foundation: funds will help 26 blind or vision- impaired students participate in a special sports summer camp program called CampAbilities.
- Young Moms : toward starting an emergency food pantry, setting-up an office space, and for purchasing incentives for their teen mom clients.
- Youth Community Forward: for supplies for summer camp programs and transportation to the Chester County 4-H Fair.
Forty-one local non-profits receive a total of $65,000 in Mushroom Festival Grants at the 2013 Spring Event
The proceeds earned at the 27th Annual Mushroom Festival on September 8 and 9, 2012, were distributed to 41 local non-profit organizations at the Annual Spring Event, held this year on April 19 at Hartefeld Country Club.
In total nearly $65,000 was awarded.
Each year the Mushroom Festival contributes to breast cancer research being conducted at the City of Hope. It also makes a special donation chosen by the previous year’s Honorary Chairman. The 2012 Honorary Chairman, Tommy Lafferty, chose the Kennett Food Cupboard to receive this special $1000 donation.
Receiving 2013 Mushroom Festival Grants were:
- Adult Care of Chester County to purchase dining room furniture for the newly expanded Southern Chester County location.
- ALS Association to purchase items to loan to Chester County residents with Lou Gehrig’s disease in their Durable Medical Equipment, Assistive Technology and/or Accessibility programs.
- The Arc of Chester County for Arc’s Education Advocacy Services that helps families with special needs children to address education concerns at school.
- Avondale Fire Co. No. 1 to purchase two automatic external defibrillators, which will be placed on rescue vehicles.
- The Barn at Spring Brook Farm to help with expenses associated with their Camp Geronimo program, a summer camp for children with physical disabilities and/or cancer that features animal-assisted activities at the Barn.
- Bournelyf Special Camp for scholarships to enable children with special needs from low-income families in Southern Chester County to attend camp.
- Camp Dreamcatcher to sponsor two Kennett Square children at Camp Dreamcatcher’s annual HIV/AIDS therapeutic camp.
- Canine Partners for Life to purchase gentle leaders for service dogs and service dogs in training. The funds will also be used to purchase the embroidered Canine Partners for Life training capes worn by the dogs.
- Domestic Violence Center to support the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County’s Kennett Square satellite office.
- Friends Association for Care and Protection of Children to help with the costs associated with helping families move from emergency shelters to independent living.
- Friends Home in Kennett to purchase programs and equipment that helps patients with Alzheimer’s disease to increase memory and socialization skills.
- Friends of Tennis to purchase equipment for their programs.
- Good Neighbors to purchase a trailer for hauling construction equipment to building sites. Funds will also be used for signage at houses receiving repairs.
- Historic Kennett Square for sponsorship of the Memorial Day Parade.
- Jonathan Beech Memorial Concert to cover some of the costs associated with producing the event.
- Kennett After-School Association to cover some of the costs of transportation home at the conclusion of After the Bell after school programs.
- Kennett Amateur Theatrical Society to cover the cost of producing the annual production.
- Kennett Area Community Service toward assistance for families requesting help from their organization.
- Kennett Area Park Authority toward costs associated with offering the free eight week summer concert series at Anson B.Nixon Park.
- Kennett Area Parks and Recreation Board to cover costs associated with the Free Kids Cross Country race, their new volleyball program, and also funds to install two dugouts on the lower fields at Pennock Park.
- Kennett Area Senior Center for their Neighbors in Action program, which provides support to the low and moderate income home bound elderly population.
- Kennett Athletic Booster Club for costs associated with installing a sprinkler system at the KHS baseball infield
- Kennett Education Foundation to fund classroom projects as requested by teachers.
- Kennett Fire Co. No. 1 to purchase eight portable radio devices that allow volunteers to communicate at events through private earpieces.
- Kennett Symphony of Chester County to help underwrite the expenses for all three Young Artist competitions: Vocal, Instrument, and Junior.
- KHS Demon Robotics to help with the purchase of a trailer to transport the Demon’s robot to competitions.
- KHS Walk In Knowledge to support Project Eleventh, a junior chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers. Funds will also cover transportation for college visits for students involved in the Walk In Knowledge program.
- Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County to expand the demonstration garden at New Leaf Ecocenter with a second mycoremediation site.
- Lyme Disease Association of Southeastern PA. towards the costs of distributing Lyme Disease information to the public.
- Maternal and Child Health Consortium of Chester County to fund the Kennett Square Healthy Start program, which helps low-income pregnant and parenting women.
- Meals on Wheels to pay for supplies for hot, daily lunches delivered by Meals on Wheels volunteers to Luther House residents.
- Quest Therapeutic Services for veterinary care expenses for Quest’s ten therapy horses.
- Reins of Life to build a handicapped accessible bathroom at the barn for Reins of Life’s riders.
- Smart Drive Foundation to translate safe driving brochures and online programming into Spanish.
- Spanish Health Ministry to provide transportation to the underserved Spanish-speaking children and families along the Route 1 corridor who require specialized medical care and interpreters.
- Supporting Kidds to purchase Spanish language books for the lending library that serves grieving children and their families.
- The Garage Community & Youth Center to fund after school activities for the West Grove Garage and the Kennett Garage programs.
- Tick Tock Early Learning Center to cover some of the costs associated with Tick Tock’s summer camp program.
- WCU Foundation to purchase and replace adapted equipment for the CampAbilitiesPA@WCU disability sport camp program.
- Young Moms to cover costs associated with the mentoring program supporting pregnant teens and young parents.
- Youth Community Forward to cover some of the cost of supplies and transportation for the Chester County 4-H summer camp programs and transportation costs to the Chester County 4-H Fair.
Mushroom Festival Awards $55,000 to local nonprofit organizations at its 2012 Spring Event
At the Mushroom Festival Spring Event on Friday, April 20, 2012, 33 local nonprofit organizations received grants totaling $55,000. Grants are awarded from proceeds of the previous year’s Mushroom Festival including the $2 wristband admission fee.
From 2011 proceeds it was determined the Mushroom Festival was able to award $55,000 in grants. The grant process began in January with the posting of the grant application. This year The Mushroom Festival Board received 52 applications requesting over $125,000 in grants.
Over the past 10 years the Mushroom Festival has given over $500,000 back to local organizations in the form of grants and donations.
“Without the support of our volunteers and our sponsors we wouldn’t be able to give back to the community,” Mushroom Festival Board PResident Michael Pia, Jr. said in announcing that 33 local non-profit organizations would receive grants totaling $55,000 from the 2011 Mushroom Festival that evening. “We are pleased to be putting these proceeds from the 2011 Mushroom Festival back into the community.”
“It’s a hard decision every year to determine how to divide our grant funds,” said Kathi Lafferty Mushroom Festival Coordinator. “We try to choose a wide variety of organizations that help various groups of people in our diverse community.”
Two special donations were made. First the Kennett Education Foundation received a $1,000 donation for the organization as the 2011 Honorary Chairman Leon Spencer’s Charity of Choice. In support of prostrate and breast cancer research, a donation was also made to the City of Hope.
- Local organizations receiving Mushroom Festival grants and a description of how the funds will be used were:
ALS Association: Funds to purchase durable medical equipment, such as companion wheelchairs, folding walkers, lift chairs, and shower chairs to loan to Chester County residents with Lou Gehrig’s disease.
- The Arc of Chester County: Funds for The Arc’s Advocacy Training program in Southern Chester County to support autism training, including Spanish translation services.
- Avondale Fire Co. No. 1: To purchase a turbo draft fire educator and also a refurbished tough book computer for the Chief’s vehicle.
- Bournelyf Special Camp: Funds to enable children with special needs from low income families in Southern Chester County to attend camp.
- Camp Dreamcatcher, Inc.: To sponsor two Kennett Square children to attend the HIV/AIDS Therapeutic Summer Camp
- Canine Partners for Life: Funds toward microchiping and registering 60 service dogs in training.
- Domestic Violence Center: Funds to support the organization’s Southern Chester County Outreach in the Kennett Square satellite office.
- Eli Seth Matthews Leukemia Foundation, Inc: Funds to support the marketing expenses of this newly created Oxford-based foundation dedicated to supporting research to find a cure for childhood leukemia.
- Friends of Tennis: Funds for new equipment to allow increased participation in the organization’s programs.
- Friends Home in Kennett: Funds to establish a computer center for residents to help them learn and interact with each other and their families.
- Good Neighbors: To purchase equipment to support the office and the program.
- Historic Kennett Square: For sponsorship of the Memorial Day Parade.
- Kennett After-School Association: To cover some of the transportation costs to bring participants home at the conclusion of After the Bell programs.
- Kennett Area Community Service: Toward the Emergency Assistance Fund to help families served by the organization.
- Kennett Area Parks and Recreation Board: For landscaping improvements at Pennock Park, to start the Blue Demons Lacrosse program and costs associated with the Free Kids Cross Country run.
- Kennett Area Park Authority: Towards the costs associated with providing 8 free summer concerts at Anson B. Nixon Park.
- Kennett Area Senior Center: To support the Neighbors in Action program, which works with the low to moderate income homebound elderly population.
- Kennett Education Foundation: Funds to support classroom projects as requested by teachers through the organization’s Innovative Grants for Teachers in the Kennett Consolidated School District program.
- Kennett Fire Co. No. 1: Funds toward the purchase of a specially-equipped 6×6 all-terrain vehicle for use at community events, parades and festivals.
- KHS Walk In Knowledge: To subsidize the costs associated with providing college visits for rising seniors within this Kennett High School organization.
- KHS Friends of Music: Towards the purchase of a mobile conductor’s podium.
- Learning to Lead: To send 3 Southern Chester County girls to the Girls Take Charge leadership program at Villanova University.
- Lyme Disease Association of Southeastern PA.: Funds to help present public lectures on Lyme Disease to the community.
- Penn State Cooperative Extension: Funds to support the promotion and facilitation of the 4-H Mushroom Growing Project.
- Project Rake: Funds to support the organization’s two work weekends.
- Quest Therapeutic Services, Inc.: Funds to help with the veterinary care expenses for the organization’s 10 therapy horses.
- Smart Drive Foundation: Funds to purchase Smart Drive, a student education program to address distracted driving and reaction programs.
- Southern Chester County Emergency Medical Services: Towards purchase of a new Medic 94 responder vehicle.
- Spanish Health Ministry: To cover costs associated with transportation for medical appointments and translation services to the under-served Spanish-speaking children/families along the Route 1 corridor that require specialized medical care and interpreters.
- SPEAK Unlimited, Inc.: Toward the costs to print 1000 copies of 12 different one page safety handouts to individuals with disabilities.
- The Garage Community & Youth Center: Funds to support The Garage Kennett Square, The Garage West Grove and Young Moms programs.
- Tick Tock Early Learning Center: Toward the purchase of various items to complete the playground construction project.
- Together for Education: Funds to offset costs of The Together Fair in order to keep the event free for all students of KCSD.
2011: Mushroom Festival awards $70,000 to charitable organizations at its Spring Event
On April 29, 2011 The Mushroom Festival honored the 31 local organizations chosen to receive a 2011 Mushroom Festival grant.
“It is really exciting to help others in our community,” said Mushroom Festival Coordinator Kathi Lafferty. “Although our Festival is only two days long, the requests we fund through our grant process give many local organizations the ability to provide their services. We work hard each year to maximize our donation to the community to be able to help as many of our friends and neighbors as we possibly can each year.”
“The Festival committee was excited over the number of grant requests we received and were able to honor,” said Mushroom Festival Board President Michael Pia, Jr. “Every year the number of requests grows. Non-profits, now more than ever, rely on funding from grants sources like ourselves. It is with great privilege that we are able to award these grants to their intended recipients.”
Below are the organizations receiving Mushroom Festival Grants in 2011 (from the 2010 proceeds) with explanations on how the organizations plan to use the funds.
City of Hope: a donation to support the organization’s research on mushrooms and breast cancer.
Adult Care of Chester County: funds for Adult Day Services at its Kennett Square location.
ALS Association (Lou Gehrigs disease): funds to purchase durable medical equipment to loan to Chester County residents with ALS including companion wheelchairs, folding walkers, lift chairs and shower chairs.
The Arc of Chester County: to fund Spanish translation services for four education advocacy trainings in southern Chester County to help individuals advocate for their family members with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
Avondale Fire Co. No. 1: funds to upgrade the audio and public address system in the Fire Company’s multipurpose training room/community hall.
The Barn at Spring Brook Farm: to cover the cost of one day of summer camp (Camp Geronimo) for 30 children with special needs based on animal-assisted activities.
Bournelyf Special Camp: funds toward sending seven Chester County residents to a two-week summer camp for youth with mental retardation and other disabilities.
Camp Dreamcatcher: to cover the cost of sponsoring two Kennett Square children to the organization’s HIV/AIDS Therapeutic Summer Camp
Canine Partners for Life: to partially fund the costs of producing the specialized harnesses used with the service dogs.
Christian C. Sanderson Museum: funds to develop a website for this Chadds Ford museum.
Community Gardens of Chester County: funds for supplies to build and plant 16 vegetable gardens for low-income Chester County residents.
Domestic Violence Center: funds to support the Center’s Kennett Square satellite office.
Friends of Tennis: to purchase the necessary equipment required to meet USTA guidelines for teaching youth tennis in order to offer free tennis lesson for Kennett Square children.
Friends Home in Kennett: funds for renovation and improvements to two dining rooms.
Good Neighbors: Funds to help the organization carry out their mission of home repairs for low income families in southern Chester County.
Historic Kennett Square: funds to support the Memorial Day Parade.
Kennett After-School Association: partial funding of costs associated with the transportation of students home at the conclusion of After the Bell afterschool program each day.
Kennett Area Senior Center: funds for the programs at the Center’s day care for elderly with Alzheimer’s.
Kennett Fire Co. No. 1: funds to purchase a 911 Messaging System which will send text messages to firefighters as a second form of communication.
Kennett Symphony of Chester County: to help underwrite the expenses for the Young Artist competitions — Vocal, Instrument, and Junior.
Kennett Education Foundation: funds for the Innovative Grants for Teachers in KCSD program which provides funds to classroom projects as requested/granted by teachers.
Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County: funds to develop a Mycotechnology Education program @ its Permaculture Environmental Center.
Learning to Lead: funds to send five SCC girls to “Girls Take Charge”, a one- week leadership program at Villanova University.
Lyme Disease Association of Southeastern PA: funds to print the “Lyme Disease: The Basics” booklet, a plain-English introduction to Lyme Disease, which is offered free of charge on request.
Quest Therapeutic Services: toward the costs of veterinary care expenses for the programs ten hippotherapy horses.
Reins of Life: funding for the organization’s therapeutic horseback riding scholarship program.
SCC Emergency Medical Services: funds to upgrade personal protective gear for paramedics and emergency medical technicians.
Spanish Health Ministry: funds to cover interpreters and transportation costs for medical appointments for the underserved Spanish-speaking children/families that require specialized medical care.
The Garage Community & Youth Center: costs associated with running an after school program for the West Grove Garage Youth Center.
Together for Education: funds to fill backpacks with school supplies for children in KCSD who cannot afford them.
William W. Fahey Post 491 America n Legion: Funds to repair the deteriorating flag pole and add a second pole to fly the PA state flag