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