Mushroom Festival awards $81,000 in grants to 50 local organizations

2017 Mushroom Festival Grants Awarded

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 dinner 1patients 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 dinner 6hold 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 dinner 4Family 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 dinner 2programs.
  • 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 dinner 3experiencing 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 dinner 5activities 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.

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