The Mushroom Festival is an all volunteer organization whose proceeds are distributed to a wide variety of charities and organizations benefiting the residents of Kennett Square and the surrounding communities. From the 2018 Festival, $50,096 was given back to the community in the form of Mushroom Festival grants to local non-profit organizations. The Mushroom Festival would especially like to thank the Forte Family for their donation of $14,000 which was raised through generous efforts and donations. All of the grants donated this year would not have been possible without them. In total The Mushroom Festival has given over $1,000,000 back to the community since 2000.
Our Festival is made possible by the generous financial support of our mushroom industry, and many businesses and organizations. We would like to sincerely thank them along with the businesses that have donated goods and services.
2019 Mushroom Festival Grant Recipients
32 Organizations awarded grants totaling $50,056.90.
On April 4, 32 local organizations received their grants at the annual Grants Presentation Reception, this year held at Genesis’s Michael R. Walker Building in Kennett Square. Below is the list of grant winners and how the funds will be used over this year. In addition to the grants below, Friends of Auburn Heightts received a donation in the name of last year’s Honorary Chair Carla Lucas.
Organizations receiving Mushroom Festival grants includes:
Adult Literacy Program- Kennett Library: funds will be used to purchase books, workbooks, educational materials.
ALS of Greater Philadelphia: funds will be used for a program partnership with health agencies that rpovide up to 12 hours of custodial help per week.
Avondale Fire Company EMS Division: funds will be used to purchase hard protective cases for LUCAS device (CPR machine), purchase new case for Massimo CO monitors for patient with CO exposure.
Bournelyf Special Camp: funds will be used for transportation costs related to program activities off-campus.
Camp Dreamcatcher: funds will be used to sponsor three HIV/AIDS impacted children to attend camp.
Canine Partners for Life: funds will be used to purchase dog crates, mats for training and cleaning, and portable floor fans to assist in drying cleaned kennel floors.
Chester County Women’s Services: funds will be used to fund new Anger Management Program from Century Anger Management.
Family Promise of Southern Chester County: funds will be used to finish playground equipment and the yard with toy chest and plantings.
Friends of Auburn Heights- 2018 Honorary Chair Grant Recipient: 2018 Honorary Chair Grant Recipient
Friends Home in Kennett: funds will be used to purchase recliners for temporary residents.
Garage Community and Youth Center: funds will be used to purchase supplies for the After-School Programs at both the Kennett and West Grove Garages.
Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania: funds will be used to pay for costs to mail cookies to local military personnel who are deployed overseas.
Historic Kennett Square: funds will be used for the 2019 Memorial Day Parade.
Kacie’s Cause: funds will be used to purchase 13 doses of Naloxone and provide training to parent/community groups.
Kennett Area Community Service: funds will be used to purchase approx. 1,000 pounds of fresh meats and produce for Kennett Food Cupboard.
Kennett After-School Association: funds will be used for transportation costs associated with the program.
Kennett Area Park Authority: funds will be used towards the free 8 week summer 2019 concert series in Anson B. Nixon.
Kennett Education Foundation: funds will be used for educational grants- promising, proven, SMART, mini programs.
Kennett Fire Co. No. 1: funds will be used to purchase an upgraded server and computer system for emergency alerting for personnel.
Kennett Symphony of Chester County: funds will be used to provide access to KSCC concert for senior citizens; and to first time KSCC attendees at a reduced price.
KHS Friends of Music: funds will be used to help purchase a shed for the marching band.
Lighthouse Youth Center: funds will be used to provide daily free snack and nutritious meal to low-income, at-risk youth.
Longwood Fire Co.: funds will be used to purchase training CPR feedback manikins for CPR training.
Meals on Wheels of Chester County: funds will be used to purchase meals served by the Avon Grove Chapter to an estimated 37 individuals.
North Star of Chester County: funds will be used to fund 3 months of homelessness prevention and self sufficiency support for single working parent living in Kennett Square.
Oxford Arts Alliance: funds will be used for Art&Music Education low income camp scholarships and to purchase supplies.
Paws for People: funds will be used to purchase supplies for Goldie’s Gang Summer Program at Kennett Library.
Po Mar Lin Fire Company: funds will be used to purchase a notification system installed in various rooms through the firehouse for emergency calls to the station.
Reins of Life: funds will be used for vet care for the horses- Lyme’s treatment, insulin treatment, routine shots, dental visits, and trimming hooves.
Scouting Troop 20: funds will be used to build 1 raised garden box for the Luther House Jennersville.
SmartDrive Foundation: funds will be used to purchase equipment for two courses.
Southern Chester County EMS: funds will be used to purchase personal protective equipment for head and torso.
Results from Previous Years
- View the 2018 Grant Recipients
- View the 2017 Grant Program Beneficiaries
- Mushroom Festival awards $85,000 in grants in 2016