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.