Mushroom Festival reaches $1  Million Milestone in Giving Back

“We are very excited to have reached the million-dollar milestone, says Kathi Lafferty, Mushroom Festival Coordinator. “When I started volunteering for the Festival and we started the grant program a million dollars was never thought about. In 2000, the first year we gave grants, we were only able to split $500 between three organizations.”

Over the last 18 years the Mushroom Festival’s Board of Directors have worked hard to grow the Festival and as the Festival grew, so did the ability to give back. After the success of the 32nd Annual Mushroom Festival in 2017, the Mushroom Festival’s Board of Directors were able to award a record $114,068 in grants and donations this year, bringing its total giving over the million-dollar milestone.

“With our successful grant program, the influence of the Mushroom Festival goes far beyond the two-day Festival,” said Lafferty. “The grants help local programs year-round and throughout the community’s various constituents from infants through the elderly populations. Our grants help a wide variety of programs for the entire community like the Memorial Day parade and the free summer concert series at Anson B. Nixon park. We are also able to help deserving youth attend camps and help organizations purchase supplies for special needs programs and camps.”

On April 5, 52 local organizations received their grants at the annual Grants Presentation Reception, this year held at Genesis’s Michael R. Walker Building in Kennett Square. Click here to learn more about this year’s grant recipients and how the funds will be used to better our community.

Special thanks to the following Kennett Square establishments in providing refreshments for the evening:

  • Portabello’s of Kennett Square
  • LaVerona
  • Talula’s  Table
  • Kennett Square Inn
  • Grain
  • Paradocx Winery
  • Kennett Brewing Company

In addition to the grants awarded on April 5, Family Promise of Southern Chester County received a donation in the name of last year’s Honorary Chair, Carol Lowe. A special donation will also be made to a national foundation researching the health benefits of mushrooms.