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Funds established to honor DeCourseys

Saturday, January 25, 2003

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Daughter of Albert and Freda DeCoursey, Pat Cercos, designed two separate endowment funds with Clay County Community Foundation. In an effort to give back to a community that gave so much to her family, Cercos established the funds so that music, art, education and community development are essential elements of the endowed fund agreements.

The Albert and Freda Eder DeCoursey Scholarship Fund was created to award an annual scholarship to an individual pursuing the study of creative arts or performing arts, such as music, visual arts, theatre, dance, creative writing or an individual who is pursuing the study of education for teaching creative arts or performing arts. The first scholarship will be awarded in the spring of 2003. Freda Eder DeCoursey graduated from Staunton High School and Indiana State University. She was a music and art teacher in Indiana for 36 years. She retired in 1972 after 26 years with the Staunton/Posey Township schools.

The Albert and Freda Eder DeCoursey Community Fund is an unrestricted fund that will award grants for programs and projects in Clay County that improve the quality of life. This fund honors the community commitment of Albert and Freda, who both quietly worked for their community's welfare throughout their lives. Pat's memory of her father's dedication to Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department inspired her to establish this unrestricted fund. Unrestricted grants will be made to Posey Township from this fund when possible.

The contribution to establish the community fund, an unrestricted fund, was matched dollar-for-dollar through Lilly Endowment Inc. as part of its GIFT Phase V program: Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow. The scholarship fund also gained matching dollars that will be placed in the Clay County General Endowment Fund.

Cercos resides in Petaluma, Cal. but still maintains the family property in Posey Township. She intends to continue building these funds and hopes to increase their future impact on Clay County.

For more information about gifts to Clay County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Wabash Valley Community Foundation, Inc., call Judy Eifert at (812) 446-2677.



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