Thomasville Community Foundation supports local efforts

Scholarships, grants awarded
Jul. 10, 2013 @ 01:29 PM

With a clear directive and longstanding history of working with other organizations to strengthen its community, the Thomasville Community Foundation is forging ahead to enrich the lives of local residents.

“Our main objective is to give scholarships to students,” said Sue Hunter, outgoing president of the board of directors. “We select students from Thomasville, East Davidson and Ledford to whom we present these scholarships. Any nonprofit can also apply for funding from the Foundation. They have all been worthwhile.”

Hunter, who served as president of the Foundation for two years, is passing the torch to Berta Riley. She is joined by Betty Almond, incoming vice president, and Marti Baity, who will take over as treasurer, as the Foundation's newest officers.

Established in 1945, the Thomasville Community Foundation originally existed to improve quality of life for Chair City factory workers, particularly ones who worked at Thomasville Furniture Industry. The Foundation has evolved to make use of endowment funds to promote philanthropy to meet educational needs of individuals, as well as contributing to the nonprofit sector.

Seven graduates from Thomasville City and Davidson County Schools were awarded scholarships from the Thomasville Community Foundation at its annual meeting in May. Twelve $1,000 grants were also awarded to nonprofit organizations.

Among the nonprofit grants awarded this year, several familiar Thomasville organizations received funding. One grant, however, stood out as a unique choice, a $1,000 grant which went to the N.C. Shakespeare Festival in High Point.

Hunter says the investment is well worthwhile.

“Some might question why you would give money to the Shakespeare Festival,” Hunter said. “What they do is hold the Christmas Carol Festival and pick up students from Thomasville who can't afford to go. We try very hard to help those we can, so that tummies may get food and a little fun can be had while they're at it.”

Other honors were distributed at the annual meeting to law enforcement officials whose calling leads them to increase their knowledge base and ability to serve the city. Jeremy Rowe and Brad Saintsing were the 2013 recipients of the Crawford-Spinett Memorial Scholarship, given to Thomasville Police officers.

Scholarship applications for next year can be obtained from the three local high school guidance offices. Grant applicants should send a letter of up to two pages long that describes the program or project, specific dollar amount requested, a project budget and a list of the organization's key staff members.

To become a donor through the Thomasville Community Foundation, a number of options are available. One can designate a donation to a specific area of interest, agency or organization and can expect the Foundation to optimize the impact of each donation.

Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3575, or at



Scholarships were awarded to East Davidson graduates Joshua Coy Blair, Michaela Everhart, Brittany McDowell and Erika Paige Thompson. From Ledford, Emma Hilton earned a $1,000 scholarship. Mariah Wicker and Zieaira Baxter represented Thomasville, both garnering a $1,000 scholarship. Everhart was the big winner, taking home the $5,000 Patti Rae Chappel Scholarship.

Grants were also awarded to Crime Stoppers, Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, N.C. Shakespeare Festival, Cooperative Community Ministry, Fairgrove Family Resource Center, Bond Lady Magic AAU Basketball, Communities In Schools, Davidson Medical Ministries, The Shepherd’s Inn, Tom A. Finch Community YMCA, PACE and Thomasville Rescue Squad.