The Harper County Community Foundation recently recognized the grant recipients for the May 2021 round at an Awards Presentation held in conjunction with their Annual Meeting and 25th Birthday Party. The event was held at 7 p.m., on Tuesday, May 18th at the Municipal Hall in Anthony.

The Harper County Community Foundation just marked its 25th year in existence. Founded March 18, 1996 as the Anthony Community Foundation, and later became the Harper County Community Foundation on March 19, 2007. The Board decided to add an additional $25,000 in honor of HCCF’s 25th Birthday celebration to award a total of $155,000 in the May 2021 grant round.

For this grant round, 39 grant applications were submitted to HCCF with a total of $256,408.02 requested. The Harper County Community Foundation awarded $155,072.98 to 31 organizations and projects that benefit Harper County. These monies from the Waste Connection Landfill Revenues and the Harper County Board of Commissioners represent the 25th round of grants awarded since the inception of the granting program in May of 2009. The Foundation also awarded monies from their discretionary funds. A total of $2,637,086.00 has been awarded since the inception of this granting process.

Recipients of the Jack and Lavera Bertholf Scholarship, Jean L. Jensen Language Arts Scholarship, HCCF Top Scholar Award and Anthony American Legion Scholarship were all recognized during the event. HCCF wishes these scholarship recipients the best of luck in their future endeavors. The Prepare To Launch Program was also represented by the following PTL Squad members: Matte Swartz and Auburn Hill.

The Foundation would like to thank Donald Holt for serving as the event photographer and The Arts Center for providing entertainment for the children in attendance.

Recipients of the May 2021 grant monies include Harper County Transition to Career for T2C Reality U Event, Career Spotlights and the Welding Program; The Arts Center for their HVAC System; Attica Public Schools for Title I Osmo Experience, Attica JH/HS Cheer Uniforms, Football Improvements, Cardiac Event Preparedness – AEDs, Comfortable Commons Area Renovations, & Science Department Improvements; Chaparral for Carpentry Program Wood Glue Up Station & Chaparral Football Safe Equipment for Safe Practices project; Southern Kansas Bowhunters Club Range Improvements; Attica Community Educational Support (ACES) for their Back to School Bash & School Year Support Services; Harper County Fair Board for the Carnival Bracelet Night; Anthony Elementary for the Playing is Learning in Kindergarten & Dream Science Lab; Attica Saddle Club for Rodeo Bleacher Improvements; Anthony Gun Club’s Shells Purchase for Trapshooting Team; City of Harper for the FEMA Community Safe Room/Multi-purpose Facility; Patterson Health Center for Every Minute Counts Lifesavers – AEDs; Anthony Theatre for their Projector Replacement project; Attica Hospital District #1 for Safety & Security Improvements; Harper Public Library for a Classroom/Activity Room Annex Remodel; and Harper County Community HOPE.

HCCF’s Mission is focused on education, human needs, health care, community improvement or rural development projects that will enrich the communities of Harper County through support and resources. The deadline for the next grant round will be October 1, 2021.

More information about HCCF may be found on their website at In addition, any questions may be directed to Michelle Fahring, Assistant to the Foundation, by calling 620-840-1153 (cell phone), or by sending an e-mail to


Photo identification // Front Row left to right:

Karen Befort, City of Harper; Debra Olds, Harper Public Library; Dollie Mathes, Anthony Theatre; Karen Oller, Patterson Health Center; Karen Aldis & Jinnie Berry, Harper County Community HOPE; Robin Ybarra, Attica USD 511 Science Department; Beth Zahradnik, Anthony Elementary; and Jennifer Wolff, Harper County Department on Aging.

Second Row left to right:

Kevin Alexander, HCCF Executive Director; Sid Burkholder, Anthony Gun Club; Juliana Whisman, The Arts Center; Ken Leu & Rose Ann Green, City of Harper; Judy Kelley, Southern Kansas Bowhunters Club; Michelle Struble & Katy Thomas, Anthony Elementary; Britt Hedlund, Harper County Transition to Career; Teresa Woods, Attica Hospital District #1, and Loretta Kerschen, Patterson Health Center.

Back Row left to right:

Chuck Berry, Attica Police Department; Bobby Waldschmidt, Attica USD 511 & T2C Welding Program; JC Zahradnik, Chaparral Football Coach, Carey McFann, Attica USD 511 & A&A Titan Football Coach; Mike Reed, Chaparral Carpentry Program; and John Elmore, Southern Kansas Bowhunters Club.