The Harper County Community Foundation recently recognized the grant recipients for the May 2024 round at an Awards Presentation held in conjunction with their Annual Meeting. The event was held at 6 PM, on Thursday, May 23rd at the Municipal Hall in Anthony. HCCF also celebrated their second Match Day partnership with The Patterson Family Foundation at this event.

Match Day Results: Our community raised $102,455. The Patterson Family Foundation will match $70,000 and HCCF will match the remaining monies. Donations were made to the following non-profits:

Anthony Theater
The Arts Center
Country Living
Harper Historical Society
Harper County Community Foundation Endowment
Harper County Core Community
Harper County Fair Barn
Harper County Health Foundation-Dialysis
Main Street Ministries
Norwich Backers
Obadiah’s Pantry
Prepare to Launch Program
St. Patrick Church

For this grant round, 54 grant applications were submitted to HCCF with a total of $484,744.88 requested. The Harper County Community Foundation awarded $153,790.40 to 39 organizations and projects that benefit Harper County. These monies from the Waste Connection Landfill Revenues and the Harper County Board of Commissioners represent the 31st round of grants awarded since the inception of the granting program in May of 2009. The Foundation also awarded monies from their discretionary funds along with anonymously granting $49,000 to 9 organizations. A total of $3,517,374.00 has been awarded since the inception of this granting process.

The following scholarship recipients were recognized during the event: Jack and Lavera Bertholf Scholarship // Timothy Adams, Auburn Hill, Joshua Welch, Isabel Alexander, Peytyn Carlisle; Jean L. Jensen Language Arts Scholarship // Timothy Adams, Alaina Bellesine, Kabrie Chance, Auburn Hill, Veronica Hostetler, Josef Planansky, Joshua Welch; HCCF Top Scholar Award // Innslee Albright, Darla Hennessee, Allison Redgate, Joshua Welch, Isabel Alexander, Peytyn Carlisle, Drake Schmidt; Debbie Wilkinson Trailblazer Athlete/Scholar Scholarship // Auburn Hill; Charles & Ella Clotene Masner Scholarship // Veronica Hostetler, Joseph Jaeger, Paul Mancilla, Atiana Mendoza-Ward; and Anthony American Legion Scholarship // Kenzie Haydock, Joseph Jaeger. Prepare to Launch is also awarding a $1,000 scholarship to all 2024 Harper County graduates upon submission of their application through the link found in the Prepare to Launch Scholarships section on HCCF wishes all of these scholarship recipients the best of luck in their future endeavors!

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. More thanks go to Prepare To Launch Squad members Timmy Adams, Makayla Swartz, Taryn Meek, Jocelyn Hazel, Aliya Davis, Piper Giblo, Krayton Hoy, Kendall Nelson, and Drake Schmidt for their support and service at the Awards Presentation. A special thank you to Jack Alexander for helping grill hamburgers and hot dogs for the event.

Recipients of the May 2024 grant monies include Attica Public Schools for Bulldog PRIDE, Art Department Supplies, Equipment & Art Museum Field Trips, Science Department Robotics Club & Field Trips, StuCo, Classroom Updates for Title I, English & Social Studies, Referee Education/RefReps, 3rd Grade STEM & Literature Enhancement and Kindness Club; Harper Public Library for Ergonomics for Library Patrons & Staff; Anthony American Legion Auxiliary for their Anthony Honors Street Pole Banner Project; Helping Hands of Harper Christmas Park Updates; Horizons Mental Health Center for a Harper County Child Advocacy Center; Harper County Department on Aging & Transportation for Attica Senior Center Updates; Resilient Warrior for their Retreat Project; Harper Elementary SPARK; Chaparral Schools for Weight Room Flooring, Vending Machines, Ag-Livestock Grazing Research, Cross Country and Vaping Curriculum with Mirror Inc.; Anthony Chamber of Commerce for the 2024 Sunflower Balloon Fest; Attica Long Term Care for Wardrobes for North Hall Residents; Harper County 4th of July; Anthony Community Care Center for Fire Safety Enhancement; Harper Fair Board for their Fair Barn Renovation Project; Grace to Recovery Foundation; Anthony Gun Club’s Shells Purchase for Shooting Sports; Harper County Core Community; Anthony Christian Church for their Community Youth Group Meals & “Garage” Renovation; Anthony Theatre, Inc. for Sound Equipment Upgrade; Chaparral TSA for a Trip to Nationals & Continuing eSports; 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, 2024.

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 EIN 48-1189755.

Entering our 28th year we’d like to express our gratitude to the generous donors and volunteers who’ve contributed to our success. Thank you. Kevin Alexander



Photo identification // Front Row left to right:

Jane Holzrichter, Horizons Mental Health Center; Virginia Downing, Anthony Theatre, Inc.; Leilani Wilson, Harper Public Library; Kristina Bramwell, Attica USD 511; Jennifer Wolff, Harper County Department on Aging & Transportation; Sandy Prickett, Anthony Christian Church Youth Group; Teresa Woods, Attica Long Term Care; Peyton Snodgrass, Helping Hands of Harper; Diana Busby & Jinnie Berry, Harper County Community HOPE; Holli Green, Grace To Recovery Foundation; and Katie Zimmerman, Chaparral Schools.


Back Row left to right:

Barbara Thomas & Joyce Kaup, Anthony American Legion Auxiliary; Devan Ball, Harper County Core Community; Megan Smyth, Horizons Mental Health Center; Cate Jensen & Matthew Wilson, Chaparral Technology Student Association (TSA); Justin Hill, Chaparral Schools; Creighton Cullop, Anthony Community Care Center; Jerid Befort, Harper County Fair Board; Bryan Hilgemann, Main St. Ministry; Wyatt Williams, Attica USD 511; Justin McCartney, Chaparral Schools; Holly Bane, Resilient Warrior, Anthony Chamber of Commerce & Harper County 4th of July; Sid Burkholder, Anthony Gun Club; Joel Gerber, Chaparral Schools; and Jennifer Rausch, Attica USD 511.