The Harper County Community Foundation recently recognized the grant recipients for the May 2013 round at an Awards Presentation held in conjunction with their Annual Meeting. The event was held at 7 p.m., on Thursday, May 23rd, in the Bank of Kansas Hospitality Room, in downtown Anthony.

These monies from the Waste Connection Landfill Revenues and the Harper County Board of Commissioners represent the ninth round of grants awarded. For this grant round, 45 grant applications were submitted to HCCF with a total of $415,428 requested. The Foundation awarded $95,000 to 26 organizations and projects that benefit Harper County.

Recipients of the May 2013 grant monies are the Harper City Historical Society for the Phoebe Hamilton Scrapbook Refurbishment [$628]; Little Lambs Daycare for additional start-up equipment [$823]; Harper County 4-H Shooting Sports for air rifle and archery equipment [$1,000]; Country Living for upgrades on their communication/copier equipment [$1,000];  Attica American Legion for color guard equipment [$1,000]; Harper County Senior Center Landscape project [$1,000];  Operate Decorate Downtown for the Christmas displays in the Downtown Harper Park [$1,000];  Harper Ministerial Alliance for the Harper Summer Food Program [$1,500]; Blessed Beginnings Preschool for purchase of a SMARTBoard for classroom use [$1,500]; First Fruits Community Garden in Harper [$1,500]; Harper County Sleeping Heroes project [$1,635]; Main Street Ministry iPads for public use at Higher Grounds and Leather Bounds [$1,869]; Anthony Recreation for a water reel for ballfields including two new fields in creation phases [$2,000]; USD 511 for Accelerated Reader Reward Program [$2,363], equipment for the PE Department [$2,400] and educational field trips throughout next school year [$2,886]; Harper Elementary HOPE for LED Sign [$3,000]; City of Attica for a pool vacuum [$4,250]; Attica Saddle Club for bleacher upgrades at the rodeo arena [$4,366]; In car video camera for the Harper County Sheriff Department [$5,500]; Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church handicapped accessible ramp for the church Fellowship Hall [6,000]; Choir Risers for Chaparral Auditorium [$8,056]; Anthony Hospital Foundation for an ER Crash Cart for Anthony Medical Center [$9,724]; Harper Hospital District #5 for Wellness Center equipment upgrades [$10,000]; Anthony Community Care Center shower room remodels [$10,000]; and building renovations to bring Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church up to code for establishing a new preschool [$10,000].

This grant round is part of the annual commitment of nearly $200,000 by the Harper County Board of Commissioners to benefit Harper County citizens and organizations from the landfill revenue funds. The Foundation was selected as the organization to receive, review and evaluate applications for projects based on these fields of support since May of 2009. Past grant recipients can be viewed on the Foundation’s website at

HCCF’s Mission is focused on education, human needs, health care, community improvement or rural development that will enrich the community’s of Harper County through support and resources. The deadline for the next grant round will be October 1, 2013.

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



Featured photo identification

Front Row L to R: Bradley Foley, Anthony Recreation; Brant Baringer, Attica Saddle Club; Jennifer Wolff, Main Street Ministries; Loretta Kerschen, Harper Hospital; Ashley Hostetler, Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church Preschool; Eric Kerschen, Chaparral Vocal Department.

Middle Row L to R: Eddie Barber, Harper Ministerial Alliance; Sheryl Grigsby, Attica USD 511;  Raejean Stevens, Harper Hospital;  Tina Welch of the Harper Library and Cheryl Adelhardt, representatives of the Harper County Sleeping Heroes Project; Angie Alexander, Attica City Council; Faith Penner, Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church; Carol Allen, Blessed Beginnings Preschool; Jim and Kathy Lamb, 4-H Shooting Sports.

Back Row L to R: Holly Newkirk, Main Street Ministry; Craig Winters, Attica USD 511 Physical Education; Jason Hightree, Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church; Lisa Newsum, Attica USD 511; Terri Griffiths and Rebecca Carter, Anthony Medical Center; Tracy Chance, Harper County Sherriff Dept.; Jenni Carr, Harper County Extension; Thomas Burns, Harper County Sherriff Dept.; and Jason Wolff, Anthony Hospital Foundation.