The Harper County Community Foundation recently recognized the grant recipients for the May 2015 round at an Awards Presentation held in conjunction with their Annual Meeting. The event was held at 7 p.m., on Tuesday, May 19th, in the Westview Apartments’ Community Room in Harper.

These monies from the Waste Connection Landfill Revenues and the Harper County Board of Commissioners represent the thirteenth round of grants awarded. The Foundation also awarded monies from their discretionary funds. For this grant round, 45 grant applications were submitted to HCCF with a total of $279,776.50 requested. The Foundation awarded $114,000 to 34 organizations and projects that benefit Harper County.

The foundation also said goodbyes to Carla Pence and Debbie Hatfield whose contributions over the years have been greatly appreciated. New board member Emily Schlickau was officially welcomed as Carla’s replacement and Tom Conrady was confirmed for a second term as a board member.

The 2015 board of directors of the foundation are Kevin Alexander, Chairperson and Finance Team; Alan Allenbach, Linda Biles, Megan McDaniel, Tom Conrady, Jerry Turner, Don Jensen, Treasurer and Finance Team; Kerry Schroeder, Vice Chairperson; Roy Davis, Secretary; Angie Higgs, Tim Penner, Finance Team and Emily Schlickau. The annual meeting also reported the foundation had $2.5 million in assets under management as of April 30, 2015.

Recipients of the May 2015 grant monies are Attica Public Library for their Summer Reading Program, Operate Decorate Downtown for Harper Downtown Park, Attica Public Schools for High School Volleyball Camp, Child Start, Inc. for Preschool Classroom Improvements and Outdoor Climbing Structure for Physical Development, City of Attica for the Police Officer Safety First Presentations, Harper County Extension Master Gardeners for Education, Harper County Preservation and Tourism for the Embry, KS Historical Roadside Marker, Harper Ministerial Alliance for the City of Harper’s Summer Food Program, Main Street Ministry for the After School Program, Harper County 4th of July for the 20th Celebration, Anthony Recreation for Sports Equipment, The Arts Center, Inc. for their Elementary School Art Program, Attica Public Schools Accelerated Reader Program, Harper County Bullseye BBQ, Chaparral High School for Library Collaboration Stations, Harper Elementary for Jr. High Math Graphing Calculators, USD 511 for Phase 3 of their PE Equipment project, Little Lions Preschool for Equipping the Classroom, Harper Elementary for Field Trips, Anthony Christian Church for Feeding the Youth at Community Youth Group, Attica Saddle Club for Rodeo Grounds Bleachers, Crossroads Pregnancy Resource Center, Attica Public Schools for Music Instrument Maintenance & Cleaning, Harper United Methodist Church for their Hispanic Outreach, Attica Summer Rec for Baseball Field Bleachers, Harper County Veteran Signs Committee for Memorial Highway Signs, City of Attica for Street Repair Equipment, Harper Hospital District #5 for Assistance with their Rehabilitation Services Program, USD 511 for Attica Wellness Center Weights, Anthony Theatre for Concession Stand Restoration, Attica Hospital District #1 for Commercial Washers/Dryers and Beds/Mattresses, and City of Anthony for Water Tower Park Renovation.

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 communities of Harper County through support and resources. The deadline for the next grant round will be October 1, 2015.

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: Eryn Guy, Chaparral Library; Lynn Seifort, Child Start; Loretta Kerschen, Harper Hospital District #5; Kimberly Schrant, Harper County Bullseye BBQ; Jean Tabor, Embry Historical Marker; Angie Alexander, Attica Recreation; Yvonne Burden, Attica Public Schools Music Department; BarBara Wright, Anthony Theatre and Embry Historical Marker.


Second Row left to right: Andres Madrid and Laura Livengood, Harper United Methodist Church; Dollie Mathes, Harper County 4th of July Celebration; Holly McDermott and Juliana Whisman, The Arts Center, Inc.; Bette DeMeritt, Anthony Theatre; Heather Watts, After School Program.


Back Row left to right: Jason Wyatt, City of Attica; Brad Foley, Anthony Water Tower Park Renovation; Craig Winters, Attica Public Schools PE Department; Chuck Berry, City of Attica Police Department; Bill Widener, Harper Hospital District #5; Jenni Carr, Harper County Master Gardeners; Fred Bogatay, Harper County Veterans Memorial Signs; Ed Preston, Anthony Christian Church; Don Wells, USD 511 Superintendent, Kevin Alexander, HCCF Chairperson.