September 8, 2016  |  News

2016 Community Impact Breakfast

2016 Community Impact Breakfast

2016 Community Impact Breakfast

Celebrating 25 Years of Impact


Katie O'Rourke

The Community Foundation’s 2013 Lilly Scholar, Katie O’Rourke.

Since 1991, the Community Foundation of Boone County has supported the nonprofit organizations that carry out their missions here in Boone County. On August 12, we hosted our Annual Community Impact Breakfast and celebrated 25 years of grant making and honored those that helped us achieve this milestone. 

2013 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship recipient, Kate O’Rourke came home to emcee the event. Kate attends Indiana University where she is a senior majoring in Broadcast Journalism.

Greta Sanderson

The Lebanon Reporter and Times Sentinel Publisher Greta Sanderson

Attendees included donors and supporters, grant recipients and community partners who have collaborated with the CFBC over the years.  A highlight of the breakfast was the presentation of a Legacy Leadership Award to The Lebanon Reporter and Times Sentinel Publisher Greta Sanderson. Combined, The Lebanon Reporter and Times Sentinel have published more than 1,540 stories related to the Community Foundation. President & CEO, Kristi Reynolds noted that the papers averaged more than one mention a week for the past 25 years.  Supreme Court

Judge David with his Legacy Leadership Award

Judge David with his Legacy Leadership Award

Justice Steve David also received a Legacy Leadership Award for his years of leadership and service to the Community Foundation of Boone County.


A panel discussion made up of the leaders of four grantee organizations spoke on the benefits of collaboration with the Community Foundation of Boone County.  Each of the organizations: Sylvia’s Child Advocacy Center, Boone panelCounty Senior Services, Inc., Humane Society For Boone County and The Arc of Greater Boone County spoke about the services provided by the CFBC which have contributed to their successes.  

Reynolds announced the total dollars raised during the Million Dollar Match Campaign. Lilly Endowment challenged our community to raise one million dollars from and for our community, and they would match it. The campaign raised over $2.3 million for the 200 funds held by CFBC.

Three additional Legacy Leadership Awards were presented. Jen Pendleton, former President & CEO, and Marc Applegate, immediate past board president, were honored for their efforts to meet the match goal for Boone County. Beth Casselman, CFBC’s first executive director was honored for her years of time and dedication to the success of the Foundation.

The event ended with Casselman sharing her experiences over the past 25 years and honoring past board members and volunteers who helped the foundation go from its first grant of $500 to the ability to grant over $1,000,000 per year, every year, today. Tom Koppelman, who was instrumental in the early days of the Foundation, was memorialized with the Tom Koppelman Legacy Leadership Fund. Gifts to this endowed fund may be made in honor of other community leaders and will help support the operations of the Foundation for generations to come. Tom sadly passed away in July.