EDWARDSVILLE – The Edwardsville Community Foundation has announced nearly $140,000 in donations to go toward various community projects.
ECF is a charitable organization that administers funds that improve the quality of life for people living within the boundaries of Edwardsville Community School District 7. The donations come as ECF prepares to kick-off its “Season of Giving” campaign.
The Edwardsville Community Foundation was the conduit for two anonymous donations, totaling $70,000, to the Benjamin Stephenson House. Friends of the Colonel Benjamin Stephenson House Board President, William Eaton, said the $20,000 donation will go towards making immediately needed repairs to the nearly 200-year-old house. Eaton said the remaining donation will be used for ongoing maintenance and future projects to the house and gardens.
“We are extremely grateful to our anonymous donors and want them to know of our gratitude and commitment to stewardship,” said Eaton.
The Madison County Historical Society received nearly $18,000 for museum renovations. Madison County Historical Society Board of Directors member Cindy Reinhardt said the donation came at a most opportune time.
“Renovating a 180-year-old building is very expensive. The society is extremely grateful for these donations,” Reinhardt said.
Edwardsville residents Gordon and Holly Broom also donated $50,000, through ECF, to fund the construction of the new family pavilion at Leon Corlew Park and Splash Pad. The park opened in July of this year. The Brooms have lived in Edwardsville for more than 40 years and been longtime supporters of various community projects and organizations. Gordon Broom is a partner at HeplerBroom, LLC.
Edwardsville Community Foundation Executive Director Patty Navin said the donations coincide with the kick-off of the Foundation’s “Season of Giving” campaign, which encourages residents to support organizations that improve the community and preserve its history.
“The generosity of donors to the Edwardsville Community Foundation never ceases to amaze me. Thanks to them, local nonprofits can continue to provide services and meet their missions for the benefit of all our communities,” said Navin.
Those who wish to donate to the Edwardsville Community Foundation can call (855) 464-3223 or visit the website at www.edwardsvillecommunityfoundation.org . Checks can also be mailed to P.O. Box 102, Edwardsville, IL 62025