The board of advisors of the Bertie-Hertford Community Foundation presented 2012 awards from its Community Fund and from the Bertie-Hertford Woman’s Fund, at a reception held at the Ahoskie Chamber of Commerce, according to Laura Beasley, board president.

This year’s nonprofit recipients include:

  • The Hertford County Public Library, a grant to support the popular summer reading and enrichment program, Dream Big at Your Library.

  • PAWS of Hertford County, Inc., a grant to support the Low Cost/Pet Spay/Neutering program for low income families.

Grants from the Woman’s Fund were awarded to:

  • Food Bank of the Albemarle a grant to support the local food sourcing program, working with local farmers, retailers and community partners. This benefits all locally supported pantries in these counties.

  • Tri-County BSA District, a grant to support the fall recruitment efforts

  • First Baptist Church of Ahoskie, a grant to support the Roanoke Chowan Christian Women’s Job Corps Lifeskills program.

  • The Ahoskie Food Pantry, a grant to help expand the weekend backpack food program, supporting elementary age children in two area schools, identified as needing additional food support through the weekends. The average cost per child for this program is $275.

Beasley recognized the Grants/Scholarship Committee chairperson, Austine Evans, who introduced some of the M.C Ashe Family Scholarship recipients, Mr.Bladen Gatling and Ms.Camaryn Jones. Other students receiving scholarships from this fund are Hudson Bridgers and Shaheem Tucker. Taylor Grace McKeel received the Earl U. Capps Scholarship and was recognized at the Ridgecroft School Awards program.

Beasley thanked the community for support of the Bertie-Hertford Community Foundation. “These grants are important to our community and our quality of life,” she said. “Critical programs would not be possible without the generosity of many individuals and organizations that have supported the Bertie-Hertford Community Fund, and any of the more than 31 endowed funds serviced by the partnership of the North Carolina Community Foundation and our local affiliate.”

The Bertie-Hertford Community Foundation is an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation. Tax-deductible contributions can be made to the Bertie-Hertford Community Fund, which is administered by the NCCF. Contributions should be made payable to the Bertie-Hertford Community Fund and mailed to the North Carolina

Community Foundation, Northeast Region, The Harbinger Center, Suite 4, Point Harbor, NC 27964. Contributions can also be made online to any existing fund at

For information on the Bertie-Hertford Community Foundation and its community fund, contact Beasley at 356-4129; or Peggy Birkemeier, Senior regional associate, at 252-491-8166; or visit the NCCF website at and click on “Affiliates.”

About NCCF

The NCCF is the single statewide community foundation serving North Carolina and has made nearly $70 million in grants since its inception in 1988. With more than $150 million in assets, the NCCF sustains 1,000 plus funds and endowments established to provide long-term support of a broad range of community needs, nonprofit organizations, institutions and scholarships. The NCCF partners with 60 affiliate foundations to provide local resource allocation and community assistance in 66 counties across the state. An important component of the NCCF’s mission is to ensure that rural philanthropy has a voice at local, regional and national levels. For more information, visit and Facebook.

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