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.”

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