Johnston County Community Foundation presents local grants and volunteerism award at 25th anniversary celebration (October 2017)

The board of advisors of the Johnston County Community Foundation awarded grants to local nonprofit organizations and presented the Frances Finch Hobart Award for Voluntary Community Service at its recent 25th anniversary celebration.

Betsy Whittington

This year’s local nonprofit grant awards are:

James Narron

James Narron, former Johnston County Community Foundation board president, former North Carolina Community Foundation board chair and the event’s host, thanked the community for its support of the JCCF. “The Johnston County Community Foundation has awarded more than $350,000 in grants in our local community over the past 25 years,” he said. “We now hold $8 million in endowment funds. We’ve come a long way from our first grant of $674.”

John Hobart, Romano Cash and Frances Hobart.

The JCCF also awarded the annual Frances Finch Hobart Award for Voluntary Community Service honor to Ramona Hobgood Cash. The award was established in 2006 to recognize and honor the tireless efforts of Frances Finch Hobart and the countless hours of community service she has given through the years. The intent of this award is to recognize an individual from Johnston County who demonstrates vision, vitality, determination, selflessness, generosity and a full caring heart to his or her community. Recipients are encouraged to name an organization that they feel deserves to receive a $850 grant from the Frances Finch Hobart Endowment Fund. Cash selected to support the Johnston County Arts Council.