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Brokenstraw Valley Fund comes to life

Times Observer photo by Lorri Drumm The Warren County Fair received a $1,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Warren County’s Brokenstraw Valley Fund. Pictured from left to right are: Dale Bliss, vice president of the Warren County Fair Board, Rick Brewster, president of the Brokenstraw Valley Fund, Jim Cowan, board member of the Brokenstraw Valley Fund and John Lasher, executive director of the Community Foundation of Warren County.

The Community Foundation of Warren County awarded the first two grants from the Brokenstraw Valley Fund on Friday.

Two grants in the amount of $1,000 each were presented to the Warren County Fair and the Wilder Museum of Warren County History, respectively.

The funds donated to the Fair will support a project to upgrade the concrete around the ticket booth and vendor areas. The Wilder Museum will use the grant funds to support a project to seal coat the parking lot.

Community-specific funding, such as the Brokenstraw Valley Fund, allows committees to recommend grants that help nonprofits in their area of the county. The purpose of the Brokenstraw Valley Fund is to sponsor grants for projects and events that improve the community, and positively impact residents focusing on Brokenstraw Valley areas, including Brokenstraw Township, Garland, Irvine, Pittsfield Township, and Youngsville Borough. The mission of the BVF is to maintain a nonprofit foundation based on charitable donations that support the arts, education, health and community-related activities in the Brokenstraw Valley area. The organization’s motto quotes Mahatma Gandhi — “The future depends on what you do today.”

The BVF operates under the same principles as the Community Foundation of Warren County, as grants will only be distributed from earnings generated by the fund’s principal/investment capital.

Times Observer photo by Lorri Drumm The Wilder Museum of Warren County History received a $1,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Warren County’s Brokenstraw Valley Fund. Pictured from left to right are: John Lasher, executive director of the Community Foundation of Warren County, Jim Cowan, board member of the Brokenstraw Valley Fund, Rick Brewster, president of the Brokenstraw Valley Fund, Michelle Gray, managing director of the Warren County Historical Society and Keith Oviatt, board member of the Wilder Museum.

Since its beginning in 2015, the generosity of its donors has enabled the fund to distribute the first grants 1 1/2 years ahead of schedule. “The BVF Oversight Committee and I are really excited about presenting this initial grant in support of our mission statement,” said Rick Brewster, president of the Brokenstraw Valley Fund. “However, our mission is not complete as additional capital monies need to be raised to support future grant requests. Therefore, I am making a personal plea for community members to continue making donations to the Brokenstraw Valley Fund.” To make a donation mail a check payable to the Community Foundation of Warren County, with Brokenstraw Valley Fund in the memo line, to the Foundation Office at 310 Second Ave., Warren, Pa. 16365. For more information visit OurBVF.org or cfowc.org.

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