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Stark Family Fund presents $25,110 to community projects

Stark Family Fund grants 2011

The Stark Family, represented by Tim and Linda Beatty and sons Kyle and Ryan, was on hand for the presentation of the Stark Family Funds, administered by the Community Foundation for Kingston and Area.

Ten Prince Edward County charities shared $25,110 in grants from the Stark Family Fund to help continue a vision of providing funds to community organizations that particularly support educational, health and cultural fields.
“The Stark Family Fund was established by a bequest in Ruth Stark’s last will and testament,” explained Florence Campbell, President of the Community Foundation for Kingston and Area. “Ruth was the last remaining member of a family that included four other sisters – Leata, Keitha, Sylvia and Ival – who were lifelong residents of the village of Bloomfield. They had no children and it was their wish to see the village and county’s residents continue to be supported.”
The Community Foundation for Kingston and Area was chosen to administer the $1.3 million bequest which continues to growth through savings and investment accounts. Campbell congratulated grant recipients Tuesday night, on taking leadership positions “to make the County the best it can be. The Stark Family, represented by Tim and Linda Beatty and sons Kyle and Ryan, are still community leaders and provide grants to worthy organizations in the community who continue the work of the Stark family.”
“We’re very proud to represent the Stark Family Fund,” said Linda Beatty. “We’re blessed to help decide where money goes and a lot of children’s, seniors and various groups have benefited. Ruth, Leata, Keitha, Sylvia and Ival would be very proud to see all who have benefited. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

The 2011 Stark Family Fund Awards:

Prince Edward Curling Club, Junior and Schools Curling Program: $3,800.00
The Curling Club will purchase one set of lightweight curling stones for use in the junior curling program. Instead of the normal 42 pounds, these lightweight stones only weight 20 pounds, which makes them far more usable by young curlers. The stones will be used in the schools visit program the Club has been operating for the past three years for older kids, some of which have struggled with the weight of the large stones.

Prince Edward County Music Festival, Classical Music and Youth in Prince Edward County: $1,000.00
The grant will support three PECMF concerts in September 2011, all favouring attendance by young people and all to be held at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Picton. Funding from the Stark Fund will enable them to defray the fees of the professional and student musicians performing in these concerts. The first is the Saturday evening concert on 17 September, featuring the Trio Hochelaga, the second is the Young Musicians in Concert event on Tuesday, 20 September, in which they showcase senior music students from the region (also free entry for students); and the third, a concert for schoolchildren on Thursday 22 September, presented by National Arts Centre cellist Margaret Tobolowska.

Loyalist Humane Society, Digital Expansion Project: $1,500.00
Recently, a volunteer worked from home in developing a new website and Facebook page for the Loyalist Humane Society. The Loyalist Humane Society will use the grant to purchase a computer to ensure that they have consistent access to their online presence, as well as the ability to update and improve upon online developments as necessary. The computer will also help in maintaining digital files about each animal.

Reaching For Rainbows, Reaching for Rainbows: $2,000.00

St. Andrew’s has created a team of community professionals with early child development experience to create Reaching for Rainbows, an after school program for girls at risk (no religious content). Their mission is to create a nurturing environment where girls are encouraged to develop life skills, academic skills and a vision of their own success. The project will begin in September 2011 with 12 girls in grade 1 referred to them by their partner social agencies – CAS and Children’s Mental Health. Each year 12 new girls join the project. The Stark grant will pay for materials to support literacy, numeracy and cognitive development that will support academic success.

Recreation Outreach Centre (ROC), HIP HOP, Catch the Fever: $1,200.00
The HIP HOP Catch the Fever project is a new program for all young girls in grades 7&8, aimed at developing a healthy active lifestyle, self esteem and confidence of participants through physical activity dance activities, nutritious eating, and positive self image. The grant will pay for the healthy snacks offered to the girls. The hip hop sessions would operate weekly for six weeks at 5 local schools for a total of 100 girls during school breaks.

Emmanuel Baptist Church, Room to Grow: $1,360.00

‘Room to Grow’ provides a safe place for children to visit, play and learn. The 50’x60′ gymnasium style room situated in the expanded basement of Emmanuel Baptist Church (EBC) is a place where children can ‘let off some steam’ with ball hockey and indoor soccer after school, in a safe, supervised environment. There will also be adults available to help with homework, and a computer room. The program will be free for the children. The grant from the Stark Fund will pay for two computers the children can use.

County of Prince Edward Library & Archives, Specialized Equipment: $5,500.00
The County of Prince Edward Public Library and Archives owns a collection of 70 land abstracts, which have the history of a property in each of the 6 townships, dating back to 1790 when land was granted to settlers by the crown. These abstracts require customized cabinet units to properly support the weight and size of the large, awkward books. The Stark funding will be used to construct the customized cabinet.

St. Gregory Catholic School, Healthy Living, Healthy Lifestyles: $2,500.00

St. Gregory Catholic School is committed to Healthy Living, Healthy Lifestyles and wants to provide its children with the tools and equipment they need to stay motivated in physical fitness. The grant will help to replace the high jump mat and a number of smaller pieces of equipment that will keep the children active and healthy during their time at school. The requested items are not currently funded under the Board of Education.

Friends of the Rose Cemetery, Friends of the Rose Cemetery, $500
All Prince Edward County Municipal Cemeteries are currently underfunded, and the local municipal government has just announced further budget cuts to the Cemetery Board. The Rose Cemetery in Waupoos is Prince Edward County’s oldest burying ground dated from 1790, and is in need of better caretaking. The grant will pay for the provincial incorporation fee to give the Friends of the Rose Cemetery group legal standing as well as other start-up costs.

Rotary Club of Picton, Stark scholarships, $5,750
Continuation of the five annual scholarships from the Stark Family fund to students from Prince Edward County attending accredited post-secondary institutions in the fall. These awards are administered by the Rotary Club of Picton.

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  1. Doris Lane says:

    I think it is a wonderful thing that the Beatty Family is doing taking part in the Stark Family Fund. I knew the Stark Ladies and they would be proud of all the organizations that there money has helped. I know that they were very proud of the Beatty boys and rightfully they should be as they are a wonderful family.
    A great big thank you to this group for all they are doing.

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