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Stone County SPCA Receives $15,000 Grant

The Stone County S.P.C.A received $15,000 yesterday to help fund the costs of enlarging the main building of the animal shelter. An 800 square foot building will be built to house cats. This will allow more animals to be housed in the shelter in Wiggins.

The Stone County SPCA says every year since the shelter opened, the number of animals coming in has increased by 20 percent. Last year, the shelter took in 1,000 animals.

The Jack A. & Gertrude W. Wilson Animal Welfare Fund was established in 2001 to provide competitive grants for qualifying organizations classified as public charities under section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue code that deliver programs for or with animals. All grants from this fund are for the welfare of animals and all animals are to be included.

Community Foundation Awards $7,000 in Education Grants

The Gulf Coast Community Foundation is excited to announce that it has recently awarded $7,000 to Mississippi Gulf Coast entities for educational projects from the Anthony Dartez Endowment Fund and the Pat Santucci Education Fund.

The Anthony Dartez Endowment Fund was established in April 1995. The fund provides grants for services including, but not limited to the training and educational needs of the physically and mentally challenged. Grants of $1,000 each were awarded to the Hancock County School District for its Literacy Center project at Hancock High, to Disability Connection for its Community Assist project, and to St. Martin Middle School for the “Clay Kids” project.

The Pat Santucci Education Fund supports projects that impact public education and also special education in Harrison, Hancock, Jackson, Stone, Pearl River and George County School Districts. Grants of $1,000 each were awarded to the Walter Anderson Museum of Art for its WAMA Children’s Summer Workshops, the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art for its South MS PreK4Ward Art Initiative, Gulfport Little Theatre for its Youth Program for the Arts, and Pecan Park Elementary School for its Chapter by Chapter project.

Community Foundation Opens Grants through October 30

The Gulf Coast Community Foundation has opened grant opportunities for eligible 501(c)(3) organizations through October 30.

The following grants are available at www.mgccf-dev.us/grant-opportunities:

The Jack A. & Gertrude W. Wilson Animal Welfare Fund was established in 2001 to provide competitive grants for qualifying organizations classified as public charities under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code that deliver programs for or with animals. All grants from this fund are for the welfare of animals and all animals are to be included.

The Isiah Fredricks Education Fund supports new education projects in schools of the Gulfport and Harrison County School Districts, whose student’s population is from predominately low income families.

The Anthony Dartez Endowment Fund was established in April 1995 in Memory of Mr. Anthony Dartez. The fund is to provide grants for services including, but not limited to the training and educational needs of the physically and mentally challenged.

The Pat Santucci Education Fund supports projects that impact public education and also special education in Harrison, Hancock, Jackson, Stone, Pearl River and George County School Districts.

To apply, please visit www.mgccf-dev.us/grant-opportunities or contact Lisa Schonewitz at lschonewitz@mgccf-dev.us.

Rotary Club of Biloxi Scholarship

Congratulations to Haley Herndon of Biloxi High School, Mackenzie Miller of D’Iberville High, Adrienne Hogue of Biloxi High School and Thoman Collins, Jr. of St. Patrick Catholic for receiving the Rotary Club of Biloxi’s 2013-2014 scholarships!

Community Foundation Offers FREE Admission to Walter Anderson Museum of Art for 25th Celebration

On Thursdays, June 18 and June 25 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation will host FREE admission to the Walter Anderson Museum of Art as part of their 25th Anniversary Celebration community gifts.

“Through our 25th Anniversary Celebration, we hope our monthly gifts will allow people the opportunity to enjoy some of our community treasures and spotlight organizations our donors have supported over the years,” said Rodger Wilder, president of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. “We are pleased to invite the community to enrich their knowledge of our arts and culture. Celebrating local art brings communities together and helps foster civic responsibility to improve everyone’s quality of life.”

As one of the most well-known painters of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Walter Anderson is seen as an American master of the 20th Century and continues to be an inspiration for local artists and students.

“We greatly appreciate the generosity of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation in sponsoring this event. The Walter Anderson Museum of Art is a local treasure that highlights not only our area’s history, but the beautiful flora and fauna of the region,” says WAMA Executive Director Rosemary Roosa. “All ages delight in viewing the murals and works of art on display, but not all can afford the admission which supports the operations of the museum. With the kind assistance of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, we are able to offer the community a chance to experience a unique cultural gem free of charge, and to learn more about Walter Anderson’s message of ‘celebrating man’s harmony with nature.’”

“Gulf Coast Community Foundation Day” birthday gifts to the community will continue to be announced each month throughout 2015. The Community Foundation would like to invite the broader community to join in our birthday celebrations.

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GCCF Announces 2015 Scholarship Winners

The Gulf Coast Community Foundation has awarded $81,750 in scholarships to local students across the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

The Dorothy M. Eaton Scholarship was awarded to Lauren Burns, Gulfport High School, in the amount of $1,000.

The James Eaton Scholarship was awarded to Marguerite Marquez, Gulfport High School, in the amount of $1,000.

The Mary & Gene Levens Scholarship was awarded to Hayden Rupert, Long Beach High School, in the amount of $1,000.

The Rotary Club of Gulfport Scholarship Fund awarded four scholarships totaling $18,000. Gulfport High School students Marquerite Marquez and Margaret Loughman each received $8,000. Neely Walker, Gulfport High School, and Grant Kalil, St. Patrick Catholic High School, each received $1,000.

The Rotary Club of Biloxi Scholarship Fund awarded four scholarships totaling $6,000. Biloxi High School students Frances Gayle Lawson, Trent Calvin Gill, Sara Dao, and Bailey Stokes each received $1,500.

The Jeremiah J. O’Keefe & Annette S. O’Keefe Scholarship awarded two scholarships totaling $8,000. Haley Marie Orman, St. Patrick Catholic High School, and Aisha Lyle, Ocean Springs High School, each received $4,000.

The Blue Caillavet Scholarship awarded two scholarships totaling $3,000. Biloxi High School students Madeline Andrews and Jacorius Williams each received $1,500.

The Griffin Stewart Memorial Choir Scholarship was awarded to Gulfport High School student Timothy Edward Griffin in the amount of $1,500.

The Stewart Sneed Hewes Scholarship awarded four scholarships through the Coast Chamber totaling $8,000. Recipients included Michael Cox II of D’Iberville High School (Jimmy C. “Big Jim” Braiser Scholarship), Trent Calvin Gill of Biloxi High School (John C. “Jack” Thompson Scholarship), Kaleb Fredricks (H. Richard Dick Herman Scholarship), and Aleana Kristensen (Evelyn Desporte Thompson Scholarship). Each student received $2,000.

The Jack A. Wilkson Engineering Scholarship was awarded to Kevin Quist in the amount of $1,250.

The Harold and Mary W. Perlman Scholarship awarded two scholarships totaling $6,000. Biloxi High School student Sara Dao and the University of Southern Mississippi student Sidney Smith each received $3,000.

The Career Woman’s Club Scholarship awarded two scholarships totaling $2,000. MGCCC students Debra Cook and Casey St. Clair Rumore each received $1,000.

The Michael Mixon Scholarship was awarded to Emily Cvitanovich in the amount of $1,000.

The Lawrence & Lucimarian Roberts Helpline Scholarship awarded two scholarships totaling $5,000. Ocean Springs High School student Sarah Sison and the University of Southern Mississippi student Sidney Smith each received $2,500.

The Hancock Associates Scholarship awarded eight scholarships totaling $20,000. Lindsey Berns, Tyler Binder, Dante’ Hebert, Jackson Loupe, Erique Mijangos, Amanda Nethery, Cole Rankin, and Lydia Renfroe each received $2,500.

Community Foundation Celebrates 25th Anniversary in Hancock County

On Saturday, May 30, 2015, the Community Foundation will continue its year-long anniversary celebration by hosting “Gulf Coast Community Foundation Day” birthday gifts to the community. This month’s event will take place at INFINITY Space Center in Hancock County, located off Mississippi Exit 2 South.

The Community Foundation invites guests to the event, being held from 9:00 AM to noon. The Foundation is sponsoring free admission for the first 150 residents of Hancock, Harrison Jackson, Green, Stone and Pearl River Counties. Admission includes a guided behind-the-scenes tour of nearby Stennis Space Center. Guest speaker Fred Haise, an Apollo 13 astronaut and Mississippi Gulf Coast native, will share stories about growing up in South Mississippi and be available for photographs.

“We need to celebrate the critical role South Mississippi played in the US Space Program,” said Rodger Wilder, President of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. “The Community Foundation is pleased to give residents of coast communities the opportunity to remember or learn how much we have contributed to the space program. Hopefully one or more visitors will follow Mr. Hayes into space.”

The Community Foundation is pleased to continue show-casing charitable and educational organizations in South Mississippi during each month’s birthday celebration. This event will allow local guests to have fun exploring the farthest reaches of outer space, the uncharted depths of the oceans and the varied layers of the Earth.

Upcoming “Gulf Coast Community Foundation Day” birthday gifts will be announced on or around the twenty-fifth of each month for the following month. The Community Foundation would like to invite the broader community to join in our birthday celebration.

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