Field of Interest & Designated Funds
Grant awards are made at the discretion of each Fund’s advising body
Drake Family Fund – 2014 As advisors to this fund, Tim and Mindy Drake award grants reflecting their personal interests. In time, their children Jennifer, Andrew, Jessica and Aaron will follow their parents’ footsteps as advisors to this fund. Since the 1950s, Tim and Mindy have called this community “home”.
Dave Drake Family Fund – 2019 Though he moved away from Tipp City many years ago, Dave Drake has not forgotten the early years that shaped him here. Through this fund, Dave and children Kelly, Daniel and Anthony, will award grants that reflect their family’s interests.
Lesher Fund – 2014 As advisors to this fund, the Lesher Family awards grants reflecting their personal interests. Established by Marilyn Lesher Richards and Joel A. Lesher, it serves as a tribute to their grandparents Torrence and Luella Lesher who settled in Monroe Township in 1930, and to their parents William “Bill” and Leonora “Sally” Lesher.
Lucky 13 Fund – 2019 Married on Friday the 13th, the Frank Scenna and Heather Bailey use charitable giving to express their hope for a better community. Frank adopted Tipp City as his home in 2004 while Heather’s family has lived here since 1813.
Robinson-Walters Family Fund – 2019 This fund strives to build support and awareness of those with mental health and substance use issues. A bridge of compassion and tolerance can reconnect those citizens to their communities. This fund honors Lottie Robinson Walters and Philip Walters’ example of generosity toward others, as taught to their daughter, Sue W. McGatha. McGatha was the president and CEO of Samaritan Behavioral Health Initiative until her retirement.
Tipp City Arts Fund imo Ellen Cotterman – 2014 This fund supports art with a preference given to grant requests from the Tipp City Area Arts Council. Artist, volunteer and civic activist, Ellen Cotterman’s impact was enormous and defines the Tipp City we see today. Projects Ellen founded include the Restoration and Architectural Board of Review, the Tree Board, and the Arts Council.
Tippecanoe Alumni Association Fund – 2013 Let’s Go Red Devils! The purpose of this fund is to support the programs and activities of the Alumni Association
Tippecanoe Educational Endowment Fund – 1999 The Endowment was established by the Tipp City Board of Education to support enrichment programs that are not otherwise funded through tax dollars in its schools. Since inception, it has received many generous donations including estate gifts from the Hyde and Kessler families.
Wahl Family Fund – 2012 Community involvement has been a staple of life for Bob and Jackie Wahl. The tradition now carries forward to the next generation as daughters Katie and Annie award grants annually in their family’s name.