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Worcester County Education Foundation board members receive $80,035 from the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore’s Spark campaign. Pictured, in back, from left, are Todd Ferrante, Bill Gordy, Greg Shockley, Lou Taylor, superintendent Worcester County Public Schools; Ray Thompson, foundation chair; Jim Thomas, CFES chair; Susan Trimble, Melissa Reid and Chris Woodley, and in front, Al "Hondo" Handy, Annette Wallace, Toni Keiser and Hope Palmer.

(Jan. 31, 2020) Lower Shore education foundations received more than $230,000 through The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore’s Spark campaign.

The major challenge grant was announced in April of 2019 in honor of the foundation’s 35th anniversary with The Wicomico County Education Foundation, Worcester County Education Foundation and Somerset County Public Schools as the beneficiaries of the initiative.

Each beneficiary was challenged to raise $35,000 or more and the Community Foundation then provided a 1:1 match up to $35,000, for a total fundraising goal of $210,000.

The campaign surpassed its goal by over $20,000, with the individual organizations raising the following amounts: Worcester County Education Foundation, $80,035; Wicomico County Education Foundation, $77,229.89; and Somerset County Public Schools, $72,806.

“Building and investing in our local community is at the core of what the Community Foundation does,” Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore President Erica Joseph said. “It only felt right to kick off and conclude our anniversary celebrations by investing in the children who are the future of our community.”

The education foundations will each be empowered to use their funds to best meet the needs of local students.

Programs facilitated by the Spark Campaign will help ensure that students not only have high quality facilities, teachers and curricula, but also the resources to nurture creativity, aid students in times of struggle, encourage them to strive for personal success and allow them to thrive in the classroom and the community.

To learn more about the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore or the Spark campaign, visit CFES.org/Spark.

As leaders, grant makers and stewards of philanthropy, the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore connects people who care to causes that matter for the common good of the Lower Eastern Shore.

It is a 501c3 nonprofit with an inspiring history of fostering charitable endeavors, and has provided $84 million in grants and scholarships to the local community since 1984.

It collaborates with individuals, families and businesses to match their charitable interests with community needs and strengthens local nonprofits through grants and resources. The foundation is devoted to improving the regional community and believes in the power of philanthropy.

For information, contact Victoria Kent, marketing officer, at 410-742-9911 or vkent@CFES.org.

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