GOESSEL — The Goessel Community Foundation awarded five community grants Saturday evening, April 29 at a Recognition Dinner hosted by the foundation board.

$1,000--Bethesda Home $900 from the Goessel Senior Endowment and $100 from the Impact Fund to supplement expenses for the Friendship Meal Program.

$400—Goessel Elementary After-School Program from the Impact Fund which will provide funds for play equipment and supplies for the program.

$300--Goessel Public Library $300 from the Impact Fund to purchase large print books which require twice the funding of regular books.

$500—Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum from the Impact Fund for painting the Schroeder Barn on the Museum grounds. With this grant, the funds needed for the project can be completed and painting can proceed soon.

$300—Tabor Food Pantry from the Impact Fund for purchasing Keith Foods cards and items needed by the pantry.

Donna Spoonemore was recognized for her work in raising over $1,100 for the Foundation’s “Dustin Thiesen Student Opportunity Scholarship” by sponsoring a benefit 5K run, walk, or jog.

The event took place at last fall’s alumni weekend event. In addition, Donna solicited sponsorship funds to cover the cost of a runner’s back-pack for each participant.

James Voth and John Fast, GCF board members, presented a humorous skit, “The Foundation Gospel According to James and John”, which developed the theme of the evening--building foundations.

Programs highlighting 2016 foundation activities were distributed along with stories of how individuals have developed their passion for giving to foundations.

The Goessel Community Foundation's current fundraising campaign seeks to raise $117,000 for it local Impact Fund by the end of the year. If you want to be a part of meeting the needs of local charities like those recently awarded grants, please send your tax deductible contribution to Goessel Community Foundation, P.O. Box 244, Goessel, KS 67053.