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Carberry and Area Community Foundation Year in Review

posted Jan 3, 2017, 8:15 AM by Kathy Carr
2016 has been a busy year for Carberry and Area Community Foun­dation.  This year marks the 20th Anniversary for CACF! A celebration was held at the annual Car­berry Fair and Races, where the board invited past donors and board members to take part in a cake cutting ceremony. CACF was also fortunate to be able to take the stage with a full grandstand to talk about the past 20 years of CACF activity. During this event, CACF received a generous donation from the local Masonic Lodge.  
This year, CACF said good-bye to long-time staff member Teresa McConnell and welcomed Brianna Renwick as the new Executive Director.  
Brianna attended the Community Foundations of Manitoba Regional Meeting in Winnipeg in October. This event was hosted by The Winnipeg Foundation, and provided many networking opportunities in addition to the knowledge shared by the presenters.  
The Foundation was thrilled to report in the fall that thanks to our generous donors, CACF was able to raise the maximum $50,000 for the Thomas Sill Foundation Chal­lenge! For every $2 donated, the Thomas Sill Foundation contributed $1 to CACF. CACF re­ceived a $25,000 cheque from the Thomas Sill Foundation.   
CACF took part in the 24 Hour Giving Chal­lenge again this No­vem­ber. For one day only, donors were able to make an even bigger difference in the community. Do­na­tions made during a 24 hour period were stretched by a contribution from The Winnipeg Foundation. For every $5 given, The Winnipeg Foun­dation added $1. At the end of the challenge, CACF had received $5320.00 in donations. With the 20% stretch from The Winnipeg Foundation ($1064.00), the grand total raised for Carberry and Area that day was $6384.00!
The Foundation collaborated with R.J. Waugh School to initiate a Random Act of Kind­ness Day. More information can be found on our website about this inspirational day. 
CACF partnered with the Carberry Health Action Committee to raise funds for an ultrasound machine for the Carberry Health Centre. Through this initiative, $10,900 was donated by the community! The driving force behind this fundraising effort was Mr. Earl Baron, a former CACF board member. CACF and the Health Action Committee would like to thank Earl for his commitment to raising these funds!
The proceeds from the Christmas Memory Tree of Lights campaign will be going to the Carberry Health Centre Ultrasound Fund this year.  A list of those remembered can be found in this newspaper on page 12.
CACF continued to celebrate their 20th Anni­versary with creation of the 20th Anniversary Boo­ster Club. CACF welcomed donations of any size to the unrestricted Community General Fund to honour the 20th anni­ver­sary. Donors will be recognized on the CACF website on the 20th Anni­versary Booster Club page.
The annual Fall Grants Presentation, Donor Ap­pre­ciation and Youth in Philanthropy Night was held on December 14.  
Representatives from the following groups were invited to report on how the grants they were awarded have been used since receiving them in the spring:
​Carberry Health Action Committee ~ Ultrasound machine ~ $10,000.00
Carberry Community Hall ~ Industrial dishwasher for hall ~ $3,000.00
Carberry Assisted Li­ving ~ Needs Assessment marketing, promo and distribution ~ $500.00
Carberry Figure Ska­ting Club ~ Skating equipment ~ $500.00
Drop-In Centre ~ Upgrade Kitchen ~ $1,000.00
Carberry Heritage Festival ~ Permanent outdoor signs, promotion of historical buildings ~ $500.00
Carberry Plains Com­munity Centre ~ Water slide replacement ~ $1,848.00
Carberry Com­mu­nities in Bloom ~ Plant material & picnic shelter ~ $5,385.00
Carberry Minor Ball ~ Uniform replacement ~ $500.00
Brookdale Comm­unity Centre ~ Replacement of plumbing lines ~ $1,000.00
Carberry Agricultural Society ~ Prep, prime, paint Roundhouse ~ $1,000.00
Carberry Royals ~ Aggregate and irrigation - ball diamond ~ $807.00
Carberry/North Cyp­ress-Langford Recreation ~ Summer Day Camp ~ $500.00
Invitations to the event were extended to the fall grant recipients, who received cheques and had photos taken. 
Carberry Plains Archives ~ Microfilm reader ~ $4,000.00
Carberry Plains Arts Council ~ After school arts program ~ $2,000.00
Carberry Plains Museum ~ Gingerbread House porch ~ $1,000.00
Carberry Collegiate Student Council ~ Water bottle filling station ~ $1,100.00
Carberry Communities in Bloom ~ Picnic Shelter ~ $6,191.00
Carberry Health Action Committee ~ Ultrasound machine probe ~ $6,000.00
Carberry Kennel Club ~ Entrance fence and gate ~ $500.00
Carberry Minor Hockey ~ Breakfast Club supplies ~ $750.00
Carberry Community Development ~ Raised garden beds ~ $1,000.00
North Cypress-Langford Parks & Recreation ~ Park construction design/plan ~ $1,000.00
Sandhills Golf & Country Club ~ Patio furniture ~ $2,000.00
Spruce Woods Jr Rifle ~ Computer ~ $1,000.00
The Youth in Philan­thropy group was in attendance for their annual bake sale fundraiser. The group sold out of their goods and had a successful evening. The funds raised will be granted out in the spring of 2017. In the spring of 2016, the YiP group granted $1150 to the 1st Ave & Fanny Street Park and $1,150.00 to the Cancer Care Shuttle.  
CACF awarded the following scholarships in 2016. Please visit our website for photos and recipients.  
​Governor General ~ $2,500.00 
CC Medal ~ $2,500.00
CCI Staff ~ $1,500.00 
Applied Arts, Trades & Tech Award ~ $1,500.00 
Edith Bailey Scholar­ship E. B. Scholarship ~ $2,000.00 
Jack Lupton Memorial Scholarship ~ $600.00
Don and Ruth Forbes Scholarship ~ $350.00
Edith Alice Stevens Scholarship ~ $3,000.00
This year has been a fulfilling and successful one for CACF on many levels. The Board of Directors and Staff would like to extend our sincere gratitude to those who have touched the Foun­dation this year, whether as a donor, a volunteer, or a member of an organization.  Together, we continue to accomplish great things.  
Carberry and Area Community Foundation looks forward to what 2017 has to bring!
For more information please contact:
Brianna Renwick
Executive Director
Carberry and Area Community Foundation
Box 807, Carberry, MB R0K 0H0