The Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation (LKACF), serving Calhoun and Wirt Counties, was awarded a challenge grant from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation in March of 2008.

This challenge grant is to seed a new general-purpose scholarship fund that will benefit students from Calhoun and Wirt Counties.

In order to successfully complete this challenge, the Board of LKACF must raise $15,000 from donors who care about Calhoun and Wirt County students. The deadline for this challenge is December 31st, 2008.

Once the $15,000 goal is met, the Benedum Foundation will match that amount with $5,000. If the challenge is successfully completed and the $5,000 in matching funds from the Benedum Foundation is awarded, the $5,000 will be immediately spent out in the spring of 2009 as scholarships to Calhoun and Wirt County students.

It is vital to the success of this challenge and to the establishment of the new scholarship fund that the $15,000 goal be met. If this goal is not met, the matching funds from the Benedum Foundation will not be received, and LKACF will not be able to award $5,000 more in scholarship funds.

LKACF is an affiliate of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF), which was established in 1963, and serves ten counties in West Virginia and one county in Ohio. LKACF was established in 2004 by local citizens in order to build permanent funds that will support charitable causes in Calhoun and Wirt Counties forever.

LKACF has an Advisory Board made up of volunteers who live and/or work in the two counties, and who work together to build the visibility and the assets of the Foundation. The current LKACF Advisory Board includes Jim Bennett, Chair; Fred Rader, Vice Chair; Karen Caltrider, Pat Lydon, Diane Ludwig, Jean Simers, Rick Sampson, Jim Bruce, Dee Scritchfield, Russell Cline, Alvin Engelke, Dan Metz and Bill Howley.

"The Board of LKACF is excited about this challenge opportunity from the Benedum Foundation," said Sarah Holt, LKACF Representative. "The citizens of Calhoun and Wirt Counties, and the two school systems, have been extremely generous in helping to meet this goal, and the Board is very grateful.

We just need a little bit more to meet the $15,000 challenge, and then a permanent resource will be established to help students achieve their educational dreams for generations to come."

To learn more about the Benedum Foundation challenge or about LKACF in general, please contact any one of the LKACF Advisory Board members, or Sarah Holt, LKACF Representative, by calling 304.428.4438 or by e-mail at sarah.holt@pacfwv.com.

Any size donation is greatly appreciated to this challenge, and can be made in honor or in memory of someone, if desired. LKACF, due to its affiliation with PACF, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; therefore, all donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Donations may be sent to the Benedum Foundation Challenge, c/o LKACF, P.O. Box 944, Elizabeth, WV 26143.

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