In August of this year, an anonymous donor presented the Lyons Community Foundation (LCF) with an incredible opportunity: a matching grant campaign! The donor offered to match any and all donations to LCF, up to $10,000, before the end of October. Halfway to our goal, Planet Bluegrass jumped in to match an additional $10,000 dollars, if we reached our initial goal. Paired with the support from our anonymous donor, this raised our fundraising potential for this campaign to $30,000 dollars!
As of October 11th, LCF has reached and exceeded our initial goal of raising $10,000, therefore unlocking both $10,000 matching grants. The LCF Advisory Board is incredibly grateful for the 30+ donors who donated amounts ranging from $5.00 to $2,500 to make this happen.
As one of the donors, Gail Frankfort, said when she presented her check to LCF, "I love my town. I've never had a 'love affair' with a town until I moved to Lyons. It's like no other town I have lived in. It offers such a great variety of cultural, artistic, social, educational, and recreational activities, most free of charge to me and all Lyons area residents. I want this Lyons experience to continue! I'm doing my part to ensure that happens by supporting the Lyons Community Foundation. And, now is the perfect time to do so as my contribution will be matched by some generous Lyons residents."
Another donor, David Hamrick, stated, "LCF is one of the many things that makes Lyons a great place to live. A donation to LCF keeps the money here in town to help support local residents, the arts, and provide student scholarships. My family thoroughly enjoys the summer Sandstone concerts and they are a great way to spend a summer evening. Due to the matching gift of generous Lyons' donors, donating now has triple the impact, making this a perfect time to donate to LCF."
Thanks to the many generous residents who responded when asked to contribute to this campaign, LCF can allocate money to future community projects. In the end, it's the greater Lyons community and its residents who will benefit. We cannot think of a better reason to live where we do.
THANK YOU to all who participated in our matching grant campaign!
Lyons Community Foundation