Community fund awards $9,200 to Williams area non-profits

Fund at almost $200,000, 5 percent of yearly interest awarded to local organizations

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - The Greater Williams Community Fund (GWCF) put on their annual grant presentation and donor recognition reception June 26 at Doc Holliday's Steakhouse & Saloon and awarded $9,200 to area nonprofits.

Linda and Chuck Eaton started the fund in 2005 in memory of their son Kevin Twitty, who died three years earlier at age 25. The fund is a community fund that is associated with the Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff, a nonprofit organization that manages the money.

According to the Eatons, the grant fund was established to advance a culture of community giving and provide financial support programs that serve the greater Williams area, including Parks, Ash Fork and Valle. The fund has grown to almost $200,000, with 5 percent of the interest each year going towards grants.

Since inception, the fund has awarded more than $68,000 in grants. This year the group awarded grants to the following seven nonprofit organizations:

• Williams Senior Center: $2,200 for various programs for seniors;

• Save Meant to Rescue (SAVE-MTR): $1,200 toward spay and neuter services;

• St. Vincent de Paul: $2,300 for assisting people in Williams, Ash Fork and Seligman with utilities, food and shelter costs;

• Williams Habitat for Humanity: $1,200 for construction of a new home;

• Veterans of Foreign Wars Women: $500 to help with veterans in need;

• Sun Sounds: $600 to provide audio programming support for people who cannot read; and

• Williams Alliance for the Arts: $1,200 towards the multipurpose community center.

GCWF also recognized several businesses that support the grant fund. Mike Bessler, Boutique 66, Route 66 Auto Care Conoco, Old Trails True Value, and Grand Canyon Café all donated a percentage of their sales on Williams Founder's Day to the fund. The Gallery in Williams donated artwork for a raffle, with proceeds going towards the GCWF.

The Foundation awarded its annual Kevin Twitty Award. The 2015 award was given to Habitat for Humanity to assist in the building of a new Williams' home for a family in need.

The goal of GWCF is to raise 1 million dollars that would produce $50,000 in yearly grants. Every $200,000 creates $10,000 in yearly grant money.

Gifts to the fund leave a legacy through the power of endowment.

Earnings are used to support grants and investment returns are invested back into the endowment for continued growth. Those interested in leaving a legacy or other donations to the GWCF can do so at www.azfoundation.org/Williams.

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