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Connecting People Who Care With Causes That Matter...Forever W ILLIAMSBURG WILLIAMSBURG COMMUNITY FOUNDATION Nonprofit Org. COMMUNITY FOUNDATION US Postage Paid P.O. Box 2821 Williamsburg, VA Williamsburg, VA 23187 Permit No. 40 The Community Connection Phone: 7572591660 December 2009 Volume 4, Issue 4 www.williamsburgcommunityfoundation.org Return Service Requested Chairman’s Letter As the 200910 fiscal year draws individuals who have “taken the to a close, we are once again Challenge”. We also concluded a reminded of how lucky we are to merger with the Board of Trustees live in the greater Williamsburg WilliamsburgJames 200910 area. In spite of the recession City County Vernon M. Geddy III, Chairman and the poor return on Community Karen A. Jamison, Vice Chairman investments last year, the Scholarship Fund, Marc B. Sharp, Treasurer Williamsburg Community an effort which we Stephanie H. King, Secretary Foundation has grown. As with hope will increase Linda Baker Michael Maddocks most successful years, some Vernon M. Geddy the capacity of WCF Thanks Gala Partners Carol Beers Margaret Pritchard results were due to our hard work III, Chairman both groups. Joseph Burkart Roger Schultz $10,000 Gala Partner Margaret Driscoll Jane Taylor and some were just good fortune. Finally we were the Fun Foundation Fanchon Glover Robert Topping As you can see from the article recipient of a bequest from the Old Point National Bank Pete Henderson Millie West The Optimal Service Group of Wells Fargo Advisors Kathy Hornsby Kenneth Wolfe below, we have successfully met estate of Benjamin Altshuler in Philip Richardson Company, Inc. Kendall Kerby Alfred Woods the Chairman’s Challenge and excess of $1 million. TowneBank Robert Kiley had 83 new funds established by (Continued on page 2) Ukrop’s/First Market Bank $5,000 Gala Partner The West Fund $3,000 Gala Partner Nancy Sullivan, Executive Director Don and Linda Baker Covenant Wealth Advisors, LLC / Robert Topping Quick Facts A LEADER HONORED Colonial Williamsburg Foundation John and Julia Curtis Sterling and Dottie Nichols Riverside Health System Foundation · WCF’s website has a John Jamison was one of the Williamsburg Community Foundation’s Vernon and Laura Geddy Seasons of Williamsburg Flowers & Gifts Wilma and Marc Sharp new look: founding board members and served as The Trust Company of Virginia www.williamsburgcom President and Chairman of the Foundation Business Partner Visionary Business Partner Architect munityfoundation.org. during the most critical time in its growth. ($2,000 and above) ($1,000 $1999) Avid Medical BB&T · Last chance to donate Donald E. Craig and Associates, Inc. Middleburg Trust Company As a young man, he attended Purdue from your IRA is Business Partner Engineer University where he obtained a degree in ($500 $999) Business Partner Builder December 31st! ($250 to $499) industrial economics. Following his John Jamison, past chairman Bruce’s Super Body Shops, Inc. Robert C. Condon Casey Toyota of Williamsburg · Photos from the Gala graduation from Harvard’s Graduate School Nelsen Family Funeral Services, Inc. Farm Fresh Charitable Foundation Mellette PC will be on our website of Business, John was a partner with Goldman Sachs and Company for The Trellis InKind and Facebook page 21 years in their corporate finance area. John then moved to Union Bank and Trust The Virginia Gazette Middle Peninsula Insurance Agency Debbie Hill & Bud Walker Photographers soon. (Continued on page 2) Page 2 Williamsburg Community Foundation Volume 4, Issue 4 Page 3 Chairman’s Letter Anniversary Gala was a Great Success (Continued from page 1) donors. We do charge a modest fee to those The Williamsburg Community Foundation premiered. Interviews with significant These factors combined with our Tenth funds that are part of our endowment, but that hosted over 450 guests on November 22, 2009 benefactors and the Foundation’s leaders past Anniversary Gala Celebration have made 2009 a provides a small portion of the dollars needed at the Virginia Room of the Williamsburg Lodge and present were included. Also, profiles of year to remember for the WCF. on an annual basis (even less in a down market to honor its 10 years of community enrichment. grant recipients were featured to show the year) to support our overhead. We hope that impact that the past decade of WCF grant As we conclude this year of celebration, A gala committee chaired by Millie West and you, our supporters and friends, will continue to making had on the however, we will not rest on our laurels. We consisting of people who help us support our activities in the coming surrounding community. continue to have an ongoing need to raise funds played a significant role in year. The video is now to support our operations and management of WCF’s past, spent more available on the our endowment. Unlike other organizations that than a year planning the Foundation’s website. use a percentage of funds contributed to blacktie affair. They 1, C h airman underwrite their operations, the Foundation V ernon M. Geddy 11 wanted the evening to be At the end of the program puts all contributions to the use intended by the full of fun, dance, and an the final numbers for the appreciation for the Chairman Challenge impact WCF has made on fundraising initiative the surrounding were announced. 83 A LEADER HONORED community over the past decade. funds were created raising nearly $800,000, which will result in the Community Endowment (Continued from page 1) cease. John’s vision in offering the Chairman’s Guests danced the night away to the music of reaching $1 million in the next few years. Williamsburg to serve as Dean of the School of Challenge was to encourage as many people as Glen Boswick’s Sound of Swing band and were Business Administration at the College of possible to become the Foundation’s partners in entertained by Iveta and Gherman, reigning Overall the Gala was a huge success. The William and Mary. John has also served on the philanthropy. He provided $300,000 in world champion ball room dancers. Foundation would like to thank its generous board of six publicly held corporations, serving matching funds, with a goal of bringing the corporate partners for their help in making it a A video commemorating the history of WCF was on a total of sixty board years including various Community Endowment to $1 million. These night to remember. other nonprofit boards. funds support the Foundation’s competitive grant making forever and will also increase the During John’s time as chairman of the Board of size of the grants that can be awarded by the Scholarship Fund Joins WCF Trustees, the Foundation’s assets grew from Foundation over time. The Williamsburg James City County Community Scholarship Fund has joined $250,000 to over $1.8 million. As a result, over forces with the Williamsburg Community Foundation to build an endowment fund the first five years of the Foundation’s existence At the Gala on November 22, the Board of for the scholarship program, expand its outreach, operate its annual scholarship it was able to provide $1.5 million in grants to Trustees announced the establishment of the program as well as utilize WCF’s expertise in managing its financial activities. An primarily local organizations. On April 2, 2007, John C. Jamison Creative Leadership Fund to initial contribution of $5,000 will provide the first seed of money that oneday will provide additional scholarships to students graduating from Jamestown, at the annual meeting, John was formally honor John for his leadership role with the Lafayette and Warhill High Schools. The groups’ board members will continue to recognized for the contributions he made to the Foundation. Grants from the fund will be work on fundraising and distributing scholarships as a new committee of WCF, Foundation. distributed in John’s honor to recipients chosen with all funds being managed and distributed by WCF. Smart Diner Cards, an on by the Board of Trustees. going fundraiser to support the scholarship program, will still be sold at all While he retired as Chairman of the board in In 2009, $47,900 was awarded SunTrust Branches, The Virginia Gazette, and are now available at the WCF Office. in local scholarships. 2007, his commitment to the foundation did not More information can be found at www.smartdinercard.com.
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