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Ginger English Memorial Fund c/o Chester County Community Foundation 28 W Market Street West Chester PA 19382 For further information, contact: Pam Carter, 610 696-8211 or email@example.com Ginger English Memorial Fund Makes Grant to Destinations with Direction Program at Phoenixville Community Education Foundation FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: West Chester, PA, January 16 2009 On Thursday, January 22, 2009 the Ginger English Memorial Fund will present a $1,500 grant check to Phoenixville Community Education Foundation’s Destinations with Direction program. Ginger’s family, the staff of Phoenixville High School, and representatives from the Chester County Community Foundation will be present for the 1:30 p.m. check ceremony. Destinations with Direction, launched in October 2007, is a program designed to increase awareness and motivate high potential, economically disadvantaged students to pursue opportunities in higher education. The students selected for DWD receive additional supports including extended school day counseling, college mentors, tutors, and college tours. Additionally, high school personnel establish relationships with the appropriate college level officials to help match student needs with resources and services available to assist them on this journey. By giving the students these additional supports, they will become empowered to pursue a college education. Such a program has the potential to change lives and create the leaders of tomorrow. “I’m grateful for such a generous grant,” says Craig Parkinson of Destinations with Direction. “Students are better able to succeed when they know people believe in them. This gift which aids our organization will help these students to achieve their goals.” When Ginger English (born Theresa J. Shepsko) passed away in 2006, the English family established The Ginger English Memorial Fund to honor her life. With the help of the Chester County Community Foundation, the fund was established to provide financial support in the form of grants, to local charitable organizations. “The Ginger English Memorial Fund is a way for our family to keep Ginger’s legacy of caring alive. Our family is very proud of the accomplishments we have made in this short time. This in large part due to the excitement, dedication and vigor that all involved with the GEM Fund show on a daily basis,” says Ginger’s husband, Michael T. English. “Supporting Destinations with Direction brings us great pride. The mission of this fund is to help the community where Ginger lived and served for her entire life. Destinations is a program helping the youth of today grow into vital members of the community in the future. We hope that others in the community who cared about my mom, as well as those who care about our community, will make donations to help the legacy fund grow. We welcome donations and fundraising help, so that we can make larger grants to make a more sizeable impact.” The grant to the Destinations program is made possible by funds raised from the sale of a cookbook and the Ginger English Memorial Fund Golf Classic. Held on August 15th, the event was attended by over 150 golfers from Maryland to New York. Event sponsors included RSZ Orthopedics, The Gateway Pharmacy and the members of Phoenixville Country Club. Golfers are invited to participate in the 3rd Annual Ginger English Memorial Golf Classic set for August 2009. Founded in 1994 and located in downtown West Chester, the Chester County Community Foundation helps individuals and organizations to create or contribute to lasting philanthropic charitable legacies, to improve the quality of life primarily in Chester County. The Foundation manages Field of Interest Funds, Donor Advised Funds, Memorial Funds, Scholarship Funds and Nonprofit Endowments. The Foundation holds over $25 million in trust and by administering funds helps more than 240 individuals, families and nonprofits who want to provide a charitable legacy for their community forever. Last year, The Community Foundation awarded about $3.5 million in grants and scholarships. For more information about the Chester County Community Foundation, visit www.chescocf.org or call (610) 696-8211.
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