News and Tribune

December 5, 2012

Horseshoe Foundation hands out fall grants


FLOYD COUNTY — The Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County handed out fall grants totaling $325,000 to various community organizations Wednesday afternoon at the Second Baptist Church in New Albany.

Forty-seven applicants sent requests to the foundation this fall totaling $680,000. Of those requests, 38 organizations received funding.

“The grants committee and board are continually impressed with the great work being done in our community by charitable organizations, as well as the great need,” Horseshoe Foundation board member Judy Hess said in a press release Wednesday.

The Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County was established in 1999 by Horseshoe Indiana in partnership with Floyd County and New Albany officials. The Foundation was established to provide resources to non-profit organizations, educational institutions and government agencies for the benefit of residents in New Albany and Floyd County.

Since 1999, the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County has awarded $28.1 million to benefit the citizens of Floyd County.

“I can’t imagine how tough it would be for organizations in Floyd County without the funds we receive from Horseshoe Southern Indiana,” Horseshoe Foundation Board President Mark Seabrook said in the release. “Their benevolence does so much good for our community.”

The organizations receiving grants include:

• $647, Central Christian Church, to help provide each S. Ellen Jones student with a winter break gift bag.

• $1,510, Challenger Baseball Team, to provide a sporting opportunity for individuals with disabilities

• $2,500, Best Buddies Indiana, to strengthen and support the mentoring program at New Albany High School

• $3,000, Boy Scout Troop 4025, to replace worn and damaged camping equipment and to provide specialized equipment for backpacking.

• $3,000, Tri-County Health Coalition of Southern Indiana, to provide human needs services for local homeless Floyd County veterans.

• $3,028, Floyd County Veterans Service Office, to fund laptops and related equipment to better serve homebound veterans in Floyd County.

• $4,000, Hoosier Hills AIDS Coalition, to help subsidize the financial needs of HIV/AIDS clientele living in Floyd County.

• $4,000, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana Inc., to fund the Middle School Transition Project to help youth transition to, through and from middle school.

• $4,100, Develop New Albany, to print 5,000 maps showing New Albany arts, entertainment and dining locations and 10 window clings for downtown buildings.

• $4,875, St. John’s Lodge #8, to upgrade the electrical system on the St. John’s Lodge building.

• $5,000, Southern Indiana Asset Building Coalition, to provide VITA tax preparation services to low-income, elderly and disabled Floyd County residents.

• $5,000, Miles for Merry Miracles, to help families in need during the holiday season while encouraging youth to learn leadership and philanthropic skills.

• $5,500, Floyd County Maternal and Child Health Clinic, to provide prenatal health care services to low-income pregnant women.

• $6,118, Our Place Drug and Alcohol Education Services, Inc., to support the Early Interventions Program of Our Place.

• $7,000, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, to help fund capital improvements on the parish grounds to provide a safe location for Art on the Parish Green Festival.

• $7,500, Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana, Inc., to provide financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness economics education programs to Floyd County students with JA classroom programs.

• $7,500, Guerin, Inc., to implement staff training, ongoing cross-generational activities, care planning and family support to improve elder quality of life

• $7,500, New Hope Services, Inc., to provide services to high school students to enable them to identify benefits they qualify for, assist them with applying to college and assist them in acquiring and keeping employment.

• $7,750, Brandon’s House Counseling Center, Inc., to provide free master’s level counseling sessions to Floyd County families.

• $8,000, St. Marks United Church of Christ, to provide new blankets, and clothing to needy individuals and families in Floyd County.

• $8,000, Home of the Innocents, to fund the Parents Acquiring Skills and Strength program for at-risk families in New Albany.

• $8,500, Carnegie Center for Art & History, Inc., to fund the New Albany Public Art Project: Bicentennial Series.

• $9,000, Floyd County Head Start, to encourage physical and healthy development of Head Start students by educating children on intentional movement to decrease obesity.

• $9,800, Purdue School of Technology, to provide materials so students can learn rapid prototyping concepts and explore advanced manufacturing careers and their associated engineering professions.

• $10,000, Keep New Albany Clean & Green, to fund beautification and annual community cleanup and enhancement projects in preparation for New Albany’s Bicentennial.

• $10,000, Fairmont Elementary School, to introduce the performing arts in education by producing one full length children’s musical at four elementary schools in Southern Indiana.

• $10,000, Knights of Columbus Council 1221, to fund building upgrades to the exterior of the building.

• $10,843, Open Door Youth Services, to create a counseling office, a room for parenting classes and programmatic support for the new home-based services program.

• $12,000, Our Lady Providence Junior/Senior High School, to purchase a CombiMaster Steam Bake Oven that allows the school to comply with new guidelines for food preparation.

• $12,500, Hazelwood Middle School, to provide funding for SMART Board technology.

• $12,500, New Directions Housing Corporation, to bring intensive home repair help to elderly or disabled low income homeowners in Floyd County.

• $13,873, Family Health Center of Floyd County, to increase staff hours of medical professionals to meet the increase patient capacity of low-income and uninsured patients.

• $15,000, Paul W. Ogle Cultural & Community Center, to fund the Ogle Center’s 2012-2013 children’s series season, providing free admission for Floyd County school children to attend arts performances.

• $15,000, St. Mary’s Catholic Academy, to replace two existing air conditioning units with two new energy efficient ones that also deliver heat.

• $15,000, Hope Southern Indiana, to provide emergency needs support to residents of Floyd County.

• $15,000, Dare to Care Food Bank, to increase distribution of fresh produce and staple food items to families in need.

• $15,456, LifeSpan Recources, Inc., to provide Meals on Wheels to Floyd County residents who are on a waiting list for this service.

• $25,000, Town Clock Church Fund, to help fund the restoration of the historic Town Clock Church as the city of New Albany prepares for the Bicentennial Celebration in 2013.