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Gifts from good friends: Foundation and fund give gracious grants to local groups

Posted: Monday, Oct 28th, 2013


Representing grant recipients are, from left, Lanell Quam, South Dakota 4-H Foundation; Jim Hofer, Huron Area Senior Center; Donna Christen chair of the Christen Hohm Lusk Greater Huron Area Foundation; Bill Bartholow, First United Methodist Church Foundation; and Chris Nohr, United Way Heartland Region. Next, among the grant recipients and their representatives are, from left, Georgia Langbehn (left), Huron Area Center for Independence; Buddy Seiner (back), South Dakota Community Foundation; Donna Christen (center), Tom Smotherman (right), Boy Scouts; and Cole Ochsner (front), Boys Scouts. Next, shown with Donna Christen, are, from left, Gary Harrington, city of Huron; Capt. Eric Johnson, Salvation Army; Christen, and Bryan Smith, Junior Achievement. And next, representatives of groups receiving checks from the Paul and Carol Hohm Designated Fund pose in front of the mural where the Hohms are depicted. Recipients this year are Violet Tschetter Memorial Home, Nordby Center/Hohm Courts, Huron Hockey, James Valley Christian School, United Way Heartland Region, Huron Area Girl Scouts, Huron Area Boy Scouts, Salvation Army, Central Prairie Red Cross, First Presbyterian Church and Pyle House Museum. PHOTOS BY SEAN M.X. KELLEY/PLAINSMAN


HURON — Local and statewide agencies and organizations continue to benefit from the Christen Hohm Lusk Greater Huron Area Foundation and the Paul and Carol Hohm Fund, with the latest disbursements presented on Thursday.

This year, $102,197.37 was distributed through the Christen Hohm Lusk Greater Huron Area Foundation, benefiting 19 nonprofit organizations.

In the past 24 years, the foundation has disbursed more than $2.2 million to more than 120 organizations.

The Paul and Carol Hohm Fund, also established with the South Dakota Community Foundation, distributed $22,368 to 11 organizations.

They will receive annual gifts from the fund, said Marilyn Hoyt and Dr. Robert Hohm, children of the Hohms.

Various amounts ranging from $25,000 to $200,000 and totaling $650,000 were deposited with the South Dakota Community Foundation.

Interest from the investments will be paid from the fund each year in perpetuity for the benefit of the Huron area organizations.

This year’s disbursements were: Violet Tschetter Memorial Home, $6,934; Nordby Center/Hohm Courts, $5,167; Huron Hockey, James Valley Christian school and United Way Heartland Region, $1,722 each; Huron Area Girl Scouts, Huron Area Boy Scouts, Salvation Army-Huron, Central Prairie Red Cross, First Presbyterian Church and Pyle House Museum, $850 each.

The United Way, for example, will support 47 other programs sponsored by 36 local agencies and enhancing literacy for more than 500 children each month through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.

Distributions from the Christen Hohm Lusk Foundation in 2013 include $30,000 for the Splash Central water park and $20,000 toward a South Dakota Community Foundation project to build new space for the state office in Pierre.

Also, $500 was given to the Huron Area Center for Independence to offset costs associated with the planning and production of a theater play entitled “Different Dreams” to be presented to the community in 2014.

The foundation gave $600 to Junior Achievement of South Dakota/Huron to supplement the cost of Huron’s newest program called JA Titan. The program helps high school students learn about managing a business, and the cost of one class is $600.

Each organization received $3,591.19 through the Borecky Estate Designated Funds, for a total of $28,729.

Recipients are United Way Heartland Region, Salvation Army, First United Methodist Church Foundation for unbudgeted expenses, Girl Scouts, Huron Area Senior Center for landscaping work, Boy Scouts Camping Endowment, South Dakota 4-H Foundation and National Jewish Health.

Chris Nohr, president of the United Way Heartland Region board, said the Ken and Lois Borecky fund is helping to feed the hungry, shelter families who have lost their belongings to a storm or fire, give kids a safe place to go after school, transport people and support homebound seniors.

The South Dakota Community Foundation was established in 1987 to promote philanthropy, accepting and administering charitable gifts and investing in a wide range of programs.

Its current assets under management total over $160 million. The foundation has 580 separate funds and has awarded more than $50 million since 1989.

For the complete article see the 10-27-2013 issue.

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