Hendersonville, N.C., Dec. 21, 2012: During this holiday season as many of us race around trying to find that perfect gift for people on our gift-giving lists, donors at the Community Foundation of Henderson County have discovered a way to give throughout the year. Caring donors from all walks of life in our community have established more than 490 charitable funds with the Community Foundation to carry out their long-term charitable wishes, including the following:
· Anna’s Hope Fund: Anna Huneycutt, the late daughter of Don and Julie Harwell Huneycutt of Hendersonville, passed away March 6, 2010 due to a prescription drug overdose. Anna had tried many times to overcome addiction and even as late as October 2009 had been in a drug rehabilitation facility. Unfortunately, Anna lost the battle against addiction. After Anna’s death, the Huneycutts took a brave and proactive approach to shed light on this personal issue that few have been willing to discuss openly. They created the Anna's Hope Fund, a donor-advised fund established at the Community Foundation in memory of Anna Huneycutt and dedicated to educating and assisting families struggling with prescription drug abuse and addiction. Don and Julie Harwell Huneycutt also have a Facebook page for Anna that discusses issues about prescription addiction and provides an outlet for many to connect with their personal experiences.
· Midnight’s Fund of Hope Fund: The lives of Keith and Rebecca Jones were changed forever Jan. 10, 2009. Their 17 year-old son, Jacob Swanson, had taken his life. Rebecca Jones said she never would have expected her son, a student and athlete at East Henderson High School, to commit suicide. She and her family decided to turn this tragedy into something positive by creating the Midnight’s Fund of Hope Fund at the Community Foundation. The money raised will be used for programs that provide suicide prevention, awareness and support. If the money that is raised saves even one child’s life, Rebecca Jones said this will have met her goal.
· The Vanessa Y. Mintz Fund: On Feb. 19, 2011, Vanessa Y. Mintz was tragically murdered at her family business. As a result, her daughters, Jessica Little Freeman and Andrea Little Gray, established a fund in her memory. Through various events, they have raised money to support this fund and keep their mother’s memory alive. To work toward making this fund an endowed fund that will exist in perpetuity, they hosted the Elegance of Fall Vanessa Y. Mintz event. As a result of this event, they raised enough dollars to endow the fund which now is working forever toward their cause of assisting victims of murder.
Do you have a philanthropic dream? What legacy would you like to put in place? Is there someone significant in your life that you would like to memorialize? Consider giving a charitable contribution this holiday season to one of the Community Foundation of Henderson County’s many individual funds or to the Community Foundation itself to support its work. Donations can be made by sending checks to the Community Foundation of Henderson County at P.O. Box 1108, Hendersonville, N.C., 28792 or by giving securely online through the Community Foundation’s website at www.CFHCforever.org.
Since 1982, the Community Foundation of Henderson County has offered people a variety of ways to touch our community through philanthropic giving. The Community Foundation accepts gifts from individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create a pool of charitable dollars from which grants are awarded to address community needs. Learn more about the Community Foundation by calling (828) 697-6224 or by visiting www.CFHCforever.org or the Community Foundation’s Facebook page.