Spears Family will give $1,000 to Women’s Crisis Support in honor of Fay Spears.
The Four Way Community Foundation will honor local educator and stalwart volunteer Midge Renton with its 2021 Distinguished Service Award, which comes with $10,000 for the local nonprofit of her choice. Mrs. Renton has selected Project Youth + to receive the funds.
“I have been observing Project Youth + since their advent as College Dreams.
‘College, career building, matched savings accounts and whatever it takes’ is a chain of words that convinced me to give them this money. PY+ removes barriers and improves opportunities for low-income young people and first generation graduates to thrive in school, careers and life,” stated Mrs. Renton. “Recently, Project Youth + made the jump from serving just school age youngsters to also include young adults, providing them with skills to climb barriers to employment for workforce success. Their work makes a real difference for youth in our community.”
Four Way Community Foundation Executive Director Kate Dwyer added, “The board is pleased to honor Midge Renton for her decades of joyful service to the youth of Josephine County. Given her career in education, her selection of Project Youth+ for this funding is apt. We know they will put it to excellent use.”
The family of the late Fay Spears will present $1,000 to the Women’s Crisis Support Team in her honor as part of the Lifetime Service Award. The Four Way Community Foundation donated $500 to the Kerbyville Museum in memory of Dennis Strayer.
The Louis F. Schultz Jr. Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Midge Renton and the Lifetime Service Award will be presented to the family of Fay Spears at the Foundation’s annual Celebration of Community Spirit, on Thursday November 4 from 6-7 pm by video meeting. There will be a keynote speech by Dr. Mike Amaranthus. To request the link for the event, email [email protected] or call 541 474-9774.