More than $173,000 will flow into the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty as a result of last month’s Key Event.
This was the 20th anniversary of the fundraiser which attracted nearly 600 guests to the cocktail party and auction, said Karen Reimer, who sits on the organizing committee. Guests then headed to one of 33 host homes where chefs from across the region prepared dinner.
Proceeds from the evening go towards operations and are put into the Community Grants Fund. They are combined with proceeds from the Community Golf Classic held in August and the March Shamrock Shuffle and used to fund projects.
Last year more than $100,000 was put into the Community Grants Fund. About 15 groups received grants totaling more than $63,000. Among them were Reach Out Lakota, One Way Farm, People Working Cooperatively and Supports to Encourage Low Income Families.
This year about $138,000 will be put into the Community Grants Fund from the Key Event, golf outing, and Shamrock Shuffle. Twelve grants totaling more than $49,000 have been awarded so far in 2013. Recipients included Junior Achievement, Woodland Elementary School PTA and Butler County Special Olympics.
Grants are awarded three times annually. There is one more distribution set for December.
“This was a really great year. We had very successful fundraisers,’’ Reimer said. “We had a really good crowd.”
For the past four years Gail Jackson-Miller has chaired the event.
“The Community Foundation would like to thank outgoing Key Event chair, Gail Jackson-Miller who, along with a team of dedicated volunteers, has guided the Key Event to success,’’ Reimer said.
Next year’s Key Event is scheduled for Sept. 14, 2014.