The Hancock County Community Foundation Board of Directors recently named Parker Mohr, a junior at Greenfield-Central High School, the 2014 Martha Beckenholdt Youth Philanthropy Award recipient. The award was established in 1996 to honor one of Hancock County’s most committed philanthropists, Martha Beckenholdt. The award is given annually to a junior from one of the four Hancock County public high schools who exhibits Martha’s qualities…outstanding contributions of time, talent, and energy to philanthropic endeavors. A grant in the recipient’s name is donated by the Community Foundation to a charity of the student’s choice. In honor of Parker’s award, Partners for Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) received a $500 grant.
Parker has been a regular volunteer for PAWS for approximately 9 years, donating over 3,000 hours of his time. Parker has organized and assisted several fundraisers for PAWS and serves as the official PAWS mascot, wearing a hot and heavy dog suit for PAWS events. In addition to his service to PAWS, Parker is an active member of his school community where he is the Treasurer of the Greenfield Central High School FFA and a member of the National Honor Society.
HCCF works with caring individuals, families, and organizations to create or grow existing permanent funds called endowments. These funds generate income that is distributed in the form of grants and scholarships to enrich and enhance life in Hancock County, as well as support the donor’s favorite charitable causes, both at home and afar forever. HCCF has granted over $10 million since its inception in 1992.