Arts and Culture Fund
A member of HCCF’s Spirit of Community fund family, grants strengthen and enrich growth in the areas of performing, visual, and oratorical arts in our community.
Fortville-Vernon Township Library Endowment Fund
This operating endowment fund, established by the library board, provides operating support to meet the educational needs of the library’s patronage and to facilitate future capital improvements.
Hancock County Children’s Choir Operating Endowment
Established by its board of directors, this fund provides perpetual support to benefit the ongoing operations of the Hancock County Children’s Choir (HCCC). HCCC’s mission: Through excellent musical education and mentorship, we equip youth with essential life skills while igniting a community interest in the arts and our youth.
Hancock County Public Library Endowment Fund
This operating endowment provides perpetual operating income to the library to further its mission to provide superior county-wide library service that is convenient to and used by all residents.
Philip R. Hollenbaugh Photography Endowment Fund
Philip R. Hollenbaugh was a local portrait and wedding photographer in the Greenfield community for more than thirty years. Phil began his career in photography in 1962 after writing a term paper about the subject for high school. He had interviewed then local photographer Dale Briles of DaJo Photography. He became Mr. Briles’ assistant until 1975 when he and his wife Pamela opened a local photography studio on South State Street. He was deeply committed to providing full service to his clients, local schools, and the community. His mother, Marjorie Roberts, wished to honor his legacy and established the Philip R. Hollenbaugh Fund to recognize Phil’s dedication to his art and to his community. Mrs. Roberts was able to meet Cody and help present this first-ever award at the Riley Festival.
Then board member Cherie Burrow was instrumental in the organization of this new award and HCCF is grateful to her for the hard work and creative thinking behind its implementation.
Jane Ross Reeves Octagon House Operating Endowment
Established by the board of directors, this fund provides perpetual support to benefit the historical Jane Ross Reeves Octagon House in Shirley, Indiana.
Ralph W. Myerholtz, Jr. and Lois C. Myerholtz Charitable Endowment Fund
The legacy of Ralph W. and Lois C. Myerholtz will forever be remembered through their endowment fund at the Hancock County Community Foundation. In keeping with the Myerholtz’s love for literacy and the opportunities provided by the Hancock County Public Library, Ralph and Lois named the library’s endowment at HCCF as the annual grantee of their charitable fund.
Ralph and Lois both pursued degrees in the field of science at Purdue University. The couple met while working on the Purdue Scientist magazine staff. Both Ralph and Lois pursued further education and got married upon graduation in Nashville, IN on June 24, 1951. Lois first began work as a research associate at Abbott Laboratories. Throughout her career, she also worked as a lab technician in a hospital, taught in a junior high school, and spent 20 years at her dream job as an Environmental Educator at the Morton Arboretum, west of Chicago. Ralph spent his 32-year career at Amoco Chemicals Company where he was the Director of the Polymer Physics Division.
The Myerholtz’s were also parents to two children, their son, Carl, and their daughter, Lynn. Later, they would become grandparents to Lynn’s children, Nick and Megan. Ralph’s work took the family to Japan for three years when the children were very young. Living in a foreign culture and raising a family was a wonderful growth experience for everyone, and Lois and Ralph enjoyed the challenge of immersing themselves in a new community. When the family returned to the U.S., they would stay in the Midwest living in both Illinois and Indiana.
Lois and Ralph always enjoyed exploring the world around them. They were lifelong learners and found the greatest enjoyment out of simple things. Both were avid readers, nature enthusiasts, and loved a day outside. Ralph passed away in February of 2005. Lois continued to pursue both of their passions by helping at the library, becoming very involved at church, promoting women support groups, and working on community outreach programs.
Lois passed away in December of 2018. Both Ralph and Lois were long-time supporters and past board members of the Hancock County Public Library in Greenfield. The library was very important to them. The couple always felt that libraries brought joy and knowledge to everyone. As a result of this passion, the Ralph W. Myerholtz, Jr. and Lois C. Myerholtz Charitable Endowment Fund was established at the Hancock County Community Foundation to carry on their love for literacy and passion for the Hancock County Public Library.
The Stilwell Music Endowment Fund
Together with her husband Gregg, Teresa Smith established this fund in honor of the band teacher who positively impacted her life. Its purpose is to provide critical operating resources for the Hancock County Children’s Choir.
Will Vawter Statue Campaign–Greenfield Parks and Recreation
Will Vawter was an American landscape artist and illustrator known for his broad strokes and loose impressionist style. Vawter was born in Boone County, West Virginia on April 13, 1871, and moved with his family to Greenfield at age 6. Vawter’s work was widely celebrated. His work was exhibited at the Brown County Art Gallery Association and the Hoosier Salon, where he won prizes multiple years. While living in Greenfield, Vawter developed a close working relationship with Hoosier Poet James Whitcomb Riley, a fellow Greenfield resident. Vawter illustrated 11 volumes of Riley’s poems.
To honor a nationally recognized Greenfield resident, the John William “Will” Vawter Statue Campaign was created. This fund will raise money toward implementing a bronze statue of Vawter at his easel, working plein air style along the Literary Trail on the Pennsy Trail in Greenfield. The canvas will be open, giving the illusion that Vawter is painting those who sit on the bench as his subjects. Set to be dedicated in April of 2021, it will be the 150th anniversary of Vawter’s birth, so the statue will be a perfect interactive and artistic way to honor his legacy.
The Vawter Statue Campaign Fund is a pass-through fund established at the Hancock County Community Foundation. This fund will collect donations until the goal has been met. The campaign fund will allow donors who value the arts an opportunity to enhance the community and attract additional people from both inside and outside the county who share those same interests.
For additional questions, contact The Vawter Society (c/o David Spencer) at 317-460-2133.