Rick and Susan were born at Hancock Regional Hospital and are lifelong residents of Hancock County. Both were raised on the farms of their parents, Robert & Jean Edwards and Kenny & Wilma Phares. Both now work at the hospital where they were born; Rick as CFO and Susan as the Hospice Social Services Coordinator. They have two sons Ethan, married to Rhnea, and Luke. Both work in Indianapolis and live locally keeping their roots in Hancock County. Rick and Susan continue to enjoy the farm life near Mohawk.
Both have deep roots in philanthropy. Many of the founding members of HCCF were close friends and family, including Susan’s father, Kenny Phares. “Since 1999 we’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to serve and meet new people on the board and committees of HCCF who share our passions. We’ve also become better acquainted with several of the not-profit organizations filling a need in our community. The combination of the dedicated individuals and worthwhile organizations make interacting with the HCCF an incredible blessing,” shares Rick.
Recently, Rick and Susan established the Rick P. and Susan J. Edwards Community Development Fund. Thanks to a grant from Lilly Endowment, their gift was matched. Their unrestricted gift will allow HCCF the opportunity to address needs and opportunities as they change over time. Rick and Susan understand the incredible value of this type of fund. They, along with their siblings, established funds in both sets of their parents’ names in 2014. “We appreciate the dedication from the board, staff and many community members to help make Hancock County a better place to live for future generations. We’ve received many blessings in our lives and giving a gift that lasts in perpetuity and addresses any needs that may arise in the future is our small way to give back to the people of Hancock County.”