Community support

<center> Ride the St. Joe </center><br>

The St. Joseph River Watershed Initiative will hold its annual trip down the St. Joseph River on Aug. 5. Canoes/kayaks will launch from the boat ramp under the Spencerville bridge in Spencerville. The trip will take about 4 to 5 hours, including a lunch stop near the Hurshtown Reservoir. Cost will be $25 for persons 18 and older and $10 for persons under 18 and includes transportation from the sign-in location to the launch site and lunch. Preregistration is encouraged. For a registration form, visit <br>

<center> Grant awarded </center><br>

Amani Family Services has been awarded a grant in the amount of $35,000 by the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation. The grant will be used to provide substance abuse groups and counseling services for immigrant and refugee individuals and families. <br>

<center> Foellinger Foundation grants </center><br>

The Foellinger Foundation board has approved grants totaling nearly $1.2 million to support nonprofit organizations that provide services to children and families throughout Allen County. The grants were distributed to the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission, Youth for Christ of Northern Indiana and Headwaters Counseling.

In addition, the board approved $810,000 in grants to support Community Interests. Grant recipients are: ACRES, $25,000; Allen County Fort Wayne Historical Society, $25,000; Allen County SPCA, $12,500; ARCH, $10,000; Artlink, $10,000; Arts United, $45,000; Audiences Unlimited, $10,000; Blue Jacket, $45,000; Embassy Theatre Foundation, $70,000; Fort Wayne Ballet, $20,000; Fort Wayne Children’s Choir, $6,500; Fort Wayne Cinema Center, $17,500; Fort Wayne Civic Theatre, $62,500; Fort Wayne Dance Collective, $25,000; Fort Wayne Museum of Art, $75,000; Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra, $75,000; Fort Wayne Trails, $27,500; Fort Wayne Youtheatre, $19,000; Foundation for Art and Music Education (FAME), $14,500; HearCare Connection, $25,000; Little River Wetlands Project, $27,500; Northeast Indiana Fund, $20,000; Northeast Indiana Innovation Center, $30,000; Northeast Indiana Public Radio, $25,000; Science Central, $57,500; SCORE Chapter #50, $5,000; and Volunteer Lawyer Program, $25,000. <br>

<center> Corvette raffle tickets for sale </center><br>

The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum has tickets available for purchase for the “Win a NEW Corvette Raffle.” Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased at the Museum at 1600 S. Wayne St., Auburn, Kelley Chevrolet at 5220 Value Drive, or via phone at 260-925-1444. Only 1,200 tickets will be sold so chances of winning are excellent. The first prize 2017 Corvette Stingray is valued at $55,000 as determined by the manufacture suggested retail price provided by Kelley Chevrolet. The prize winner also has the option of choosing $40,000 in cash. The winning tickets for prizes one through three will be drawn June 28 during the Great Race event at the Museum’s Education and Exhibit Plaza. You do not have to be present to win. Proceeds benefit the not-for-profit Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum Educational Programs. <br>

<center> Grant award </center><br>

The Edward M. and Mary McCrea Wilson Foundation has awarded Allen County Education Partnership $7.500 to support the agency’s early literacy program, Project READS. <br>

<center> Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry</center> <br>

The NRA Foundation recently awarded the Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry’s “Meat” the Need program a grant for $1,000. These funds will help pay processing fees for donated large game and livestock. Hunters and farmers may donate, at no cost to hem, by taking large game or livestock to a meat processor in their area where the donation will be processed, packaged and frozen. <br>

<center> Scholarship grant awarded </center><br>

Leadership Fort Wayne, a program of Greater Fort Wayne, Inc., has received a $7,600 grant from AWS Foundation to provide two full scholarships in the 2017-18 Leadership Fort Wayne class. The grant will support tuition and material expenses allowing two individuals with disabilities to participate in the nine-month program. Applications are due June 30. For an application and LFW Alumni reference form, go to <br>