Andrew Farnen Fund for Gifted & Talented Youth

The Community Foundation recently established the Andrew Bryan Farnen Fund for Gifted and Talented Youth to memorialize Andrew who passed away last October. Andrew, a 2010 graduate of North Hagerstown High School, loved arts and sciences as well as mathematics. Andrew’s family created this fund to help talented young people pursue their dreams who may lack the financial resources to do so. It will help students with the purchase of musical instruments, art supplies, computers, books and other educational materials related to their passions.

The inaugural recipient of the Andrew Bryan Farnen Fund is Taylor Baer, a senior at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts. Taylor is a musical theatre major and chose to attend BISFA as a chance to develop both his artistic and academic passions simultaneously. He also loves math and plans to pursue computer engineering in college.

Pictured: Rob Hovermale, BISFA principal; Taylor Baer and parents Elizabeth and David Beachley.

Holly Place Challenge

Because of the ongoing financial challenges of Holly Place, the Community Foundation has issued another matching campaign to the citizens of Washington County to make a contribution to the Holly Place Challenge. Through a second anonymous donor’s contribution, the Foundation will match all donations up to $10,000, hopefully, resulting in a $20,000 grant to Holly Place to help them with their operating expenses. The challenge starts today and runs through October 31.

Doug Wright, president of the board of Senior Living Alternatives, Inc. that operates Holly Place said, “Our last challenge, matched by a different anonymous donor, was wildly successful, and we are so grateful for the support of the Washington County community. Due to changes in the state’s reimbursement model, we continue to struggle with basic operating expenses in order to provide services to our residents. We are thankful to the Community Foundation and this anonymous donor for this second challenge.”

Contributions can be made by check to the Community Foundation at 33 W. Franklin St, Suite 203, Hagerstown, MD 21740, or by credit card on this website by clicking on the "Donate" button on the left-hand side. Be sure to incude "Holly Place" in the "Comments" section. For more information about the Holly Place Challenge, please call the Community Foundation at 301-745-5210.

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