Mushroom Festival grants announced
● By J. Chambless
The Mushroom Festival Board of Directors met on April 4 to distribute money from the annual festival.
On April 4, in a ceremony held at Genesis’ Michael R.
Walker Building in Kennett Square, 32 local organizations received $50,000 in
grant funding from the Mushroom Festival’s Board or Directors.
This event was the 19th annual grant distribution presentation. Since 2000, the festival has given away more than $1 million.
“This April event is always very symbolic for the Mushroom Festival,” said Randy Lieberman, past president of the Mushroom Festival's Board of Directors, “because it concludes the past year's activities and acts as a kick-off for the upcoming year.
“Unfortunately, the 2018 festival was cut short by driving rain on Sunday,” Lieberman added. “No people means no money for an outdoor event like this.” Lieberman said that this year's grant money was greatly enhanced by a memorial fund set up for longtime mushroom grower and festival supporter Rich Forte. Teri Forte and her son, Rich, Jr., were also present to help celebrate the annual giving.
Organizations receiving Mushroom Festival grants included:
Kennett Afterschool Association
Adult Literacy Program - Kennett Library
Kennett Education Foundation
Scouting Troop 20
Kennett Area Park Authority
KHS Friends of Music
PAWS for People
Oxford Arts Alliance
Friends Home in Kennett
Garage Community and Youth Center
Southern Chester County EMS
Lighthouse Youth Center
Kennett Fire Co. No. 1
Longwood Fire Co.
Chester County Women's Services
Reins of Life
Kennett Area Community Service
Meals on Wheels of Chester County
ALS of Greater Philadelphia
Po Mar Lin Fire Company
Historic Kennett Square
Bournelyf Special Camp
Canine Partners for Life
Kennett Symphony of Chester County
North Star of Chester County
Avondale Fire Company EMS Division
Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania
Family Promise of Southern Chester County
Friends of Auburn Heights - 2018 Honorary Chair Grant Recipient Carla Lucas.