Community foundation awards grant at first ‘Burgers in the Park’ of the season

The New England Community Foundation awarded a grant to Breann Krebs, a representative of the New England Theatrical Arts Club, to purchase a new sound and light system for the Memorial Hall. Members from the Community Foundation presented Krebs with a check at the first burgers in the park of the season on Tuesday, June 7.

By RACHEL BOCK
Herald Reporter

The New England Community Foundation awarded a grant to Breann Krebs, a representative of the New England Theatrical Arts Club, to purchase a new sound and light system for the Memorial Hall. Members from the Community Foundation presented Krebs with a check at the first burgers in the park of the season on Tuesday, June 7.

New England Community Foundation Board Members Patti Schatz, Ruth Fitterer, Shannay Witte, recipient Breann Krebs, and Board member Jason Jung. (Photo by Rachel Bock/The Herald)
New England Community Foundation Board Members Patti Schatz, Ruth Fitterer, Shannay Witte, recipient Breann Krebs, and Board member Jason Jung. (Photo by Rachel Bock/The Herald)

A permanent sound and light system has been on the wish list of many who have held events at the Memorial Hall. With various theatrical performances, meetings, weddings, and other important functions that take place at the Memorial Hall every year, having a permanent sound and light system in the building was almost a necessity.

“There are so many events that happen there, that it would be an investment. More events might even be held there,” Krebs said.

The New England Community Foundation funds projects that help build and aid the community of New England. The Community Foundation looks for projects that will stay in the community and that will benefit all ages. Past projects that the foundation has funded have been the Missoula Children’s Theatre, the Elevator Project, the New England youth football, the after prom party, and the NEHS volleyball program.

The Community Foundation encourages organizations to apply for the grants, and applicants can apply any time online on the North Dakota Community Foundation website. The grants are intended for a one time project and cannot fund the same program year after year. Also, the grant money cannot be used towards medical expenses or any religious affiliated projects. Organizations can apply anytime, but the deadline is April 1 every year.

The grant money is made possible from the Ishmael and Rose Diede charitable fund. The Diede’s owned and operated a photography studio in Mott for 38 years. In 2012 the Ishmael and Rose Diede charitable fund was created in the Diede’s memory to aid projects/organizations in western Morton and Hettinger Counties. The Diede charitable fund also gives scholarships to high school students graduating from western Morton and Hettinger County high schools.

If anyone would like to make a donation to the New England Community Foundation, donations can be made online to the New England Community Foundation account on the North Dakota Community Foundation website. The NDCF manages and invests all the money for The New England Foundation.

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