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Community Foundation celebrates philanthropy

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By Kelly Cantrall

A local community foundation celebrated the love of serving others Wednesday.

The Central Kentucky Community Foundation hosted a luncheon to recognize charitable donors in Hardin County and to encourage continued support. Chase Fulcher, a major supporter of the Henderson Community Foundation, discussed opportunities such organizations provide.

Fulcher raised more than $1.7 million for the Henderson foundation, and he and his wife created a $3 million endowment for 42 charities. Fulcher told those in attendance they represent the biggest potential for Hardin County.

Despite his work with other charities, he said he found inner peace when he began working with the community foundation, because of the breadth of work it performs.

“Now I could help everything in the community,” he said.

Fulcher said the Central Kentucky Community Foundation could do the same for the philanthropic-minded in the room.

“To me, this foundation is an opportunity to serve your community,” he said.

Fulcher discussed his faith and the push it gives him to serve, but also the addictive qualities of giving.

“We as humans are happiest when we’re helping other people,” he said.

Foundation Vice President Davette Swiney said the experiences of the people in the room make up a community, to which the foundation is dedicated.

“A community foundation is created by the community for the community,” Swiney said.

President Al Rider said he hoped the event would become an annual one. He encouraged attendees to discuss the benefits of philanthropy to the wider community.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.