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LCCF Awards $24,500 for Grants for Disadvantaged Elderly

The Lawrence County Community Foundation announced the 2019 grant recipients from the Margie Marie Pennington Fund for Elderly; the awards ranged from $2,000 to $4,000.  The Pennington endowment was created to assist organizations with programs impacting elderly in Lawrence County, Indiana that are disadvantaged or homeless.

Agencies receiving grants were Bertha’s Mission, CWC Helping Hands Ministry, Hoosier Hills Food Bank, Hoosier Uplands, Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services, Lawrence County Trustees, and SICIL.  The intent of the grants ranged from buying nutrition supplements for elderly cancer patients and meal delivery, to a program that will help elderly keep cool this summer by supplying fans.

Endowments, such as the Margie Marie Pennington Fund, are perpetual. Although Pennington passed away several years ago, her legacy will go on forever in Lawrence County.  “If people direct assets to permanent endowments in their wills, then they, too, can have an impact forever,” Hope Flores, CEO of the Community Foundation said. “One that goes on long after they’re gone. The Lawrence County Community Foundation can help you serve your community, whatever your interests are.  An endowment fund may benefit a field of interest or specific charities or causes serving Lawrence County.”

“The best part of Margie’s gift is that it will only continue to grow over time”, Flores added.  “Although Margie is gone, her gift to the community foundation will continue to meet the needs of Lawrence County disadvantaged or homeless elderly forever.”


St. Vincent provider Becky Leigh Allmon, DO, Named ‘Matthew 25 Award’ Winner

Volunteerism and serving the community in need are qualities that make up the St. Vincent Medical Group Matthew 25 Award.

Congratulations to Becky Leigh Allmon, DO, winner of this year’s Matthew 25 Award.  This annual award is given to a St. Vincent provider who has, through their actions, displayed a spirit of service to their community and to vulnerable populations.

The award is named after chapter 25 of the Gospel of Matthew and recognizes care providers, who through their compassionate service, exemplify Jesus Christ’s ministry to those in need. The award also represents the Mission and Values of St. Vincent by practicing the importance creativity, stewardship, wisdom and caring for the poor and vulnerable.

“I am humbled and surprised to have received this award,” said Dr. Allmon. “It is quite an honor, and I feel blessed to be a part of this great organization.”

According to her nomination, Dr. Allmon see patients from the Bedford area at the local community health and wellness clinic. She works with the elderly and most vulnerable, patients released from jail and prison, and patients impacted by the opioid crisis. She volunteers to work most holidays so other providers can spend time with their families.

Dr. Allmon also founded a clinic in Puerto Rico after the devastating hurricanes in an effort to provide free medical care to the local community. She unselfishly volunteers her time, services and money to care for those still impacted by the hurricanes.

Thank you Dr. Allmon for your generous service and contributions to our community.