On Sept. 20, surrounded by fervent supporters and friends, The Springs Close Foundation celebrated its fifth and final Fabric of the Community Awards at The Dairy Barn at Anne Springs Close Greenway.
Culminating a five-year objective to recognize those in the region who conduct superior service in a similar spirit to Colonel Elliott Springs, the Foundation tasked itself with awarding a total of $150,000 to area individuals and nonprofit agencies. The final dollars and accolades were bestowed at this Wednesday afternoon event, which marked the 75th anniversary of The Springs Close Foundation.
Three nonprofit organizations received the final Fabric of the Community Awards, including a $10,000 donation toward their continuing philanthropic missions. Each recipient represented one of the three counties served by the Foundation – Chester, Lancaster and York counties. They were selected among nine finalists, three per county.
Representing Chester County, The Brown’s Corner, created by NFL player and Fort Lawn native Sheldon Brown, was honored for helping students in Chester and Lancaster counties develop the tools necessary to become successful adults.
Columbus Parker Track Club in Lancaster County was recognized for its 34 years of work with boys and girls in the development of athletic skills and learning opportunities.
And in York County, Hospice & Community Care received its award for bringing hope, comfort and compassion at the end of life, regardless of a family’s ability to pay.
“Our community is blessed beyond measure to have individuals and organizations such as these in our backyard,” said Angela McCrae, president of The Spring Close Foundation. “On behalf of the Foundation, we’re grateful for the opportunity to help support their continued endeavors.”
For five years, the Fabric of the Community Awards has honored many recipients demonstrating a passion and commitment to the region. But only once, in 2014, had someone mirrored the legacy of Colonel Springs to receive his namesake award. The Colonel Elliott Springs Legacy Award was again presented this year to a trusted community member who embodies servant leadership and to the company he represents. Bruce Brumfield, president and CEO of Founders Federal Credit Union, received the second-ever honor for the way in which he and his company reflect the philosophy of the Colonel.
“From unpaid volunteer hours and widespread community engagement to relentless service, Brumfield and Founders Federal Credit Union exhibited every attribute worthy of this recognition,” said McCrae, noting that one can find a Founders in every county served by the Foundation. “Where there’s a Founders, there’s Bruce, tirelessly contributing to the community. The Colonel would be proud.”
The awards event celebrated honorees past and present as the Foundation concluded its five-year goal. To mark the occasion and the 75th anniversary, a commemorative book on the Foundation’s history of philanthropy was created – Giving Back. Moving Forward. – and distributed among guests.