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May 23, 2019

Recipients of 2018 Bill and Jacquelyn Jordan Anderson Youth Grants Announced

Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation is pleased to announced the following recipients for the 2018 Bill and Jacquelyn Jordan Anderson youth grants: Ballard Nature Center, Preschool for All, Immanuel Lutheran Church (After School Care Program) and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Effingham County. Grants are awarded annually to nonprofit organizations serving youth in Effingham County.

(Above) Immanuel Lutheran Church was awarded $1,500 for its After School Care program which serves families from both Altamont schools who have children in grades kindergarten through sixth grade on a cost-free basis so that all can afford to attend. Pictured are representatives from the Immanuel Lutheran Church After School Care program: (L-R) JoEllen Tappendorf, Vern Spilker, Lindsey Pruemer, Tessa Scott.

(Above) Big Brothers Big Sisters of Effingham County received $1,200 to support its student mentoring program in the Altamont Community Schools. Pictured (L-R) Carrie Walker (Altamont School Based Coordinator), Cecil Gillespie (seventh grade student who has been in Altamont program since 2010), Jerri Zacha (Cecil’s mentor since first grade), Christy Mesnard (Mid-Illinois BBS Program Director)

(Above) Ballard Nature Center was awarded $300 for its youth group challenge programming. Pictured (L-R) Vanessa Doedtman (Educator, Ballard Nature Center) and Amanda Lessley (President/CEO of Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation)

(Above) Effingham Preschool for All was awarded $1,000 in support of its programming expenses. Pictured (L-R) Debbie Owen (Chairperson, Effingham Preschool for All) and Amanda Lessley (President/CEO, Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation)

Jacquelyn Jordan Anderson was deeply involved in the development of community programs designed to benefit the youth of Effingham County. As a renowned artist, Jacky was also committed to the promotion of fine arts programs. She felt the future of a community depended on the strength of its youth and their ability to express themselves creatively.

Bill Anderson was a long time and respected member of the Effingham community. A renowned lithographer, color separator, cartoonist and painter, Bill was a terrific artist in his own right.

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