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Money given out to nonprofits from the Mary K. Bowman Fund

July 07, 2013
  • Several members of Washington County nonprofits received funds June 4 from the Mary K. Bowman Historical and Fine Arts Fund at the Hagerstown Aviation Museum. They are, from left, Kirsten Hubbard, Fort Ritchie Community Center; Carol Appenzellar, Washington County Free Library; Betty Moore, Hagerstown Day Nursery; Jim Pierne, Washington County Arts Council; Leslie Hobbs, Discovery Station; Michael Jones, Maryland Symphony Orchestra; Vicki Willman, MSO; Trina Johnson, Hagerstown Day Nursery; Wallace Lee, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts; Gary Graves, Robert W. Johnson Community Center (formerly Memorial Recreation Center); Terri Siefert, San Mar Childrens Home; and John Seburn, Hagerstown Aviation Museum.
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The Mary K. Bowman Historical and Fine Arts Fund advisory committee recently received 17 applications requesting nearly $117,000 in funding. 

At a ceremony hosted June 4 by Hagerstown Aviation Museum, the following awards were made:

  • Fort Ritchie Community Center, heritage arts summer camp, $1,000; performing arts summer camp, $1,500
  • Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, youth art education program, $10,000
  • Washington County Free Library, historic newspaper indexing, $4,000
  • San Mar Children’s Home, arts and culture for at-risk adolescent girls, $2,000
  • Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Kinder Konzerts artistic support, $7,500
  • Washington County Arts Council, art educators exhibit, $2,000
  • Hagerstown Aviation Museum, “Bring Home Fairchild C123” campaign, $10,000
  • Discovery Station at Hagerstown, music of the Civil War, $2,000
  • Robert W. Johnson Community Center (formerly Memorial Recreation Center), learning garden, $2,000
  • Hagerstown Day Nursery, attendance at Kinder Konzerts, $3,400
The purpose of the  Bowman fund is to provide financial support for initiatives that support the charitable and educational interests of the donor, which is to preserve and maintain historical and cultural properties in Washington County.

This also includes the promotion of the fine arts, history and historic preservation, and to encourage others to do so, and to promote interest in and study of such matters. 

The fund was established by a bequest from Bowman’s estate in the late 1970s and is still meeting the mission today.

The fund became an asset of the Community Foundation of Washington County in 2008, and has seen solid growth in recent years.

The Bowman advisory committee consists of seven members of the community with ties to the areas in which the grant is intended to be used.

Members include James Manual, Roberta Waltersdorf, Jane Hershey, Preston Law, Douglass Reed, Kurt Cushwa and Melinda Marsden.

For more information, call the Community Foundation at 301-745-5210.

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