Donor Stories


RCHS Class of 1978 Community Fund Established

Inspired by the recent philanthropic spirit of the RCHSClass of 1969, the RCHS Class of 1978 decided to establish a named unrestricted endowment fund at the Rush County Community Foundation.  The RCHS Class of 1978 Community Fund will forever preserve their class name through impactful grants to support Rush County. Representing the RCHS Class of  … Read more

Russell and Betty Bane Family Community Fund Established

Throughout the past ten years, Russell and Betty Bane’s name has lived on in Rush County through the Russell J. Bane Family Memorial Scholarship Fund, administered by the Boys and Girls Club of Rush County.  Through the generosity of the Banes’ four children, twelve RCHS students have received funding to support their post-secondary education.  When  … Read more

Darrell and Marilyn Bills Community Fund Established

Years ago, when Darilyn Bedel asked her father his biggest fear, he replied “being forgotten”.  After the recent passing of Darilyn’s mother, Darilyn and Ron Bedel decided to eliminate her father’s fear from becoming a possibility and established the Darrell and Marilyn Bills Community Fund, an unrestricted endowment fund that will forever give back to  … Read more

The Gerald W. and Anita J. Mohr Community Fund

The Gerald W. and Anita J. Mohr Community Fund was created by Gerald’s wife, Anita, their sons, Brian and Brett, and family friend Mary Kehrt as a retirement gift to honor his 36 years spent serving the Rush County school system. Gerald’s long history of involvement and support in the community is what drew them  … Read more

The Alice R. Wiley Scholarship Fund

Alice Ruth Wiley was a wonderful woman who dedicated her life to education. She graduated from Milroy High School in 1943 and earned her bachelor’s degree from Ball State Teachers College in 1947. She went on to have a long, 43-year career as a schoolteacher in Rush County.  Throughout her time as a teacher, she  … Read more

The Michael J. Keith Fund

Michael Joseph Keith was born into a loving family that consisted of his parents, Joe and Carolyn, and four sisters, Michele, Melinda, Melissa, and Mary. He also had a son, Kanyon Michael Reuben Keith, who was born in July after Michael passed away.  Carolyn described Michael as a “man who made the most of every  … Read more

The Nick Singleton Memorial Fund

Nick Singleton was born and raised in Rushville and dedicated much of his life to making a difference for the youth of Rushville and Rush County. It began as a young man coaching Little League and blossomed into serving as Rushville Boys’ and Girls’ Club Director, as well as Park’s Director for the City of  … Read more

The Pat and Martha Todd Charitable Fund

George Patrick “Pat” and Martha Todd were born and raised in Rushville and spent much of their lives helping their community. They ran ToddFuneral Home, created an ambulance service for Rush County, and openedHillside Haven Nursing Home all while raising their eleven children. Mr. and Mrs. Todd were hardworking and dedicated individuals who believed in  … Read more

The Robert Meyer and Family 4-H Scholarship

Robert “Bob” Meyer was a man dedicated to his craft and community. He was a fair and supportive 4-H leader for 55 years, helping Rush County children with their projects and instilling in them a sense of responsibility and pride in their work. When he passed away in 2005, his family wanted a way to  … Read more

The Carol Niehoff Hardwick Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Carol Niehoff Hardwick Memorial Scholarship Fund was created by Carol’s mother, Jan Niehoff, to honor her memory after she passed away in 1995. The scholarship is intended for a graduating Rushville Consolidated High School senior who will be attending Ball State.   After Carol passed away suddenly at the young age of 35, Jan  … Read more