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Growing, Leading, & Serving Since 1986
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Thirtieth Anniversary Video
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Videography and Editing by John Robertson,
Tipton High School Publications Instructor
Additional Photography by Lori Tragesser
Narration by Chad Huff
Music: Going Higher on a free license from Bensound.com

On Saturday evening, April 23, nearly 200 guests from all walks of life in Tipton County, from teenagers to almost 90 years old, Founders, Donors, Scholars, Grantees, Volunteers, and Vendors— representing all the people we hoped to recognize— enjoyed each other’s company, terrific food by Jama Fernung, the hospitable venue at the Tipton Elks Club provided by Alan Darnell and the staff, and the premiere of our brand new video by John Robertson (See the link at the top of this page to view it on YouTube.)

The (only?) bad thing about an event with no speeches is that we missed the opportunity to publicly thank the people who most helped make this event a success, besides those mentioned above. Working for weeks in advance, and very hard last Saturday, the committee of Judy Burton, Virginia Chambers, Jan Henderson, and Karen McKinney, coordinated by the indefatigable Lori Tragesser and supported by the rest of our staff, made for an triumphant success! Thanks to McCormack Printing Impressions for their work on the invitations, newsletter, and Tribute Posters—which will now be mounted in the dining room at our Conference Center. You can see the posters below, and more memorabilia and photos of the reception will be added as they are processed.

Founded in 1986, the Tipton County Foundation celebrated with a gala open house at the Tipton Elks Club, April 23, 2016.

Purdue U. studied Tipton County for Pioneer Hi-Bred International and released this report in 1084, inspiring the stat of the Tipton County Foundation

These Founders provided Leadership from the beginning.

Every gift of any size helps TCF serve the causes that matter to all! These extraordinary Donors have provided a great Legacy of Service.

Strategic Grantmaking decisions by TCF Volunteers help to provide programs, features, and facilities that serve the Quality of Tipton County Life!

Growth, Leadership, and Service. This infographic tells how TCF benefits donors, grantees, and scholars through the work of Volunteers.

Greetings from Founding Chair Bob Wichmann & Ace Yakey from the Lilly Endowment, Inc.

Thank you to Board Members and Staff Through the Years

Roster of Currently Serving Volunteers... Thank You!

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Visit the Foundation Story: A Tribute to Generations of Neighbors

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