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The Byron Community Foundation Fund was established in July 2011. During its first year the Fund received 18 gifts of grain worth more than $100,000. With additional cash gifts and pledges, the Fund raised over $450,000 in less than a year.
Chair Jeremy Heitmann has some ideas about why the gifts of grain have come pouring in. “You can say we had the wind at our backs with the farm economy. People are capable of giving now, much more than in the past. And it’s a win-win situation when you can get a full tax deduction and still write off all of your expenses. A lot of people were surprised they could do this,” Heitmann said.
The late Doris Miller was born in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and grew up during the Depression. She moved to Stuart with her father and has adopted Stuart as her hometown. She enjoyed the quality of life offered in Stuart, from the peace of mind provided by the volunteer fire fighters, to the enjoyment of visits to the local White Horse Museum, to the quality of care residents receive at the Parkside Manor in Stuart.Read more →