2016 Foundation Facts

The foundation is pleased to share highlights from 2016.

Current Assets
Current fund balance or net assets in 183 funds as of December 2016 $28,281,708

Grant Distributions Since Inception
Since 1991, the Foundation has awarded over 15,586 grants and scholarships $29,014,654

In 2016, the Foundation distributed 373 grants and scholarships $1,248,649

In 2016, the Foundation receipted 645 gifts $1,103,063

P.U.L.S.E. Senior Citizen Prom – 2017

Attention senior citizens! It’s time to grab your friends for a fabulous night out at our 11th annual Senior Citizen Prom for It’s a night of dining, dancing, and a chance to win some pretty  awesome door prizes. You could also be voted as this year’s king or queen! This year’s theme is “The Oscars.” Attendees are encouraged to get come in their Oscar attire.

The prom will be on April 29, 2017 at the cafeteria of East Noble High School (901 South Garden Street, Kendallville, IN 46755). Prom is from 6PM to 9PM with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 each. You must be registered by April 19, 2017. Send all names, address and phone numbers of those attending with your payment to 1599 Lincolnway South Ligonier, IN 46767. Make your checks out to the Community Foundation of Noble County with P.U.L.S.E. PROM in the memo.

The Senior prom is hosted by the P.U.L.S.E of Noble County (Philanthropists Utilizing Lifelong Service and Education). As one of their many community service projects, P.U.L.S.E. members continue to offer the prom each year in hopes of bridging generation gaps. P.U.L.S.E. members decorate the facility according to the theme each year (in this case, a Hollywood Oscars theme), take individual photos of guests, provide a full dinner and dessert, provide live entertainment and music from the FORDS, and hand out lots of door prizes for many attendees. Special favors for each are also provided, and the P.U.L.S.E. members encourage seniors to dress in their   Oscar attire, although it is not mandatory. Please join them for a very special evening. Even if you do not dance, it is always fun to listen to great music, dine and watch the others, as well as spending time with friends and a chance to win prizes.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Community Foundation of Noble County at 260-894-3335.


Community Foundation Announces Interim Executive Director

Ligonier – The board of directors of the Community Foundation of Noble County has appointed Mark Demske interim executive director of the organization.

The naming of Demske comes one week after the untimely death of Linda L. Speakman-Yerick of Rome City on March 16.  Speakman-Yerick had served as executive director of the countywide foundation since 2008.  Before that she played an instrumental part of the inception of the community foundation in 1991 and while continuing to volunteer and serve as a board member and development consultant for the community foundation.

Community Foundation Board President, Jarrod Ramer made the announcement stating “the board believes that the business of operating the foundation must continue with a smooth transition during this time of loss. Mark is a familiar face in the community and will oversee the daily functions while the search begins for a permanent director.”

Demske previously worked from 2001-2015 as the Vice President of Financial Services at Community State Bank and earned his B.A. from Wabash College, J.D. from Valparaiso and M.B.A. from St. Francis University.  Currently he is President of Twin Orange, Inc., DBA Biggby Coffee in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Demske has been a community foundation board member since 2015 and has been serving on the Investment Committee since early 2000’s in addition to its Scholarship Committee.

Demske has lived in Kendallville his entire life except while in college.  He and his wife Carrie have two children.

Demske stated, “Linda left us with a strong and successful community foundation, complete with a staff of professionals along with a knowledgeable board of directors to deal with the operations. I want to thank all of the board members who provide the leadership and guidance to help us continue to reach our goals and continue to grow the good works of the community foundation.”