Grace Hughes Foundation to give away 19 grand

Applications are now being accepted for the Grace Hughes Foundation from local Lime Springs and Howard County non-profit organizations and the Howard-Winneshiek Community School District. The applications can be picked up by calling 563-566-2625 or mailed to the Grace Hughes Foundation, PO Box 242, Lime Springs, IA 52155 and are due on or before May 2, 2011.

The approximately $19,000 to be given away in 2011 is a hefty donation from a little old lady. Grace Hughes was born near Lime Springs in 1911. She graduated from Lime Springs High School and went to beauty college. She had a beauty shop in her home until she was in her 80s. She never married and saved her money.

When she passed away in 2004, the City learned she had formed a foundation, with seven percent of the net income to be given as grants each year. It was estimated there was to be over $20,000 given away to local organizations annually.

Miss Hughes requested the three-member board be made up of one member from the public school system, one member from the Board of Trustees of Pleasant Hill Cemetery and one other resident of Howard County. The three board members are, respectfully, Robert Hughes, Larry Gates and Michelle Busch.

Miss Hughes asked the board members of the foundation to give primary consideration to Dollars for Scholars in the local district, Lime Springs Cemetery Association, Dr. Robert Schuller Ministries, the Lime Springs United Methodist Church, the town of Lime Springs and any such tax-exempt beneficiaries.

The grants are to be used exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, literary or educational purposes.

Through her legacy, Miss Hughes has guaranteed a steady flow of funds for many non-profit organizations in Lime Springs. Through the Grace Hughes Foundation, she will continue to be a huge influence on the town about which she cared so much.

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