Tom and Mary Del Clark Fund Makes $3,000 Gift to Big Brothers Big Sisters Monett

Suzette Huntress, Vice President of Operations, Clark Community Mental Health Center, presents the $3,000 grant award to Don Tuck, Big Brothers Big Sisters Monett Site Coordinator for the Monett School Based Program. Behind them are MACF board members Don Weber, Jeff Scott, Regina Bowsher, Mike Brownsberger, Phyllis Garrett, Jane Sinclair, Robin Walker, John Jungmann, and Mike Gollhofer.

The Monett Area Community Foundation has awarded a $3,000 grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters Monett to increase the size and scope of its After School Mentoring program at two Monett schools. The funds are distributed from the Tom and Mary Del Clark Fund, a component fund of the MACF, which is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

The Clark Community Mental Health Center, which was established and substantially funded by the estate of Tom and Mary Del Clark, will track the grant project’s progress. Its mission is community outreach for child advocacy, drug and alcohol abuse, and adult and child mental health.

This year’s grant recipient, Big Brothers Big Sisters Monett, plans to use the funds to grow its After School Mentoring program at Monett Middle School and expand into Monett Intermediate School. The organization currently serves 14 at-risk youth at Monett Middle School, with a goal to serve at least 30 children between the two facilities beginning with the fall 2012 semester. The grant funds will help provide site supervision, background checks, supplies, activities and snacks for the 40 children and their matching “Bigs.”’

“We believe, and data seems to support, the positive influence that is provided to these at-risk students will have a lasting effect on their behavior and future success,” said Don Tuck, Site Coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters Monett.

The Tom and Mary Del Clark Fund was established at the couple’s direction through their estate, as Tom and Mary Del were killed in a motorcycle accident in 1989 while on a touring vacation in Switzerland. The estate transferred grantmaking authority to the Monett Area Community Foundation which awards grants on a semi-annual basis to area organizations.

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is a regional public foundation established in 1973 with assets of about $185 million in more than 2,000 funds. Its network includes 44 affiliate foundations, including the Monett Area Community Foundation, which was established in 1998 and now has assets of more than $1.26 million in 41 funds. The MACF has distributed more than $1 million back into area communities since its inception.