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At its sixth annual Philanthropist of the Year event held at Savanna Oaks Cultural Center in Fall River on Nov. 4, the Columbus Area Endowment recognized outstanding local youth in philanthropy: Columbus and Fall River High Schools Interact Clubs, Fall River High School Youth Against Drugs and Alcohol (YADAA), and Columbus High School Unified Champions. Honorees, family members, and friends joined CAE sponsors and supporters in recognizing the many good works done by these benefactors who have helped make our communities better places to live, work, learn, and play. Those included, Master of Ceremonies JT Cestowski, CAE President Henry St. Maurice, Fundraising Chair Al Strohschein, and Madison Community Foundation (MCF). Development Director Angela Davis announced a new challenge grant to grow the CAE endowment.

Since 2008 CAE has been a giving partner with MCF to enhance the cultural, educational, and economic vitality of the Columbus area, through charitable awards that sustain the quality of life of residents in Columbus, Fall River, and adjoining communities. CAE grants have supported such projects as library programs, parks and recreation facilities, Columbus Area Senior Center, Columbus Community Hospital heath-promotion programs, Redbud Players community theatre group, Savanna Oaks Cultural Center, Troop 99 Boy Scouts, McKenzie Environmental Center wildlife education, Columbus Public Library, and school programs for music, nutrition, and mental health.

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