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During last week’s Ferdinand Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner, it was announced that the town’s recent 175th celebration raised $80,000 for its community endowment.

The Dubois County Community Foundation says the gift brings the Ferdinand Community Endowment’s total to over $185,000, nearly doubling its asset base.

Pat Miller, is the vice president of the Ferdinand Chamber of Commerce and Foundation Board president. She says as a committee, one of the first decisions made was to determine how the proceeds would be used.

Miller says it was felt by all involved that growing this endowment remains a priority for the  community.

The Ferdinand Community Endowment was established in 2001 to provide support for the people of Ferdinand and its surrounding area for a variety of charitable causes.

Recent grants from the endowment include funding for a new sidewalk at the Ferdinand Community Center and support to the Ferdinand Folk Fest and Forest Park Band Boosters.

Community Foundation CEO Brad Ward says it inspires each of the county’s towns and communities to invest in the future and insure lasting resources for a better, brighter place.   

For more information on how to give to this endowment, contact the Dubois County Community Foundation at 812.482.5295 or by visiting

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