A number of new park benches, along with several new picnic tables and commercial grade grills – the Cherokee County Park Board has big plans for Cherokee Rock Village – and they recently got a big boost from the Tillotson Menlo Charitable Foundation; that, in the form of a $10,000 grant.
As part of their on-going commitment to making Cherokee Rock Village one of the premiere tourism destinations in the country they have chosen the highest quality products available and they’re adding eco-friendly garbage cans with tamper-proof lids to keep wildlife, such as raccoons, out – further assuring that the grounds stay clean for park guests.
The estimated cost of this particular project is approximately $15,000 and the grant money from the Tillotson Menlo Foundation will be a huge help in having everything completed by next spring (2019).
WEIS Radio News spoke with Carol Mitchell, who serves as the Administrative Coordinator, for Tillotson Menlo, and we knew that the foundation had given to good causes in Cherokee County over the years – but we had no idea just HOW generously.
Ms. Mitchell told us how much has come into Cherokee County, and the total the foundation has given in grants over the course of its existence:
Others recently receiving grants include NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness); Family Care Center; Cherokee County Public Library and Cherokee County Humane Society.
The Foundation actually began with a $1,000,000 donation from Tillotson Corporation and over the next five years the Tillotson Corporation contributed an additional $9,000,000 to the Foundation.
The Tillotson Menlo Charitable Foundation seeks to promote – through financial assistance grants – educational and individual skills improvement, healthcare, economic development, community enhancement, individual and human development, the arts, culture and social welfare and environmental improvement.
The foundation’s board members include – Theresa Canada of Menlo; Mark Pickle of Menlo; Jon Payne of Summerville; Robert McWhorter of Summerville; Arch Farrar of Summerville; Eddie Robertson of Centre; Jeffrey Richardson of Cedar Bluff; Bill Alico of Buffalo, New York and Janet Tillotson Munchak of Roswell, and as stated, Carol Mitchell of Menlo serves as the Administrative Coordinator for the Foundation.