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A man of service
SoVaNow.com / February 28, 2013Dear Viewpoint:
On behalf of The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region, I would like to share our story of great service by Maj. Gen. Carroll Thackston.
“Carroll”, as he told us to call him, served on The Community Foundation’s Board and its Distribution Committee. When he first joined our Board, the Foundation was just starting to expand our region to include Halifax County beyond our initial territory of Danville, Pittsylvania and Caswell, NC Counties. Carroll was our first Halifax County representative on the Board – and what a great first choice he proved to be!
Carroll spent hours and hours reviewing grant applications and hundreds of scholarship applications — with none of the money available at that time for Halifax County! We laughed at his many jokes and stories — once his grandchild asked him if our large stack of scholarship applications was the “Stimulus Package” that he had heard about. We tried to assign him organizations to review that had regional implications or that were similar to Halifax County agencies, but we dreamed together of one day having funds for an open grant application process dedicated to Halifax County.
On April 23, 2010, Carroll Thackston made the first donation to open the Fund for Halifax County — a designated fund to benefit a variety of charitable organizations in Halifax County. With the help of a large gift from The Chastain Foundation and other donations, the Fund for Halifax County is now permanently endowed with The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region. After the first open call for applications, grants were awarded in the fall of 2012 to the South Boston - Halifax County Museum and the Southern Virginia Botanical Gardens.
A local advisory committee is helping to grow The Fund for Halifax County and review the annual grant applications — Ryan Garrett, Bill Kelehar, Dolly Fallen and Logan Young (now a member of The Community Foundation’s Board of Directors).
What an honor it was to have the Fund for Halifax County suggested as one of the places to receive gifts in Carroll’s memory. This Fund will help his great legacy of unselfish service to his community, the region, and the state live on and touch lives for generations and generations.
Debra L. Dodson
The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region