Fund hits major milestone: $2 million
By Sara Waite
When fundraising efforts began in 2018 for the Sterling Community Fund, organizers set a goal of raising at least $2 million before beginning to provide funding for local projects.
By the end of 2021, that goal had been achieved, according to a press release from the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, the parent organization for the Eastern Colorado Community Fund, which manages the Sterling Community Fund.
Reaching the milestone means the Sterling endowment fund can now provide $100,000 or more in grant funds each year towards projects that can improve the quality of life for Sterling and Logan County residents, the release explained: “projects that improve public facilities, expand recreational opportunities, and beautify our community. Incredible thanks and appreciation must be given to the donors and supporters who made this impressive achievement possible.”
One such project is already underway: the construction of Heritage Park at the corner of Main and Fourth Streets in downtown Sterling began in the fall of 2021. When complete, the park will feature a fire pit, a shaded structure, a small stage, and a Founders Wall honoring more than 350 individuals and organizations who contributed to its development. Funding for the project includes more than $100,000 from the Sterling Community Fund, as well as funds from the City of Sterling’s general fund and hotel tax fund, Sterling Urban Renewal Authority, and donations of materials and labor by several local businesses.
Fundraising for the endowment fund continues, with the final Gala slated for Sept. 10, 2022. This past year’s gala, held in September 2021 at the Logan County Fairgrounds, raised approximately $430,000.
For more information about the Sterling Community Fund, contact John Chapdelaine at 970-580-1980 or john@nocofoundation. org
Guests enjoy food, drinks and conversation at the 2021 Sterling Community Fund Gala Sept. 25, 2021 in the Exhibit Center at the Logan County Fairgrounds.
Sara Waite / Sterling Journal-Advocate