On September 6, 2018, the Lewisville-Clemmons Chamber of Commerce along with current and past board members cut the ribbon to officially open the Clemmons Community Foundation’s first-ever office at the Historic Broyhill. More than 100 people gathered for the event. Executive Director of the Chamber, Ditra Miller, welcomed attendees and introduced the foundation’s Board Chairman, Greg Brewer. Greg spoke on the theme “Rooted In Community,” citing recent loss of community leader and local philanthropist Thad Bingham, “Thad’s full and generous life will be remembered in the hearts and minds of all who knew him. His story of generosity will continue beyond our lifetimes, recounted in the community grants awarded in his and Mary’s name each and every year forward – forever – because of a charitable fund they set up with us several years ago as an endowment. The funds are invested with Marzano Capital Group wherein part of the earnings are distributed every year to charitable causes in the community. Thad and Mary’s example reflects a core mission and privilege of the Clemmons Community Foundation, to steward the philanthropic legacies of those who lived in and loved the greater Clemmons and Lewisville area enough to create an everlasting community gift that bears their names.”
Former Board President, Ken Burkel, then shared his recent decision to establish his family-named fund and the inspiration of Thad Bingham’s family as Ken considered his own legacy for a community in which he has invested so much time and heart.
Greg Brewer continued, “We are rooted in community – a foundation created by the Clemmons Rotary Club. Many of its founders are here this afternoon and we continue to be governed by local residents who know the heart of our communities…We are staffed by professionals who share our commitment to the intentions of those who entrust us with their charitable legacies. The attraction of our geographic footprint and the glue is‘community’ – lives that grow and flourish through roots of connectedness. The communities we serve are proud of that heritage and strive to keep its character and culture – a culture that has supported and served our families for generations; neighborly and compassionate, present for each other in both celebrations and difficult times, grateful for blessings, and paying those blessings forward during our work, our play, and our daily lives. Every community needs and benefits from its local philanthropy to sustain and enhance the quality of life in their own back yard for the generations forward.”
Sandi Scannelli, President and CEO after describing some of the foundation’s recent initiatives stated, “I hope you hear in these examples that the Clemmons Community Foundation is here with leaders who share a broad vision for sustaining the character, culture and connectedness that sets our communities apart.”
She thanked Allegacy for the office furnishings donated and acknowledged all those who assisted in the reception, namely Bermuda Run Country Club, Foothills Brewery, Raylen Vineyards, the Historic Broyhill, Blue Moon Benefits, Maddie Cakes, artist Melanie Vaassen, Gerry Stanek, On Target DJ, Beverly’s Flowers & Gifts and the planners who brought it all together, Kristin Johnson, Brianna and Jennie with Perfect Pair Events and of course, the Lewisville Clemmons Chamber of Commerce.