Reaping benefits from the Robert E. Frazier Tri-City Charitable Trust Foundation, several “deserving and qualified” non-profit organizations and governmental entities received grants totaling $218,275.15 during a ceremony held at the Tri-City Senior Citizens Center in Cumberland on Friday.
Attorney Charles D. Cole, with the law firm of Sturgill, Turner, Barker and Moloney of Lexington, and trustee of the foundation, said approximately $1 million has been given to the Tri-Cities area since the latter part of 2012.
“We’re so thankful to Bob Frazier for thinking of the Tri-City,” said Tri-City Main Street Executive Director Bobbie Gothard. “A lot of communities would like to have this opportunity. We just happened to have a man, Bob Frazier, who loved the mountains and where he came from and wanted to give back. I’m so grateful to him and the board.”
Cole said his father, Vernon Cole, was a lifelong friend to Bob Frazier. He said his father and Frazier were also business acquaintances.
“Toward the end it was always Mr. Frazier’s idea to do something for the Tri-City area and that’s exactly what he did,” said Cole. “The bulk of his estate has gone into this foundation. He was fairly broad with the reason he wanted it used for, but that reason was narrowed to Cumberland, Benham and Lynch. He was very specific about this particular area of the county he came from.”
Cole said with the stock market increasing he is anticipating the foundation will award over $300,000 for 2014 and that number will be even higher for 2015.
“For any of you who have creative ideas on how to improve life or the economy here, or particularly education, you can take it to some of the groups here today. You do need to be a 501C3 organization, a non-profit, that is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service, or a governmental entity,” said Cole. “You may also contact Bobbie Gothard.”
Those receiving grants were as follows: The city of Benham $19,181, the city of Cumberland $7,250, the city of Lynch $14,000, Cumberland Elementary School $50,196, Heritage Ministries, of Lynch, $20,000, Upward Bound at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College $21,080, Meridzo Ministries of Lynch $18,050.33, SECC Foundation $33,000, Tri-City Senior Citizens Center $1,200, Sleepy Hollow Golf Course $13,317.82 and St. Stephens Catholic Church Outreach of Cumberland $21,000.
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