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Marshall Community Foundation to celebrate Board Chair, Charlie Cook Cook to step down after 34 year






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Marshall Community Foundation to celebrate Board Chair, Charlie Cook Cook to step down after 34 year

14-Sep-2017

The Marshall Community Foundation is hosting a celebration open house in honor of Charles Bruce Cook as he looks to step down as the organization’s Board Chair after 34 years of dedicated service. The event is Thursday, Sept. 28 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Foundation’s office, 614 Homer Rd., and is open to the public.

According to Board Treasurer Frank Boley’s records, Cook’s tenure began in 1983, when he was appointed to the Board of the then Marshall Civic Foundation. In 1992, he became the Board’s vice chair, and was named chair in 2002.

“Since his very first days on the Board until today, the Foundation’s assets have grown from $3,565 to nearly $13 million,” said Shannon Tiernan, the Foundation’s executive director. “Now I know it takes a small army to build an organization like ours – many individuals have contributed to the growth and success the Foundation has experienced over the years – but Charlie played a significant role in this success, too. The community owes a debt of gratitude to this tremendous man.”

Under Cook’s leadership, the Foundation distributes nearly $500,000 annually through grant-making to local non-profits and through scholarships. “This is a significant amount of resources made possible through the generosity of our neighbors,” said Boley. “Bruce has always been aware of the magnitude of his charge as leader of the Foundation. His impact will be felt for generations.”

Though Cook is stepping down from the Board, he will remain on the Foundation’s Finance Committee. “Charlie is a strong leader and businessman,” Tiernan said. “In conjunction with the Board, he has built the Foundation into a very strong organization. I’m grateful for the time I’ve had to work with him, and very grateful for his desire to stay engaged with the Foundation as a committee member.”

In recognition of Cook’s tenure with the Foundation, donations will be accepted in his honor for the Charles and Shirley Cook Sister Cities Fund. For more information, contact the Foundation at (269) 781-2273, info@marshallcf.org or at www.marshallcf.org.

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The Marshall Community Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving quality of life in Marshall, and throughout Calhoun County. The Foundation holds permanently endowed funds from a range of donors, and serves as a conduit for special projects and the distribution of grants in support of innovative programs. For more information about the Foundation, visit www.marshallcf.org.


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