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Congratulations to our 2020 Heart of Gold Nominees. In honor of their dedicated service, the Foundation has matched up to $500 for each nominee's selected fund.

In total $1,675 have been matched. 

Fund Name



E. Marie Dwight Community Fund



Council on Aging Program Fund



Lakeland Scholarship Fund



LaGrange County 4-H Association Fund        



LaGrange County Drug Court Fund






A matching campaign ran Oct. 11 through Oct. 31,2020 the Community Foundation matched gifts up to $500 to each fund. 


If you missed the surprise video announcement  Click here to watch the 2020 Heart of Gold Recipient LIVE video!  



Brittany Cowley nominated by Steve Sherck 

Brittany Cowley of LaGrange is a board member at Agape Missions. Cowley is an avid volunteer for Agape fundraisers and assists families at the Agape house. A teacher at Lakeland School Corporation, Cowley and her husband have three children. Cowley also serves on the Town of LaGrange Park Committee and was instrumental in bringing a new playground and splash pad to LaGrange. Click here to view Brittany's Heart of Gold video.  

“Brittany has a passion for the town of LaGrange… she has a servant’s heart and pitches in whenever she sees a need” said Steve Sherck, nominator.

Brittany Cowley has selected the Lakeland Scholarship Fund which provides scholarships to Lakeland High School students.


 Erica Cook nominated by Tami Maxey 

Erica Cook of Wolcottville is a volunteer for Night to Shine, Kingdom Road Golf Outing, and many other fundraisers that benefit nonprofits. She was instrumental in spearheading Shine LaGrange – an online campaign to bring awareness to businesses and nonprofits affected by COVID-19. Cook and her husband, Peter, own and operate, Cook’s Bison Ranch. Cook has served as a guardian for children in need and serves at LaGrange Church of God and LaGrange County Chamber of Commerce. Click here to view Erica's Heart of Gold video. 

“She thinks of others before herself and is never afraid of any hard work that may be a part of the process of being involved. She is continually looking for ways to make LaGrange county a better place” said Tami Maxey, nominator.

Erica Cook has selected the E. Marie Dwight Community Fund which supports the community fund in honor of the late Marie Dwight.


Larry Miller nominated by Paul Yoder

Larry Miller of Wolcottville is a board member of the LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation. Miller serves on the advisory board for The Farm, is active at his church, Emma Church in Topeka, and is often seen volunteering at various fundraisers. Miller is currently the President of the Board of Commissioners of LaGrange County. Click here to view Larry's Heart of Gold video. 

“Larry does so many things for our Amish community it is priceless to me.  He understands our community very well, not just Amish but everybody” said Paul Yoder, nominator.

Larry Miller has selected the LaGrange County Council on Aging Program Fund which supports the program and services of the LaGrange County Council on Aging.


Stan Clark nominated by Debby Pontecorvo 

Stan Clark, formerly of Wolcottville, serves on the committees for the LaGrange County Drug Court and LaGrange County Health Coalition. Clark is a past President of the LaGrange County Purdue Extension Office Board and is a regular attendee for area school projects and events. Clark retired in 2019 after 32 years with Farmers State Bank. Click here to view Stan's Heart of Gold video. 

“Retirement has not slowed him down nor his commitment to LaGrange County. Stan Clark exemplifies a true love for community and family” said Debby Pontecorvo, nominator.

Stan Clark has selected the LaGrange County Drug Court Fund which provides program incentives to participants in the LaGrange County Drug Court program.



Terry Andrews nominated by Amy Shook 

Terry Andrews of Howe operates Craft Day Preschool in Howe and established People Helping People Auction – an online auction that supports local families in need. Andrews serves frequently at the Howe Fire Department with fellow auxiliary members, providing food and supplies to firefighters. Recently, she provided masks for adults and children during the COVID-19 crisis. Click here to view Terry's Heart of Gold video. 

“She also is instrumental in seeing that people get to much needed appointments for health issues. Terry has a heart of gold” said Amy Shook, nominator.

Terry Andrews has selected the LaGrange County 4-H Association Fund which supports the LaGrange County 4-H Association. 


All nominees will be able to direct a $500 grant to his or her favorite LaGrange County nonprofit; the recipient of the Heart of Gold award will be able to direct a $1,000 grant.