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Bath Community Fund invites residents to annual meeting

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Bath Community Fund leaders are gearing up for the fund's annual meeting, where they will join supporters and local residents in celebrating the achievements of the philanthropic endowment and showcase its most recent grant recipients. The meeting will take place Thursday, May 2, at 5 p.m. at Hale Farm & Village, located at 2686 Oak Hill Road in Bath.

The fund awarded its third round of grants totaling $19,800 in December 2018, bringing its cumulative grantmaking total to nearly $50,000 since it was founded in 2014. Guests at the annual meeting will have the opportunity to meet representatives from the grant recipient organizations and learn their plans for using the grants to benefit people throughout the Bath community.

The meeting will also include the election of the fund's slate of advisory board officers and provide an update on its "For Bath, Forever" endowment campaign, which aspires to raise $2.018 million in celebration of Bath Township's bicentennial year in 2018.

"We're excited to celebrate the fund's accomplishments over the last year and hear how our grants are making a tangible difference in the lives of local residents," said Kathy Sidaway, BCF secretary and incoming advisory board chair. "Our goal is to grow the endowment to more than $2 million so we can grant at least $100,000 back into our community every year forever."

Established in June 2014 by a group of committed Bath residents, Bath Community Fund is a permanent charitable fund dedicated to strengthening the Bath community for current and future generations. Recent grants have supported the construction of an additional restroom at Bath Community Park, provided food for Revere students in need, and funded a therapeutic horseback riding program for children with special needs, among other projects.

"We're grateful for Bath Community Fund's continued support in helping not only Victory Gallop, but all the nonprofits in the Bath community," said Kim Gustely, co-director of Victory Gallop and one of 10 grant recipients that will be highlighted at the fund's annual meeting. "So many lives have been changed for the better because of the generosity of the community and the great dedication and vision of Bath Community Fund."

Donors, supporters and members of the general public are invited to attend the annual meeting. Refreshments will be served.

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