The Barns of Rose Hill is pleased to announce a $20,000 grant from the Monford D. & Lucy L. Custer Foundation of Winchester. Mrs. Linda Russell, a trustee and president of the Foundation, notified Barns president Diana Kincannon of the grant award in late August.
The Foundation’s gift honors its founders, Dr. Monford D. Custer Jr. and his wife, Lucy, who created the foundation to ensure the continuation of their philanthropic work in the community. The Custers moved to Winchester in 1947, and Dr. Custer’s very successful medical career in the area spanned 34 years. During their lives, they lent support to many organizations and community causes.
As Foundation trustees, the children of Monford D. and Lucy L. Custerâ€”Danny Custer, Ellen Morgan, Linda Russell and Herb Sandersâ€”elected to award the grant to The Barns of Rose Hill because of its mission to create a new center for community, arts and education and, through its programs, to enrich the lives of area residents and visitors.
The family has claimed two “Gallery” spaces in the Barns Center, and the Foundation’s gift will be recognized with a plaque near the Gallery spaces.
“We are pleased and honored to have won the interest and support of the Custer family and the Foundation. We’re so very grateful for this vote of confidence, and we send our thanks to each of the trustees,” Kincannon said.