RANDOLPH - For the first time in its history, the John Edward McLaughlin Family Fund awarded $10,000 to four nonprofit organizations during the 2013 grant process. The fund is administered by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.
Grants were awarded to Camp Li Lo Li for camp scholarships; Randolph Area Community Development Corporation to assist in maintenance and restoration efforts at the East Randolph Cemetery Corporation and Randolph Cemetery, and Kids Day 2013; Randolph Historical Society for an archival storage room; and Randolph United Presbyterian Church to support vacation bible school and a community garden project.
Born and raised in Randolph, John McLaughlin and his wife, Bea owned and operated the Cain Oil Company, a gas service station and small store, in East Randolph for more than 20 years. They had one son, Patrick, who was born with medical and physical problems. Before John's passing in 2001 he bequest a portion of his estate to create a fund to honor his hometown. This field of interest fund supports charitable activity of religious and non-religious organizations in Randolph. To date, nearly $30,000 has been granted to local organizations to better serve the community.
Randy Sweeney, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation executive director, poses with the 2013 John Edward McLaughlin Family Fund grant recipients in Randolph. From left to right: Sandra Brace, Randolph Historical Society; Terry Wilson, Camp Li Lo Li; Rector Thomas Broad, Vacation Bible School; Norm Moon, East Randolph Cemetery; Tonia McAllister, Randolph Area Community Development Corporation; Gretchen Hind, Town Clerk for Kids Day; Reggie Boutwell, Randolph United Presbyterian Community Garden Project and John Congdon, Randolph Cemetery.
For more information on the John E. McLaughlin Family Fund, or to make a tax-deductible donation, call the Community Foundation at 661-3390 or visit online at www.crcfonline.org.