TEMPLE, Texas (Feb. 18, 2022) – The City Federation of Women’s Clubs presented a $100,000 check to the Temple College Foundation to establish an endowed scholarship in the organization’s name.
The City Federation of Women’s Clubs – also known as City Fed – was a community philanthropic organization established in Temple and Bell County in 1915. The group recently dissolved and its members decided to generously use its remaining funds to bolster the community. Members chose Monday, Feb. 14 – Valentine’s Day – to provide 10 local organizations with “love gifts” totaling $280,000. The ceremony was held at the Cultural Activities Center in Temple.
The Temple College Foundation and the Cultural Activities Center each received gifts of $100,000.
“One of the primary goals of the City Federation was its support of quality education within the community. Temple College is our own institution of higher learning and it was an obvious choice to endow a scholarship in the name of City Fed,” said Beverly Kermode, president of The City Federation of Women’s Clubs.
Temple College President Dr. Christina Ponce and Dr. Evelyn Waiwaiole, Temple College’s vice president of resource development and external relations, attended the ceremony and accepted the check for the endowment.
“We are so grateful to the City Federation of Women’s Clubs for their generous investment in the lives of Temple College students,” Ponce said. “This endowment is a lasting gift that will benefit students and provide scholarships for decades. We know that this is a bittersweet moment for the City Federation as these gracious women close their organization. Temple College is honored to be a part of this great organization’s legacy, and this special donation is a gift that will keep on giving to the community.”
The City Federation of Women’s Clubs was formed in the early part of the 20th Century with a vision of education, beautification of the city, recreational opportunities, health and safety, patriotism, social services, the creative arts and a sense of community. Kermode said the gifts were given in that spirit.
“We believe that the strength and integrity of our community is due to a commitment to higher educational, moral, social and philanthropic conditions in our community,” she said. “The present and future students of Temple College will hopefully fulfill this legacy and ensure that Temple will be a quality community in which to live.”
Eight organizations received awards of $10,000 each. They are Bell County Medical Alliance, Temple Music Club, Temple Garden Club, Temple Children’s Museum, Temple Civic Theater, Temple Symphony Orchestra, Ralph Wilson Youth Club, and the Un-Included Club.
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