$4,000 Grant Awarded to the Foundation at Cookeville Regional by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, a charitable organization dedicated to enriching the quality of life in the 40 Middle Tennessee counties it serves, announces $1.3 million in grants to 273 nonprofit organizations as part of The Foundation’s annual discretionary grantmaking process.


The Foundation at Cookeville Regional has received a $4,000 grant for its Pink Ribbon of Hope Project.  This ongoing project provides mammograms screenings, diagnostic breast services and education on breast cancer to uninsured and underinsured women in the Upper Cumberland.


 “The Pink Ribbon of Hope Project goal is to reach 500 or more primarily women, but also a few men, each year.  Working in partnership with Cookeville Regional’s Women’s Center and the radiologists at Cumberland Imaging Associates, we are able to provide the screenings a reduced cost.  “That cost is then underwritten by grant funding, our own Pink Gala event, donations and volunteer time by CRMC employees,“ said Michelle Zellner, Director of The Imaging Center at CRMC and Pink Ribbon of Hope project director. “This generous grant will help us reach another 30 people with a screening and more breast health awareness.  These simple actions may help save the life of a mother, daughter, sister, or aunt.”


Ellen Lehman, president of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, explains the importance of nonprofits, “The work of our nonprofit partners has never been more important as we watch needs emerge and evolve in this community. Some issues like the staggering rates of local human trafficking and the growth of rural gang activity – were issues that emerged relatively recently. Other issues like hunger continue to plague our neighbors in the aftermath of the Recession. Unemployment’s harsh lessons about the skills and talents our educational system must provide require the nonprofit sector to lock arms with the public schools to ensure our future. These issues, and so many others, were among those covered though our 2012 Discretionary grants throughout Middle Tennessee. The Community Foundation is honored to connect generosity with need through these annual grants and through other avenues throughout the year, but we couldn’t have an impact without the bulwark of quality nonprofits offering solutions to our community’s needs and vital services to our neighbors.”


The Community Foundation awards discretionary grants annually from its unrestricted and field-of-interest funds, through an open application process, to Middle Tennessee nonprofits organizations addressing community needs and benefiting the well-being of citizens through valuable programs and innovative services.


More information on the grant process is online at cfmt.org/request/grants/.


Ritchie Houge, Executive Director for the Foundation at Cookeville Regional, accepted the grant award from the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.  “We are so grateful to have received the consideration of the Community Foundation and to have been selected to receive a generous grant,” Houge said.  “The Foundation is committed to supporting the healthcare needs of the Upper Cumberland through the services and outreach provided through Cookeville Regional.  This grant award recognizes a needed, quality program in the Upper Cumberland, and the role of the Foundation in assisting Cookeville Regional and our partners like Upper Cumberland Imaging in making a difference in the lives of people in our region.”


About The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee oversees more than 850 charitable funds, providing customized philanthropic solutions with flexibility for donors, nonprofit organizations and the community. In the past 21 years, The Community Foundation has distributed more than $600 million to community programs and institutions. It is located at 3833 Cleghorn Avenue, #400, Nashville, Tennessee 37215. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit www.cfmt.org.


About the Foundation at Cookeville Regional

The Foundation at CRMC is a 501(c) (3) charitable non-profit organization.  As an independent affiliate of the Cookeville Regional Medical Center, the Foundation’s mission is to generate contributions to assist CRMC in fulfilling its mission to provide quality healthcare to our community.  Contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.  Our federal taxpayer identification number is 20-1550666.  For more information please call 931-783-2003 or visit our website www.thecrmcfoundation.org.



PHOTO: Ellen Lehman, president of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, presents grant award for the Pink Ribbon of Hope Project to Ritchie Houge, executive director of the Foundation at Cookeville Regional.