Rising Sun Regional Foundation, Inc.

2016 Annual Report

GRANTS PROGRAM

The Rising Sun Regional Foundation, Inc. was created in 1994 by the City of Rising Sun in conjunction with the development of the Grand Victoria Casino and Resort by the Hyatt Corporation. The Foundation began its grantmaking program in early 1997, which it has continued to implement. It is now funded by the Rising Star Casino & Resort, owned by Full House Resorts, Inc., which makes monthly contributions to the foundation based on a percentage of its adjusted gross income.

The Foundation conducts a general grants program to primarily benefit the residents of Ohio and Ripley counties and the City of Aurora in Dearborn County. It is governed by seven board members who are appointed by the eligible counties, cities, and towns in its grantmaking region and is administered by a professional staff.

GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS

The Rising Sun Regional Foundation utilizes a formal “Grant Application Form” supplemented by requested attachments. This form and application guidelines are available on the Foundation’s web site – rsrfonline.org – and at the Foundation’s office in Rising Sun, Indiana.

The Foundation awards grants on a quarterly basis in accordance with an annually published schedule. Emergency grant applications may be considered by the Foundation between these quarterly grantmaking meetings based upon compelling merits and time constraints related to the grant requests as determined by the Foundation’s board of directors and staff.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

During 2016, the Rising Sun Regional Foundation was governed by the following board members:

Jerry Smith, President
Stan Wiedeman, Vice President
David Brown, Treasurer
Sissy Potter, Secretary
Jeff French
Kystie Jaehnen
Cindy Rottinghaus

ADMINISTRATION

Jascia Redwine, Executive Director
Alice Sechrest, Accountant
UBS, Investment Advisor
Main Source Bank, Banking Services
Blue & Co., LLC, Auditor

2016: Our 20th Anniversary!


Rising Sun Regional Foundation Board Members in 1996

When the Rising Sun Regional Foundation was created in 1996, its concept was considered unique and no one knew what to expect. Being totally income dependent upon the riverboat casino, the expectations were set low, while hopes were quietly set very high. And wow, did those first ten years take off!

During that time, the foundation received a total of $28.7 million in income, and awarded more than $19.2 million in grants. Incredibly, we are now at twenty years in the making. What has happened in all that time?

  • The foundation has received more than $42 million in income from the riverboat in Rising Sun. Currently, its revenue comes from Rising Star Casino & Resorts.
  • The foundation has awarded more than 1,360 grants in excess of $30 million to governmental, educational, and nonprofit organizations in its grantmaking region, which consists of Ohio County, Ripley County, and the City of Aurora (in Dearborn County). This amount of grants was made in response to approximately $60 million in requests.
  • The foundation invests 15% of its annual gross income in a Permanent Reserve Fund, which had a market value of approximately $8 million at the end of 2016. The foundation will continue to invest at least 15% of its income in this fund. The income it generates will be used to fund grants for many years to come.

 

In 2016, the foundation awarded grants totaling $953,051. In continuing with its twenty year history, these grants were awarded to a wide spectrum of organizations, from city governments to schools to beautification committees. Each of these organizations serves a need or fills a niche in our community, and the foundation is proud to be a partner.

The past twenty years have been a roller coaster ride, like the Corkscrew roller coaster at Kings Island. Sometimes, we felt like we were flying along on a straight path, and then we were suddenly twisted to the right or to the left or upside down. What a ride it has been, and we are excited about seeing where the coaster takes us next.

Jerry Smith

Jerry Smith
President

Jascia Redwine

Jascia Redwine
Executive Director

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT GRANTS


Includes support of projects and programs related to community infrastructure improvements, public safety, economic development, historic preservation, recreation, housing, citizen involvement, civic leadership training, and other general community activities.

2016 HIGHLIGHTS


Ohio County Public Library
The new lighting in the Ohio County Public Library brightens up the entire building.

City of Aurora
The City of Aurora uses equipment, such as its new bobcat, to keep the Dearborn Trail clear of debris.

Ripley County Court Services
Ripley County Court Services is able to expand its programs with the purchase of a new vehicle.

Oldenburg Housing Council
Residents of Meadowbrook Apartments received new appliances, a community room, and more parking.

Oldenburg Housing Council
Making things happen with Oldenburg Housing Council!

Community Development Grants Awarded in 2016


City of Aurora
$28,000 toward the purchase of a bobcat

City of Aurora
$15,000 toward the start-up of a Bike Share program

City of Rising Sun
$22,093 toward the purchase of a new police cruiser

City of Rising Sun
$3,000 toward support for the 2016 Indiana League of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers District Meeting held in Rising Sun

City of Rising Sun
$7,035 toward the purchase of recycled picnic tables for the community pool

City of Rising Sun
$14,790 toward updates to its phone systems at all the city buildings

City of Rising Sun
$7,995 toward the development of a new website

GinnFarms (Aurora)
Up to $40,000 toward a matching grant to start up a U.S. Department of Agriculture program called “Gardens On the Move”

Milan Police Department
$1,947 toward the purchase of printers and bar code scanners for use in police vehicles

Town of Milan
$25,000 toward a soil stabilization project

Ohio County Commissioners
$7,000 toward the purchase of 3M Hi Intensity road signs for its highway department

Ohio County Public Library
$3,000 toward the purchase of a new server and back-up system

Ohio County Public Library/Ohio County Community Foundation
$10,000 toward the replacement of lighting fixtures from standard fluorescent lighting to LED lighting at the library

Ohio County Sheriff’s Office
$25,789 toward the purchase of a transport van

Oldenburg Housing Council
$40,000 toward major renovations to senior and disabled adults’ apartments at Meadowbrook Apartments

Ripley County Commissioners
$20,000 toward the purchase of a road broom for its highway department

Ripley County Community Foundation
$40,000 for matching funds for Lilly Endowment’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT) VI program

Ripley County Court Services
$22,742 toward the purchase of a vehicle for its Community Corrections program

Rising Sun Municipal Utilities
$25,000 toward the replacement of meter reading equipment

Town of Napoleon
$40,000 toward expenses associated with the cleanout of wastewater sludge from one of its lagoons

Town of Versailles
$30,000 toward the construction of a shelter house and restrooms in the soccer area of the Tyson Memorial Sports Complex

CULTURAL AFFAIRS GRANTS


Includes support of programs and facilities designed to establish a diversified regional cultural program that offers wide-spread opportunities for participation and appreciation.

2016 HIGHLIGHTS


City of Batesville/Batesville Beautification League
Some of the flowers that will be watered with the new watering cart for the Batesville Beautification League.

City of Batesville/Batesville Beautification League
Flowers like the ones in this hanging planter line the city streets and are cared for by the Batesville Beautification League.

Aurora Riverfront Beautification
This military boat was on display on the Ohio River during the Red, White, and Boom Festival. Visitors were able to take a memorable ride in this historic vessel.

Rural Alliance for the Arts
The Rural Alliance for the Arts sponsors many educational arts programs throughout the Batesville area, such as this performance of Aladdin in 2016.

Rising Sun Main Street
The Navy Bean Festival, presented by Rising Sun Main Street, has been a mainstay for many years with its featured bean soup.

Rising Sun Main Street
Every festival needs a mascot, such as this one from the Navy Bean Festival, held each October in Rising Sun, Indiana.

Rural Alliance for the Arts
Some of the many educational arts programs offered throughout the year.

Ohio County Convention, Tourism and Visitors Commission
The mayor of Rising Sun presenting awards at the 2016 Regatta.

Ohio County Convention, Tourism and Visitors Commission
Working in the pits at the 2016 Regatta held in Rising Sun.

Aurora Riverfront Beautification
The Red, White, and Boom Festival in Aurora in July had something for all.

Cultural Affairs Grants Awarded in 2016


Aurora Riverfront Beautification
$2,500 toward its Red, White, and Boom festival in July 2016

City of Batesville/Batesville Beautification League
$5,000 toward the purchase of a new watering cart

Ohio County Convention, Tourism, & Visitors Commission
$2,500 toward expenses for the 2016 Regatta

Ohio County Historical Society
$4,841 toward several items that will increase the security of the museum

Rising Sun Main Street
Up to $4,000 toward the purchase of a cooker for the Navy Bean Festival held in October each year

Rural Alliance for the Arts
$5,000 toward the purchase of materials to build brand awareness

HUMAN SERVICES GRANTS


Includes the support of human service-related programs in the areas of children and youth, senior citizens, disadvantaged populations, etc.

2016 HIGHLIGHTS


Ripley County Parks & Recreation
To accommodate its growing programs, a concrete pad was added for livestock projects.

Ripley County Parks & Recreation
The 4-H Program offers many opportunities for local youth, including Swine, Poultry and Goat projects.

Sea Dragons Swimming (Aurora)
Sea Dragons Swimming received a grant towards new timing equipment.

Dearborn County Clearinghouse
The Dearborn County Clearinghouse, which serves Aurora residents and others, had a new walk-in freezer/cooler installed.

Aurora Little League
Enjoying the day at the ball fields.

Human Services Grants Awarded in 2016


Aurora Little League
$1,839 toward the purchase of a commercial double door refrigerator

Dearborn County Clearinghouse
$5,000 toward the purchase of a walk-in cooler/freezer

LifeTime Resources
$7,309 toward matching state funds for a vehicle used in its regional Catch-A-Ride program

Osgood Public Library
$16,624 toward the installation of an exterior electronic sign for the Milan library

Ripley County Commissioners/Parks & Recreation
$20,000 to replace bleachers in the show arena and to pour a concrete pad for livestock projects

Ripley County Youth Soccer Club
$2,436 toward the purchase of nets and goals, and a cheese dispenser for its concessions stand

Sea Dragons Swimming (Aurora)
$8,975 toward the purchase of new timing equipment

South Dearborn Pee Wee Football
$5,000 toward the purchase of a new scoreboard

EDUCATION GRANTS


Includes support for programs in pre-school, elementary and secondary education, post-secondary education, and for special education programs, including scholarship programs.

2016 HIGHLIGHTS


Jac-Cen-Del Community School Corporation
Students enjoying a sunny day on their new playground equipment.

South Ripley Community School Corporation
Students at South Ripley Elementary utilizing new technology in their classroom.

South Ripley Community School Corporation
Students at South Ripley Elementary utilizing new technology in their classroom.

South Ripley Community School Corporation
Students at South Ripley Elementary utilizing new technology in their classroom.

South Ripley Elementary School
Students demonstrating some of the technology equipment. SRES students using IXL.

South Ripley Elementary School
A teacher and student use the ELMO.

Milan Community School Corporation
A grant from the Rising Sun Regional Foundation helped the start-up of a Kindergarten Readiness program.

Milan Community School Corporation
The new kindergarten class had an educational visit to the fire station.

Milan Community School Corporation
The new kindergarten class posing in their classroom with their teachers.

Rising Sun-Ohio County Community School Corporation
The gym at Rising Sun High School was resurfaced and painted in bright school colors.

Milan Community School Corporation
The staff and students put together a brief video, showcasing its Kindergarten Readiness Program. Click the photo above to watch the video!
Milan Community School Corporation
The staff and students put together a brief video, showcasing its Kindergarten Readiness Program. Click the photo above to watch the video!

South Dearborn Community School Corporation
Students at South Dearborn High School produced videos on a variety of topics, as seen above.
Click the photos above to watch each video made by the students!

Education Grants Awarded in 2016


Jac-Cen-Del Community School Corporation
$10,827 toward the purchase of playground equipment

Milan Community School Corporation
$7,620 toward the purchase of Lego Mindstorm sets

Milan Community School Corporation
$13,000 toward the start-up of a Kindergarten Readiness program

Rising Sun/Ohio County Community School Corporation
$27,075 toward resurfacing of the gym at the high school

Rising Sun-Ohio County Community School Corporation
$40,000 toward the resurfacing of the track, and the replacement of stage curtains at the high school and elementary school

Rising Sun-Ohio County Community School Corporation
Up to $40,000 toward the purchase of bleachers and to fix a roof and HVAC system

South Dearborn Community School Corporation
$23,573 toward the purchase of video production equipment for the art department at the high school

South Dearborn Community School Corporation
$17,000 toward upgrades to its dugouts for the baseball program

South Ripley Community School Corporation
$20,752 toward the purchase of an online math learning platform and document cameras for its elementary school

Sunman Tiger PAWS
$10,000 toward the replacement of playground surface material at Sunman Elementary School

HEALTH & MEDICAL GRANTS


Includes the support of hospitals and health and medical related programs.

2016 HIGHLIGHTS


Ohio County Commissioners
New equipment in place for Ohio County Communications and 911.

Ohio County Commissioners
New equipment in place for Ohio County Communications and 911.

Ohio County Rescue Service
Ohio County Rescue Service displays its new Medical Emergency Response Vehicle, fondly known as MERV.

Sunman Area Life Squad
A necessary piece of equipment, this power cot is especially useful for accidents along the interstate.

Health & Medical Grants Awarded in 2016


Batesville Fire Department
$35,000 toward the replacement of a station generator

Napoleon Volunteer Fire Company
$40,000 toward the construction of a new fire station

Ohio County Commissioners/Ohio County Community Foundation
$40,000 toward the replacement of 911 equipment

Ohio County Rescue Service
$10,000 toward the replacement of its Medical Emergency Response Vehicle

Otter Creek Volunteer Fire Department
$30,000 toward the purchase of turnout gear

Sunman Area Life Squad
$35,061 toward the purchase of a second power cot

Versailles Volunteer Fire Department
$11,355 toward upgrades to its technical rescue equipment

SCHOLARSHIPS


The Rising Sun Regional Foundation awarded a total of $46,000 in scholarship grants to 46 graduating seniors who reside in Ohio and Ripley counties and the City of Aurora, the foundation’s southeastern Indiana grantmaking region. Each student received a $1,000 scholarship award.

Recipients of these RSRF scholarships for the 2015-16 school year were:

Batesville Community School Corporation
Lauren Eckstein, Jordan Ertel, Samantha Heidlage, Elizabeth Weiler, Emily Williamson, and Karsen Worthington.

East Central Community School Corporation
Tabytha Bechtel, Alex Doll, Kendall Gindling, Hannah Hutson, Joshua Kolton, and Madison Wiedeman.

Jac-Cen-Del Community School Corporation
Kaylynn Baluyot, Kara McDaniel, Julia Mullins, Matthew Seals, Benjamin Smith, Autumn Wilkening, and Adriana Youngman.

Milan Community School Corporation
Nathan Austing, Courtney Cann, Payton Healy, Jackson Lohrum, Kyle Meyer, Rebecca Moore, and Morgan Russell.

Oldenburg Academy
Mikaela Fangman and Ashley Sedler.

Rising Sun-Ohio County School Corporation
Carson Blackwell, Abigail Fletcher, Mitchell Morris, Kelsey Romans, Mackinzie Scott, and Anna Slack.

South Dearborn Community School Corporation
Kaylei Eldridge, George Hatfield, Andrew Hilton, Kyle McGaha, Kelsie Roth, and Amber Secrest.

South Ripley School Corporation
Kayla Adkinson, Mercedes Bowling, Sarah Bush, Wyatt Elston, Kayla King, and Brian McCombs.

All graduating seniors who reside in Ohio and Ripley counties and the City of Aurora, who have maintained a six-semester grade point average of 2.75 or higher, and who plan to attend a post-secondary educational institution, were eligible to apply for these scholarship awards.

The number of scholarships awarded was based on the respective senior class populations in the seven public high schools located in the foundation’s grantmaking region and the total number of applications received from those eligible students attending private/parochial secondary schools.  Winners of these scholarships were drawn at random at each school from the pool of applications which were submitted to the Rising Sun Regional Foundation with official transcripts.

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