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The Carroll County Foundation

Elsie and Don Sickafoose, along with Lois and Bob Newell, were the founders of the Carroll County Foundation. Don and Bob’s friendship goes back many decades to 1937 and they remained friends throughout the years.

Through much hard work, Don Sickafoose prospered as a farmer, dairyman, cattleman, airport operator, airplane dealer, flying instructor, oilman, and owner of the Magnolia Drag Strip. Don would have rather been known as a good neighbor and friend rather than as the entrepreneur and philanthropist he was. As life was good to Don and his family, he wanted to help others.

In the early 1990’s, Don and his wife Elsie wanted to do something to benefit Carroll County. Don contacted his longtime friend Bob Newell because, as he said, “Bob knew lots of people and was influential in the community.” Bob was a very well-known and respected auctioneer, farmer, cattleman, and member of many civic and service organizations. Lois, Bob’s wife, said, “Bob wanted to start a foundation in Carroll County to help those worthy causes and people who really needed help.”

A diverse group of Carroll County leaders met with Stark Community Foundation to begin the process of establishing the Foundation as a public charity under the umbrella of Stark Community Foundation. The Sickafooses and Newells were the first to establish funds in the newly-formed Carroll County Foundation in 1994.

The current Board of Directors are: Sean R. H. Smith – Chair; Robert Wirkner – Vice Chair; Beau Brace; John Clark; John Davis; Janice Kishman; Adam Lumley; Vernon Palo; and Chris Shepherd.

Learn more about Carroll County Foundation by viewing our fact sheet and brochure.




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