Foundation helps Ladies Benevolent Society grow into the future - August 19 2010

OSHKOSH, WI - The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation welcomed dozens of supporters of the Ladies Benevolent Society: Advocates for Older Adults (LBS:AOA) for a reception and meeting Aug. 12.

LBS:AOA began in the Civil War era in 1863 as the Ladies Aid Society, then renamed itself in 1865 as the Ladies Benevolent Society. Its members sought donations of clothing and supplies to serve the poor and distressed. Over the decades, the group has maintained an important role serving community by operating a home for elderly women for 84 years and many charitable deeds to aid needy children and elderly.

In the last decade, LBS:AOA has awarded about $200,000 to organizations that help older adults in the Oshkosh area, in addition to grants made to other individuals and groups.

The 147-year-old group in July reorganized with help from the Community Foundation to facilitate distribution of grant money. The change was an emotional one for LBS:AOA's supporters, many who say they've been inspired by the group's long, rich history.

"I think all of the board members agree what we do needs to be done," says Karen Boehning, LBS:AOA advisory board member.

As a Field of Interest Fund of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, LBS:AOA will continue its grant program while redirecting its investment liability and recruit younger people with new ideas to carry on its mission well into the 21st century. Click here to donate to this fund.

Eileen Connolly-Keesler, Community Foundation president and CEO, says LBS:AOA is the only fund that specializes in older adults.

"It just shows how important these dollars are in the community," Keesler says.

The Community Foundation will work to help build LBS:AOA's grant program and get the word out about how they serve the older population.

Ladies Benevolent Advisory Board members include: Karen Boehning, Sharon Gallagher, Chris Kniep, Gail Knier, Susan Kreibich, Jayne Lindsay, Carol Meeuwsen-Jones, Nancy Samida, Laurie Steffen, Dana Stolley (board chairman), Jan Viste and Kristyna Williams.

Photos: Photos from the Ladies Benevolent Society: Advocates for Older Adults reception at the Community Foundation

Story: Reader submitted article in the Oshkosh Northwestern.

The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization created by and for the people of Winnebago County, Waushara County, Green Lake County and Ripon. Through charitable giving, the Community Foundation strives to make our communities thrive. For more information, please call (920) 426-3993.

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