Smoky Hills Community Fund (Unrestricted Community Grant Fund)

The Smoky Hills Community Fund is an unrestricted community grant fund created by individuals who have contributed money to the Foundation for charitable uses to address the present and future needs of the Ellsworth County area. From this endowed fund, the Foundation Board annually determines community grants from a competitive grant application process. This fund is perfect for donors who wish to make an impact in their community, but do not have a specific cause in mind.

 

Leaving his Legacy…

Dieckhoff

Floyd Leroy Bear was a quiet individual who loved Russell County. A lifelong member of our community, you could often see him walking down Main Street waving to friends and strangers alike. It was said Floyd never knew a stranger and treated everyone as an equal.

Floyd was born on October 13, 1929 in rural Russell County to Chester and Anna Fay (Newcomer) Bear. He was raised on a family farm and farmed most of his life with the exception of a short time in the United States Army. He loved being a farmer, tinkering with his farm equipment and roaming the pasture with his beloved dog.

When Floyd passed away in February 2011, he showed his love for his community by leaving an estate gift to the Fund for a Better Russell County Area. His gift will support emerging needs in Russell County and preserve the rural way of life that Floyd so loved for future generations to enjoy.