This past weekend, many volunteers worked together to provide free dental care for many of our local residents that do not have regular access or a way to pay for the dentistry they need. This was a Smiles on Wheels activity of the Texas Dental Association and the Mason Community Foundation helped support this with a generous grant that was matched by the Meadows Foundation. More than a dozen dentists from all over the state came to Mason to help Dr. Glen Ruthven conduct a one day clinic that served 149 people and provided more than $82,000 in free dental care and treatments.
There were many, many local volunteers as well, including members of the Board of the Mason Community Foundation, the Lion’s Club, Dr. Ruthven’s staff, the football team and others that helped set up and take down the equipment, many members of St. Paul Lutheran Church that hosted the event, and many caring people that helped provide food, comfort and anything that needed doing.
Working together with professionals that willingly offered their skills and expertise and supported by dozens of caring volunteers, many people throughout Mason received treatment they might have never been able to afford.
The Mason Thrift Store, which provides the funding for the Community Foundation, continues to be busy place and has not seen any effect from the economic concerns elsewhere. There continue to be very good sales and there are opportunities for everyone to find a bargain. We are grateful to the community that supports us with their shopping and with the donations that fill our shelves. The Board of Directors recently received an audit report covering the past three years, and there were no concerns expressed about any of the financial or management activities or grant funding from the sales at the Thrift Store. It is the sincere intent of the Board to operate in a completely transparent manner, and if anyone within our community or beyond would like to review the audit, the monthly financial reports, or the summary of activities and grants from the past years, please contact Brent Hinckley, President or Rosemary Kruckemeyer, Treasurer, and we will provide information to satisfy any questions.
Because of the community support and the continuing good sales at the Thrift Store, the Mason Community Foundation has provided over $90,000 in grants to non-profit organizations in Mason County. We are looking for more worthy projects to fund, and the next grant cycle closes on September 1, in just a few weeks. If your group has a project that would benefit our community, and if you need more funding to help our citizens in some specific way, we would like to hear from you. If you have questions please contact a member of the Board, or visit with D’Ann Stahl the Grant Chairperson, or stop by the Thrift Store and pick up a grant application. The Mason Community Foundation is actively working to improve Mason, and your help and assistance is greatly appreciated.