SCCF Receives SunTrust Foundation’s 2018 Lighting the Way Award and $75,000 Grant


OCTOBER 18, 2018 – Recognized for its philanthropic contributions to the Shenandoah Valley, Staunton Creative Community Fund was awarded a 2018 Lighting the Way Award and $75,000 grant by the SunTrust Foundation.

The SunTrust Foundation’s Lighting the Way Awards recognizes select nonprofit organizations that strengthen their local communities through programs that help people better their circumstances and gain financial confidence. “We’re committed to building stronger communities, and our nonprofit partners are addressing community needs in innovative and very meaningful ways,” said Stan Little, president of the SunTrust Foundation. “Staunton Creative Community Fund is improving the lives of many people, and we applaud their mission, long-term service and the impact they’re making where it’s most needed.”

"It was an incredible honor to be nominated by Scott Horchler, Vice President, Community Development Manager, SunTrust Banks, Inc. to receive this award along with 35 other truly amazing organizations who are working hard everyday to change the lives of so many people," said Kathy Deacon, executive director of the Staunton Creative Community Fund. "We are deeply committed to our mission and feel proud of the impact that our work has in the Shenandoah Valley. Our success wouldn't be possible without the generous support of our many partners, like the SunTrust Foundation, and you. We have so much to be grateful for."

Established in 2008, the SunTrust Foundation is committed to supporting a wide range of financial well-being efforts through grants and partnerships with local philanthropic organizations. To date, the SunTrust Foundation has awarded more than $140 million in grants to organizations across the United States.

About Staunton Creative Community Fund

Since its founding in 2008, the Staunton Creative Community Fund has been dedicated helping entrepreneurs and small businesses in the Shenandoah Valley. The organization serves as the local hub for entrepreneurial innovation and brings together the funding, educations, talent, creativity, information, and resources necessary to grow a vibrant local economy.

About the SunTrust Foundation

The SunTrust Foundation is dedicated to SunTrust Bank’s purpose of Lighting the Way to Financial Well-Being by engaging organizations to advance financial confidence. Grants and activities focus primarily on financial empowerment, but also include education, health and human services, civic improvement and cultural growth. The SunTrust Foundation supports American Red Cross disaster relief efforts and contributes as a United Way Global Corporate Leader. Established in 2008, the SunTrust Foundation has proudly provided grants totaling more than $140 million throughout the United States.

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