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Hickory County Community Wellness Foundation

Hickory County Community Wellness Foundation

A trusted resource for philanthropy serving the communities of Hermitage and Hickory County.

Our Mission

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Our mission is to enhance the quality of life in Hickory County through resource development, community grantmaking, collaboration and public leadership.

Since our founding on December 11, 1999, Hickory County Community Wellness Foundation has distributed more than $228,904 in grants to the community. We now hold assets totaling $489,575 as of June 30, 2023.

Our Leadership

Our foundation is led by members of our community.

  • Gary Edwards, President
  • Dawn Vader, Vice President
  • Lori Hayes, Secretary
  • Debbie Smith
  • Nancy Strobel
  • Brian Wright

Leading Locally

Helping create community good

Headquartered in Hermitage, the Hickory County Community Wellness Foundation support ways for locals to live healthy lives.

Learn more

Fall Family Fun Festival 2022

Join the Hickory County Health Department, Hickory County Wellness Foundation, Central Fire District, Hickory County, and Pomme De Terre State Park for the Fall Family Fun Festival on September 24!

Cardboard boat race registration is $25 per team of four. All participants must be 18+ and must wear a life jacket. The race will begin at 2:30 p.m.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Hickory County Community Wellness Foundation to support local nonprofits.

Additional information and a waiver can be found here. Questions? Contact Lori Hays at or 417-745-2138.

Register for the cardboard boat race

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