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CFO recognizes affiliate foundation leaders for excellence and achievement

April 28, 2022

Seven affiliate leaders honored at 2022 Affiliate Appreciation Conference

An affiliate foundation can be fundamental to the vibrancy of a small town or rural area, but that foundation requires passionate leadership by a dedicated board of directors to truly succeed. The Community Foundation of the Ozarks recognized seven of those leaders during the 2022 Affiliate Appreciation Conference on April 25 in Springfield.

“One cannot serve on a foundation board without first deeply loving one’s community,” CFO President Brian Fogle said. “That love is expressed through their excellent leadership and dedication that make their communities a better place to live for all their neighbors.”

The 2022 Stanley Ball Award was presented to Ross Richardson, president of the Houston Community Foundation.

  The Stanley Ball Leadership Award is presented to the president of one of the CFO’s 53 regional affiliate foundations. Ball, who died in 2015, was the founding president of the Nixa Community Foundation, the CFO’s first affiliate. He embodied the strengths of business, civic and philanthropic leadership working together to enhance our communities. The award is presented by the CFO and Central Trust Company, which manages the Stanley & Elaine Ball Foundation. It includes a $2,000 cash award for the Houston Community Foundation.

The Fred Lemons Achievement Award was presented to Jack Muench, a longtime volunteer and past president of the Aurora Area Community Foundation.

The Fred Lemons Award is named for the late president of the Lockwood Community Foundation, who demonstrated remarkable leadership during his 15-year tenure until his death in 2014. Muench is the seventh recipient of the award, which includes a $1,000 unrestricted grant to the Aurora Area Community Foundation.

Five regional affiliate leaders were honored with Board Members of Excellence awards for outstanding service to their communities.

  • Deanna Hendrich, Truman Lake Community Foundation
  • Greg Hoffman, Nevada/Vernon County Community Foundation
  • Ron Kraettli, Community Foundation of the Hermann Area
  • Stacy Pyrtle, Community Foundation of the Lake
  • Frank Robinson, Perry County Community Foundation

The CFO is a regional public charitable foundation established in 1973 that provides asset and resource development, grantmaking and public leadership across central and southern Missouri.

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