Fund established by CFO founder, first BKD managing partner
Thanks to one donor’s passion for helping elder members of the community, improvements valued at $29,850 will take place at eight senior centers across southern Missouri. Grants from the Hearld Ambler Fund for Senior Centers will support facilities associated with SeniorAge Area Agency on Aging:
Ash Grove Sunshine Center: $3,716.79 to purchase a cooler
Cabool Senior Center: $3,106 to purchase a mixer
Cassville Senior Center: $6,206.75 to purchase a steamer and food processor
Fair Grove Senior Center: $6,450 to purchase outdoor furniture and a shed
Kimberling Area Senior Center: $3,982 to purchase outdoor furniture and a coffee pot
Mount Vernon Senior Center: $3,050 to purchase a mixer
Winona Senior Center: $2,941 to repair flooring
Rogersville Area Senior Center Inc.: $397.16 to purchase ADA-compliant door knobs and handles
The annual grant round also was supported by the Hearld and Marjorie Ambler Generous Community Fund and the Musgrave Fund.
Hearld Ambler was the first Managing Partner for BKD LLP, leading the firm from 1976 until his retirement in 1986. He started with the firm in 1948 and helped shepherd its growth from a regional accounting firm to now the nation’s 14th largest.
Hearld Ambler received the 2016 Humanitarian Award for his service to the community, including his volunteer work with SeniorAge Area Agency on Aging’s Tax Counseling for the Elderly program.
In addition to serving local nonprofits in a variety of roles, he was one of 11 local leaders who founded the CFO in 1973. For many years after his retirement, he dedicated his volunteer time to helping senior citizens prepare tax returns through SeniorAge Area Agency on Aging’s Tax Counseling for the Elderly program. For his extensive service to the community, Ambler was recognized with the Humanitarian Award in 2016.
“In his quiet, unassuming manner, Hearld helped so many seniors in our region and now, in retirement, continues to support the valuable work our area senior centers do to enhance the lives of their clients,” CFO President Brian Fogle said.
The Hearld Ambler Fund for Senior Centers is one of several Field-of-Interest funds held by the CFO, established by generous donors to support specific areas of need. Several funds support annual grant programs, while others provide support throughout the year for circumstances like unexpected hardships or expenses related to cancer treatment.