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Community Foundation Reaches Grantmaking Milestone

Vice President Kelly Thompson says the grant that helped the foundation reach 100 million dollars was from the Marsha and Don Pedersen Endowment for Marriage and Family Counseling, of Rock Island.

"This grant kind of perfectly encapsulates a big part of what the Community Foundation is here for which is to create permanent support for important causes in the Quad Cities. And this is just one example of the thousands of grants that went out last year."

The Community Foundation was founded in 1964 and its assets now total more than 180 million dollars.

Last year, the foundation also made its largest grant ever - a three year, 350,000 dollar grant to support efforts by the Quad Cities Housing Council to create affordable housing.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois. While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS. Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.