OCCF home at last with dedication

It was a day to remember. There was chatter and laughter. There were moments of solemn reflection. And, then there was the ribbon-cutting.

On June 16, the Osceola County Community Foundation finally had a home.

President Alan Bengry started the official dedication ceremony with a Bible reading, quoting from Romans 12:6-8, “We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.”

Those things, in looking around the crowd, were present for this special occasion.

Bengry talked about the foresight 21 years ago that led to this moment, and the leadership of many individuals moving the OCCF ahead since that date in 1990.

He talked about their time and their talents, serving as trustees and volunteer committee members.

“This brings us to today,” he said, “when we recognize the gifts before us in the form of this office. The gifts of design and architectural beauty provided by Gary Gerber. The gift of construction skills provided by Terry Gerber and his crew, and the financial gift, given by Avis Gerber and her family in memory of Russ Gerber.

“We recognize each of these unique gifts and extend our heartfelt thanks to the Gerber family for their selfless generosity.”

Bengry then said, “There is another couple who need to be recognized today for their significant contribution to this project. Tommy and Marian Thompson donated the funds to provide the furnishings and necessary equipment for our new office. Through their generosity, we have been able to supply the office with everything we need to begin this new chapter in the life of the OCCF.

“Finally, we need to recognize and appreciate the gift of caring. None of this would be possible without the caring spirit so evident in all of those who have given. Whether they have contributed their time, their talent, or their financial resources-everyone who has supported the OCCF did so because they care.

“We look forward to an exceptional future because we know that Osceola County cares.”

Following the official ribbon cutting with Tommy and Marian Thompson joining Avis Gerber wielding the scissors, the group enjoyed refreshments provided by Pere Marquette.