Fred Jones Family Foundation awards grants to area nonprofits

The YWCA Oklahoma City received the Mary Eddy Jones Signature gift from the Fred Jones Family Foundation.
by Lillie-Beth Brinkman Published: August 17, 2013
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The Fred Jones Family Foundation recently awarded more than $100,000 in grants to Oklahoma City nonprofit organizations.

As the recipient of the Mary Eddy Jones Signature Gift, the YWCA Oklahoma City received the largest gift from the foundation, for $75,000. It is part of the current capital campaign underway and this specific gift will go to improve the grounds at the organization's new facility, including fencing, security, trees, shrubs and flower beds, a news release said.

“The YWCA Oklahoma City provides critical, lifesaving services for victims of domestic violence,” said Janet Peery, CEO of YWCA, in the release. “The Mary Eddy Jones Signature gift will enable us to also add a touch of beauty to the safe haven of our shelter services.”

The Fred Jones Family Foundation created the Mary Eddy Jones Signature Gift in honor of the late Mary Eddy Jones to continue her legacy in the areas to which she was so devoted.

“My grandmother, Mary Eddy Jones, consistently sought to improve the arts, culture and beautification throughout central Oklahoma,” Kirk Hall, President of the Fred Jones Family Foundation said in the news release. “We're overjoyed to have the opportunity to continue my grandmother's legacy by investing in the YWCA's Oklahoma City facility.”

Two other nonprofit organizations also received support due to their applications for the Mary Eddy Jones Signature Gift. The Fred Jones Family Foundation also awarded Sunbeam Family Services and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma $20,000 and $10,000, respectively.

by Lillie-Beth Brinkman
Lillie-Beth Brinkman is a Content Marketing Manager for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. She was previously an assistant editor of The Oklahoman
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