The Starke County Community Foundation has announced the first recipients of its new award honoring philanthropists in the county. Marilyn and Mathew Swanson of Bass Lake will be honored next week with the James R. Hardesty Leadership in Philanthropy Award.
Mat, who passed away in January, was a former president and board member of the Starke County Economic Development Foundation. He also served on the Starke United Board, the Starke County Fine Arts Commission, the Starke County 4-H Livestock Council, and the Ancilla College Board of Directors, in addition to his career as a banker.
Marilyn, a longtime English teacher at Knox High School, has served on the Culver School Board and the Starke County Library Board. She also started the 4-H Horse and Pony Club in Starke County.
Both Marilyn and Matt were involved with the Starke County Community Foundation, starting in 1997. As part of their work with the foundation, they helped create the Ancilla/SCILL Center Fund, as well as The Mat and Marilyn Swanson Family Fund.
Marilyn will be presented with the award during the foundation’s 2015 Community Impact Reception on Tuesday.