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Monday, September 23, 2013

Community Foundation Announces $50,000 Gift to SU's Ward Museum, Crisfield Heritage Foundation


Ward Museum donation
Pictured, from left: Chris Tyler, executive director, Crisfield Heritage Foundation; Terry Pehan, chairman of the board of trustees, Crisfield Heritage Foundation; Doug Wilson, president, Community Foundation; Lora Bottinelli, executive director, Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, SU; and Sam Dyke, chairman of the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, SU.

SALISBURY, MD---The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore recently received $50,000 from an anonymous donor to support the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University, Endowment Fund and Crisfield Heritage Foundation Fund.

The gift will be split, resulting in a $25,000 addition to each agency’s endowment fund. The Community Foundation holds more than 550 agency endowment funds. These funds are permanent sources of support for the nonprofit partner and provide income annually to provide programs and services related to their mission. 

This $50,000 gift also presents a unique opportunity for these two organizations to collaborate on an exciting new initiative.  The Crisfield Heritage Foundation and the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art are committed to promoting and celebrating the legacy of Lem and Steve Ward. In spring 2014, a new exhibit will open at the Crisfield Heritage Foundation’s Tawes Museum featuring the story of the Ward Brothers. This exhibit, along with a short film, is a joint production of the Ward Museum and the Crisfield Heritage Foundation.

About the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University: The museum strives to lead the way for advancing the understanding of wildfowl art and the interrelationships of art, nature and culture. Through educational programs, exhibits and events the Ward Museum builds upon the legacy of Lem and Steve Ward in order to bring young and old to a greater understanding of the human relationship to the natural world.  The Ward Museum is a premier educational facility for the study of material culture, living traditions, and environmental concerns for the school children, scholars, and artists who are a part of the community the museum serves.

About the Crisfield Heritage Foundation: The CHF is committed to preserve the heritage of Crisfield and surrounding area, to educate the public concerning this heritage, and to provide local information thus serving as the central hub around which tourism in the Crisfield area revolves. The City of Crisfield and the surrounding areas are among the richest in the State of Maryland for culture, heritage and tourist attractions. The Crisfield Heritage Foundation serves as the central place of information for tourist and visitors.  

For more information on how you can become involved or make a donation to the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University, visit For more information on the Crisfield Heritage Foundation, visit

About the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore: The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore (CFES) is the community foundation serving the Lower Shore of Maryland since 1984, granting more than $27 million over the past ten years.  Through the generosity and vision of our donors, CFES awarded grants totaling more than $5.4 million in fiscal year 2013.  CFES brings together donors and builds on community assets through scholarships, grants, advocacy, and leadership development.  By focusing on people, organizations, neighborhoods, and nonprofit capacity building, the Foundation addresses community needs in the areas of health, education, arts and culture, community development, and the environment.  The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore serves Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester Counties. Visit or call 410-742-9911 for more information.

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