The Hendricks County Community Foundation awarded the Avon High School DECA Club a $2,500 grant from the Avon Chamber of Commerce Fund to send students to Anaheim, California for the Annual DECA International Career and Development Conference. The grant provided funds to reduce the individual cost for 25 students to compete and attend the various leadership academies offered.

Avon DECA (Distributive Educational Clubs of America) is the local high school chapter of the international student led organization DECA that focuses on teaching and preparing emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in Marketing, Finance, Hospitality, and Management to provide members the competitive edge in their future. Avon DECA collaborates with local community businesses to provide the best and most challenging experiences. Avon DECA has a membership of over 150 students that have worked on projects and raised thousands of dollars for charitable organizations.

The grant request was made by Avon DECA on behalf of the students to reduce the $1000 per attendee cost so they may be a part of this amazing opportunity. Evan Cobb, Avon DECA’s Chapter President, expressed the opportunities this grant provides for the members, “As a club at Avon High School, we are very thankful to the Avon Chamber of Commerce and the Hendricks County Community Foundation for the generous donation. It truly shows how involved and interested our community is with our educational affairs. Many chapters get the chance to attend ICDC, but not nearly as many have been fortunate enough to receive this kind of support from their community.”

Many projects completed by Avon DECA this year sought to better their community through fundraisers. Team members Leah Bode (2017 HCCF Lilly Endowment Scholar), Drew Langford, and Rushi Patel (2017 HCCF Lilly Endowment Scholar) worked with Hendricks Regional Health to raise $15,000 for the prenatal care clinic. The team of Cassidy McAfee, Hannah Williams, and Brynn Hylton raised $11,100 through the NFL Crucial Catch campaign to be donated to the American Cancer Society. The Avon DECA Club competes locally throughout the year, but this grant from the Avon Chamber of Commerce through the Community Foundation was an important step in providing DECA students the opportunity to discover what they are capable of doing on the global stage.

The grant was made through a donor advised fund at HCCF. “A donor advised fund is a great option for donors passionate about giving back to their community,” said William Rhodehamel, HCCF President & CEO. “These funds offer the most power and flexibility to the donor, enabling them to use their grant dollars to support the organizations and community projects that are most important to them.”