DelFest Foundation donates $48,500 to local charities

Greg Larry glarry@times-news.com        Sep 23, 2015

Greg Larry/ TImes-News Del McCoury, left, with the DelFest Foundation, awards a grant to Doug McKenzie, president and construction manager for the Allegany County Habitat for Humanity on Tuesday at Canal Place. Also present are Del's Wife Jean McCoury, second from right, and daughter Rhonda McCoury.

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Del McCoury, left, with the DelFest Foundation, awards a grant to Doug McKenzie, president and construction manager for the Allegany County Habitat for Humanity on Tuesday at Canal Place. Also present are Del's Wife Jean McCoury, second from right, and daughter Rhonda McCoury.

 CUMBERLAND — Del McCoury and family were in Cumberland on Tuesday to participate in an annual event awarding grants to local charities.

Through the nonprofit DelFest Foundation, a portion of the proceeds from the annual DelFest bluegrass festival are collected to distribute to area nonprofits.

A total of $48,500 was awarded to 17 different charities Tuesday. Del and Jean McCoury, with sons Robbie and Ronnie and daughter Rhonda, joined members of the DelFest Foundation board to announce the recipients and award them with a check. The event was held at Canal Place.

“We are happy to be able to do something for the area. It’s our chance to give something back to a community that has been very supportive,” said Del McCoury.

DelFest is held each Memorial Day weekend with more than 10,000 fans attending annually to listen to top performers in bluegrass and Americana music from across the country.

Doug McKenzie, president and construction manager for the Allegany County Habitat of Humanity, accepted a donation for his organization.

“It has been a great opportunity to work with DelFest. We are on house number two and planning on building number three in the spring and we want to build it in a week. Thank you all,” said McKenzie.

Kimi-Scott McGreevy accepted a grant for the Western Maryland Mission of Mercy, a free dental clinic.

“We are hoping to reach another 300 to 400 individuals in the future. It truly is a community effort,” said McGreevy. “Many volunteers help us, including 150 general volunteers and over 200 medical professionals from our community that donate their time. Thank you for helping to make this happen,” she said.

Area nonprofits receiving grants included Queen City Football, Allegany Health Right, Associated Charities, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Community Trust Foundation, City Reach, Western Maryland Food Bank, Imagination Library, Jane’s Place, Homeless Resource Day, The Children’s League, Friends Aware, Tri-State Teen Challenge, Family Crisis Resource Center, Habitat for Humanity, Western Maryland Area Health Education Center and the Potomac Valley Athletic Association.

“Thank you everyone and please continue to support DelFest. The charities do such great work for the area. We also appreciate the McCoury family and the wonderful work they do for the community,” said Barb Buehl, Allegany County Tourism.

“I want to thank all of you. There is a lot of work to be done and you have already done a lot. We’re just glad to be able to help you a little bit,” said Del McCoury.

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