A half-million dollars given to area organizations

More than another quarter million given to church groups and young employees seeking scholarships.

That’s the legacy of the Webster Foundation, which is reaching some lofty milestones in its generosity.

During its 14th-annual grant presentation, the Webster Foundation announced just how much had been given away to date.

“We are giving away $60,000 in grants today, which brings our total to $497,730.33 worth of grants,” said Rob Webster, who started the foundation years ago with his wife, Kathy, using money raised from the sale of Roundy’s stock. “... We’ve [also] given away $57,839 worth of matching funds [to church groups, and] we have a scholarship program for our employees ...

“So that makes it a total of $857,000-some-odd dollars we’ve been able to share since we started the program.”

The announcement garnered a rousing round of applause from the crowd last week Wednesday afternoon at Royal Ridges, where beneficiaries of this year’s gifts gathered.

Webster’s daughter, Candie Baker — who now runs the family store Webster’s Marketplace — noted the family wished to acknowledge the hard work of the community.

“Thank you again to everyone in this room. All of your efforts don’t go unnoticed; you are the boots on the ground for a lot of organizations,” she said. “[It’s] beyond appreciated. These dollars are well-spent ... Thank you.”

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