Estate Gift Establishes Endowment To Benefit Playgrounds In Unincorporated Towns

Dubois County, December 2, 2014:  A recent estate gift has established a new endowment to improve playgrounds in local communities.

To kick off this new round of funding, Dubois County Community Foundation has announced a $58,000 grant to Dubois Ruritan Club dedicated to the building of the first C.J. Gehlhausen Playground in Dubois Community Park.

C.J. Gehlhausen Endowment, which funded this grant, was created through a recent estate gift from Thomas Gehlhausen, who chose to honor his late father.  The endowment will provide grants each year for parks and playgrounds in unincorporated towns in Dubois County.

“The Dubois Ruritan Club is honored and very humbled to have been chosen,” said Denise Friedman, Dubois Ruritan Club vice president.  “This will allow us to purchase and install playground equipment in our park, for the younger children,” she said.

The Dubois Ruritan Club will begin the project this year and plans to have it ready for community use by summer of 2015.

The Ruritan Club owns and maintains the 11-acre park which continues to be a community gathering place.  “Adding the playground is just another step of enhancing our park,” Friedman said.

Future playground projects from this endowment will be selected based on a grant application process from unincorporated towns and partnering agencies dedicated to maintaining the playgrounds.

All projects across the county funded from this endowment will be designated “in the name of C.J. Gehlhausen Endowment.”

“This is a real gift for unincorporated towns that do not have the tax base to support a park system,” said Brad Ward, Dubois County Community Foundation CEO. “This estate gift will be felt in our small communities through the laughter and play of children for generations to come thanks to this endowment,” Ward said.

To learn more about the newly established C.J. Gehlhausen Endowment or to make a contribution, visit or call the Community Foundation at 482-5295.