Carpenter awards $220,000 to nonprofits

By Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal

VERONA – Seven nonprofit groups this year will be able to continue improving the quality of life in Northeast Mississippi, thanks to the generosity of the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.
The foundation, created by the late founders of The Carpenter Co., on Thursday awarded $220,000 to the groups.
The foundation’s board selects health, arts and education nonprofits in the communities that the company had a plant established in when the couple was alive.
On Thursday, Al Servati, Carpenter’s division manager, and plant manager Lee Tucker gave the grants to:
– The Tupelo Symphony Orchestra – $55,000 to help with the cost of fees paid to the symphony’s music director and conductor as well as to fund expenses for regional performances.
– Catch Kids – $50,000 to support the dental care program for disadvantaged youth.
– Shannon Primary School – $35,000 to support its literacy program.
– Pontotoc Elementary School – $15,000 to help with the costs of replacing playground equipment.
– Tupelo Public School District – $30,000 to help buy computers, printers, software and other equipment that will be used in Milam Elementary School’s gifted education program.
– Sanctuary Hospice House – $35,000 to support its operating expenses.
– North Mississippi Boys and Girls Club – a van that was purchased through a previous grant for Palmetto Day Care, which is now closed.
Since 1993, the foundation has given more than $5.1 million to 135 nonprofit groups in Northeast Mississippi.
For more information about applying for a grant, go to or contact Servati at (662) 566-2392.

Click video to hear audio