Turner Family Celebrates New Endowment for Allen County Non-Profits

By: Melissa Warren Email
By: Melissa Warren Email

SCOTTSVILLE, Ky. (WBKO) -- The children and grandchildren of Cal and Laura Turner, founders of Dollar General, opened their historic home for tours for the first time ever Thursday night to kick off the Laura Turner Dugas Fund for Allen County, continuing a tradition of giving back to the community Cal and Laura loved.

'My grandparents were some of the most generous, giving people and they felt like they had been so blessed by this community, and to which much is given, much is expected in return," said the Turner's granddaughter and Vice Chair of the Laura Goad Turner Charitable Foundation Katherine Sikora.

"We absolutely enjoyed this town and the people in it. Our church was here. It's just special to us and we know we've been blessed, and are happy to do whatever we can for this community," said the Turner's daughter for which the Laura Turner Dugas Fund for Allen County was named, Laura Dugas.

The fund is working with the Community Foundation of South Central Kentucky to give back to local non-profits.

"We work with donors to support causes they're passionate about, and we do that through building endowments," said Community Foundation of South Central Kentucky Executive Director Jennifer Wethington.

"When it's fully endowed, Scottsville and Allen County will have a $900,000 fund that will forever give back to any not-for-profit that is in Scottsville or Allen County," said Sikora.

"Big Brothers Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, as well as Haven for Change, and that's another one of the important things we have here in our community," said Laura Turner Dugas Fund for Allen County Advisory Board member Tracy Oliver.

It all began with a $100,000 donation from the Laura Goad Turner Charitable Foundation earlier this year, but they're not stopping there.

"For every dollar that someone gives the Laura Turner Dugas Fund, the Laura Goad Turner Charitable Foundation matches that, and we can't raise this money by ourselves. We need the whole town to get behind us," said Sikora.

Sikora says the foundation hopes to have the endowment fully funded by 2015. For more on giving, visit the link below.

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