Donor Spotlight – The Etscorn Foundation

Cedar Lake is grateful for the invaluable partnership with the Irvin F. and Alice S. Etscorn Charitable Foundation dating back to 1985 when Mrs. Alice Etscorn began giving to Cedar Lake Foundation.  Mrs. Etscorn had been a donor for many years when the relationship between Cedar Lake and the Etscorn family strengthened with a gift of $2,500 in 2010 to our “Advancing the Vision” campaign. This grant was a catalyst for many more years of funding to assist those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Philanthropy is the lifeblood of any nonprofit. For over 50 years, Cedar Lake has had a proven track record of success, growth and sustainability. This would not be possible without the bonds formed with foundations such as the Etscorn Charitable Foundation, whose mission is to serve their local community to make it a better place to live and thrive.
“My aunt believed in and appreciated the mission of Cedar Lake.  She would be very proud that her tradition has continued and that her legacy has served her community and Cedar Lake”, says Susan Blois, niece to Mrs. Alice “Sue” Etscorn.
We are profoundly grateful to the Etscorn Charitable Foundation for their faithful commitment to Cedar Lake and for their transformational grant of $25,000 in 2020. Cedar Lake will use this gift for general operating support, ensuring that those who call Cedar Lake home live their best lives possible.

Meet the Foundation Staff

Tara Oliver – Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations   

Tara began her career at Cedar Lake in the Fall of 2010. She interned with the Foundation in 2008, where she gained an understanding and desire to work in development. Tara served as the Director of Communications at the start of her career with Cedar Lake and has since served as Director of Marketing, Director of Development and currently is the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations. Tara’s deep-rooted passion for the Foundation’s future comes on a very personal note; her brother Matthew is supported at Cedar Lake Residences.
Tara has proven herself an effective fundraiser through educational training, networking and her great demeanor coupled with her devotion to our donor base. She continues to gain knowledge by expanding her versatility with her most recent endeavor, grant writing.
Tara received the “Jericho Friend” award in 2016. This award is the highest honor that Cedar Lake can bestow upon a staff, family or organization that exhibits exceptional care for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Rachel McMahan – Director of Community Engagement & Events

Rachel McMahan joins Cedar Lake Foundation as the Director of Community Engagement & Events with years of experience in event planning, audience development, marketing and community involvement. She started her nonprofit career with the Kentucky & S. Indiana Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, which has now closed due to the impact of Covid-19 and chapter consolidations. Rachel was also the former Audience Development Director at Louisville Business First. Rachel was raised in the Lutheran Church and is excited to share that connection with Cedar Lake. 




Kelsey Hamilton – Development Associate 

Kelsey Hamilton joins Cedar Lake Foundation as the new Development Associate where she will focus on donor relations, the volunteer program, fundraising events, and community outreach. She is a Louisville native and 2019 graduate of the University of Louisville with a Bachelor’s of Science in Communication and minor in Criminal Justice. She has experience in event planning, marketing, promotions and tourism. Kelsey is excited to start her nonprofit career and support the individuals Cedar Lake serves.





Mary Claire Goetz – Foundation Intern 

Mary Claire Goetz is the new intern for Cedar Lake Foundation this semester. She is currently enrolled at the University of Louisville and will be graduating this May with a Bachelor’s of Science in Communication and a minor in Sociology. She will work closely with Rachel to help run Cedar Lake’s social media, help with fundraising events and provide a helping hand on various projects. Mary Claire is looking forward to gaining experience in the nonprofit world.

February 2021 Updates

A Note from Kathey Golightly Sanders:

We are living in a virtual world – and I’m ready to break out!  Since becoming Executive Director of the Cedar Lake Foundation last August, I have only had a handful of in-person meetings, which for an extroverted fundraiser like me is akin to being in perpetual time-out.  What the isolation has taught me, however, is that nothing, not even a pandemic, can stop the love and support of the Cedar Lake family.
I have been blessed by my conversations with many of our family members, family who have put the safety of their loved one over their desire to be with them.  They’ve seen each other on computers and through windows.  Hugs have been put on hold and holiday and birthday celebrations delayed.  Love, compassion and commitment have not wavered.
This was truly brought home to me a few weeks ago when we received a check from a donor who had made a pledge to Cedar Lake almost 50 years ago.  A few payments on the pledge had been made, and then, as happens to all of us, life got in the way, the pledge was put aside, but obviously not forgotten.  A dear gentleman sent us the original pledge form and a check, paying the full balance of the pledge.  A promise made; a promise kept.
In these days when our lives seem perpetually on pause, I am profoundly grateful to each of you for not pausing your dedication to Cedar Lake.  I am grateful for support that has come from your prayers, your guidance and your gifts.  They, and you, have sustained us.  Because of this support, we can see not only a light at the end of the tunnel, but a bright and exciting future!  I hope you will take time to read through this month’s newsletter to learn about what has been happening – and what is to come!  Together, we will ensure that our promise, to provide a life of abundant possibilities to all the people we serve is kept.

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