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Year-old Key Peninsula-based nonprofit provides lifeline for area youth, infrastructure

The Longbranch Foundation was featured in the News Tribune on June 7th, 2017:

Ian Lindhartsen, a South Key Peninsula resident, recently finished up his first year at Pacific Lutheran University, where he is double majoring in Chinese Studies and Music Arts with a minor in Communication.

A dean’s list student, Lindhartsen, 18, says that a $1,500 scholarship he received from the Longbranch Foundation, the fundraising arm of the Longbranch Improvement Club (LIC), means that he will not have to take out any student loans to pay for college.

“I am very thankful for this scholarship and for the LIC because I spent my first year of college focusing on my studies instead of worrying about how I will pay for school,” said Lindhartsen.

The Longbranch Improvement Club was formed in 1921 “to encourage any activity for the betterment of schools, home making, roads, marketing” and other purposes, according to the organization’s website.

To further extend its community impact, the LIC in 2016 formed the Longbranch Foundation, which is responsible for funding activities such as educational scholarships, maintenance and improvements to local recreational grounds and trials, as well as protection of the Longbranch Marina.

Through its outreach and philanthropic endeavors, the organization, comprised of volunteers, has provided opportunities for the community to work together in support of myriad undertakings throughout the South Key.”

Read more at The News Tribune:

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