The Hendricks County Community Foundation announced today it has received a major bequest from the Mildred M. Harlos Trust to benefit the Hendricks County Parks Board for the support of McCloud Park.
The donation will settle into the Glen L. and Mildred M. Harlos Fund, a new designated fund at HCCF.
The permanent fund will provide perpetual support for the part of McCloud Park north of Big Walnut Creek, formerly owned by Mr. and Mrs. Harlos.
The size of this gift made it the largest single gift received by the HCCF in 2013.
“For HCP&R, it’s all about improving the quality of life for our residents.,” William Roche, superintendent of Hendricks County Parks & Recreation, said. “A gift of this magnitude is tremendous. It significantly increases our ability to provide those park improvements that create lasting memories for families within McCloud Nature Park.”
This gift being placed into a permanent fund at HCCF means that for generations to come the legacy of the Harlos family and the love that they had for the McCloud Nature Park will live on. “A gift of this generosity and this permanence is probably the most personal connection to nature any person can have,” Roche said. “Over time, the funding provided by the gift will facilitate and sustain many park improvements. It’s not the improvements by themselves that’s important; it’s how deeply they move others to become as passionate about nature and parks as Mrs. Harlos was. Mildred Harlos will be remembered as a parks supporter and through her passion she will teach many others to cherish what she found so dear, and in that her legacy is unending.”
To learn more about leaving a lasting impact in Hendricks County, contact the HCCF by calling 268-6240 or by visiting the website at www.hendrickscountycf.org.