Dorman gets mortgage-lifter gift

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By Walt Reichert

Thanks to a generous donation from The Kings Daughters and Sons Foundation of Kentucky, the Dorman Preschool Center can tear up mortgage papers on its Dorman North facility.

Representatives of The Kings Daughters and Sons Foundation were at the Dorman Center Wednesday to present a check for $20,000 to Dorman Center Board of Directors President Steve Mowery. Mary David Myles, who is secretary and board member of the state organization, said the money represents interest the foundation spends every year on religious, educational or philanthropic organizations. The state organization announces grants in January. Myles said the state organization has three members from Shelbyville who encouraged the Dorman Center to apply for one of the grants.

"We love the Dorman Center," Myles said. "It's a very, very worthy organization."

Dorman Center founder, Mary Dorman, who recently died, was also a member of The Kings Daughters and Sons Foundation of Kentucky. Shelby County has four circles of The Kings Daughters and Sons.

"The local Kings Daughters and Sons have always been very good to us," Dorman Center Executive Director Mary Simmons said. "More important than the money has always been the moral support they have given us."

The Dorman Center at both locations - in the Family Activity Center and Dorman North - serves at-risk preschool-age children. The Dorman North center was established five years ago with the help of a $50,000 grant from the WHAS Crusade for Children. The school is on the old Northside Elementary property

Because of high costs, the Dorman Center had to eliminate its half-day preschool program in 2006. But thanks to a grant from the Shelby County Community Foundation's Moses Ruben Fund this year, the program will start again soon, Simmons said.

Dorman board president Steve Mowery told board members gathered for the check presentation that community support of the center is important given the fact that President Bush's budget for the next fiscal year proposed a 30 percent cut in spending for social services.

"We hope that will change but that is the money we depend upon," Mowery said. "It's the local people who are helping us through these times and we appreciate it."