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Deedee Daniel '71, Foundation's 'Crown Jewel,' Profiled in Star

Deedee Daniel '71, Foundation's 'Crown Jewel,' Profiled in Star

June 10, 2002

June 10, 2002, Greencastle, Ind. - "She simply is the crown jewel of the foundation," says Richard Dietz, president of the White Lick Heritage Community Foundation in Hendricks County, Indiana of Delynn (Deedee) Ann Keller Daniel, executive director of the foundation, who received a master's degree in education from DePauw University in 1971. Daniel is the subject of a lengthy profile in the Indianapolis Star, entitled "Director driven to help county."

Deedee Daniel taught school in Clayton, Coatesville and Greencastle, was a stay-at-home mom, and was always involved in volunteer activities. The Star's Bruce Smith writes, "Early in 1994, a small group of Plainfield business and school leaders planned a new educational foundation. Then Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment offered seed money to counties to start locally based community foundations. Hendricks organizers turned to Daniel."

The DePauw graduate tells the paper, "I didn't really know what I was getting into. I agreed to work two days a week." Before long, Daniel was putting in sixty hour work weeks. "We started on a shoestring with $10,000 from Lincoln Federal Bank. I begged an old metal desk from a storage room at one of Plainfield's water towers, and National Car Rental donated an electronic calculator and a computer that I could hardly operate. And we were in business," she tells the Star. Today, the foundation has assets of nearly $3.5 million.

You can read the entire story, which mentions Daniel's DePauw degree and includes a color photograph of her, at the Star's Web site, by clicking here.

To learn more about the Foundation, click here.