The McDowell Volunteer Fire Department has a new resource thanks to siblings with ties to Highland County. Darcie Martin and David Coon, both residents of Waynesboro, continue to maintain and enjoy the Coon family property, Maple Knob Farm, in Headwaters. Following the passing of their mother, Caroline Coon, in January 2016, Darcie and David set about honoring their mother’s philanthropic wishes. They and their brother, Robert, partnered with the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge, headquartered in Staunton, to first establish the Richard P. Coon Memorial STEM Scholarship to honor their father’s memory at the request of their mother. The scholarship supports graduating seniors from Highland County High School. Subsequently, Darcie and David created a second charitable fund at the Community Foundation to support the McDowell Volunteer Fire Department. The financial resources within the new Richard P. & Caroline P. Coon Fund are available to the Fire Department to support their general operations and professional training for their volunteers. The fund is open to additional donations by anyone at any time, and in any amount.
For more information, please contact the Community Foundation info@CFCBR.org.