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Hosea Hall & Lilly Eason Vann Fund for Thomas County

Both lifelong residents of Thomas County, Hosea Hall Vann and Lilly Eason Vann had a great desire to support the community they lived in.  Hosea Vann spent his career, beginning in 1932, at Sunnyland Packing Company and served as a Thomas County Commissioner for several years.  Lilly Vann was an active member of many civic clubs and a gracious host.  Near the time of her death in 1998, Lilly Vann established a fund with the Community Foundation of South Georgia that has helped many Thomas County initiatives throughout the years. In 2019, relatives of the Vanns created the Hosea Hall and Lilly Eason Vann Fund for Thomas County that would allow nonprofit organizations in Thomas County to apply for funding. 

Through this fund, the Community Foundation will consider applications each year for ongoing projects and programs designed to improve the quality of life in Thomas County as well as capacity building opportunities to support the future sustainability of our nonprofits.

The Community Foundation will award grants between $1,000 and $3,000 through the Hosea Hall and Lilly Eason Vann Fund for Thomas County.  An overall total of $10,000 will be awarded through this program in 2021.  Only nonprofit organizations whose primary office and/or services are located in Thomas County, Georgia are eligible to apply. 

This grant cycle is currently closed, but we encourage all Thomas County organizations who meet the criteria to apply again next Spring!

Congratulations to the following organizations who were awarded in 2021:

An Open Door Adoption Agency – $2,000

Halcyon Home – $1,000

Hands & Hearts for Horses – $1,000

Jack Hadley’s Black History Museum – $2,000

Never Lost – $2,000

Salvation Army – $2,000

Hosea & Lilly Vann pose for a picture in Downtown Thomasville.
Hosea & Lilly Vann pose for a picture in Downtown Thomasville.

“They were quietly generous with their time and money.  Both were interested in the well-being of Thomas County.” 

-Dwight & Doris Nicholson, family members of the Vanns