ANDERSON, Ind. — Local philanthropists Charlie and Hazel Dickmann have created a $100,000 endowment through the Madison County Community Foundation for the care and maintenance, as well as programs and activities, of Town Center Park.
The net income from the endowment will be distributed annually to the city of Anderson.
“The Dickmanns have been great contributors to the city for years,” Anderson Mayor Kevin Smith said. “This will help an important central park in Anderson be maintained for years to come for the benefit of all citizens.”
According to a press release from the community foundation, the Dickmanns established the Town Center Park Fund “to evidence their continuing support for the future prosperity and well being of downtown Anderson and its people.”
Charlie Dickmann, 94, is an Anderson attorney who retired from active practice in January but can still be found regularly at the Sansberry Dickmann Freeman Builta & Cook office at Jackson and 10th streets. The firm has maintained offices in downtown Anderson for 162 years. According to the press release, it is the oldest business in Anderson.
Dickmann has given financial and other support to many local organizations, including First United Methodist Church, the YMCA, the United Way, the Anderson Center for the Arts, Anderson University, the Paramount Theatre, the Anderson Symphony Orchestra, the Wilson Boys & Girls Club and the Christian Center.
Dickmann’s community service has been recognized through many awards, including The Herald Bulletin’s Person of the Year, Anderson Rotary Club’s Ideal of Service and Community Image awards, and the Indiana governor’s Distinguished Citizen Award. He is also the recipient of an honorary doctor’s degree from Anderson University.
Hazel Dickmann “has been active in the religious, cultural and civic life of the community for more than 55 years,” according to the press release. Past president of several local organizations, Hazel, along with her husband, received the Anderson University Community Partnership Award.
The Dickmanns have established 13 endowment funds within the community foundation, according to the press release.
“The Dickmanns personify the spirit of community philanthropy,” said Sally DeVoe, executive director of the foundation.
— The Herald Bulletin