Published On: Fri, Jun 13th, 2014

Tutoring Center Foundation establishes fund with GVCF to honor Ellie Flack

The members of the board of directors for The Tutoring Center Foundation have established a fund with the Greater Greenbrier Valley Community Foundation (GVCF) in honor of Ellie Flack, a Greenbrier County resident who devoted much of her life to caring for children.

The fund will provide scholarships for students to attend the Tutoring Center. The money to create the fund was donated by Coy Flowers and Jonathan Hemby both to memorialize Flack who had cared for their son Alden as well as to help low income students receive the excellent educational services provided by the Tutoring Center.

Eldora Blankenship Flack, known to many of her friends as “Ellie,” was a resident of Frankford. She grew up in Renick and graduated from Frankford High School. Flack worked most of her career at The Greenbrier resort. She worked at the Gourmet Shop, was the manager for Stone & Thomas, and was a babysitter from approximately 1986 until her death in 2009 from cancer. She was an avid reader, beloved by all, but especially by her husband Joe Flack and their children Jason, Andrea and Teresa, as well as her grandchildren.

The Tutoring Center Foundation will be the recipient of an annual distribution from the fund. It is a nonprofit educational facility that offers remediation, maintenance and enrichment programs for students of all ages. It offers programs to meet the individual needs of each student in all academic areas while focusing on reading, writing, study skills and math. Executive Director Mickey Richmond-Lane helped to facilitate the establishment of the fund. She commented, “We are excited to create a fund that will allow us to offer more scholarships to students.”

The fund will be administered by the Greenbrier Valley Community Foundation. GVCF was established in 1999 to ensure that the region remains an enriching environment where individuals and organizations have the resources needed to continue their vital work. It currently has over $6.7 million in assets. Over the past 15 years, the foundation has distributed over $2.1 million to the community. This year, GVCF will distribute $113,000 to scholarships and other educational programs. For more information about The Ellie Flack Memorial Fund for the Tutoring Center Foundation, GVCF, or to learn how to establish a fund to benefit a cause you are passionate about, contact Courtney Smith, executive director, at 304-645-5620 or info@gvfoundation.org.