The Oneida Stake Academy Foundation (OSAF) recently was awarded a $25,000 grant from the Cunningham Foundation to restore the main beam under the academy’s elegant ballroom. The ballroom comprises the entire upper floor of the 122-year-old building.
“Accepting this grant is especially gratifying, as the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation, Inc., is involved in sponsoring so many worthwhile projects in Idaho. We are pleased to be a part of that family,” said Elliott Larsen, executive director of the OSAF.
Laura Moore Cunningham was a native of Boise. Her father, C.W. Moore, > partnered with B. M. DuRell to charter the First National Bank of Idaho in 1860. Mrs. Cunningham herself was dedicated to serving her community. Idaho Governor Robert E. Smylie stated at her funeral, that “her contribution to civic enterprise was the highest tradition of gracious citizenship.”
Cunningham’s foundation was organized in 1963, and is one of the oldest and largest charitable foundations in Idaho. It is dedicated to promoting organizations it believes will help to enhance the quality of life in the state of Idaho. Dozens of educational institutions offer scholarships funded by the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation, Inc. Many projects undertaken by other organizations such as hospitals, public schools and cultural and social centers in Idaho have received funds from the Cunningham Foundation.