By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
A Mount Sterling native continues to give back to his community, even though decades have passed since he last lived there.
In recent weeks, Stan “David” Hanson and his wife, Martha, who live in Ocala, Fla., have made several donations to local causes:
• $25,000 to the Mount Sterling Public Library for materials and operation of the bookmobile;
• $50,000 to the Madison Plains Scholarship Foundation to set up a scholar-athlete scholarship fund; and
• $5,000 to the village of Mount Sterling to purchase baseball equipment to help revitalize the local youth athletics program.
“I have a fondness for my hometown. I lived the formative part of my life there,” said Hanson, 70, a 1961 graduate of The Plains High School.
After high school, Hanson served in the United States Air Force for four years and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business from the University of Alabama. He worked for Procter & Gamble for 30 years, half of which he spent overseas. He retired as vice president of human resources for Procter & Gamble Asia.
He still keeps in touch with family and friends in the Mount Sterling area.
“Mount Sterling is a gem. A lot needs to be done, and they are working on it, but there’s a lot to be done in any community,” said Hanson.
While he and his wife donate personally to many causes, they also makes a positive financial impact through the Adam Hanson Better Communities Fund, a charitable organization named for their son who died in an accident eight years ago at the age of 31. The fund supports projects that improve health care, education and quality of life in small communities. It was through this fund that the Hansons donated $15,000 this past spring for new uniforms for the Madison Plains Middle School football team and a new machine to stripe the football field. The fund supports similar causes in Ocala and other small towns.
Additionally, each year, the Friends of Mount Sterling Public Library grants money for textbooks to college-bound Madison Plains graduates via a scholarship founded in memory of Hanson’s mother, Marjorie Hanson.
Local benefactors are appreciative of the Hansons’ generosity. Mount Sterling Library Director Chris Siscoe said the timing of their recent $25,000 donation couldn’t have been better.
“We are getting $5,000 less from the state’s public library fund in 2014. It is fortuitous the donation came at this time to help us make up the difference,” Siscoe said.
The Hansons’ donation will help with operation costs for the new bookmobile, as well as allow the library to update its collection, something it cut back on in recent years due to budget constraints. The library board decided to split the money between the two expenses over the next three years. Two years ago, the Hansons also donated $10,000 to the library for temporary satellite locations, precursors to the bookmobile.
Steve Jackson, president of the Madison Plains Scholarship Foundation, said the Hansons’ $50,000 donation adds another chapter to the foundation’s success since its founding 27 years ago.
“We’ve been very blessed by generous people over the years,” he said. “Our intent is to use this donation as seed money to start a fairly sizeable tuition scholarship to be given once a year.”
Recipients will be considered based on their academic abilities, athletic abilities, and leadership and commitment to the community. The first scholarship from the fund will be awarded next spring.