Keep the Trails Smooth into the Future!

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Noble Trails Inc. has worked hard to build and grow the Fishing Line Trail, connecting Kendallville to Rome City. Soon, we expect to also head north to Wolcottville and south to Avilla. The trail that has been paved is fairly new…all within the last few years. But just like roads, we know asphalt can age and become cracked and rough.


That’s why we have a Maintenance Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation of Noble County. It was created in honor of Noble Trails Board President, Dr. Terry Gaff. It’s a fitting tribute, as he has been working tirelessly for many years to bring the Fishing Line Trail to Noble County. The trails are beautiful now, and we want to keep them that way.


This fall, we have launched a matching campaign to raise funds for the Dr. Terry Gaff Legacy Fund with a goal of $100,000. The Campbell and Fetter Bank Foundation as well as Larry and Jane Doyle have teamed up to offer a $1 match for each $2 raised, up to $50,000. That means we could add $150,000 to the endowment fund by the end of the year. This is a proactive approach to making sure that when tree roots push up the pavement, or the asphalt begins to crack, we will have the funds available to make repairs over the long term. The endowment will ensure the trail is smooth for future generations!



Donations can be made online or by mailing a check to the Community Foundation of Noble County. To donate online, go to https://bit.ly/TrailEndowment. Choose to donate to a specific fund: Dr. Terry Gaff Legacy Fund. If you would like to donate by check, you can mail it to Community Foundation of Noble County, PO Box 127, Kendallville, IN 46755. Please write Dr. Terry Gaff Legacy Fund on the memo line. Donations and pledges made between now and December 31, 2022 count toward the match.


Noble Trails and the Community Foundation of Noble County are designated 501c3 not-for-profit organizations. No goods or services were provided in return for the contribution. Please check with your tax preparer for tax deduction eligibility.




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