The Community Foundation of Boone County is honored to award the 2022 Aaron Stookey Spirit of Philanthropy Award to Jane Hammock.

Established in 1996, this fund is named after Aaron Stookey to recognize individuals or businesses in our community who are exemplary in their philanthropic activities. For years, he dedicated his only night off to hold monthly fundraising dinners for Boone County needs. Aaron Stookey not only donated his restaurant for fundraising events, but purchased the food and supplies, supervised preparation, coordinated volunteer servers, handled event promotion, and donated all proceeds to the beneficiary charity.

Every year, this award recognizes someone who has a broad base of charitable activities. Someone who demonstrates a long standing commitment to local charities, setting a positive example for others by their and volunteerism, as well as, but not limited to, financial support. The nomination form is open to the community for community members to submit nominations. The CFBC Grants Committee then reviews all applications and determines the recipient who then pays it forward by selecting a Boone County-serving nonprofit organization to receive a grant to be used as needed.

If you need something done, call Jane. She will help with no complaints.

She is always willing to lead, plan, or donate.

Yet again in 2022, we are reminded of how blessed we are to have so many wonderful community members who rise up to help others. The 2022 Aaron Stookey Spirit of Philanthropy Award recipient, Jane Hammock, is a perfect example of someone who consistently donates time, leadership talents, and monies to support many organizations and committees in our local communities.

A proud graduate of Purdue University, Jane is an avid supporter of her Alma Mater. She was President of the Purdue Club of Boone County for many years and spearheaded Purdue Scholarships given out by the club to graduating seniors of Lebanon, Western Boone, and Zionsville. Jane was a collegiate member of Kappa Epsilon Pharmacy Fraternity. She continues to be active with the collegiate club, alumni club, and internationally. She has been a phenomenal mentor for many college students attending the college of pharmacy. She was a previous member of the Lebanon School Board, the Lebanon Education Foundation Board of Directors, and helped the swim club start their scholarship fund. Jane has been on the board of directors for the Boone County Historical Society, where she has served as a leader working hard to keep the Cragun House available for our community. She has taken the lead to provide Lincoln Days at the Lebanon Park, believing it is important to provide Boone County history at no cost to the children and adults of the area. She is a lay Pastor at Milledgeville Methodist Church where you often will find her giving the message on Sundays. She volunteers for Love INC weekly, the Boone County Cancer Society where you will find her helping at the Battle of the BBQ yearly, and the monthly Gleaner’s Food Pantry at the Lebanon fairgrounds. Jane was the Boone County Coordinator for the Indiana Bicentennial Celebration and was Mrs. Boone County in the mid 1980s, where she continued to support the following contestants for many years afterwards. She served as President and on the Board of Directors for the Boone County Senior Services Foundation, where you will still find her volunteering.

We were joined at Love INC by community members to present the award to Jane, as well as present Love INC with an unrestricted grant in honor of Jane Hammock, for the organization to use as needed to fill local, unmet needs.


Since 1991, the Community Foundation of Boone County has granted over $28 million from its various funds to nonprofit organizations and programs working to solve critical challenges in Boone County. Through the generosity of donors, the Community Foundation currently holds over $30 million in net assets. In the past 30 years, we have worked with donors to create permanent funds for charitable giving. The establishment and growth of permanent endowment funds will strengthen Boone County for generations to come.