Foundation dinner honors Upchurch family

By Maureen Smith
JACKSON – The Catholic Foundation continues to grow in membership and managed trusts. That was the message Foundation members received at the annual meeting and dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at the Jackson Country Club.
Executive director Rebecca Harris wrapped up the evening by presenting the Good Steward award to Loyce Upchurch Dykes and her children Cynthia Upchurch Hawkins; David, Michael and Robert Upchurch. The Upchurch family has been involved with the Catholic Foundation for many years. In 1997 they started the Vennis Ladell Upchurch Memorial Trust and then in 2014 they started the Loyce Upchurch Dykes Trust. Both trusts benefit Greenwood Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish. The family has faithfully given to both trusts each year to help them grow.
The Good Steward Award was established in 2002 and named after the late Bishop William Houck in honor of his giving spirit.
Harris also recognized Pam McFarland, a longtime Foundation administrative assistant who is leaving her post to move closer to family.
Earlier in the evening, board members heard proposals for changes to the bylaws and received detailed annual reports. The Catholic Foundation manages trusts and endowments to benefit parishes and schools throughout the diocese.


Upchurch family photos by Maureen Smith

Upchurch family