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Richard and Ann Burch 

Ann (Jones) Burch and her husband, Richard Burch, have been Martin County residents all their lives. Both are graduates of Loogootee High School. Richard pursued a career in Civil Engineering at Purdue University and Ann pursued a career as an Ophthalmology Assistant at Indiana University. Following college graduation, Ann and Richard became newlyweds. They began building their family after returning to Martin County. They have three children - Allyson, Emma, and Clint, and three grandchildren. Ann lived a happy life before she passed away from a battle with cancer in early 2017. Ann gave her time, energy, and talents back to the community in many ways.  She served as a volunteer of each of the thirteen years of the Butcher-Gee Golf Scramble.  She served as a member of the Miss Martin County Queen Committee from 2004 to 2016 and a member of the Loogootee Library board since 2015.  She also served as a member of the MCCF Grant Committee. ďAnn was simply community-minded,Ē her husband Richard states. She is missed dearly by many for the impacts she made on her family and within our community.

In addition to her busy lifestyle, tennis was one of Annís many passions. It dates back to 1978 when Ann was on the first, inaugural Loogootee Girls Tennis team. Her passion and love of tennis was passed on to her kids as Allyson (class of 2006), Emma (class of 2008), and Clinton (class of 2011) were all participants in the Loogootee Tennis Program. Ann was even an honorary at a girlís Smash Cancer Tennis Tournament in early May of 2016. Tennis is a sport that has a lot to offer students in their growth and journey toward becoming adults. Owing the impact that tennis has on the lives of students, Ann and her husband, Richard, decided to establish a scholarship to reward someone who has dedicated their precious teenage years to the sport that Ann adored so much.

The Ann Jones Burch Tennis Scholarship will support Loogootee High School graduating students that participated in tennis, were active in other school activities, and who are good, well-rounded, civic-minded citizens. Many of Annís friends, acquaintances, families, and businesses have given generously to the scholarship fund to help it grow in her honor. In fact, it was one of the fastest growing funds in our community history. Annís passion for tennis will live on through the athletes benefiting from this scholarship, and her legacy lasts forever within our community.

 

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