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E.P. and Virginia Severns

"From those who are blessed, much is expected" is one of the guiding principles that shape the lives of the Severns family. "We have been pretty successful because of the support of this community and we want to participate in the life of this community in return".

E. P. and Virginia both grew up in Kokomo and were high school sweethearts. E.P.'s family got involved with Coca Cola bottling in the 1930s, and E.P. has been President Of Coca Cola in Kokomo since 1958. E.P.'s dad was Chairman of the Board and President of Continental Steel. The Coca Cola group in Kokomo has been a very strong supporter of dozens of charitable programs and projects because of the Severns' strong commitment to community. They have a family advised fund in the Foundation that makes grants to support a variety of projects that help to improve our community. They also established an operating endowment to support the work of the Foundation and to honor the memory of their daughter Betse Severns McCullough.

The Severns are heavily involved in their church, scouting, The United Way in addition of their strong support of the Community Foundation. E.P. said, "we believe the Foundation is an excellent way to support this community because of their involvement with the non-profits, education, and community projects, and it gives folks a wonderful way to honor the memory of loved ones." E. P. has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation and now son Craig is a very active member of the Board. The Severns are a wonderful example of how philanthropy can be a family activity.

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