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The Gheens Foundation, Inc.

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Purpose and Activities

Emphasis on higher and secondary education, ongoing teacher education, social service agencies, health associations, programs for the physically and mentally handicapped, and cultural programs.


Incorporated in 1957 in KY - The Gheens Foundation, Inc. was established in 1957 by C. Edwin Gheens and Mary Jo Gheens, his wife, to continue their lifelong interests in education, religious programs, and human services. Mr. Gheens, a Louisville native whose father and uncle were successful in the wholesale grocery business, was the owner of a large, successful candy manufacturing company in Louisville. The family also owned a large sugarcane plantation in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana Both Mr. and Mrs. Gheens were leaders in their church and active in other philanthropic, educational, and cultural endeavors in Louisville. After Mr. Gheens' death in 1961, Mrs. Gheens selected several friends to serve as foundation trustees; the trustees continue to oversee the work of the foundation even after her death in 1982


The Gheens Foundation, Inc.

Independent foundation




401 W. Main St., Ste. 705 Louisville, KY United States 40202-2937

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