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Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Coming 2020!

Dolly provides the books, we provide the postage fees!

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth until they begin school, no matter their family’s income. 

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One Fund Drive

Serving Norman County​​

Write one check, check your favorite charity and let Gary Cares do the rest.

Some organizations on the list include:

Norman county fire and rescue squads

Diabetes Foundation; NC Developmental Activity Ctr.; Gary Cares; Red Cross; Norman Co. Historical & Genealogical Society, Hospice of RR Valley and others. Go to link for more information.

Over $30,000 donated in 2021

Shock & Awe youth philanthropy

  Who trust students with the future of our region? We do.

Gary Cares manages the grant funding for Shock & Awe youth philanthropy in Norman County. 

Students from NCE, NCW and Ada-Borup gather monthly during the school year to meet, discuss their vision for the county, process grant requests and plan community activities.

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Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre

Thank you to everyone who participated and attended the Feb. 2020 Dinner Theater. It was GROOVY Baby! 

Check back for future dates. The goal is to have one at least once a year.

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Get Out & Play in the Gary Pines

Gary Cares is working with the city of Gary, the Gary Lions and individuals interested in sustaining the forest to establish trails, a memorial fores, a chainsaw art walk and a natural play space in the Gary Pines.

The forest is a 160 acre property located on Highway 32 and 260th Ave. northwest of Gary. The land is owned by the city of Gary. Go to for more.


  • Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre events, Gary

  • Get Out & Play in the Gary Pines is the current play project

  • Gary Cares One Fund Drive serving Norman County

  • Shock & Awe youth philanthropy of Norman County

  • Curator of endowments and donations

  • Get Out & Play initiative

  • Community activities

  • Community education

  • Partner of Gary Community Club


  • As a community foundation, Gary Care's mission is very broad: to improve the quality of life in Gary and our surrounding area.

  • This breadth of our mission reflects our ability to make grants in any field of interest with a charitable benefit to our communities.

  • This flexibility allows us to serve a wider group of potential donors on the one hand and, on the other, a wider group of nonprofit organizations whom we consider our partners in improving local communities.