Carter Makes $20k Gift to Murray Parks Dept.
By WestKyStar Staff
MURRAY, KY - The Murray-Calloway Co. Parks Department received a generous gift of $20,000 from Murray native John Mack Carter at last night's regular monthly park board meeting.
Carter, a legend in the magazine publishing business, made the donation through the new Murray-Calloway Co. Community Foundation. The donation is earmarked for perpetual upkeep of the existing John Mack Carter Garden and Nature Trail in Murray's Central Park.
Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Reagan, Carter family members, made the gift presentation to the park board and foundation last Monday night on behalf of Carter. Carolyn Reagan is the sister of John Mack Carter. Foundation Chairman Harold Hurt accepted the gift on behalf of the Community Foundation and park.
"We believe we are making an investment to keep the garden circle and the trails in the parks enhanced," said Johnny Reagan, longtime Murray State Head Baseball Coach and former Director of Athletics. "The Community Foundation has been a godsend that has allowed this gift to take place."
The Parks Department now has two active accounts through the Community Foundation, one designated to support the John Mack Carter Trail and the other an undesignated account for general parks projects.
"We are so appreciative of the continued support of our parks from Mr. Carter. He continues to demonstrate his love for his hometown community. And we are excited about our new affiliation and the donation opportunities with the Community Foundation," said Park Director, Tab Brockman. "Lots of people are looking for ways to make charitable,
tax-deductible contributions and the Community Foundation provides that perfect vehicle for folks to do that and support our parks and other charities at the same time."
Carter's influence in the magazine industry is far reaching, from his 19 years as editor in chief of Good Housekeeping, to serving as president of Hearst Magazines Enterprises. He was also editor at McCall's, and Ladies' Home Journal, and was connected with many of the most influential magazines of his day. Among his many professional honors, Carter is a member of the ASME Hall of Fame and the Hall of Fame at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.