The Aurora Area Community Foundation has announced the establishment of a new unrestricted community grant-making fund. Arlene Spangler has established the Charles and Arlene Spangler Endowment Fund in memory of her late husband, Charles Spangler, a long-time Aurora and area banker.

Arlene will establish the endowment fund by making a gift of $500,000 to the Aurora Area Community Foundation, the earnings from which will be used to make community grants. This new fund will significantly increase the money available for community grants in the Aurora, Marionville and Verona communities.

Charles, a native of Aurora, and Arlene both graduated from Aurora High School, as did their three daughters. While in high school, he played football, basketball and golf and was a member of the Houn' Dawg marching band. He was always proud to be a Houn' Dawg.

Charles spent more than 30 years in banking in Aurora, most recently as a chairman of First Independent Bank. He was a member of the Missouri Bankers Association 50 Year Club, having been in banking for more than 60 years. He also helped start Metropolitan National Bank in Springfield and Countryside Bank in Republic.

When discussing the best way to establish a memorial for Charles, Arlene stated, "I just want to do something that will help the people of the Aurora area."

Anyone interested in making a contribution to this fund in memory of Charles may do so by making a check payable to the Aurora Area Community Foundation. Checks may be mailed to the Aurora Area Community Foundation, P.O. Box 940, Aurora, MO 65605 or dropped off at First Independent Bank at 1100 South Elliott in Aurora.

A plaque will be displayed in the lobby of First Independent Bank with the names of all those making contribution to the fund.