A meeting with community and Chamber of Commerce leaders from throughout Lincoln County met in December 2004 to discuss the opportunity and potential of a countywide community foundation to sustain the area’s quality of life through charitable giving. Representatives from Carrizozo, Corona, Capitan, Alto, Ruidoso, and Ruidoso Downs decided to forge ahead with the concept and established a core group of volunteers to create the necessary organizational documents. The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission and the Internal Revenue Service approved the Community Foundation of Lincoln County’s (CFLC) articles of incorporation and non-profit tax application in August 2005. Immediately following approval, the countywide volunteer board of directors began planning a fundraising kickoff event for February 2006. The event brought more than 125 Lincoln County residents together for the cause of sustaining the area’s quality of life through charitable giving and raised $4,000. That money, along with some seed money from the Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce and Ruidoso Valley Greeters, allowed the CFLC to begin soliciting contributions. The first fund set up was the Coach Bob Cerny Memorial Scholarship Fund in August 2006.