The Tony Etchison Memorial Foundation is a fund of the Hamilton County Community Foundation


Love Everyone

Be Kind

Make a Difference



The Tony Etchison Memorial Foundation

“Love everyone, be kind, make a difference”

On October 23, 2019 Tony Etchison (47yrs) died in a farming accident on the family farm in Arcadia, Indiana. Tony was a loving husband, a proud father, a third generation farmer, a successful insurance professional, and a hall of fame basketball player.  Tony’s greatest love and joy was being with his family.  He was married to his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Toby, for 22 years. He was a father of three sons: John Phillip “JP”, now a sophomore at Indiana University, Gus, a senior at Hamilton Heights HS, and Tillman, a freshman at Hamilton Heights HS. 

“Etch”, as he was known in the community, devoted so much of his time to helping others.  He volunteered his time coaching youth sports, helping anyone in need, and providing support to others.  He lived by, role modeled, and passionately believed in his guiding principles:  “love everyone, be kind, and make a difference.”  More than 3000 community members, family, and friends attended his memorial, a testament to how many lives Tony touched and impacted.

The Tony Etchison Memorial Foundation is built upon his guiding principles and the way he lived each day.  The primary mission of the foundation is to continue to show love, kindness, and to make a difference in the lives of community youth to empower children to reach the highest potential for their lives.  The foundation will work closely with the Hamilton County Youth Assistance Program and other not-for-profit organizations to provide support for the healthy development of youth within the community, including but not limited to, support for services for mental health counseling and health care, mentoring programs, food, clothing, summer camp and recreation opportunities, housing, and other needs as deemed appropriate by the board of directors.

The Tony Etchison Memorial Foundation Fund, a fund of the Hamilton County Community Foundation, asks for your generous support to help keep Tony’s memory alive by helping those in need. The foundation exists under the umbrella of the Hamilton County Community Foundation and all contributions made to the Tony Etchison Memorial Foundation are 501c3 tax deductible. 

If you wish to donate to the Tony Etchison Memorial Foundation, a fund of the Hamilton County Community Foundation, please follow this link to do so and please make sure you specify the TONY ETCHISON MEMORIAL FOUNDATION as the fund your donating to. 

If you wish to mail a check to the Tony Etchison Memorial Foundation, please ensure the check is either made out to HCCF – Tony Etchison Memorial Foundation or it is noted in the memo of the check that it will be going to the Tony Etchison Memorial Foundation.  Please mail the check to:  Hamilton County Community Foundation, 515 East Main Street #100, Carmel, IN 46032.  

The Foundation is pleased to help the Hamilton Heights Youth Foundation backpack program! Serving ~120 students PreK-4th grade every weekend with food security! Each weekend the backpacks contain meals for the weekend and usually a small gift of love for encouragement. #Etch

The Foundation has been busy continuing to raise and collect funds to support the mission of the Tony Etchison Memorial Foundation - look for updates soon on how the foundation is helping those in need in the community! #staytuned

We were proud to present Tony Etchison’s #20 to the Etchison family. Thank you to #MillerNation as well as members of the Hamilton Heights community for coming out to show your support for the Etchisons. Together we are all, Etch Strong! #MillerPride

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