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Some 101 community organizations shared in grants totaling $125,600 from the Hardin County Community Foundation at its awards presentation Tuesday evening at the Hardin County Armory in Kenton.
“The future appears bright for the Hardin County Community Foundation to serve the needs of the Hardin County community,” said foundation President William Hart.
The foundation closed 2011 with assets of $4,306,595. Thanks to investments in high quality companies, those assets have grown to $4,633,032 as of March 31, according to Chandon Simonis with BNY Mellon Wealth Management, the foundation’s investment adviser.
Hart cited recent bequests to the foundation, including $1.3 million left by the late Robert Reed, who was a foundation board member.
“Hardin County is a better place due to the community’s generosity,” he said.
During the annual membership meeting of the foundation, Marie Sprang, Gina Messner and Sandy Neely were elected to the Board of Trustees.
Grant recipients, project descriptions and grant amounts are as follows:
Hardin County Agricultural Society, fireworks for Independence Day celebration, $2,000; Ada High School, monthly book club for junior high and high school students, $1,350; Ada Public Library, summer reading program, $800; Alger Public Library, summer reading program, $850; American Cancer Society-Relay for Life, Relay for Life of Hardin County, $500; Americana Magazine Lake of Lights, electric boxes to replace extension cords for lake of lights display, $1,000; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hardin County, educational games and materials for mentoring program in three Hardin County Schools, $500; Boy Scout Troop 125, Boy Scout summer camp, $1,000; Boy Scout Troop 131, community service project to make improvements to the Ridgeway Park, $1,000; Boy Scout Troop 131, Boy Scout summer camp, $1,000;
Crossroads Crisis Center, Inc., alarm and camera system for safe-house, $2,000; Dunkirk Community Improvement Corp., funds for electrical work at park for lighting shelter house and playground area, $1,000; Dunkirk Lodge 549, Winterfest 2012 holiday event which solicits canned goods donations for the local food pantry, $500; First Baptists Church, building fund, $800; Forest Fire Department, fire prevention week educational materials, $500; Forest Police Department, purchase of a new computer with a system upgrade, $1,000; Forest-Jackson Public Library, summer reading program, $1,500; Harco Industries dba Kudo Studios, purchase table, cabinets and shelving for art studio, $1,000; Hardin County 4-H, Hardin County Companies Career Fair, $1,000; Hardin County 4-H Council, partial scholarships for 4-H Camp Ohio participants;
Hardin County 4-H Horse Council, new horse stall design in the horse barn at the fairgrounds to accommodate all participants, $2,500; Hardin County Agricultural Society, Fair Senior Citizens Day gift bags, $500; Hardin County Agricultural Society, electrical/lighting upgrades in Machinery and Merchant buildings, $2,500; Hardin County Board of Developmentally Disabled Early Intervention, purchase durable, developmentally appropriate toys to lend to families, $500; Hardin County Bowling Association, sponsorship for youth sanctioning fees, awards and party, $250; Hardin County Council on Aging, emergency call buttons and pull cords for senior center, $1,940; Hardin County Family Planning, preventative screenings, educational literature and materials, $1,000; Hardin County Family YMCA, equipment for YMCA Corner Kicks Soccer Complex, $2,500; Hardin County Family YMCA, Strong Kids Campaign for membership scholarships, $3,000; Hardin County Family YMCA, family season passes for the city pool for in-need families, $4,000;
Hardin County Historical Museums, Wonderful Wednesdays youth program supplies, $500; Hardin County Historical Museums, purchase supplies for in-house publication of a cap gun book as a fundraiser, $500; Hardin County Historical Museums, funds to
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remodel and build a custom bookcase for new donations in the Civil War display, $1,500; Hardin County Homemakers Council, Family Nutrition Program series of lessons for implementing food purchase and storage strategies and mentoring program, $1,000; Hardin County Homemakers Council, annual health topic education program – topic to be determined, $300; Hardin County Humane Society, Foster Animal program expenses, $500; Hardin County Humane Society, printer, router and additional software, $250.
Hardin County Humane Society, spay and neuter program, $1,000; Hardin County Junior Fair Board, funds to sponsor COSI at the Hardin County Fair, $650; Hardin County maintenance, replace garland for Christmas display, $2,000; Hardin County Red Cross, purchase of a laminator and supplies for Summer Swim Instruction Program, $250; Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, training an officer to able to present anti-bullying and destructive decisions training to county school students and to purchase a redman suit for ALICE training for school teaching staff, $1,500; Hardin County Special Olympics, funds to offset expenses for scoreboard and uniforms, $1,500; Hardin County Upward Sports, equipment, operating costs and scholarships for kids with financial need, $1,500; Hardin Hills Health Center, purchase of a new nurse call system, $3,000.
Hardin Leadership II, Inc., youth activities for bike tour and Concert on the Green, $500; Hardin Leadership, Inc., sponsorship of Hardin County Youth Leadership, which serves 36 sophomore students for eight leadership sessions, $1,000; Hardin Leadership, Inc., scholarships for 2012 Hardin Leadership participants, $1,000; Hardin Memorial Hospital, hospital projects, $350; Hardin Memorial Park District, purchase picnic tables, $746; Hardin Northern Public Library, summer reading program, $1,000; Hardin Northern School Library, Teen Read Week materials and activities, $500; Heartbeat of Hardin County, purchase of cribs and mattresses for in-need families and instruction on crib safety to recipients, $1,500.
Helen Mabrey Shoe Fund, shoes for school-aged children with financial need, $5,000; Helping Hands Outreach Ministries, Back To School project to provide school supplies and new clothes for school age children in need of financial support, $3,500; HHWP CAC Kenton Head Start, purchase new developmentally appropriate activities for children, $1,000; Jackson Forest Joint Ambulance District, EMS Week educational materials, $500; Keep Hardin County Beautiful, Irrigation system for Jackson Garden, $1,750; Keep Hardin County Beautiful, purchase of cardboard recycling boxes for use at events, $900.
Kenton Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, purchase supplies, food, incentives and awards for NextGen Kids weekly program, $500; Kenton City Schools, mentoring program materials, books, workbooks and rewards for kindergarten and preschool children, $2,000; Kenton City Schools Seventh Grade Science Club, funds for equipment, supplies, projects and field trips, $500; Kenton City Schools – Espy fourth and fifth grade, Wednesday after-school program snacks, supplies and program, $400.
Kenton City Schools Hardin Central Elementary, integration of adoptive technology curriculum to students with disabilities, $1,000; Kenton Fire Department, new couplers for rescue equipment used in extrications, $1,000; Kenton Little League, repair and maintenance of dugouts, concession stand, bleachers, field maintenance equipment and playing surfaces, $2,500; Kenton Police Department, replacement of bulletproof vests, $1,800; Kenton-Hardin Health Department, purchase of child safety seats with higher-weighted harnesses, $1,000; Mary Lout Johnson Hardin County Library, purchase of age-appropriate furniture for teen area of library, $1,450; Master Gardeners of Hardin County, funds to build a shelter house on a concrete slab at the Friendship Gardens of Hardin County, $1,500; Mount Victory Community Improvement Assoc., funds to repair downtown mural, touch screen computer for archival library and new banners for downtown, $1,600.
Northern Hardin County Fire District, purchase of short hydraulic ram to be used with current extraction equipment, $1,500; Not By Choice Outreach, gas cards and other supplies for cancer patients, $2,000; OSU Extension – Family and Consumer Sciences, financial support for Mom-to-Be programming, Goo Crew family activities, Right on the Money program supplies, $1,500; OSU Extension – Family and Consumer Sciences, Dining with Diabetes workshops, $500; Quilts for Kids Northwest Ohio, supplies to make quilts for long-term or terminally ill children, $250; ReStore Community Center, funds to update and replace worn out equipment, support the volunteer program and cover other miscellaneous expenses, $2,500; Ridgemont Public Library – Mount Victory, summer reading program, $800; Ridgemont Public Library – Ridgeway, teen program books, supplies, audio/visual materials, gaming supplies, $600; Ridgemont Schools – first grade, purchase iPad, Apple TV and cords for projection onto SMART Board, $500; Ridgemont Schools – visual art, funding for visiting artist program and supplies, $350;
Ridgemont Schools – Intervention Specialist, purchase of iPad projector and apps, $1,300; Ridgeway Firefighters, smoke alarms for all third graders, Friday school participants and Boy Scouts who visit the fire station, $500; Ridgeway Firefighters, purchase upgraded rescue tools, $1,000; Roundhead McDonald Park Board, purchase of benches with concrete pads along park walking path, $950; Roundhead Volunteer Fire Department, additional rescue equipment to include an air lifting bag and dual controller, $1,000; Southeast Hardin Northwest Union Joint Fire District, purchase of updated rescue equipment for automobile extractions, $1,000; Simon Kenton School, concrete walkways to allow access to playground areas for students using wheelchairs and with mobility needs, $1,100; St. Vincent DePaul Society of Immaculate Conception, funding for hygiene items for distribution to S.O.U.P. kitchen clients, $1,000; The 2012 Tree Town Festival, youth activities sponsorship for annual festival, $1,500; USV Ambulance District – Alger Unit, update and upgrade EMS equipment, $2,214;
USV Ambulance Roundhead EMS, funds for training, $1,000; USV Roundhead EMS, funds for training, $1,000; USV Schools, implementation of a structured course of art, teaching art appreciation, $2,000; USV Schools – Elementary, purchase of iPads for first grade classroom, $1,100; Village of Alger, security system for Alger Village offices and council chambers, $500; Village of Dunkirk Tree Committee, trees for street lawns, $1,000; Village of Forest Park Board, funding for renovations to dugouts and ball field, $2,500; We Can Kids – Small Groups, activities and transportation costs to activities, $1,000; We Can Tutoring, supplies, award trips, activities and parties, $3,000; Wolf Creek Center for the Arts, free art workshops for children and adults, $1,000.