2016-2017 Grant Recipient Luncheon
The Ashtabula Foundation continued the celebration of its 95th Anniversary on a beautiful autumn day with an Honorary Grant Recipient Luncheon at Martinis Restaurant and Lounge on Thursday, October 26th. The luncheon was held in appreciation for the service and dedication of all the non-profit organizations in Ashtabula County that received a grant of $5,000 or more from the Ashtabula Foundation during the year of 2016 or 2017. The Foundation is proud to report over 1.5 million dollars in grants were issued during this period.
President, Cheryle Chiaramonte welcomed the recipients by highlighting the many projects the Ashtabula Foundation took on in honor of its 95th Anniversary including two Grant Writing Workshops earlier in the year, one with Ohio Humanities, one with the Ohio History Fund and a visit from representatives of the Ohio History Connection for a historical tour of Ashtabula County. In addition, to honor the Museums of Ashtabula County and all the Ashtabula County Library’s, the Ashtabula Foundation created brochures for each that were distributed in the Star Beacon. The luncheon was well attended with over 70 individuals gathered from 35 charitable organizations in Ashtabula County. Additional attendees included representatives and friends from Wells Fargo, the Conneaut Foundation, Ohio State Representative, John Patterson and Ashtabula Foundation Donor, Glen A. Hadlock.
Three guest speakers graciously shared the history, purpose and services of their respective organizations as well as how their grants were utilized. Speakers included Melanie Shakarian, Director of Development & Communications of the Legal Aid Society, Michael Wayman, President of Ashtabula Township Park Commissioners and Reverend Ric Harvel of Andover United Methodist Church.
Trustee and Youth Philanthropy Committee Chair, Timothy Green commenced with an overview of the Ashtabula Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Program that engages all of the Ashtabula County High Schools in philanthropic education. Each school has the responsibility and privilege of making decisions to support and fund local organizations through the distribution of grants. He reported that last month, the students also volunteered at various charitable entities throughout the county during a “Giving Back Week”. Mr. Green concluded by thanking the many non-profit organizations in Ashtabula County for their continued dedication and service for the betterment of our county.