By Elizabeth Studebaker Special Correspondent
April 26, 2014
FAIRBORN — More than $15,000 in gifts were distributed Thursday to deserving individuals and non-profit organizations at the annual luncheon and business meeting of the Greene County Community Foundation, dba Greene Giving. More than $1.5 million was distributed during the 2013 year.
Holiday Inn I-675, Fairborn, was the host site for the charitable event sponsored by James Investment Research. Nearly 250 attendees were present.
Greene Giving leadership emphasized the purpose of this charitable event is not to raise funds but to give away thousands of dollars to a multitude of non-profit organizations and deserving individuals. As volunteers, special guests, consultants, presenters and others were introduced, Greene Giving’s influence and impact on the greater Greene County area were evident.
Much of Greene Giving’s success is attributed to its executive director Ed Marrinan and its board of directors. Thursday’s event marked the 13th full year of Greene Giving’s operations targeting art and culture, agriculture and community economic development, public education, recreation, senior centers, and family health and services.
Greene Giving’s Emeritus Committee is a resource from which advice and direction are drawn. In 2013, the committee/Greene Giving and the community were saddened by the loss of a founding member Reed Madden. Donna Luttrell, long-time treasurer, (now retired) Reed’s widow Judy, and founding members Herman Menapace and John Saraga paid tribute to Madden.
Kenneth Strickland , Greene County resident, attending Greene Center for Clark State, is the recipient of a scholarship presented by Marge Menapace in memory of her daughter Mary Christine Small. Clark State Community College and the College Success Partnership scholarships help students pay for college and build bright careers.
Investment and insurance professionals from Northwestern Mutual; Dean Financial Services; Eubel Brady Suttman; Fifth Third Bank; Wright-Patt Credit Union; Huntington Bank, Citizens National Bank of Southwestern Ohio; Montgomery Insurance and Investments, and Wichman Newell & Stephan were recognized. Investment success allows donors to realize their charitable dreams with the flexible and tax-wise resources of Greene Giving.
The teacher award nominations, a vital part of the F.A.I.R. Foundation, created by the James famly, is based on three criteria: students, instruction and professionalism. This year’s honorees are Rita Canty, pre-school teacher at Greeneview Elementary School and Harry Litton, a Learning Center teacher at Beavercreek High School.
Jerry Sutton, Greene Giving president, conducted the business session during which Paul Dillaplain and Paul Newman were in charge of distribution of gifts, such as City Wide Cheer, $1000; Greene County Parks and Trails, $990; and Interfaith Hospitality Network, $500; presented by Roger McDaniel for the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Silver Friends and Golden Paws Senior Pet Care Program, through an endowmentfrom Roma Gordman to Greene Giving, awarded Advocate for Animals $1,500; 10th Life, $500; the Humane Society of Greene County $1,000; and SISCA, $1,000.
Additional grants were made through support from the John and Betty Meyer Foundation. The Master Gardeners for Fairborn was awarded $1,000; Project Operation 1000 Cherry Trees was awarded $500; and Habitat for Humanity Greene County, $1,000.
Billy Donlon, men’s head basketball coach at Wright State University, was guest speaker. According to Mike Cusack, member of the Greene Giving Board of Directors, Donlon brings a wealth of basketball experience and philanthropic knowledge to WSU. He has worked all areas of coaching, including public relations, recruiting and scheduling.
Greene Giving’s Paul Newman said, “Donlon has not taken a breath since coming to WSU eight years ago.”
Attendees were reminded of two special events on Greene Giving’s calendar: the Annual 5K and 10K Runs on Sunday, June 8 at E.J. Nutter Park in Beavercreek and the Annual Golf Outing at Country Club of the North on Monday, Aug. 4.
For information about Greene Giving call 937-458-2066, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website www.greenegiving.org.