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New Board Members Elected

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Written by Susan Urano   
Monday, 22 December 2014 18:18

Three new board members elected at the December 2 Annual Meeting begin terms in January 2015!

Peter Galbraith, Ann Fox and John Haseley

Last Updated on Monday, 22 December 2014 19:32

2014 Audit Complete

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Written by Susan Urano   
Thursday, 07 February 2013 16:39

2014 Audit Report 2013 990. Form 990-T publicly available for years in which it is filed.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 December 2014 18:37

Housing for Athens Seniors Donate $1,000,000

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Written by Susan Urano   
Monday, 22 December 2014 18:06

ATHENS- 2 December 2014. The Housing for Athens Senior Residents Board generously donated $1 million dollars to the Athens Foundation at their annual meeting tonight to establish the Athens Jaycees Senior Fund to support organizations and programs in Athens County that work to improve the lives of seniors. The funds came from the sale of Heritage Commons Senior Housing at the beginning of the year.

Heritage Commons is a 45-unit apartment building that cost $1.6 million to build in 1981 and was the brainchild of the Athens Jaycees. They set up the non-profit Housing for Athens Senior Residents to develop and own the project.

Pictured: Ric Abel, Susan Urano, Mike Carpenter, Bill Omen, Jim Crouse, Channing McAllister and Alex Tyre.

Athens Jayces Senior Fund

Last Updated on Monday, 22 December 2014 18:18

APP Gives

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Written by Susan Urano   
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 19:11

At a social function at Jackie O’s Tap room last month, the Athens Professionals for Philanthropy handed a check for $3,000 to Kathy Hill, Executive Director of Athens County Children’s Services for their summer Peanut Butter and Jelly feeding program. Ms. Hill said that this check and the one given earlier in the year by APP of $500 amounts to over half of the total funding received for the project.

The money was raised through the 3rd annual 5K/10K Race held on Father's Day, June 15. P, B & J is an initiative of Athens County Children Services that sends PB&J sandwiches home with low income kids during the summer months, ensuring they don't go hungry when school is out.

APP’s mission is to nurture philanthropic leadership through grant making and the development of a permanent endowment.

The Athens Professionals for Philanthropy is a group of younger Athens County citizens interested in enhancing the quality of life in their community through collective action.  By pooling the members’ resources, the group hopes to make a significant impact on the community while exposing its members to the philanthropic process.  Each year, the organization seeks member input to identify those areas that the group would like to focus its efforts on during that annual cycle.  Through familiarizing a younger generation with the philanthropic process, the Athens Professionals for Philanthropy seeks to attract, educate, and nurture effective and on-going philanthropic leadership in the community.  The Athens Professionals for Philanthropy is set up at the Athens Foundation) as a donor-advised endowment, and operates under the guidance and with the assistance of the Community Foundation.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 18:23

Bounty on the Bricks

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Written by Susan Urano   
Monday, 02 June 2014 15:05

Bounty on the Bricks held on August 9, 2014 raises $75,000 and diverts 91.5% of waste through recycling and composting.

Bounty on the Bricks, held August 9, 2014, raised $75,000 while celebrating local farmers and featuring fresh produce, the beauty of Court Street, and most importantly the generosity of the Athens community. The event raised money to continue a grant program to support enhanced capacity at local food pantries to serve more healthy foods. With help from Rural Action’s zero waste initiative, 91.5% of waste was recycled or composted!

Food pantries provide a valuable service in the community by making needed food accessible to low-income residents.  Increasing capacity will help prepare food pantries for a more coordinated and collaborative food system.

Hocking Colleges academic dean of hospitality Chef Alfonso Contrisciani in partnership with local farmers crafted a gourmet spread for those attending the event.  Cash bars featured locally crafted beer and wine.

This is the second year for this event which is presented by The Athens Foundation. Tables were placed down the middle of Court Street from Union (where Chef Alfonso Contrisciani set up shop) to Washington Street.

Every effort was made to make this a zero waste event. All disposable items were recycled and all food waste and eating utensils were composted.

Entertainment was provided by: Athens Celtic Session Band, Jorma Kaukonen, Ry Burhans, Word of Mouth Jazz Band, and Honey for the Heart.

The Athens Foundation, Osteopathic Heritage Foundation of Nelsonville and Sisters of St. Joseph Charitable Fund have formed a collaborative partnership in support of local food pantries and feeding programs in conjunction with the Bounty on the Bricks event.

Click image to see a brief video about last year's Bounty in the Pantries!


Sponsors include:

Rocky Brands
Hocking Valley Bank
Hayes Family, Brent, Cindy and Preston
Athens News'
Athens Building Industries Association
City of Athens
O’Nail Hartman Insurance
Kostorhyz Family Fund
State Farm/Shawna Stump
Tony and Cheryl Sylvester
Athens AM Rotary
Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, Athens Community Center, Avalanche Pizza, Bagel Street Deli, Chef Alfonso Contrisciani, City of Athens, Hocking College, Jackie O's, Rural Action and the Appalachia Ohio Zero Waste Initiative, The Athena Cinema, The Athens Foundation, and The Compost Exchange.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 18:24
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