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Spring 2014 Grants

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Written by Susan Urano   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 16:18

The Athens Foundation Spring Grant Cycle is accepting applications from local not for profits in the areas of Arts, Culture & Humanities, Education, Recreation and Environmental Affairs. Deadline is March 17th. Download applications at the Grants tab above.


Bounty on the Bricks a Success!

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Written by Susan Urano   
Monday, 12 August 2013 16:46

This years' Bounty on the Bricks was a culmination of 9 months of preparation. Thank you to everyone who helped and attended this event! It would not have been possible without the help of each and everyone of you. The event raised over $75,000 to contribute to food insecurity within the county but it also celebrated local food, farmers, and entertainers. The funds raised were matched by the Osteopathic Heritage foundation of Nelsonville and Sisters of St. Joseph Charitable Fund to create a new grant program called "Bounty in the Pantries" to enhance the capacity of local food pantries and feeding programs to serve more healthy food to those in need.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 August 2013 17:16

Bounty on the Bricks Menu Released

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Written by Susan Urano   
Tuesday, 25 June 2013 18:30

We are pleased to announce the menu for our Bounty on the Bricks event taking place August 10th, 2013!

Please click below to see the menu:

Bounty on the Bricks Menu

Tickets are still available for purchase.

Click below to buy tickets and reserve your seats!

Last Updated on Monday, 12 August 2013 17:08

Cornwell Award Winners Announced

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Written by Susan Urano   
Monday, 17 June 2013 14:11

Each year the Foundation recognizes individuals with similar vision and dedication to the Athens County Community. A news release issued last week cites this year's honorees:

Peggy Pruitt came to Athens in 1975 when she joined the Ohio University staff as coordinator of women's athletics and the head coach for both field hockey and tennis. Three years later, she was promoted to associate director of athletics, a position she held until promoted to senior associate director in 1993.

Pruitt has also been involved with the Mid-American Conference, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators.

At retirement, Pruitt started volunteering with a vengeance. She became involved with Athens Red Cross during hurricane Katrina. In 2008 she became head of their disaster response division. At that

Pruitt is also an active fundraiser for Women Raise the Roof chapter of Habitat for Humanity. She chairs the annual golf tournament. Pruitt is a founding supporter of the Athens Foundation Women's Fund.time, Red Cross provided only minimal services in the other three counties in their service area: Gallia, Meigs and Vinton. Now she serves all four. She is instrumental in disaster volunteer training.

Trimble Township Textbook Foundation began when a group of alumni were organizing a 50th alumni reunion and learned that their Alma Mater was the poorest school district of the 613 Ohio districts. Students at Trimble Local were using textbooks that were 20 to 25 years old. It had been a great place to grow up and go to school. However, while the area was never affluent, it now has fallen on hard times. The coal mines for the most part, closed long ago and no business or industries have taken their place. There simply isn't sufficient tax base to support the school adequately.

This group of alumni decided it was payback time for the fond memories, good times, and solid education they received at Glouster, Jacksonville-Trimble and Hollister schools.

They formed a foundation whose sole mission is to update textbooks and purchase educational supplies at Trimble Local. School supplies are often lacking and teachers often purchase them with their own funds.

The Foundation works to build its endowment as well as host fundraisers, and apply for grants. Over the past 10 years by adding the fundraiser, grant money, to the investment earnings, the foundation has begun to make an impact. Over the past 11 years the foundation has purchased $423,823 for textbooks, technology and school supplies. The impact is evident by the steady improvement of Trimble students on the annual Ohio Proficiency Tests. In 2002 and 2003 Trimble Local scored an Academic Watch "D" and Academic Emergency "F". In 2010-11 tests the district and high school both scored Effective "B," the middle school Continuous Improvement "C," and the elementary school scored Excellent "A."

Kevin Dotson has been with Rocky Brands since 1989. He joined Rocky as a merchandise manager and currently holds the position of manager of the Retail Outlet. Outside of his employment at Rocky Brands, Inc. he has held various city leadership and management positions.

Dotson currently serves as president of City Council/mayor of Nelsonville. He's an active member of the 1st Presbyterian Church of Nelsonville, President of the Nelsonville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Dotson has given to many different causes that have improved the area such as leading efforts for various fundraisers, revitalization projects in the Nelsonville business district, and other philanthropy in the community.

The Athens Foundation Foster B. Cornell Awards are named for the local attorney who was instrumental in the growth of the Foundation and philanthropy in Athens County. His bold gifts to six local organizations demonstrated his vision and care in providing for many generations to come.

From the Athens News, April 21, 2013


Last Updated on Monday, 17 June 2013 15:07

Bounty on the Bricks planned for August 10

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Written by Susan Urano   
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 18:44

Bounty on the Bricks will celebrate the treasures our local farmers produce, the beauty of Court Street and most importantly the generosity of the Athens community. Taking inspiration from Jonesborough, Tennessee, a group of Athenians are working hard to bring a harvest meal fundraiser to Court Street in Athens. Chair Cheryl Sylvester drew her idea from a Facebook post about the Indiana meal and thought this should happen in Athens. The feast will use and celebrate local food while raising money to strengthen food security in the county, particularly through our food pantries and other feeding programs.

Hocking Colleges academic dean of hospitality Chef Alfonso Constisciani is working with local farmers to craft a gourmet spread for those attending the event. Cash bars featuring Jackie O's crafted beer and  regional wine will also be offered. An entire city block will be closed for the evening while the table is set and the preparations made for the fundraiser. There will be two options for the meal, either vegan or meat-lover, so please choose one when purchasing tickets.

Click below to buy tickets and reserve your seats!

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 June 2013 15:26
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