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Bounty on the Bricks

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

Tickets for Bounty on the Bricks are now sold out.

If you were unable to purchase tickets, there is still an opportunity to donate to our regional food pantries. Click the Paypal link on the side, select "other" and write "Bounty in the Pantries Donation" in the memo line.

In addition, if you would like to be placed on a waiting list in case of cancelled tickets, please call our office at (740) 594-6061.

Once again, Athenians will come together to share a meal of locally sourced food and drinks while raising awareness and money for our regional food pantries. Last year 330 people enjoyed the cuisine of Chef Alfonso Constriciani of Hocking College while raising $75,000 with the help of the Athens Foundation, and matched by the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation of Nelsonville and the Sisters of St. Joseph Charitable Fund. The event will take place Saturday August 9, 2014 on Court Street.

As a result of the new Bounty in the Pantries Program, eighteen food pantries received grants to enhance their ability to provide healthy food. New Bounty in the Pantries Request for Proposals will be available in early September. Funding provided from the Bounty on the Bricks proceeds matched by the the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation of Nelsonville and the Sisters of St. Joseph Charitable Fund.

Click image to see a brief video about last year's event!


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
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 19:40

Leadership Athens County Graduates Eighth Class

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Written by Susan Urano   
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 17:55

Row 1, left to right: Tiffany Chapman, Diane McVey, Sara Brumfield, Mary Nally, Tara Gilts, Tiffany Tomeo 2nd row, left to right: Michelle Gorman, Sydney Webber, Laura Petrus, Arian Smedley, Jennifer L'Heureux, Martha Compton 3rd row, left to right: Kelly Hatas, John Paszke, Dan Stroh, Dan Prince, Jason Fields, Amy Huenke, Kris Kaniecki-Snow

















Leadership Athens County graduated eighth class on Thursday May 22 at Ohio University Inn and Conference Center. The Class of 2014 Graduation Reception was sponsored by Athens Area Chamber of Commerce. Students dedicated the past ten months to explore Athens County in an effort to learn more about the challenges and opportunities faced within our area. All of our students forged strong bonds with their fellow classmates, invested in the growth of their personal leadership style and will undoubtedly continue to strengthen the communities they live in. Thank you all for another great year!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 May 2014 18:49

Kerry Shaw is the First Woman of the Year

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Written by Susan Urano   
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 15:15

The Women’s Fund of The Athens Foundation presented their first “Woman of the Year” award Friday, May 16th at the Ohio University Inn. The award, designed to recognize a voice that is making a difference in the lives of women or girls in Athens County, was given to Kerri Shaw, MSW, LISW-S, Field Education Instructor, Department of Social and Public Health at Ohio University. She was recognized for her work in starting Glouster Girl Power for Girls and the Peanut Butter and Jelly Project as well as additional work in Athens County.

Shaw started the PB & J Project while working at Athens County Children Services.  The teachers and principal at Trimble were all worried about kids over the summer. Shaw organized a meeting of Jobs and Family Services, Athens Food Pantry, and Athens County Children’s Services. From this meeting ACCS chose to offer peanut butter and jelly to families with children in Trimble.  It expanded to Fed Hock and it is now in all of the school districts in Athens County.  Shaw said “Kids used to chase my car in the summer asking if I had pb & j in my car.  That speaks to the need in our county.”

Shaw served on the board of United Campus Ministry Board, the Birth Circle, Big Brothers Big Sisters Board, and the Habitat for Humanity Family Selection Committee. This summer, Shaw will be working at the Athens Girls Rock Camp. Shaw’s dedication and work with vulnerable young women is a voice worth hearing in Athens County!

The mission of The Women’s Fund of the Athens Foundation is to promote philanthropy among women, and to establish a permanent fund which will provide funding to programs and projects in Athens County that empower low income women to achieve their full potential.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 19:48

2014 Cornwell Awards

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Written by Susan Urano   
Monday, 19 May 2014 17:55

The Athens Foundation Foster B. Cornwell Awards are named for the local attorney Foster B. Cornwell 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. Each year the Foundation recognizes individuals with similar vision and dedication to the Athens County Community.

This year's awards go to Judge Robert Stewart, Dr. James Gaskell, Cynthia Oremus and Joni Hodgson.

Judge Stewart is presiding judge of the Athens County Court of Common Pleas, serving as judge of the probate and juvenile divisions. Locally, Bob has served on the board of the Athens Foundation, and chaired the board of the Athens County Red Cross for four years. He has also served as a board member or campaign chairman for Appalachian Visiting Nurses, American Cancer Society, The Heart Fund, O'Bleness Memorial Hospital, to name a few examples.

Dr. James Gaskell began his private practice in Athens in Pediatrics in 1970 and has taught in the clinical pediatrics program of the OUHCOM for 15 years. An active and effective community leader, Gaskell has served on the boards of Athens County Children's Services, Former Chairman; SEPAN; Red Cross; Athen's Foundation, Former chair, Live Healthy Appalachia; and many more.

Joni Hodgson and Cynthia Oremus raised over $220,000.00 for the American Red Cross of Southeastern Ohio from the Dancing with the Athens Stars fundraising event over the past five years. These two ladies have served on their philanthropy committee and have always contributed a tremendous amount of time and talent to every project they have been involved with.

Finally, grants of $250 each were approved in honor of this year's Cornwell Awardees to Child Conservation League Fund in honor of Dr. James Gaskell; Goodworks in honor of Joni Hodgson; Red Cross in honor of Cindy Oremus and Athens America Legion Ladies Auxiliary for Buckeye Girls State in honor of Judge Robert Stewart.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 19:25

2013 Audit Complete

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Thursday, 07 February 2013 16:39

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

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 June 2014 19:17
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