PIQUA — The Piqua Community Foundation recently held an open house to celebrate 25 years of serving the city of Piqua and its residents. People from all areas of the community came to the banquet room of the Miami Valley Centre Mall on Tuesday, Oct. 23, to enjoy food, fellowship and entertainment.
During the event, past grant recipients from around the community displayed their talents. Members of the Piqua High School marching band played the fight song, preschool children from Greene Street Preschool and Daycare sang songs, and Piqua Catholic School students showcased their musical abilities.
In addition to the entertainment, past and current board members were introduced and celebrated for their time and efforts serving to promote the goals of this organization.
On the evening of the open house, The Piqua Community Foundation announced $12,500 in community grants during a fun competition between five previously nominated non-profit organizations. The five local charitable groups will each receive a grant, with the grant size determined by the number of votes they received. Piqua Parents As Teachers won the most votes from those in attendance, with the Salvation Army Summer Feeding Program a close second. The other organizations included Piqua Compassion Network, Friends of Mainstreet Piqua, and the Johnston Farm & Indian Agency’s “Sharing the Vision” project. All five organizations will accept the grant checks at the annual meeting of Foundation Trustees in November.
Door prizes were awarded throughout the evening, with each winner given a box of chocolates and the opportunity to select a non-profit organization to receive a $500 mini-grant. Those chosen included Piqua Catholic School, Piqua Compassion Network (chosen twice), Greene Street Pre-school and Daycare, and the Munch Bunch Ministry. A grand total of $15,000 will support our community organizations as a result of the generosity of The Piqua Community Foundation and the direction of those attending the event.
The Piqua Community Foundation is extremely thankful to everyone who gives of their time, energy and finances to support The Foundation and its mission in this city. Organizers stated that 25 years of service is just the beginning because The Foundation’s endowments ensure that the charity and compassion will perpetually support the community.