PIQUA — The life trustees of The Piqua Community Foundation met on Nov. 13, celebrating their 25th annual meeting. To mark the occasion, Piqua mayor, Kazy B. Hinds, proclaimed November 2018 as “Piqua Community Foundation Month” in the city, in recognition of the positive impact the Foundation has had on Piqua residents.
Since their founding in November 1993, the Foundation has established 25 separate funds totaling approximately $12 million, and facilitated four major community fund-raising campaigns. To date, over $17 million has been granted to Piqua projects and organizations or to scholarships for local students to attend the colleges of their choice through the work of The Foundation.
President Stacy P. Scott highlighted some of the milestones of the Foundation throughout the years, and Executive Director Karen Wendeln explained some of the history of the Foundation’s beginning. In addition, a total of $12,500 in anniversary grants were distributed to five community organizations selected by guests at the Foundation’s anniversary open-house in October. Those receiving these grants were Piqua Parents As Teachers, Salvation Army Summer Feeding program, Piqua Compassion Network, Mainstreet Piqua and the Johnston Farm and Indian Agency’s “Sharing the Vision” project.
Steven K. Staley presented grants from The Foundation’s unrestricted grant-making funds, with another $46,570 distributed. Mini-grants were made to Edison State Community College, Lehman Catholic High School, Miami-Shelby Barbershoppers, Piqua City Schools (three mini-grants) and Upper Valley Career Center (three mini-grants.) Standard grants were awarded to Brukner Nature Center, Child Care Choices, Edison State Community College, Forest Hill Union Cemetery and Arboretum, Friends of the Piqua Public Library, Friends of the Piqua Parks, Fusion Spiritual Community, Health Partners Free Clinic, Lehman Catholic High School (two grants), Piqua Catholic School, Piqua Central Intermediate School, Piqua Parents as Teachers, and the Dr. E. Robert Torrence Medical Benevolence Fund.
Retiring Foundation board of directors members Daniel Ramer and Michael Yannucci were honored for their many years of service to the group. Ramer served on the board of directors for 14 years and Yannucci was a founding board member, having served for 25 years. New board members elected at the event were Bryant Fox and Stephanie Gunter.