Foundation holds fall distribution event


MIAMI COUNTY — With the coming of the holiday season, comes the opportunity to reflect on those aspects of our communities which make them fantastic places to live, work, and raise a family.

The Miami County Foundation was founded on the premise of “People Helping People.” For over three decades with the support and generosity of the residents of Miami County, the foundation has established a tradition of providing for the health, education, and welfare of the citizens of Miami County.

The tradition continued this past week as the Miami County Foundation held its Fall Grant Distribution Celebration at the Bravo Room in Hobart Arena in Troy; where the foundation awarded more than $216,000 to support more than 90 programs offered by not-for-profit organizations throughout the area. Each award was accepted on behalf of the organizations that are as varied and unique as the people they serve.

Supporting education has always been one of the focuses of the foundation. Covington High School was awarded $267 for the purchase of board games, which will aid both World and American History students in the understanding of the differences between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

Likewise, Cookson Elementary School in Troy received $400 to support a unique history project, which includes a bus tour of important sites throughout Troy so that students can gain an appreciation for the local history found in their own backyard.

The Miami County Foundation board takes pride in promoting organizations that promote good health for the people in this area. At the recent event, Troy Lions Club was presented with $1,250 to be used to assist their Sight Conservation Project which is the Lions’ Club largest outreach program. It seeks to provide eye exams and eye glasses to those in the community without the appropriate resources.

A complete list of grant recipients can be found below. For more information about the Miami County Foundation and how to support their mission, please visit their website www.miamicountyfoundation.org or call (937) 773-9012. Also be sure to “like” them on Facebook.

A.B. Graham Memorial Center, Bethel Elementary School, Bethel Elementary School, Bradford Pee Wee Football Association, Child Care Choices for Miami County Early Childhood Focus Group, city of Piqua in cooperation with several Piqua organizations, Countyline Christian Association, Covington Fire & Rescue, Covington High School, Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, Dr. E. Robert Torrence Medical Benevolence Fund, Edison State Community College, Foundation Center, Friends of the J.R. Clarke Public Library, Girls on the Run of Dayton, GIVE of the New Path Inc., Greene Street Daycare & Preschool Program, Hospice of Miami County, Isaiah’s Place, Joint Fire District Pleasant Hill — Newton Township Fire & Rescue, Lehman Catholic High School, Lockington United Methodist Church-God’s Grocery, Miami County Agricultural Society, Miami County Commissioners, Miami County Recovery Council, Miami East Elementary Code Club, Miami East High School Academic Team, Miamibucs, Milton-Union Business Professionals of America, Milton-Union Exempted Village Schools, Milton-Union High School Band, Milton-Union High School National Honor Society, Milton-Union Senior Citizens & Community Club, National Inventors Hall of Fame, New Creation Counseling Center, Newton High School Physics and Chemistry, Newton Township Trustees, Ohio FFA Alumni Association, Ohio State University Extension Miami County office, Partners In Hope, Piqua Braves Baseball, Piqua Catholic School, Piqua Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Piqua Compassion Network, Piqua Fire Department, Piqua Music Boosters, Rehabilitation Center for Neurological Development, Richard’s Chapel United Methodist Church, SafeHaven Inc., St. Patrick Catholic School, The ARC of Ohio/Miami County, The Future Begins Today, Tipp City Enrichment Program, Tipp City Music Boosters, Tipp City School Broadway Elementary, Tipp City School Nevin Coppock Elementary, Troy Christian Jr. & Sr. High School, Troy Christian Schools Early Childhood Education Center, Troy City Schools — Cookson School, Troy Lions Charities, Troy Pop Rocks Parent Boosters, Upper Valley Career Center Aspire program, Upper Valley Career Center for Troy Junior High and High School programs and We Care Arts.

On-Going Humanitarian grants are awarded yearly to Bethany Center, Covington Outreach Association, Family Abuse Shelter, FISH Union Township, GIVE Medical Ministry, Health Partners Free Clinic, Miami County Continuum of Care, Miami County Dental Clinic, New Path, Partners In Hope, Salvation Army, St. Patrick’s Soup Kitchen and Troy Lions Charities.

The Family Abuse Shelter was selected to receive a grant from the Jean & John Dugan Family Fund.

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