The Piqua Community Foundation partnered with two local not-for-profit organizations to help make additions that have enhanced their physical properties.
In conjunction with the Johnston Farm and Indian Agency, The Foundation accepted campaign contributions for their new Education Center project. The educational addition is located at the rear of the museum, where the patio was formerly located. The project has enclosed the area, creating a permanent school room and education center with up-to-date audio and visual equipment. The area displays exhibits on the Miami-Erie Canal, and visitors can actually see the canal flowing by the window wall that was installed at the back of the space.
The addition provides indoor space for those seeking to hold a meeting or other function on the historical site located just north of Piqua. The project was partially funded by grants from various sources as well as individual donations.
Working with the Forest Hill Union Cemetery, The Foundation accepted contributions to provide a “Christmas Box Angel of Hope” statue at the cemetery. The idea of the statue came from The Christmas Box, a worldwide bestseller by Richard Paul Evans. In the book, a woman mourns the loss of her child at the base of an angel monument; the angel monument actually existed but is thought to have been destroyed. A new statue was commissioned by Evans, in response to reports that grieving parents were seeking out the angel as a place to grieve and heal.
The Angel of Hope statue in Piqua was placed in the labyrinth/cremation garden at the Forest Hill Cemetery. The angel stands on a black granite base and is a model of the one commissioned by Evans.
The Piqua Community Foundation is proud to have been part of both of these successful community fund-raising campaigns.