Foundation Aids Local Campaigns
The Piqua Community Foundation is partnering with two local not-for-profit organizations to help make additions that will enhance their physical properties.
In conjunction with the Johnston Farm and Indian Agency, The Foundation is accepting campaign contributions for their new Education Center project. The educational addition will be added at the rear of the museum, where the patio is currently located. The project will enclose the area, creating a permanent school room and education center with up-to-date audio and visual equipment. The area will display exhibits on the Miami-Erie Canal, and visitors will be able to actually see the canal flowing by the window wall that will be installed at the back of the space.
The space will provide indoor space for those seeking to hold a meeting or other function on the historical site located just north of Piqua. The project is being partially funded by grants from various sources, and should be completed by April 2014.
Working with the Forest Hill Union Cemetery, The Foundation is accepting 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 by 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.
When fully funded, the Angel of Hope statue in Piqua will be placed in the labyrinth/cremation garden area now being developed at the Forest Hill Cemetery. The angel will stand on a black granite base and will be a model of the one commissioned by Evans.
Those interested in helping to fund either project may send a donation to the Piqua Community Foundation at P.O. Box 226, Piqua, Ohio 45356. The memo line of the check should include the name of the fund to which the gift should be directed.
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