2019 G. William Hartzell Grants Awarded

The Piqua Community Foundation recently awarded G. William Hartzell grants to 15 organizations that serve Piqua residents. The grants, totaling $42,000, were made from the fund established by the late G. William “Bill” Hartzell with a bequest from his estate. The fund also provides college scholarships during a spring distribution.

Randi Pearson, chair of the donor advisory committee for the fund, presented grants to representatives of the organizations who were assembled at the Y.W.C.A. in Piqua. Randi described Mr. Hartzell as a generous supporter of the Piqua community whose influence will be felt for years to come.  Organizations receiving grants for 2019 were:

Child Care Choices, Inc. — Congregation Anshe Emeth

Forest Hill Cemetery and Arboretum — Friends of Mainstreet Piqua, Inc.

Friends of the Piqua Public Library — Health Partners Free Clinic

Johnston Farm and Indian Agency — Miami County Dental Clinic

Piqua Compassion Network — Piqua Parents As Teachers

Protecting Our Water Ways — Salvation Army of Piqua

Troy-Miami County Library Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

United Way of Miami County, OH — Young Life of the Upper Miami Valley


Seated, left to right: Jody Kramer (Salvation Army), Randi Pearson, Sharon Lyons, Dorie Perry and Barbara Hartzell (all of the Hartzell Advisory Committee), Rebecca Sousek (Piqua Compassion Network) and Ruth Koon (Friends of the Piqua Public Library.)

Standing, left to right: Robert Kramer (Salvation Army), Jeff Lange (P.O.W.W.), Dave Mason (Young Life), Steve Shuchat (Congregation Anshe Emeth), Stephanie Silk (Miami Co. Dental Clinic), Andy Hite (Johnston Farm), Nancy Hargrove (Troy-Miami Co. Library), Jim Roth (Forest Hill), Kathy Booher (Piqua Parents As Teachers), Sean Ford (United Way of Miami Co.), Kim Lawson (Piqua Parents As Teachers), Cheryl Buecker (Child Care Choices), Aggie Wilson (Health Partners Free Clinic) and Lorna Swisher (Friends of Mainstreet Piqua.)


2019 Prize Winning Cakes

                 2019 PRIZE WINNERS

PEOPLE’S CHOICE WINNER – Piqua Compassion Network (#33)

HIGH BID TROPHY WINNER – Miami Valley Steel (#102)

CORPORATE CHALLENGE WINNER – Miami Valley Steel (#102)

THEME PRIZE: 1st Place – Dobo’s Delights/Hallmark (#17)

2nd Place – Miami Valley Centre Mall (#1)

3rd Place – Upper Valley Career Center (#34)

CORPORATE CAKES:  1st Place – Phoenix Bats (#43)

2nd Place – Mutual Federal Savings (#58)

3rd Place – Piqua Manor/Garbry Ridge (#45)

NON-PROFIT CAKES: 1st Place – Child Care Choices (#24)

2nd Place – Piqua Compassion Network (#33)

3rd Place – Piqua Farm to Table Dinner (#52)

INDIVIDUAL ENTRIES: 1st Place – Stacy and Benny Scott (#51)

2nd Place – Beer Thinkers (#105)

YOUTH ENTRIES: 1st Place – Alexandra & Camilla Nicholas (#74)

2nd Place – Lorelai Manson (#71)

3rd Place – Lehman High School (#64)

CUPCAKE ENTRIES: 1st Place – Piqua Parents as Teachers/3 Joe’s (#2)

2nd Place – U.S. Bank (#38)

3rd Place – Ulbrich’s (#20)


Piqua Arts Council (#5) – Piqua Chamber of Commerce (#8)

Angel Touch (#11) – Miami Valley Steel (#102)

Photos of all cakes can be found through the “Cakes for a Cause” tab above in the 2019 Cake Gallery.



Cakes for a Cause 2019


This year’s event was a musical delight! Cakes had great tune-related themes and several even played their own music.

A big THANK YOU to all who entered or baked cakes, provided incentives, volunteered their time and energy, bid on cakes, and helped in any way!

The Foundation especially wants to thank our committee which included co-chairpersons, Emily Shawler and Marsha Koon. Also serving on the committee were Gail Staley, Susan Haas, Stephanie Gunter and Erica Ernst. Special thanks to our “Name That Tune” students from Piqua Catholic School – Carey Yant, Seth Knapke, Halley Petty, Anna Ray Scherer, and their teacher, Rachel Birman – and from Piqua Central Intermediate School – Megan Hall, Elayna Kew, Ella Snyder, Juli Robbins, Lorelai Manson, Katie Jo Beasley, Kaylie Hittle, Addie Leasure, and their teacher, David Broerman.

Photos of all cakes are available on our Facebook page, and in the 2019 Cake Gallery that is found in the Cakes for a Cause tab above.





25th Anniversary Celebration

Our Foundation is proud to have served the city of Piqua and its residents for 25 years. People from all areas of the community came to celebrate the occasion at the Miami Valley Centre Mall on Tuesday, October 23rd to enjoy great food, fellowship and entertainment.

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November 2018 Piqua Community Foundation Month

The Life Trustees of The Piqua Community Foundation met on November 13, celebrating their twenty-fifth annual meeting. To mark the occasion, Piqua mayor, Kazy B. Hinds, proclaimed November 2018 at “Piqua Community Foundation Month” in the city, in recognition of the positive impact the Foundation has had on Piqua residents.

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The Scott and Margaret Hinsch Community Service Awards

Two outstanding local volunteers were honored by The Piqua Community Foundation on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. The Margaret W. Hinsch and Scott J. Hinsch Community Service awards were conferred at the YWCA Piqua as part of the Community Foundation’s spring grant presentation.

These awards differ from other recognition programs because the honorees are selected based on activities done on behalf of one organization during one specific calendar year, in this case 2018. In addition the non-profit groups whose nominees were selected were each awarded a $1000 unrestricted grant from the Hinsch Family Fund of The Piqua Community Foundation, in recognition of that outstanding volunteer.

The Margaret W. Hinsch Award was presented to Jenny Stewart from the Y.W.C.A. Piqua.  Jenny was the original “Safe Sitter” trained instructor in the fall of 2017. She devoted countless hours for the training and additional time spent preparing to teach the three-week class to youth 11 to 13 years old. Jenny’s work on the class helped many young people learn to be safe babysitters for younger children. Because of her enthusiasm for this program, a new “Safe@Home” class was introduced in 2019 to prepare students in grades 4 through 6 to feel safe when they are home alone. Jenny encouraged several others to be part of these two programs – she has now been a mentor to the participants AND to others who will be teaching future classes.

The Scott J. Hinsch Award was presented to Jim Stammen for his work with the Piqua Catholic School IT department. Jim began volunteering part-time in the fall of 2017, but since early 2018 this has become almost a full-time commitment on Jim’s part. He spends countless hours at both campuses of Piqua Catholic, working with staff members and students, checking on their needs and troubleshooting. Jim’s countless hours of volunteer work have saved Piqua Catholic thousands of dollars that were once spent on a paid contractual basis. The school may now spend those dollars to update equipment and software that will keep their students abreast of ever-changing technology.

The 2020 application for the awards can be found here: Application and instructions 2020. Nomination deadline is March 1, 2020.

(L-R: Jenny Stewart, John Hinsch and Jim Stammen)


Grants Helping Our Community

Teachers from Washington Elementary School received several grants in the Fall 2016 grant cycle of The Piqua Community Foundation. Pictured is Tina Watts, literacy coach for second and third grades, with over 500 new books that were provided through a grant to support second grade Common Core reading standards at Washington.

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