Foundation awards $53,500 in G. William Hartzell Community Grants

The G. William Hartzell Charitable Fund committee of The Piqua Community Foundation on Friday delivered $53,500 in grant awards to 15 organizations that serve Piqua residents. Captured here is the grant award delivery at the Piqua Fire Department in support of the burn training tower project. Pictured, from left to right, are Jim Gray, committee member; Randi Pearson, committee chairman; Chief Brent Pohlschneider; Assistant Chief Timothy Risner; Firefighter/Paramedic Eric Wood; Karen Wendeln, committee member; and Barbara Hartzell, committee member.

The Piqua Community Foundation on Friday awarded G. William Hartzell Community Grants totaling $53,500 to 15 organizations that serve Piqua residents.

The grants were made from the charitable fund established by the late G. William “Bill” Hartzell with a bequest from his estate. This fund also awards college scholarships every spring. The grant awards are unique in the simplicity of the application process and the unrestricted nature of the funds to be spent however best serves the organization’s needs.

The Piqua Fire Department is one of the organizations benefiting from a G. William Hartzell Community Grant this year. This award will increase its ability to safely serve the Piqua community.

“The generous donation from the G. William Hartzell Community Grant will be directed towards the building of a burn training tower,” Assistant Chief Timothy Risner said. “This will prepare our firefighters to better serve our community and help ensure they make it home safely to their families at the end of their shift.”

The organizations receiving 2021 G. William Hartzell Community Grants are:

  • CASA/GAL of Miami County, Inc.
  • Forest Hill Cemetery & Arboretum
  • Friends of Mainstreet Piqua, Inc.
  • Friends of the Piqua Public Library
  • Goodwill Easterseals Miami Valley
  • Isaiah’s Place Inc.
  • Miami County Dental Clinic — Traveling Smiles
  • Miami Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County
  • Piqua Arts Council
  • The Piqua Community Foundation — Pitch Piqua
  • Piqua Compassion Network
  • Piqua Fire Department
  • Piqua Parents as Teachers
  • The Salvation Army of Piqua

Barbara Hartzell, fund committee member, participated in the grant deliveries and reflected on her late husband’s commitment to the Piqua community.

“Bill loved contributing to organizations who were creating opportunities for Piqua to thrive,” she said. “These organizations are making incredible contributions, and we are glad these awards allow him to continue to be part of Piqua’s future.”

Kathryn Booher, program director for Piqua Parents as Teachers, middle, hugs Barbara Hartzell, G. William Hartzell Charitable Fund committee member, as the fund committee presented checks to 2021 grant recipients Friday. Kimberly Lawson, financial director for Piqua Parents as Teachers, right, read the grant award letter while visiting with other committee members at Piqua Junior High School.

To learn more about the G. William Hartzell Charitable Fund, visit the fund’s page.

The Foundation standard fall grant cycle is open through September 30

The Miami County Fire and Emergency Services Chiefs Association (MCFESCA) – Electric Fire Extinguisher Training System

The Piqua Community Foundation is accepting standard grant applications for its fall grant cycle through September 30.

The Foundation accepts project-based grant applications twice a year from nonprofit organizations serving Piqua residents with a mission that is religious, educational, scientific, literary or charitable in nature. Applicants must provide documentation demonstrating the organization’s 501(c)(3) or equivalent tax-exempt status.

The fall 2021 distribution is part of The Foundation’s semiannual grant cycles from unrestricted funds. The Foundation’s Distribution Committee makes recommendations to the Board of Directors for approval based on the grant application and review process.

The Piqua Community Foundation’s grant program guidelines and application form can be found by visiting our Grants page. Prospective applicants are encouraged to review the guidelines and then confirm their organization’s eligibility by emailing info@piquacommunityfoundation.org or calling 937.615.9080.

15 area high school graduates earn scholarships

The Piqua Community Foundation awarded scholarships to 15 area high school graduates in the Class of 2021.

Scholarships through The Foundation are made possible by fund donors who value continuing education and wish to give back to the community. Each of the scholarships offered is distinct in its guidelines directed by the donor when the fund was established.

The following students were awarded scholarships through the respective funds detailed below.

William Hartzell Scholarship ($2,500 renewable)

The G. William Hartzell Charitable Fund makes scholarships to graduating high school seniors enrolling in a four-year program at a college or university.

  • Cassie Arnett – Piqua High School
  • Lucy Behr – Lehman Catholic High School
  • Grace Clark – Piqua High School
  • Noelle Dexter – Lehman Catholic High School
  • Alex Keller – Lehman Catholic High School
  • Melanna Langston – Piqua High School

Robert & Miriam Memorial Hartzell Scholarship ($2,500 renewable)

The Robert and Miriam Hartzell Memorial Scholarships are made each year to a graduate from each of the following high schools: Lehman Catholic, Miami East, Piqua and Troy.

  • Emma Kennedy – Lehman Catholic High School
  • Sophia Markley – Miami East High School
  • Andrea Marrs – Piqua High School
  • Sadie Schaeffer – Troy High School

Patricia L. Recker Memorial Scholarship ($1,000 renewable)

The Patricia L. Recker Scholarship fund awards a renewable scholarship each year to a graduate of Piqua High School or Lehman Catholic High School who is going on to attend an institution of higher learning.

  • Jonathan VanSkiver – Lehman Catholic High School
  • Emma Westerheide – Lehman Catholic High School

Forever Code Strong AP Art Scholarship ($1,000 non-renewable)

This scholarship, exclusively for Piqua High School AP art students, was established in memory of Cody Coffman.

  • Nichole Leigh Delacruz – Piqua High School
  • Andrew C. Hobbs – Piqua High School

Little Kinger Fund Athletic Scholarship ($1,000 non-renewable)

The Little Kinger Fund makes one scholarship available each year, to a woman graduating from a Miami Valley high school who will be participating in an inter-collegiate level sports program in college.

  • Olivia Daugherty – Bradford High School

To learn more about The Foundation’s scholarship programs and the funds that make them possible, visit piquacommunityfoundation.org/scholarships.

G. William Hartzell Community Grant cycle open through August 2

Charitable organizations that serve Piqua residents are invited to apply for unrestricted funding

the G. William Hartzell Community Fund of The Piqua Community Foundation.

The deadline for applications is August 2.

The awards are made from the charitable fund established by the late G. William “Bill” Hartzell with a bequest from his estate. This fund also awards college scholarships each spring.

The grants are unique in the simplicity of the application process and the unrestricted nature of the funds to be spent however best serves the organization’s needs.

To learn about the grant guidelines and access the application, visit piquacommunityfoundation.org/grants/hartzell.

Foundation raises funds, fun with Hop Town, Summer in the City fundraiser

 

The Piqua Community Foundation concluded its Hop Town, Summer in the City fundraiser this month with the sale of 96 bags and a drawing for a beer-themed dinner.

The Foundation partnered with Cheryl and Jim Burkhardt (AKA “Dr. Beer”) to present the fundraiser. Supporters purchased a total of 96 bags, each of which included a variety of beers inspired by the holidays of summer, coupled with recommendations of food and music pairings. In addition to beer, the bags included two mini pilsner tasting glasses, a bottle opener made from the handle of a baseball bat, a spice rub packet and local food gift certificates.

Each ticket also included a chance at a 10-person food-beer-music pairing dinner donated by The Beer Thinkers — Jim & Cheryl Burkhardt and Joe & Kazy Hinds. The bags were distributed on June 3, and the drawing for the dinner was held on June 10 via livestream on The Foundation’s Facebook page. David Galbreath, Jr. was selected at random and will choose a theme and location for The Beer Thinkers to host the dinner.

Emily Shawler, vice president and Resource Committee chairwoman for The Foundation’s Board of Directors, said the event was a success in raising funds, awareness and fun among the organization’s supporters. She thanked the sponsors of the event — Koverman Staley Dickerson Insurance, Phoenix Bat Company and Brandi Lawson, Realtor with Keller Williams Hometown Realty — as well as the Burkhardts, Hindses and John and Marsha Hinsch for their generous contributions.

“We are tickled by the support we had for this event and the fun we had hosting it,” Shawler said. “Thank you to everyone who contributed to this event and continue to support the important work The Foundation does to support our community.”

Monies raised through this event support The Foundation’s unrestricted fund, which supports grants to organizations that serve Piqua residents. Donations made through this fundraising event and other charitable giving makes The Foundation’s work possible.

Foundation helps donors meet their charitable giving goals

Donors give through The Piqua Community Foundation because they want to see their community succeed and grow and its residents prosper.

The Piqua Community Foundation’s mission is to encourage charitable giving to benefit the citizens of Piqua and provide a variety of methods for donors to help fulfill their charitable giving wishes.

The Foundation offers a variety of opportunities to contribute to the community, both restricted and unrestricted gifts of any size. Larger donations may be used to establish a variety of fund types that allow donors to name the fund for themselves or a loved one and make specifications about the way funds are allocated to qualifying nonprofit organizations.

Funds can be established with gifts of cash, stock or property. The Foundation can be named as a beneficiary of a trust or an insurance policy. Or, loved ones may donate memorial contributions in the name of someone who has passed. Donors realize the tax benefits in the year the gift was given, allowing for advantages on both sides.

We are here to help you to understand the many avenues for charitable giving that will extend your generosity beyond your own lifetime.

When you share with us, we share with many.

To learn more about how The Piqua Community Foundation can help you to meet your charitable giving needs, visit our website at piquacommunityfoundation.org or call us 937.615.9080.

 

Foundation welcomes Yannucci Family Fund

The Piqua Community Foundation is proud to welcome The Yannucci Family Fund, created in December 2020 to support positive community programs. This fund was established by the Michael and Susan Yannucci family, who have enjoyed the benefits of kindness, encouragement and friendship that is indicative of the people of Piqua.

The family has always enjoyed assisting with beneficial civic activities. Michael is a founding member of The Foundation and served as the Board of Directors’ first president. He continues as one of its board’s directors emeritus.

As longtime strong supporters of Piqua, the Yannuccis wish to assist with positive endeavors and continue their affinity for the community well into the future.

The fund’s donor advisory committee will select programs or projects to be funded each year, with particular consideration given to Christian, patriotic and recreational efforts. For more information, contact The Foundation office.

Michael and Susan Yannucci with their four children, their spouses and six grandchildren

Anderson Hess Family Fund honors couple’s legacy

Richard and Juanita (Hess) Anderson

The children of Richard and Juanita (Hess) Anderson recently created a fund at The Piqua Community Foundation to honor their parents’ memory and commitment to the local community.

Sallie Anderson, David Anderson and Bruce Anderson created The Anderson Hess Family Fund in December 2020. Through this fund, the family aims to provide grants to community organizations for projects and events, and generally not for general operating support. Special consideration will be given to organizations close to the family’s hearts.

Richard Anderson was born in Piqua and was a 1937 graduate of Piqua High School. He served as a sergeant in the United States Army during World War II, participating in the Normandy invasion. He worked as a cabinetmaker at Penrod & Anderson Cabinet Shop, of which he was the co-founder and owner. He passed away in 2009.

Juanita (Hess) Anderson was born in Christiansburg and was a 1939 graduate of Piqua High School. She worked at the former J.A. Shade Lumber Company and retired from the Piqua Sears store. She passed away in 2018.

The Andersons were active members of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Piqua and the Piqua Antique Car Club, and both volunteered at the Piqua Heritage Festival. They were members of the former Eastern Star Chapter #320, and Richard was a member of the Warren Masonic Lodge #24. Richard also served as a 4-H advisor. The couple enjoyed giving of their time and talents to others in the community.

The donor advisory committee will select programs or projects to be funded each year, within the above guidelines. For more information, contact The Foundation office.

Spencer K. Peltier joins The Foundation Board of Directors

The Piqua Community Foundation Life Trustees elected Spencer K. Peltier to the Board of Directors at the annual meeting on November 10.

Spencer’s service on the board began on January 1, 2021, and continues through December 31, 2023.

Spencer fills the seat of former Board of Directors member Cheryl L. Burkhardt who retired at the end of December after 22 years of service, including two years as the board’s president.

Spencer was born at Piqua Memorial Hospital. He attended Piqua Catholic School and continued at Lehman Catholic High School, where he graduated in 2008. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts at Otterbein University. He became a financial planner at Thrivent in Dublin, Ohio, in 2014.

Having always wanted to move back to Piqua and be involved in the community, Spencer moved back to the area with his wife, Megan, to continue his career with Thrivent in 2016. The Peltiers have since welcomed their one -year-old daughter.

In addition to joining The Piqua Community Foundation Board of Directors, Spencer serves as a board member for Awesome Piqua, The Salvation Army, Tecumseh Woods, Piqua DARE and FISH of Greenville. He is also a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He enjoys going to Tecumseh Woods, golfing, playing softball and basketball, and visiting local restaurants.

In addition to Spencer, the Life Trustees re-elected five incumbent directors, who will also serve three-year terms from January 1, 2021, to December 31, 2023:

  • Mimi A. Crawford
  • Gail B. Peterson
  • Jim Sever
  • Emily E. Shawler
  • Steven K. Staley

See the full Piqua Community Foundation Board of Directors list here:

Our Board

Karen Wendeln honored at Piqua Community Foundation annual meeting

The Piqua Community Foundation Board of Directors and Life Trustees honored the organization’s retired executive director Karen S. Wendeln on November 10. The recognition was a part of The Foundation’s annual meeting, held in a limited capacity at The Piqua Country Club.

Wendeln became The Foundation’s first-ever executive director in January 2001 and she grew The Foundation from its infancy to a robust community foundation, Board of Directors President Steven K. Staley said.

“Karen has been the face of The Foundation for a long time and has grown the size and scope of the organization significantly,” Staley said. “Her retirement is truly bittersweet, and we wish her the best as she enjoys this next chapter of her life.”

Staley presented Karen with a basket of mementos collected from various community nonprofit agencies; a memory book filled with well wishes from family, friends and colleagues; a certificate entitling Wendeln to choose a tree to be planted at a Piqua city park in her honor; and a proclamation from Mayor Kris Lee declaring November 10 as Karen Wendeln Day in the City of Piqua.

Earlier in the year, The Foundation’s Board of Directors also established a donor advised fund for Wendeln to direct. She named the fund The Wendeln – First Director Fund and, together with her husband Tony Wendeln, matched the amount contributed by The Foundation to double the fund’s impact.

“I am blown away and truly humbled by the generosity and thoughtfulness of my friends at The Foundation,” Wendeln said. “Working with the board members, donors and beneficiaries of The Foundation has been my greatest pleasure in my time as the executive director. I will miss my interactions with them all but know that the friendships will continue on.”

Wendeln extended her thanks to all those nonprofits that contributed mementos for the gift basket and to The Foundation for the gifts in her honor.

The Foundation’s Board of Directors hired Michelle Perry at the start of the year to serve as the incoming executive director. Wendeln and Perry worked side-by-side from March through July 31, when Wendeln retired. She has remained on staff as a consultant, a role she will continue in through the end of the year.

All told, Wendeln will have served The Foundation for a full two decades.

She looks forward to soaking up time with her six grandchildren and traveling, when pandemic restrictions allow her to safely do so. She will also continue in her volunteer roles with Meals on Wheels, St. Mary Church, the YWCA and Girl Scouts.

Those wishing to share a note with Wendeln may send them to P.O. Box 226, Piqua, OH 45356 or kwendeln@piquacommunityfoundation.org.

Board members honored, elected at annual meeting

The Piqua Community Foundation Life Trustees recognized retiring Board of Directors member Cheryl L. Burkhardt at the organization’s annual meeting on November 10. She served the organization for 22 years, including two years as the board president, and received a plaque in honor of her commitment.

In addition, the Life Trustees elected Beth H. Kazer to fill a Board of Directors seat vacated mid-term. Her service on the board began immediately and continues through December 31, 2022.

The Life Trustees also re-elected five incumbent directors and elected one new director (identified with an asterisk) who will serve three-year terms from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2023:

  • Mimi A. Crawford
  • Spencer K. Peltier*
  • Gail B. Peterson
  • Jim Sever
  • Emily E. Shawler
  • Steven K. Staley

To see the full Board of Directors list and learn more about The Foundation, visit the link below.

Our Board

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