The Community Foundation of Greene County recently celebrated local philanthropy with a dinner at Valley View Farm Venue near Waynesburg.
To start off the event, CFGC Board Chairman Jeff McCracken thanked everyone who attended the 19th annual dinner to recognize and acknowledge the outstanding efforts of those who are helping to build philanthropy in Greene County.
He gave recognition to some special community leaders who were among the attendees: 50th Legislative District Pennsylvania State Representative Pamela Snyder, Chairman of the Greene County Board of Commissioner Blair Zimmerman, and Greene County Commissioners Dave Coder and Archie Trader.
CFGC Board Vice-Chairwoman Kim Grimes recognized the philanthropy of many individuals, families and businesses by announcing the Legacy Awards, which celebrate those who have made cumulative gifts of more than $1,000 annually during the past year.
The Legacy awardees attending the dinner who received a certificate plaque recognizing their support.
This year’s Legacy awardees were: Lucy and Doug Corwin - for their unrestricted gifts; Dr. Morris Harper - for building a new grant fund and providing unrestricted support for CFGC; Doug and Kathy Lee - for continued support of The Forever Greene Fund; Jeff and Dr. Helen McCracken - for unrestricted gifts; John and Cassie Menhart - for unrestricted gifts; A.C.T.S. of Greene County - for support of the Weekend Food Program Fund; Baily Insurance - for their support and assistance through sponsorship and in-kind donations; Community Bank - for sponsorship and in-kind donations; Chevron Fund of the Community Foundation of Fayette County - for support of the Weekend Food Program Fund; Chevron - for their support of the Weekend Food Program Fund; Empty Bowls of Greene County - for their support of the Weekend Food Program Fund; EQT Corporation - for their continued support of projects, the EQT Students of Excellence Scholarship Fund and Weekend Food Program Fund; Finnegan Gas Corporation - for their sponsorship to support the efforts of CFGC; First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Greene County - for their support of the Weekend Food Program Fund and sponsorship; Rotary Club of Waynesburg - for their continued support of the Weekend Food Program Fund.
Additional donors received recognition during the evening, and on behalf of CFGC, Mr. McCracken extended a “Thank you” to all that made contributions. CFGC Executive Director Bettie Stammerjohn announced the recipients of the Foundation’s prestigious
Bridge Society Award, which was established in 2008 to recognize professional advisers such as attorneys, financial planners, accountants, bankers and insurance agents who have helped clients achieve their charitable goals through gifts to the Community Foundation.
Annual membership in the Bridge Society is granted to professional advisers who have referred or assisted in educating clients, which resulted in a gift of any size to the Community Foundation in any given year. This award is recognized with an engraved plaque.
The 2019 Bridge Society award recipients were: Andrew Corfont, Community Bank; Kirk King, Esq., King Law Office; Timothy Logan, Esq., Logan Law Office; Thomas G. Milinovich, Milinovich & Company; Courtney Schroyer, First Federal Savings & Loan Association of Greene County; Sheila Stewart, First National Bank of Pennsylvania; Judi Tanner, First Federal Savings & Loan Association of Greene County.
The EQT Foundation received special recognition through the Lifetime Impact Award. Through EQT’s funding, facilitated by their manager Ellen Rossi, six scholarships were created for the students of Greene County. Five of those were one-year $1,000 scholarships, while the sixth scholarship was an award of up to $18,000 per year for up to four years of college. This commitment to the bettering of our community is
especially deserving of this award. Their generosity and dedication to helping students of Greene County succeed in their pursuit of education will continue to have an impact for years to come.
CFGC also recognized the following sponsors for their support of the dinner:
n Platinum Level – Community Bank, EQT Corporation, and Morris Harper, M.D.
n Gold Level – Baily Insurance and Lucy & Douglas Corwin
n Silver Level – Finnegan Gas Corporation, First Federal Savings & Loan Association of Greene County and Jeff and Dr. Helen McCracken
n Bronze Level – Black Diamond Equipment Rental, Blueprints, Chevron, Greene Treatment Center, Jeffry N. Grimes, Attorney at Law, Terry and Carlyn Grimes, Gregory and Mary Lou Niverth, Pastorius Historic Properties Inc., and Washington Health System.
The Community Foundation of Greene County (CFGC)—a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2000—is the central philanthropic vehicle in Greene County for donations of various types and sizes. CFGC currently manages nearly $5 million in assets through more than 75 different endowed and restricted funds.