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Tuesday, December 03, 2013 9:23 PM


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DELPHOS — Next year will be a little better for local non-profits and those they serve after the Arnold C. Dienstberger Foundation doled out $315,000 in grants Tuesday evening at The Delphos Club.

This was the 16th annual distribution of money raised from investments held by the not-for-profit foundation headquartered in Delphos. With Tuesday’s awards, the foundation has topped $3.6 million in grants.

The Dienstberger Foundation was started with the sale of the Delphos Memorial and Sarah Jane nursing homes by Arnold C. Dienstberger to Vancrest Health Care in Van Wert. The proceeds were invested and each year since 1998, the foundation has spread the wealth to local charities, organizations and schools. In the first year, the foundation gave away $72,000 in grants.

Former foundation president Rick Miller presided over the distribution with President Nick Clark, Vice President Lonnie Miller, Treasurer Doug Harter, Secretary Jerry Gilden and Trustees Bill Massa and Doris Neumeier doling out checks.

Thirty-one recipients shared in $315,000, including $45,000 each to St. John’s and Delphos City schools.

Recipients included:

• St. John’s Schools, $45,000, accepted by high School Principal Adam Lee. Lee said the funds would be used for technology upgrades and continuing education for teachers.

• Community Health Professionals, $5,000, accepted by Nikki DuVall, who said the money will be used to assist patients with home health and hospice care so they don’t have out-of-pocket expenses.

• Delphos City Schools, $45,000, accepted by Superintendent Kevin Wolfe. He said the money would be used for technology upgrades.

Also accepting grants were, front from left, Becky Strayer (Interfaith Thrift Store), Dorothy Hoffman (Delphos Canal Commission), the Rev. David Howell (Community Unity, Delphos Ministerial Association) and Boy Scouts Adam Schneer and Jason Ditto (Boy Scouts); row two, Platoon Chief Don Moreo (Delphos Fire and Rescue), Joyce Hale (Delphos Senior Citizen Center), Karen Edelbrock (Delphos Community Christmas Project), Clara Hanf (Delphos Stadium Club), Shauna Turner-Smith (Delphos Area Art Guild) and Gary Levitt (Museum of Postal History, Rotary); and back, Ray Geary (Delphos Little League), Ron Kimmet (Kiwanis), Ryan Carder (Hope Lodge 214), Ron Ebbeskotte (Athletic Boosters Track Fund) and Jamey Wisher (Delphos Fire Assoc.). • Delphos City Parks, $15,000, accepted by Mayor Michael Gallmeier, who said the money will be used for the third and final phase of repairs to the swimming pool.

• Marbletown Festival Committee, $1,000, accepted by Treasurer Jim Knebel. He said the money would be used for festival costs with proceeds to help install restrooms at Garfield Park.

• Delphos Ministerial Association, $4,000, accepted by the Rev. David Howell. The association assists transients with food and lodging with a Good Samaritan Fund. Rev. Howell explained the money would be put in that fund.

• Delphos Community Christmas Project, $15,000, accepted by Karen Edelbrock. The project assisted more than 410 children with toys and clothing for the holidays last year.

• Delphos Stadium Club, $35,000, accepted by Treasurer Clara Hanf. She said the funds would be used for further improvements at Stadium Park, including a lighting project, sidewalks and benches at Stadium Park and landscaping and benches at Waterworks Park.

• St. Vincent de Paul Society, $5,000, accepted by Denny Hickey. He said the grant helps provide assistance to residents for rent, utilities, food and prescriptions. Hickey noted the group has already helped more people this year than in all of 2012.

• Athletic Track Boosters, $5,000, accepted by Bob Ebbeskotte. He said the track will need resurfaced in the future and the grant will help with that.

• Delphos Habitat for Humanity, $5,000, accepted by Executive Director Bruce Hilty, saying the money was an important piece of the future of the next Habitat home in Delphos.

• Delphos Canal Commission, $15,000, accepted by Trustee Dorothy Hoffman. She said the money would be used for a new furnace for the museum building.

• Delphos Museum of Postal History, $15,000, accepted by Curator Gary Levitt, who said the funds would be used for renovations to the second floor of the museum, including installing restrooms.

• Delphos Optimists Club, $5,000, accepted by member Jay Metzner, who said the funds would be used for the club’s youth projects.

• Delphos Police Department, $10,000, accepted by Chief Kyle Fittro. He said the grant will be used for several projects, including officer training and technology upgrades.

• Delphos Kiwanis Club, $10,000, accepted by members Cindy Metzger and Ron Kimmet. Kimmet said the funds will be used for upkeep on existing playground equipment and completing the refurbishment the sand volleyball courts, including a fence at the north end and a solid border around the court to keep the sand in place.

• Delphos Rotary Club, $10,000, accepted by member Gary Levitt, explaining the funds would be used to bring the 2014 Concert in the Park series to Stadium Park next summer.

• Delphos Public Library, $3,500 accepted by Director Kelly Rist and Children’s Librarian Denise Cressman. Rist said the library is working on a teen area and purchasing AWE computers for the children’s area.

• CWU Interfaith Thrift Shop, $5,000, accepted by Becky Strayer. Strayer said the money will help the replacement of the shop’s heating and cooling unit.

• Delphos Boy Scouts, $500, accepted by Scouts Jason Ditto and Adam Schneer, who said the group uses the funds for camp.

• Delphos Girl Scouts, $500, accepted by Girl Scout Leader Beth Gerow. She said the money would be used for day camps and other activities.

• Delphos Cub Scouts, $500, accepted by Den Leader Kerry Neumeier and his son, Jeffrey. He said the funds would help with camp.

• The Delphos Fire Assoc., $5,000, accepted by member Jamey Wisher. Wisher said the money would be used to upgrade the fire department’s extraction equipment.

• Delphos Fire and Rescue, $10,000, accepted by Platoon Chief Don Moreo, who said the funds will be used for upgrades to the department’s extraction equipment as well.

• Delphos Senior Citizen Center Inc., $25,000 accepted by Director Joyce Hale, who said the money will be used to continue providing services to the community, including transportation.

• Community Unity, $2,000, accepted by the Rev. David Howell, stating the funds help local people deal with difficult times. Community Unity serves a free hot meal each Thursday, holds four free food giveaways a year and distributes 200-250 school supply packs each year.

• Knights of Columbus, $5,000, accepted by Grand Knight Jim Mesker, who said the funds will help with repairs to the K of C hall.

• Hope Lodge 214, Free & Accepted Masons, $5,000, accepted by member Ryan Carder. He said the funds will help with updates to the lodge and continue the Mason tradition in Delphos.

• Delphos Little League, $5,000, accepted by coach Ray Geary. He said the money will be used to help pay for umpires.

• Delphos Area Art Guild, $1,000, accepted by Guild President Shauna Turner-Smith. She said the grant will help provide programming and further the appreciation of art in the community.

• Families United, $2,000, for activities for challenged individuals.


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