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, celebrating 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 were:
Lucy and Doug Corwin – for their ongoing support of CFGC through unrestricted gifts
Dr. Morris Harper – for his ongoing support of CFGC in building a new grant fund and providing unrestricted support for CFGC
Doug and Kathy Lee – for their continued support of The Forever Greene Fund
Jeff and Dr. Helen McCracken – for their ongoing support through unrestricted gifts
John and Cassie Menhart – for their ongoing support of CFGC through 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 their support and assistance through 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 through CFGC
EQT Foundation – for their continued support of 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 advisors 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 advisors 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:
Platinum Level – Community Bank, EQT Corporation, and Morris Harper, M.D.
Gold Level – Baily Insurance and Lucy & Douglas Corwin
Silver Level – Finnegan Gas Corporation, First Federal Savings & Loan Association of Greene County and Mr. Jeff and Dr. Helen McCracken
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.
Bridge Society Awards picture:
L-R: Courtney Schroyer, Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, First Federal Savings & Loan Association of Greene County; Tim Logan, Esq. Logan Law Office; Tom Milinovich, CPA, CFP, Milinovich & Co.; Andrew Corfont, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Community Bank.
Front Row: Eveylnn Edwards, ACTS of Greene County; Brent Robinson, Chevron; Courtney Schroyer, First Federal Savings & Loan Association of Greene County; Mike Laffin, EQT; John Menhart, CFGC Board Member.
Second Row: Cody Gilliam, Chevron; Christopher Battaglia, Empty Bowls of Greene County; Lucy Corwin, CFGC Board Member.
Third Row: Jeff McCracken, CFGC Board President, and Helen McCracken; Kathy and Douglas Lee, Andrew Corfont, Community Bank; Casey Durdines, EQT.
Left to Right: Bob Finnegan, Dr. Morris Harper