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Two more 2015 Grants Cycle recipients receive
Two local organizations have received their grant awards in the 2015
Grants Cycle. Community Foundation Executive Director James Shott
presented the awards to Dwayne Harwick of the Abel Crisis Pregnancy
Center in the left photo, and to Rodney Mayberry of the Mountaineer
Marine Detachment 957 Toys for Tots project in the right photo.
received a $2,000 award for the to be used to purchase materials for
its female clients, and Toys for Tots
received a $2,000 award for program support.
Two recipients receive awards in 2015 Grants Cycle
Representatives of the Mercer County Historical Society, Heritage
Festival and the American Red Cross, Southeast West Virginia
Chapter, have received their awards to fund their individual
projects from Foundation Executive Director James Shott.
In the photo at left, Fred Powers receives the Historical Society's
award and displays a newspaper section about the Heritage Festival
that the Foundation helped fund with a $2,000 grant aimed at
defraying expenses for professional storytellers and presenters.
In the photo at right, Stephanie Meadows, Executive Director of the
Red Cross office, receives her organization's award of $2,000
targeted at costs associated with provision of emergency services in
P. Buckley Moss to speak at
Foundation's Annual Dinner
The Community Foundation of the Virginias, Inc. will hold its
Annual Dinner on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at
Fincastle on the Mountain.
P. Buckley Moss is this year's keynote speaker. An alumna of New
York's prestigious Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and
Art, Pat Moss is a formally educated and accomplished artist, highly
regarded by academics and collectors alike. With her art displayed
in more than 200 galleries worldwide, she is one of America's most
prized living artists.
The Reception and Social Period will begin at 6:00 p.m., with the
dinner beginning at 7:00 and the program following dinner.
Tickets are $100 per person, $150 for couples, and $1,000 to be a
sponsor and a premium table.
Pat has graciously donated a unique, one-of-a-kind print based on
one of her works to the Foundation, which will be raffled off, and
the winning ticket will be drawn at the Dinner.
Raffle tickets are $5 each, and you can get 5 tickets for
You need not be
present to win this print!
your seats today!
the Foundation office at 304-324-0222
Grant applications for 2015 now being reviewed
The Community Foundation's deadline for Grant applications has
passed, and the Grants Committee will begin tomorrow reviewing the
46 applications, seeking more than $130,000 in funding.
The Grants Committee is
chaired by Robert Perkinson and comprised of: Mary Azzo, Mary Jo
Babbitt, Marie Blackwell, Kathleen Blaydes, Carole Dodson, Craig
Hammond, Doris Sue Kantor, Kermit Moore, and Bettye VanDyke.
recommendations will be presented to the Foundation Board of
Directors in September, and successful applicants will be notified
Community Foundation awards scholarships for 2015
The Community Foundation
of the Virginias, Inc. awarded 61 scholarships totaling more than
$79,000 in the 2015 Scholarships Cycle.
The scholarships were
awarded from 18 different funds, and were awarded to graduating
seniors from seven high schools, as noted.
Alex B. Mahood, Jr.
Scholarship – 2 recipients (GHS, BHS)
Bluefield High Schools’
Alumni Scholarship - 2 recipients (BHS)
C.B. and Ora Hunter
Hancock Memorial Scholarship - 1 recipient (BHS)
Scholarship - 4 recipients (3 PSHS, BHS)
East River Mountain
H.O.G. #5432 scholarship - 1 recipient (GHS)
Graham High School
scholarship - 1 recipient (GHS)
Harman Lodge #222
scholarship - 1 recipient (GHS)
James and Rebecca
Steorts Fund - 1 recipient (PSHS)
Joetta Collins Hooker
Memorial Scholarship - 4 recipients (3 prior, River View)
Fund - 4 recipients (Concord University)
Lindsay Rebekah Haun
Memorial Scholarship - 1 recipient (PSHS)
Smith-Burke Scholarship - 3 recipients (Richlands)
Marsha A. Mead, PhD.
Scholarship - 1 recipient (Bluefield College)
Maurice and Grace Hanna
Weinberg Scholarship Fund - 2 recipients (BHS)
Robert Austin Family
Scholarship Fund - 3 recipients (GHS)
Scholarship Fund - 3 recipients (2 prior, PSHS)
Roy R. Raub Memorial
Scholarship - 25 recipients (24 prior, Hurley)
William G. Skewes
Memorial Scholarship - 2 recipients (Mercer Christian, PSHS)
currently attend a variety of schools, including (alphabetically):
Bluefield State College, Concord University, Covenant College, James
Madison University, Marshall University, University of Maryland,
University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest University, and
West Virginia University.
Many thanks to the
Scholarships Committee, chaired by Carole Dodson: Gene Bailey,
George Brooks, Mary Raub, Jim Steorts and Bettye VanDyke.
Michael Ammar returning to Bluefield
to benefit the Community Foundation
West Virginia native and
Bluefield High School graduate Michael Ammar last dazzled area fans
with his “close-up” slight-of-hand magic performance, in August of
2011. The Community Foundation of the Virginias, Inc. is thrilled to
announce Michael’s return for an appearance to benefit the
Foundation on May 14, 2015.
Michael, who is the son
of the late A.S. "Buddy" Ammar and Betty Ammar, became interested in
magic as a child, and developed his interest to a level achieved by
only a few in his field.
Called "the magician's
magician" by David Copperfield, Michael earned the designation as
one of the 100 most influential magicians of the 20th Century by The
Magic Magazine, and many regard him as the greatest sleight-of-hand
magician in the world.
His performance blends a
unique combination of skill, humor, and motivation for an extremely
entertaining evening. His television credits include two
appearances on “The Tonight Show,” “The Late Show with David
Letterman,” CNN Headline News, Worlds Greatest Magic, Travel
Channel: Magic of LA, International Magic Awards, The Worlds Best
Magic Tricks EVER, and several appearances on Japanese and Korean
Michael writes books,
lectures, performs and teaches all over the world, and has a long
list of awards and honors, including these: Magician of the Year;
six awards from the Academy of Magical Arts; FISM Gold Medal in
Close Up Magic; two awards from the International Magic Awards;
Dragon Award; and West Virginia University's Distinguished Alumni
award winner in 2005, for achieving international recognition in his
The event takes place at
the Bluefield Elks Lodge on Thursday, May 14 beginning at 6:00 p.m.
with a social period and cash bar, dinner at 6:45 p.m., and the show
follows dinner. This event is one of the Foundation’s two major
fundraisers this year, the second being the Annual Dinner later this
Seating is limited and
tickets are $60 each, and are available from the Community
Foundation of the Virginias, Inc., 304-324-0222.
Foundation Grant Assists Abel Crisis Pregnancy Center
The Community Foundation
awarded the Abel Crisis Pregnancy Center $1,500.00 to purchase Pack N Play and
car seats, in the 2014 Grants Cycle. The award came from the Fund for Mercer
Abel Crisis is a life-affirming Christian ministry that provides services for
pregnant women, providing information about alternatives to abortion. Clients
who decide to carry their baby to term receive help throughout their pregnancy
and afterwards, helping them meet material, emotional and spiritual needs.
The Center provides pregnancy testing, education about pregnancy and childbirth,
about parenting and adoption, information about abortion and associated health
risks, and a variety of other valuable information for pregnant women.
Community Impact Project benefits The Wade Center,
Blessings in a Backpack
The Community Community Foundation's Community Impact Project (CIP) for 2014
awarded funding to three area projects. The CIP is the vehicle that turns
donations made for NIP tax credits into support for valuable community projects.
The Community Impact Project supported the efforts of The Wade Center in
providing educational, recreational and nutritional support for low income
families in the Bluefield area, as well as local volunteers who raise money
locally for the Blessings in a Backpack food program, and supported the efforts
of Friends Unlimited to improve the lives of Mercer County's developmentally
The largest of these three projects involved helping The Wade Center provide
recreational and relational activities for 100 residents of its general
neighborhood in a family-friendly, safe environment.
In the photo at right, The Wade Center's Darius Carper, Director of Missions and
Missions Coordinator and Jessica McDaniel, Director, receive the $32,000 award
for their project recreational and relational project. The Foundation also
funded the Center's Backpack program with a $2,000 grant.
The CIP also assisted Friends Unlimited provide monthly activities for 100-150
developmentally disabled residents to help develop personal habits, social
skills, nutritional selection, in safe and appropriate activities with a grant
Another grant of $2,000 helped provide backpacks containing weekend food
supplies for children of low-income families in several elementary and middle
schools in the Bluefield area.
Applications for the Community Impact Project will be accepted through the last
business day of May. Non-profit organizations and government agencies interested
in applying for for the CIP should call or email the Foundation for information
and an application.
Two New Funds Established in December
Area students now have
two more potential funding sources from the Community Foundation
that were established just before the end of 2014.
The Margaret "Trika" Smith-Burke
Scholarship Fund was established to benefit graduating
seniors at Richlands High School, Richlands, Virginia, and to
college students who graduated from Richlands High School and have
received this award in one or more previous years. This Fund was
started by a trust fund established by Margaret Smith-Burke, a
descendent of Thomas Righter, who founded Pocahontas Mining Company
in 1906, which operates today under the name Pocahontas Resources,
The Bluefield High School Class of
1963 Scholarship Fund benefits graduating seniors at
Bluefield High School, Bluefield, West Virginia who will pursue one
of two major courses of study. It was started by Bill Daugherty, a
1963 graduate of BHS, who wanted to provide assistance for graduates
wishing to study business or education. Preference is given to
students majoring in Business, and if no qualified applicants for
Business are found, applicants majoring in Education will be
Foundation Grant Assists
Town of Bluefield, Virginia
A $2,000.00 grant from the Foundation's Unrestricted Fund assisted
the Town of Bluefield, Virginia Beautification Commission in replacing
playground equipment at the Pinehill Park Playground.
Pictured left to right, James Shott, Foundation executive director, and
representatives of the Town and the Beautification Commission Donna Kelly, Linda
Heneger, and Kim Hernandez.
Grant Recipients for 2014
The Community Foundation
of the Virginias, Inc. is pleased to announce the award of 38 grants
for 2014.These awards totaling $72,818.20 represent the Foundation’s
18th annual grant cycle supporting local nonprofit
groups. The Foundation received a total of $97,012.50 in requests
With the inclusion of
the 2014 awards, the Foundation has returned more than $1,000,000 to
the area since 1997 in grants and scholarships.
The Grants Committee is
chaired by Robert Perkinson and comprised of: Rich Bezjak, Mary Jo
Babbitt, Kathleen Blaydes, Carole Dodson, Kermit Moore, Doris Sue
The Board of Directors
of the Foundation unanimously approved the following grants on
September 9, 2014, and are listed below by Area of Interest, and
I - Education:
Bluefield College New Opportunity School for Women -
$1,275.00 program support, Alfred and Shirley Wampler Caudill Fund
and the Ghia Borg Memorial Fund
Memorial Primary School - $2,743.00 to purchase 200 Wiggle
Seats, Warren Ashby and Elizabeth Featherstone Thornhill Memorial
Memorial Primary School - $575.00 to purchase stability balls
for classroom of 25, Jeffrey Edward Shott Memorial Fund
North Tazewell Elementary School - $2,000.00 to purchase
stability balls for classrooms, Ruth Creasy and A. Elmo Fleshman
Quick Start Tennis of Central Virginia, Inc. - $2,000.00 to
purchase tennis equipment for Tazewell County Schools, Ruth Creasy
and A. Elmo Fleshman Fund
Read Aloud West Virginia, Mercer County - $2,000.00 to
provide books to low income children in Mercer County, Bluefield
Dailey Telegraph Fund and the Ghia Borg Memorial Fund
Bible in the Schools - $2,151.37 - Donor Designated, B. G.
and Rachel Blalock Fund
II - Health:
Mercer Charitable Clinic - $722.63 - Donor Designated,
Charles and Jerry Ann Myles Fund
III - Human Services:
Abel Crisis Pregnancy Center - $1,500.00 to purchase Pack N
Play and car seats, Fund for Mercer County
Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens, Inc. - $2,000.00 to
purchase cribs, refrigerator, microwave and other items for the
child day care, William D. Evans Fund
Blessings in a Backpack (Dudley, Graham Intermed., Ceres) -
$2,000.00 to fill backpacks with food every Friday for low income
children at Ceres Elementary, Graham Intermediate & Dudley Primary;
Judge Jerome and Hilda R. Katz Memorial Fund and Community Impact
Blessings in a Backpack (Memorial, Whitethorn and Blfd. Intermed.)
- $2,000.00 to fill backpacks with food every Friday for low income
children at Memorial, Whitethorn & Blfd. Intermediate; Community
Impact Project and the AEP Fund
Bluefield State College Foundation - $2,100.00 planters for
the entrances to campus, Charles A. and Marjorie M. Peters Fund and
Buckskin Council Boy Scouts of America - $2,000.00 to fund
membership fees in Tazewell and Mercer Counties, Charles A. and
Marjorie M. Peters Fund and Unrestricted Fund and the Perkinson
Child Protect of Mercer County - $2,000.00 to purchase car
seats, Pack N Play and clothing for families in need, Fund for
Children's Home Society of West Virginia - $2,000.00 monthly
Family Support Group expenses, Jeffrey Edward Shott Fund and the
Fund for Mercer County
Children's Home Society of West Virginia WE CAN - $1,747.00
support of activities for low income children, Jeffrey Edward Shott
Fund, Rotary Club of Bluefield Fund and the Community Impact Project
F.U.N. Friends Unlimited - $2,000.00 support for the annual
prom for disabled adults, Community Impact Project and the Sandra
Gayle Monk Fund
Marine Toys for Tots - $2,000.00 Toys for Tots Program
support, Fund for Mercer County
Princeton Police Department - $2,040.00 Friends for Life
packet for children Unrestricted Fund
Royal Family Kids Camp of Mercer County - $2,000.00 Constant
Person Program for children in poverty, Ghia Borg Memorial Fund
SATIRA - $1,000.00 to support the "PURPOSE" program for
crafts and snacks, Unrestricted Fund
Save A Pet Food Bank - $2,000.00 program support,
Second Chance for Cats - $1,050.00 program support, Fannie
Kate and Betty Gardner Bailey Fund and Unrestricted Fund
Sunrise Center - $2,000.00 to purchase classroom supplies,
The Wade Center - $2,000.00 support of the back pack program,
Judge Jerome and Hilda R. Katz Fund Community Action Grant Fund,
Bluefield Rotary Club Fund and Community Impact Project
Young Life of Bluefield - $2,000.00 expenses for Young Life
Graham High School, Ghia Borg Memorial Fund
The Wade Center - $994.20 - Donor Designated, Sylvester C.
and Janice M. Myers Fund
IV - Arts &
4 Pals Productions, Inc. - $2,000.00 support of the Annual 4
Pals Theatre Festival for high school students, Unrestricted Fund
Alliance for the Arts, Ltd. - $1,320.00 Banners for the
Bluefield Area Arts Center, Janie Poteet Light Fund for Art Studies
and the Unrestricted Fund
Blue Mountain Performing Arts - $5,000.00 to help fund "Live
From Nashville" concert, Fannie Kate and Betty Gardner Bailey Fund
and Unrestricted Fund
Bluefield Beautification Commission - $2,000.00 to purchase
benches and trash receptacles for Commerce Street, Ammar Family Fund
Bluefield Fine Arts Commission - $3,000.00 program support
for several fundraising projects, Unrestricted Fund
Bluefield Preservation Society - $2,000.00 to purchase 20
white canopy tents and 20 sets of LED decorative lights,
Bluewell Improvement Association - $3,000.00 to purchase 4
new welcome signs in Bluewell, Unrestricted Fund
Charles T. "Chuck" Mathena, II Foundation, Inc. - $2,000.00
to provide tickets to low income in Mercer and Tazewell County,
The Trails at Bluefield City Park - $600.00 to build a
footbridge on the Creek Trail at the City Park Trail, Unrestricted
Town of Bluefield, VA Beautification Commission - $2,000.00
playground equipment at Pinehill Park Playground, Unrestricted Fund
Foundation Grant supports
The 3rd annual Patchwork Quilters Jamboree was held July 18 and
19 at the Carlock-Pruett Fieldhouse at Graham High School.
Co-Chairs of the event Betty Kuppusami and Betty Watson thanked
the Foundation for its support of the project, consisting of a
$1,500 grant for the purchase of 75 quilt stands.
Marine Corp League
and Foundation exchange "gifts"
In the photo at left, Rodney Mayberry of the Marine Corps League
receives a check for $2,000 from Foundation Executive Director,
The award came from the Fund for Mercer County to support the
League's efforts in the Toys for Tots program that provides toys
for disadvantaged children each Christmas.
In the photo at right, James Shott receives a plaque expressing
the appreciation of the Marine Corps League from Rodney