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Deadlines are approaching
The deadline for grant applications is June 30. Applications must be
received by, or postmarked by, June 30 in order to be considered.
Closer is the deadline for the Community Impact Project, which is
June 15. That application also must be received by, or postmarked
by, June 15.
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.
Foundation 2015 Grants Cycle deadline is June 30
Community Foundation's 19th annual Grants Application
Period deadline is approaching. Applications will be accepted
through June 30, 2015.
Applications must be received by the Foundation by June 30, 2015 or
be postmarked by that date to be considered.
Information about applying for a grant is posted here on the
Foundation Web site or can be requested from the Foundation office
by calling 304-324-0222.
Applicants will be notified whether their application was approved
following action by the Foundation Board of Directors at its
Community Foundation of the Virginias, Inc. provides grants support
to nonprofit organizations serving the people of Mercer County, West
Virginia and Tazewell County, Virginia.
its inception the Community Foundation has awarded more than
$1,000,000 in grants and scholarships to worthwhile organizations
and deserving students in its service area.
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,
Breakfast 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's Annual Dinner to be Held October 28
Charles A. Peters of Emerson Electric Co. to Speak
The 2014 Annual Dinner will be held
on Tuesday, October 28 at Fincastle on the Mountain, with the social
period beginning at 6:00 p.m. and dinner around 7:00 p.m.
We are pleased that our speaker will
be Charles A. Peters, the son of long-time Bluefield business leader
Charlie and the late Marjorie Peters. The younger Charlie grew up in
Bluefield, and today is Senior Executive Vice President of Emerson
(Emerson Electric Co.) headquartered in St. Louis, MO, and has been
with Emerson since 1975, holding several corporate level positions.
He and his wife Kimberly live in St. Louis, and are the parents of
Ticket prices are $100 for
individuals; $150 for couples; and tables of eight are $1,000.
Contact the Foundation at 304-324-0222, or at email address
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.
Grants Committee begins
reviewing 2014 Grants
Foundation's Grants Committee begins formally reviewing the
applications from the 18th annual Grants Application Period
this week. The review process extends through July and August,
and the Committee's recommendations will be presented to the
Foundation Board of Directors at its September meeting.
Successful applicants will be notified that
their application was approved following action by the
Foundation of the Virginias provides grants support to nonprofit
organizations serving the people of Mercer County, West Virginia
and Tazewell County, Virginia, and has awarded more than
$1,000,000 in grants and scholarships to worthwhile
organizations and students in its service area since its
Area Students Receive Scholarships from the
Community Foundation of the Virginias, Inc.
Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of the Virginias,
Inc. met Tuesday, May 13, and approved scholarship
recommendations from the Scholarship Committee for 56 students
who are graduating seniors at high schools in Mercer, McDowell
and Fayette counties in West Virginia, and Tazewell County,
Virginia, or are college students who have been awarded a
scholarship on a continuing basis.
recipients are chosen through a competitive application process
by the Scholarship Committee, which is chaired by Carole Dodson,
with members Mary Azzo, Gene Bailey, Carl Gillespie, Eugenia
Hancock, Harry Kammer, Mary Raub, Jim Steorts, Bettye VanDyke,
and Susan Whittaker.
endowed funds awarded a total of 70 scholarships totaling more
than $68,000. The scholarships came from the following endowed
Alex B. Mahood, Jr. Scholarship; Alfred and Shirley Wampler
Caudill Scholarship; C.B. and Ora Hunter Hancock Memorial
Scholarship; Dr. Jack Walter Witten Scholarship; E.R. Gillespie
Scholarship; Graham High Scholarship; Grants Supermarket
Scholarship; James and Rebecca Steorts Fund; Joetta Collins
Hooker Memorial Scholarship; Joshua Lee Shutt Memorial
Scholarship; Kendrick Family Scholarship; Lindsay Rebekah Haun
Memorial Scholarship; Marsha A. Mead, PhD. Scholarship; Maurice
and Grace Hanna Weinberg Scholarship; Max L and Virginia S.
Kammer Family Scholarship; Rose Sinicrope Scholarship; Roy R.
Raub, M.D. Memorial Scholarship; and the William G. Skewes
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
Department Receives Funding
for Equipment and
Foundation of the Virginias, Inc. presented a grant award in the
amount of $10,000 to fund a request by the Bluefield High School
Science Department for computer equipment and materials for the
chemistry, biology, Earth science and physics labs.
The grant was funded by the Bluefield High School Endowment
Fund, which was created by Marshall Miller, Ray Ratliff, Jr. and
the Bluefield High School Foundation in 1999.
On hand for the
presentation were (left to right): BHS Foundation Chairman
Stephen Hopta, BHS Principal Michael Collins, Science Teacher
Anna Lilly, Community Foundation Executive Director James Shott,
Science Teacher Kerry Richmond, and Craig Hammond, member of the
Board of Directors of both the BHS Foundation and the Community
Foundation of the Virginias.
Foundation Celebrates 20th
A large crowd was on hand Thursday, Nov. 14 to help the Foundation celebrate its 20th
year of service to the Mercer/Tazewell County area. The audience heard brief
descriptions of the formation of the two parent organizations — the Bluefield
Area Foundation and the Greater Mercer County Charitable Foundation — and the
formation of the Doctor Jack Witter Scholarship Fund, a fund begun in honor of
Dr. Witten and his many good works benefitting young boys.
In its 20th year the Foundation has crossed two significant threshholds,
surpassing the $4 million mark in invested assets, and awarding more than $1
million in grants and scholarships to support organizations and students in
Mercer County, West Virginia and Tazewell County, Virginia.
More photos to follow.
Community Foundation Funds Renovation
of Two Bluefield Playgrounds
A program to renovate the City of Bluefield, West Virginia's
playgrounds got a boost from the Community Foundation of the
Virginias, Inc. with the funding of renovations to two of those
playgrounds, the Bedford Street and Midway playgrounds, through
a grant in the amount of $22,250.
The funding comes through the Foundation's participation in the
State of West Virginia's Neighborhood Investment Program,
which awards tax credits to charitable organizations, which they
in turn exchange for charitable donations dedicated to funding a
project that the organizations identified in their applications
to the West Virginia Development Office.
The Community Foundation's Community Impact Project
submitted the playground restoration as its focus in this year's
tax credit program.
Pictured above, left to right: Julie Johnson, Foundation
president; James Shott, Foundation Executive Director; Bluefield
Mayor Tom Cole; City Board Members Ellen Light and Chuck
McGonagle; Vice Mayor Barbara Smith; and City Manager Jim
Organizations interested in applying to the Community Foundation
for consideration for funding through the Community Impact
Project may contact the Foundation in January for
information on the process.
Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens, Inc.
Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens received a $2,000 grant from the
Community Foundation to replace the stove in its Tazewell nutrition site. The
funding came from the American Electric Power Community Service Fund, and from
the Unrestricted Fund.
correspondence, the Agency said, "Without the generosity of the Community
Foundations of Virginia, we would have to close our nutrition site in Tazewell
because we would not have a way to prepare our meals."
The Foundation is pleased to have assisted the Agency in its efforts on behalf
of area senior citizens.
Southwest Virginia Community College
Educational Foundation, Inc.
Southwest Virginia Community College Educational Foundation, Inc.'s
2013 Festival of the Arts -- NO LIMITS! has ended and has
been termed a great success. The Festival, the 19th annual edition,
featured 13 days of performances, workshops, exhibits, master
classes, culinary and experiences.
The Community Foundation is pleased to have supported this year's
Festival with a $2,000 grant from the Foundation's Unrestricted
Community Foundation Celebrates
Twenty Years of Community Service
years ago last month the first of two organizations that eventually
merged to form the Community Foundation of the Virginias, Inc. was
founded. A group of community leaders formed the Bluefield Area
Foundation serving Mercer and Tazewell counties. A few years later,
community leaders in Princeton formed the Greater Mercer County
Charitable Foundation in 1998.
The two foundations merged in 2002 to form the Community Foundation
of the Virginias, Inc., and in March of 2003 the new organization
announced its first grant awards.
With its Board of Directors and committees comprised of dedicated
volunteers from the communities it serves, the Community Foundation
has worked diligently to provide funding for important and
beneficial projects in the areas of Human Services, Health,
Education and the Arts and Humanities, and to assist deserving
students in continuing their education at the college or university
of their choice.
Today, the Community Foundation of the Virginias, Inc. has well over
50 individual endowed funds aimed at supporting community projects
and prospective college students, and since those beginning days 20
years ago, the Community Foundation and its parent organizations
have awarded nearly $900,000 to dozens of worthy community projects
managed by nonprofit organizations, and to scores of students
seeking to continue their education.
The Foundation is grateful for the confidence fund donors have shown
by entrusting our organization to carry out their charitable
desires, and the strong level of support of the general public whose
annual contributions make it possible to continue supporting area
projects and students.