Teeple Family sponsors Purple Power Pack
Thanks to the Teeple Charitable Fund, 400 Northside Elementary children will have healthy snacks to take home for the weekends during the school year. A $5,000 grant was approved this fall to help launch the initiative. Even though John, Steve, and Tom Teeple live away from Alliance, they are well aware of the needs of their hometown of their youth. Two years ago the Teeple Charitable Fund provided a large gift to match a Foundation gift in memory of their parents John and Norma Teeple to help start the Alliance Pantry. According to Foundation Executive Director Doug Schwarz, "In fact, they support many of these same basic needs programs in their own communities."
In Alliance, 20 percent of the residents live in poverty and 80 percent of the children qualify for free or reduced lunch rates. While these children are provided with hot, healthy meals for breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday, there is no guarantee they are being fed on the weekends.
Abby Honaker, Director of the Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement said, "This fall members of the Mount Union community visited a program recently implemented in Canton schools, and after seeing the success of the program and the impact it had on the children, it was decided that Alliance could greatly benefit from something similar. Senior level marketing students at the University of Mount Union researched and designed a program that is tailor-made to the Alliance community." It's been shown that communities that provide food for school children on the weekends see improved attendance, test scores, behavior and overall well-being of children.
Mabel Hartzell Historical Home
The Mabel Hartzell Historical Home, operated by the Alliance Historical Society was granted funds for building repairs. Water draining from the roof ran over the spouting and down the outside wall of the home and seeped inside the home ruining plaster and wallpaper in the kitchen area. Funds from the Foundation grant were used to purchase leaf guard spouting eliminating volunteers climbing ladders to clean out the leaves from the spouting each fall, a hazardous job. The bricks on the west wall of the historic home were recently tuck-pointed and repairs were made to the eaves. The Mabel Hartzell Historical Home on North Park Avenue at Vine Street in Alliance is a fully restored 1867 Italianate residence. Visitors are invited to tour the home during Carnation Festival Week and other times by appointment. The home is owned and maintained by the Alliance Historical Society and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Butler Rodman Baseball Complex
The Alliance Hot Stove Baseball League received a $10,000 grant from the Greater Alliance Foundation for renovation of the baseball complex at Butler Rodman Park. The Tolerton and Robertson families approved $5,000 each towards the project through their Greater Alliance Foundation Donor Advised Funds. The funds were used in conjunction with a grant from the Klusch Foundation to replace eight dugouts on the four Butler Rodman Park baseball fields. The total cost of the project was $40,000. Hot Stove Baseball officials raised the additional funding needed to complete the dugout project. A crew from the Alliance Parks Department handled the construction of the eight new dugouts and finished the project in time for the 2012 baseball season. Hundreds of Hot Stove League games, traveling baseball tournaments, and the National Hot Stove League tournament are played on the four Butler Rodman Park fields each year.
Carnation City Players
The Carnation City Players (CCP) was established by several theater minded persons from Mahoning, Columbiana, and Stark counties in 1960 and was first known as the Tri-County Players. Now in its 53rd year, CCP has established an Organization Endowment Fund with the Foundation.
CCP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of the performing arts in the Alliance area. The fund will be used to provide a long-term support for CCP as it continues to provide entertainment and education in the theater arts for the greater Alliance community. CCP is a proud member of the Ohio Community Theater Association and has been recognized on both the state and local levels for its excellence in presentation.
Canton Symphony Orchestra
The Greater Alliance Foundation matched a grant from a Foundation donor and granted a total of $30,000 towards the Canton Symphony Orchestra's Capital Campaign. The campaign includes a major renovation of Umstattd Hall, home of the orchestra. The performance hall is located at Canton McKinley Senior High School.
The Canton Symphony Orchestra is one of the most highly respected small-budget symphony orchestras in the United States. Musical leadership from nationally-recognized conductor Gerhardt Zimmermann, now in his 31st year as Music Director, the Symphony is ranked by the region's knowledgeable, leading musicians, second only to the Cleveland Orchestra in northeastern Ohio.
Career Centre Computers Upgraded
The Greater Alliance Foundation trustees approved an $18,000 grant to update the operating systems and replace some of the computers at the centre. The technology upgrade was critical as the centre is home to the Robert T. White School of Practical Nursing. There are currently 72 students in the nursing program and approximately another 80 full time students in the adult education classes. The outdated operating system would not allow the LPN students to upgrade to Internet Explorer 9 which the students need to prepare for the LPN State Board Examination. Certification of the nursing program is a requirement that is needed from the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Board of Regents to receive state funding. Centre director Jan Raber said, "The new computers, upgrades, and wireless access will provide the technology to enable the centre's students to be successful." The grant was awarded for the nursing program from a gift from the estate of Ruth Walter.