Shepard Fund, Guernsey Foundation award grants

The John W. and Edna McManus Shepard Fund and Guernsey County Foundation awarded nine grants totaling $18,275 to organizations serving Cambridge and Guernsey County. Pictured are members of organizations that were selected, l to r: Row one, Maribeth Wright, Guernsey County Foundation. Second row, Michelle Carpenter, Haven of Hope executive director; Kitrina Mazaher, The Living Word Outdoor Drama; Melissa D. Keylor, Children’s Advocacy Center of Guernsey County; and Dave Caldwell, Guernsey County Foundation. Row three, Caroline Johnson, director of program and services of The American Red Cross; Cecil Carlson, Byesville Scenic Railway; Nancy Gress, Magical Moments of Childhood; Shon Gress, executive director of the Guernsey County Senior Citizens Center. Row four, Norm Blanchard, Community Improvement Corporation; John Kunkler, Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra; John Davis, Shepard McManus Fund; and Jim Cowin, YMCA Family Center.

The 9 grants are as follows:

American Red Cross of Ohio Hills — $2,000 from the Guernsey County Foundation to purchase health and safety equipment and promotional materials.

Byesville Scenic Railway, Inc. — $2,000 from the Guernsey County Foundation to purchase marketing materials to increase tourism.

Cambridge Area YMCA — $2,500 from the Shepard Fund to support operation costs for a community youth center.

Cambridge-Guernsey County Community Improvement Corporation — $2,500 from the Shepard Fund to promote economic development through website updates and marketing materials.

Children’s Advocacy Center of Guernsey County — $1,275 from the Shepard Fund to provide school supplies, a voucher for clothes, and a haircut to low-income children.

Guernsey County Senior Citizens Center — $3,500 from the Shepard Fund to help purchase a media library.

Haven of Hope — $3,500 from the Shepard Fund to provide matching funds to support domestic violence and victim assistance programs.

Living Word Outdoor Drama — $500 from the Guernsey County Foundation to support capital improvements and facility upgrades.

Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra — $500 from the Shepard Fund for its annual free-to-kids Children’s Concert at the Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center on March 6, 2011.

The Shepard Fund was established in 1998 by Arthur E. Shepard in memory of his parents, longtime residents of Cambridge. The fund benefits residents of Cambridge and Guernsey County.

Mr. Shepard’s father, John W. Shepard, owned and operated a dry cleaning and tailoring business for 36 years before his death in 1944. His mother, the former Edna McManus, moved to Cambridge with her family when the Cambridge Glass Co. opened. Her father made the first piece of glassware produced at the company.

For additional information, contact John A. Davis at 740/432-3976 or Rebecca Kraley at 614/251-4000.

Story provided by The Daily Jeffersonian