friendship-library-2016

The Friendship Free Library Receives ACAF Grant

Friendship – The Allegany County Area Foundation recently awarded a $146.35 grant to the Friendship Free ...

Friendship Free Library Receives Money from the Susan Foster Myers Fund

     Friendship – The Allegany County Area Foundation recently awarded a $154.02 grant to the Friendship Free Library. Michelle Hill, Director of the Friendship Free Library, said that the money would be used to purchase new curtains for the Children’s Room the library. This award was made possible from the earnings of the Susan Foster Myers Memorial Endowment Fund.
The Susan Foster Myers Memorial Endowment Fund was established in 2014 by Alan W. Myers as a memorial to his wife. The purpose of the endowment fund is to support the Friendship Free Library so that it may continue to thrive and continue to serve the community into the future. Each year the earnings from this endowed fund will be used to help improve the programs of the library.
Susan had served the people of Allegany County in many different positions over the years. Some of these positions included: Cub Scout Pack Master, town councilman, county legislator, and County Youth Board member to name just a few. Susan had also once served on the Friendship Free Library Board of directors, and she was the Board president for about ten years.
If you would like to make a difference in your community by leaving a legacy please contact the Allegany County Area Foundation today at 585-808-8444 or e-mail: director@alleganycountyareafoundation.org. The Foundation welcomes tax-deductible gifts in any amount, including memorials to friends and loved ones.
In the Picture: (L to R): Alan W. Myers, Michelle Hill (Director of the Friendship Free Library) and Denis Dahlgren (ACAF Executive Director).

ACAF Dollars for Scholars Program – Caleb Holmes

“When I first got the email asking me to be the guest speaker at this ceremony, other than my palms immediately breaking out into a sweat, I did what every grown up 23 year old does….called my Mom! She did the mom thing of saying “Oh honey that’s such an honor, I think you should do it, but if it’s too much with everything you have going on or you’re too nervous, I understand.” And then my Dad did the dad thing and said “man up, you should do it.” ……View Caleb’s full speech!

The National Eczema Association Receives ACAF Grant

The National Eczema Association (NEA) recently received a $432.44 grant check from the Jonathan A. Dahlgren Eczema Fund which is managed by the Allegany County Area Foundation. Julie Block, Chief Executive Officer of the NEA, said, “This grant money will help them to advance eczema research while providing our community with the information, resources and support to live well.”

This year the NEA focus continues to be:

  • Helping people nationwide to understand and manage their eczema;
  • Funding innovative research projects on the burden of disease such as pain, sleep and itch in atopic dermatitis;
  • Launching an advocacy program to facilitate easier access to health care and safe, affordable eczema treatments.

For more information about the National Eczema Association please visit their web site at: https://nationaleczema.org.

The Allegany County Area Foundation holds assets of over 8 million dollars. The endowed funds continue to grow in perpetuity to enrich and improve the lives of Allegany County people. If you would like more information on how you can provided a legacy of hope and good will in our community, please contact the Allegany County Area Foundation at 585-808-8444 or visit their web site at: www.alleganycountyareafoundation.org.

Richburg-Wirt Historical Society Receives Bartoo Grant

    The Allegany County Area Foundation, recently presented a check for $4,240 to the Richburg-Wirt Historical Society (RWHS). This money comes from the earnings of the Richburg-Wirt Historical Society Endowment Fund which is held and managed by the Allegany County Area Foundation. This fund was created by the estate of Beatrice S. Bartoo. It was the vision, tireless efforts and financial support of Francis and Beatrice S. Bartoo that made the Richburg-Wirt Historical Society and Museum a reality back in 2001. The earnings from this endowment fund will benefit this organization for many years to come. President Melanie Johnston said, “This money will be used to help put a new roof on our museum.”

Beatrice Bartoo was born in Olean in 1919, and graduated from the Richburg Central School. She graduated from the State University of New York at Geneseo with a degree in library science and a master’s degree in education. She went on to become a school librarian for Bolivar until her retirement in 1976.

Beatrice also served as the Town of Wirt historian, and she and her husband Francis founded the Richburg-Wirt Historical Society. Beatrice died in 2009, and in her will she left a very generous donation to create an endowment fund to benefit the Richburg-Wirt Historical Society. Each year they receive a check from the Bartoo Fund to help support their mission.

The Richburg-Wirt Historical Society Museum is located at 243 Main Street in Richburg, NY. For more information about the museum please call 585-928-9478.      The Allegany County Area Foundation holds assets of over 8.5 million dollars. The endowed funds continue to grow in perpetuity to enrich and improve the lives of Allegany County people. If you would like more information on how you can provided a legacy of hope and good will here in our county, please contact the Allegany County Area Foundation at 585-808-8444 or e-mail: director@alleganycountyareafoundation.org.

In the picture (L to R): Lori Dzielski, ACAF Board President; Lee Johnston, RWHS Trustee, Melanie Johnston, RWHS President; Laura Manners, RWHS Trustee; Dick Baker, RWHS Museum and   Denis Dahlgren, ACAF Executive Director.

YOUR COMMUNITY, YOUR FOUNDATION, YOUR LEGACY

The Foundation is a non-profit organization that manages donations totaling more than $8 million and uses the proceeds from those funds to encourage educational, social, cultural and civic projects benefiting the residents of Allegany County. The Foundation awards scholarships to individuals and grants to community organizations. It also helps organizations secure their futures by managing endowment funds and ensures that individuals’ desires for a legacy come to fruition by administering funds to benefit the areas or organizations they specify.  For more information please contact the Director at:director@alleganycountyareafoundation.org or call 585-808-8444.