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THE SCIO MEMORIAL LIBRARY RECEIVES CHECK

The Allegany County Area Foundation recently presented a $547.16 check to the Scio Memorial Library. ...

Dresser-Rand Increases Scholarship Fund

Dresser Rand 2014Back in 2006 Dresser-Rand of Wellsville created a scholarship endowment fund with the Allegany County Area Foundation.  Recently the company added another $25,000 to the endowment bringing their fund total to over $225,000.  In June of 2015 another round of scholarships will be awarded from the earnings of their endowment.

The Dresser-Rand Scholarships are designated for the Dresser-Rand employees and their families in Wellsville. These scholarships are available for children, stepchildren, grandchildren, and spouses of employees or retirees who are enrolled in a course of study at a college or trade school at the post high school level.  The Dresser-Rand scholarships will be awarded on the basis of financial need and academic performance and selected by the scholarship committee of the Allegany County Area Foundation.  Preference will be given to those students who are pursuing a course of study in one of the following fields: Business, Manufacturing, and Engineering, Welding Technology, Machine Tool Technology, Project Management, Human Resource Management, Drafting/CAD, Supply Chain Management, Accounting and IT.

This year students must apply online for the Dresser-Rand Scholarship by visiting the ACAF Scholarship Application link.   Applications will be accepted beginning January 5, 2015.

The Allegany County Area Foundation holds assets of over 8 million dollars and continues to add new funds each year. 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 create a scholarship or create a legacy for a loved one, please contact the Allegany County Area Foundation at 585-808-8444 or e-mail: director@alleganycountyareafoundation.org.

Flanagan-Watson and Alessi Join ACAF Board

Alessi and FlanaganThe Allegany County Area Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce the addition of two new board members. They are Carrie E. Flanagan-Watson of Belmont and Evelyn Alessi of Belfast.

Carrie grew up in Hornellsville on a dairy farm. She attended the following colleges after high school: Alfred State College (associates), New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, SUNY Cortland (bachelors), Alfred University (Masters) and SUNY Brockport (CAS).

Carrie has lived in Allegany County for 17 years. She and her husband, Dean Watson, built the home they have lived in for the last five years. They have four children: Morgan, Darnell, Alexis and Grant.

Carrie is both a science teacher at the Belfast Central School and the Assistant to the Principal. She also serves as a board member for the Town of Ward. Before becoming a teacher, Carrie had worked as a chemist and a waitress. In her spare time, she loves reading, canning, gardening, and baking desserts.

When asked why she was interested in serving on the Allegany County Area Foundation Board Carrie stated, “I want to become part of a great charitable organization and meet interesting people.”

Evelyn Alessi has been a teacher at the Belfast Central School since 1988. She has filled different roles while at Belfast. There include: class advisor, soccer scorekeeper and basketball scorekeeper. She has also been a member of various committees.

Evelyn grew up on a small dairy farm outside of Rushford. After attending Houghton College she married her husband, Mark, and they moved to Summit, NJ for a year before returning to Allegany County. They have lived in Belfast since 1986. Evelyn and Mark have four children: Luke, Drew, Noah and Lacy.

“Since I was born in Allegany County and have lived most of my life here, I was interested in the goals of the ACAF. My children were recipients of scholarships from the ACAF, and when I was approached to help on the scholarship committee, I was happy to do so. It is wonderful to see people devoted to improving the lives of local people.” Evelyn stated.

Evelyn is involved in church and community activities in Belfast. She enjoys reading, cooking, and attending sporting events in her spare time.
For more information on the Allegany County Area Foundation please call 585-808-8444 or e-mail: director@alleganycountyareafoundation.org.

In the picture (L to R):  Evelyn Alessi and Carrie E. Flanagan-Watson.

 

First Book of WNY to Benefit from ACAF Grant

First Book Check Presentation 11-2014 The Allegany County Area Foundation recently awarded a $608.74 grant provided by the Thomas F. & Laura L. Moogan Family Fund to Team First Book of Western New York.  This grant will benefit students at the Genesee Valley Central School and the Bolivar-Richburg Central School. These two districts were eligible to apply for this program.

Elizabeth Mattson, Chair and First Book Ambassador, said, “This money will make it possible for us to purchase 240 new books to children in need in Allegany County.”

First Book of Western New York services children in low-income households in all eight counties in the Western New York Region. This organization works with local schools and programs around the country to provide them with new, quality books for children they serve. First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education by making new, high-quality books available on an ongoing basis. You can learn more about First Book at: http://www.firstbook.org.

The Allegany County Area Foundation holds assets of over 8 million dollars and continues to add new funds each year. 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 your community, please contact the Allegany County Area Foundation at 585-808-8444.

In the attached picture: Denis Dahlgren (Executive Director of the Allegany County Area Foundation) & Elizabeth Mattson (Chair and First Book Ambassador).

THE ALLEGANY COUNTY AREA FOUNDATION PRESENTS CHECK TO THE HART COMFORT HOUSE

Hart Comfort House 2014The Allegany County Area Foundation recently presented a $1,100 check to the Hart Comfort House.  This money will be used to purchase blinds for use throughout the house.   They will save energy in summer and winter and provide for a more comfortable environment for the residents.

Scott Swift, Executive Director of the Hart Comfort House said, “The blinds will bring comfort to all that come here.  Whether it’s the resident that takes pleasure in the soft shaded light that comes through the closed shade, or the volunteers at night that find comfort in the privacy the blinds provide.  As winter sets in I hope to experience a reduction in the drafts, which sometimes blow in from the cold outdoors.  Also, they will look great.  Thank you for helping us to bring quality to our residents lives.”

The Hart Comfort House offers free comfort care for those in their last three months of a terminal illness. Comfort care honors the well-being of every person and respects the dignity of human life.  The Hart Comfort House is a warm and welcoming alternative to hospital or a nursing home care when a person can no longer be looked after in his or her own home.

Hart Comfort House’s staff and trained volunteers are able to care for two residents at a time, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They provide warm and compassionate care and support, not only to residents, but also to residents’ families and friends.

To learn more about the Hart Comfort House please visit their web site at: http://comforthouseofalleganycounty.org or call 585-596-1045.

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.

In the attached picture (L to R):  Angela Rossington, Hart Comfort House Board Member and Grant Writer; Lori Dzielski, ACAF Board Member; and Scott Swift, Executive Director of the Hart Comfort House.

 

The Cuba Friends of Architecture Receives Grant

Check for Palmer Opera House.jpgThe Allegany County Area Foundation recently awarded a $500 grant to the Cuba Friends of Architecture.  This money will be used to help purchase a spotlight for the Palmer Opera House located at 12 West Main Street in Cuba, New York. Since late in 2005 the Cuba Friends of Architecture have been working very hard to restore this historic building.  They have already hosted several events in the opera house including the Genessee Valley Chorus, movies, and a prom.

The Palmer Opera House was originally constructed in 1867.  This original structure was destroyed by a fire on December 20, 1871.  By 1874 a new opera house was opened that hosted operas, minstrel shows, vaudeville shows and many other community events.

To learn more about the history of the Palmer Opera House and its renovation project please visit the following web site: http://www.palmeroperahouse.com.  For more information about the Cuba Friends of Architecture (CFA) please visit their web site at:  http://www.cubafriends.us/index.htm.

The Allegany County Area Foundation holds assets near 8 million dollars and continues to add new funds each year. 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 your community, please contact the Allegany County Area Foundation at 585-808-8444 or visit their web site at:  www.alleganycountyareafoundation.org.

In the attached picture:  Karen Williams (ACAF Board member) & Michael Doyle (member of the Cuba Friends of Architecture)