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Scholarship Photos Available Online!

The pictures of our ACAF Dollars for Scholars Awards Program have now been posted on Peter ...


Belmont, NY – The Allegany County Area Foundation recently presented a grant check in the amount of $510.35 to the village of Belmont to help improve the appearance of the First Responders Park located at the intersection of Greenwich and Schuyler streets in Belmont. This grant money was provided by the Masonic Lodge #424 Village of Belmont Clock Fund.

The Masonic Lodge in Belmont had dissolved back in 2011. This fund was established at the Foundation to provide in perpetuity the means to care for and maintain the four sided clock.

The Masonic Lodge had purchased the clock and donated it to the Village of Belmont in 2010. Near the clock is a plaque which names the Masters that had served at the Lodge.Belmont Clock Fund - Richard J Hoshal - July 2016

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: The Foundation welcomes tax-deductible gifts in any amount, including memorials to friends and loved ones.

In the picture: Richard J. Hoshal, Village Clerk/Treasurer of Belmont.

Endowment Fund to Help People with Eczema

Jonathan DahlgrenThe Jonathan A. Dahlgren Eczema Fund has been established at the Allegany County Area Foundation by the family of Denis and Colleen Dahlgren. The earnings from this endowment fund will benefit the National Eczema Association (NEA) to help them carry out their mission. This organization is a non-profit organization founded in 1988 to improve the health and quality of life for individuals with eczema through research, support, and education.

“We were looking for a way to remember our son that would help people who suffer from severe eczema as Jon did. Being able to help others with this disease year after year seemed like a perfect way to honor our son.” stated Denis Dahlgren. “We encourage other families who face the constant challenges of eczema to seek help from the National Eczema Association.” More information about the NEA can be found on their web site at:

Throughout his whole life Jon had suffered from very severe eczema. Eczema is a skin condition that is suffered by 10 to 20% of the world’s population. Jon lived with the challenges of constant, unbearable itching, scabbing, visible rashes on his body and even bleeding. There is currently no cure for this condition, although there are treatments that may help to alleviate the itchy symptoms.

Jonathan A. Dahlgren will be remembered by his family and friends as a very kind and caring young man. At the age of 26 Jon died on October 5, 2011 from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle/pedestrian accident. At the time he was living in Syracuse while searching for his career job.

Many will remember Jon as an avid sports fan, forever loyal to the St. Bonaventure Bonnies and the Buffalo Bills. He played volleyball and tennis while in high school and enjoyed many wonderful vacations with his family on the water in Northern New York. Jon was also a member of the National Honor Society in high school. After Jon graduated from Wellsville High School he went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from St. Bonaventure University.

For more information on how you can create a legacy for a loved one through the Allegany County Area Foundation, please call 585-808-8444 or e-mail: Please visit our Donate if you would like to support one of our funds.

The Genesee Rapids Baseball Program Receives ACAF Grant

Kids Day 6Houghton, NY – The Allegany County Area Foundation is pleased to announce a $1,000 grant to The Genesee Rapids Baseball Program. Dr. Ralph P. Kerr, General Manager of the Genesee Rapids Baseball Team stated, “Thanks to the Allegany County Area Foundation for a generous contribution towards the Rapids Kids Day which was held on June 3rd. Free admission for all students in attendance was made possible by this generous gift.”

The Genesee Rapids Baseball Team, a member of the New York Collegiate Baseball League located in Upstate New York, play their home games on the baseball field at Houghton College. This league provides college players the opportunity to develop their skills at a higher level of play, gain experience with wood bats, and be evaluated by Major League Baseball scouts. Their season began in early June and will run through early August.Genesee Rapids 2016 (2)

Grants such as this one are made possible through the generous gifts from Allegany County residents. The ACAF Grant Committee, chaired by Rod Bennett, awards grants to worthy non-profit organizations in Allegany County.  The application due date for the next grant cycle is on August 30th. Non-profit organizations may apply online at Please call 585-808-8444 or e-mail: for more information.

Grant to Benefit Leadership Allegany

Leadership Allegany June 2016Recently the Allegany County Area Foundation awarded a $600 grant to Leadership Allegany. This money will be used to sponsor a participant in the Leadership Allegany Program.
Leadership Allegany is a joint initiative of Houghton College and the Greater Allegany County Chamber of Commerce. This program provides a dynamic learning environment where adult professionals who live, work or have vested interest in Allegany County grow their leadership abilities, create connections, and impact their communities. Participants meet two times a month for ten months, including a full-day opening retreat.
Industry days provide participants with an in-depth, insider’s view of Allegany County industries through the professionals who lead them – including government, the judicial system, manufacturing, agriculture, and many more. They engage in site tours, hear from speakers, and enjoy panel discussions.
Curriculum sessions challenge participants to dig deep into their leadership values using the Social Model for Leadership, developed by the Higher Education Research Institute of UCLA. They begin by exploring their own personal strengths, moving gradually from the self to small group engagement to community impact.
For more information about Leadership Allegany please visit their web site at: They can also be reached at: 585.567.9558.
For more information about the Allegany County Area Foundation, please call 585-808-8444. Their next grant deadline is on August 30th, and the grant application is available online.
In the above picture: Denis Dahlgren, AFAC Executive Director & Jessica Jennings, Constituent Programming and Event Specialist @ Houghton College


Challenger Center Grandparemnt Visit Poster 2016

Grandparents – will the grandkids be visiting this summer? Are you watching them over the summer and looking for something special to do with them? Consider a trip to space to study Halley’s Comet! The Allegany Senior Foundation in partnership with The Allegany Area Foundation is sponsoring a trip to the Challenger Center in Olean on August 19th. It’s geared for children over 10 with their grandparents (of any age). For more information call the Office for the Aging at 585-268-9390.