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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. ...

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)

The Dennis J. Amore Memorial Scholarship

Dennis J AmoreThe Allegany County Area Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Dennis J Amore Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship will benefit the graduates of the Friendship Central School. It will be awarded to a high school senior or a current college student who must have a 3.0 GPA. The applicants must have participated on a high school athletic team and in a community service project within the last twelve months.

Dennis J. Amore was born on May 19th in Olean, New York. He was the son of Anthony and K. Ramona Amore. He was a 1968 graduate of Allegany Central School where he played football and baseball. In football Denny was selected as the Offensive Player of the Year, and in baseball he was chosen as an all-star for the 1968 and 1969 seasons.

Denny graduated from St. Bonaventure University with a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1972. He married Rebecca Stayer in November of that same year. Rebecca and Denny had three children: Tiffany, Jason, and Edward.

Denny began his teaching career in Syracuse where he taught for one year. He then moved back home to teach in the Friendship Central School for the next 39 years. Along with his teaching Denny served as Athletic Director, and he coached soccer, basketball and softball. In 2007, he was inducted into the Allegany County Athletic Hall of Fame.

After his retirement in 2012, Denny was still an active member for the Friendship Sports Boosters, volunteering at can drives and working at the snack shack during soccer, softball and baseball games. Even as he was entering his second year of retirement, many asked when he and his wife were going to move from Friendship to some warm place near sand. His answer was always the same, “Friendship is home. Where else would I want to be?” The Friendship Central lost an unwavering pillar with Denny’s passing.

The FCS Scholarship Committee wanted to create the Dennis Amore Memorial Scholarship Fund, so that his commitment to FCS can help students long into the future. This scholarship will honor not only his memory, but also his commitment to the Friendship community as a whole.

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 our Allegany County citizens. This past year the Foundation awarded $239,300 in scholarships alone.

 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.

 

Check Presented for the MCAC/Ian Gregory Bole Memorial Scholarship

Ian Bole & Check PresentationThe Allegany County Area Foundation was presented a check from the Greater Allegany County Chamber of Commerce/Manufacturing Council of Allegany County for their recent gift of $4,540.37 representing the proceeds from the 2014 MCAC Golf Outing held in August. The proceeds from this tournament benefit the MCAC/Ian Gregory Bole Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Ian Gregory Bole joined the Marines in 2006. He served as Sergeant in United States Marine Corps in Afghanistan and received numerous military commendations: Joint Service Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medals, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Marine Corp Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. Ian died in a motorcycle accident when he was 32 years old. Before his passing he had given the Gift of Life by having designated that his organs be donated to those in need. For that he received on last medal, the New York State Gift of Life Medal of Honor.

The MCAC/Ian Gregory Bole Memorial Scholarship was created for those who have attended the Belmont Career and Tech Center and intend to study manufacturing and/or engineering at Alfred State SUNY College of Technology. Applicants may apply for this scholarship for the 2015-2016 school year through the Allegany County Area Foundation at: www.alleganycountyareafoundation beginning in January 2015.

Pic (L to R): Gretchen Hanchett (Greater Allegany County Chamber of Commerce, Denis Dahlgren (Director of Allegany County Area Foundation, & Girard Kelly (Board President of Greater Allegany County Chamber of Commerce)

 

The Andover Free Library Receives Support

Andover Library Check PresentationThe Allegany County Area Foundation recently awarded a $285.45 grant to the Andover Free Library. Linda Adams, Director of the Andover Free Library said that the money would be used to repaint the children’s section of the library. This award was made possible from the earnings of the Doris O. Church Fund held by the Foundation.

The present building for the Andover Free Library was a gift from Andrew Carnegie back in 1912. The library was constructed by contractor Scott Prest for $5,000. The shelving in the Children’s Room was created by Donald Baker with the material being purchased with bequest monies fom the Norbert Lynch’s estate. Throughout the years many repairs and renovations have preserved the original beauty of this library.

The Andover Free library is located at 40 Main Street in Andover. For more information about this library, please visit their web site at: http://www.andoverfreelibrary.org/.

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 our Allegany County citizens. This past year the Foundation awarded $239,300 in scholarships alone.

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.