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Check Presented for the MCAC/Ian Gregory Bole Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Allegany County Area Foundation was recently presented a check from the Greater Allegany County ...

The Kane Family Scholarship Fund Created for the Genesee Valley High School

James M. Kane, a longtime teacher at the Belmont Central/Genesee Valley Central School District, has recently created the Kane Family Scholarship Fund which will benefit the graduates of the Genesee Valley Central High School. This fund becomes one of 27 scholarship funds managed by the Allegany County Area Foundation Dollars for Scholars Program

Kane PresentationWhen asked about the purpose of this new scholarship Mr. Kane stated, “My parents knew, demonstrated, and stressed the value of a good college education. When they were young, not everyone had the opportunity to attend college. They worked long and hard to achieve their goals of earning a college degree. Then they each enjoyed long and fulling careers as a teacher and a banker. When I was to finish high school, my parents encouraged me to find a college that would offer me the best opportunity to achieve my dream. They were always there to encourage, motivate and support me in all my endeavors. Therefore, I am establishing the Kane Family Scholarship in honor of my parents. I hope this scholarship will make it a little easier for a highly-motivated, hard-working graduate to achieve the college degree and job of their dreams.”

For this scholarship fund preference will be given to students who are pursuing a career in finance or education. The recipients must have a high school GPA of at least 2.7 (80%) or a college GPA of 2.5. Also, the recipients must be highly motivated and willing to work hard to reach their goals. The first $2,000 award from this fund will be announced on June 5th of this year. Applicants may apply online at: www.alleganycountyareafoundation.dollarsforscholars.org by April 1st.

Mr. James M. Kane was a graduate of Belmont Central. After high school he attended the State University of New York at Brockport and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He earned a Master of Science Degree in Education from Elmira College. In 1970 James began his teaching career with a year at Corning/Painted Post and then taught for 29 years at the Belmont Central/Genesee Valley Central School. He retired from teaching in 2000. Mr. Kane currently resides in Belmont, NY.

HelenHelen and James T. Kane B. Kane and James T. Kane were the parents of James M. Kane. Helen graduated from the Addison High School. She earned her teaching certificate from the State University College at Cortland. She taught elementary school at Addison, Scio, and Belmont for 27 Years. She died in 1985.

James T. Kane was a graduate of the Belmont Central School. He attended the Bryant and Stratton Business School and the New York State School of Agriculture at Cornell. He then started a 45 year banking career, and he retired from the State Bank of Belmont as Vice-President. Mr. Kane died in 1998.

If you would like more information on how you can create a scholarship fund to honor a loved one in our county, please contact the Allegany County Area Foundation at 585-808-8444 or send an e-mail to: director@alleganycountyareafoundation.org.

Check Presented for the MCAC/Ian Gregory Bole Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Allegany County Area Foundation was recently presented a check from the Greater Allegany County Chamber of Commerce/Manufacturing Council of Allegany County in the amount of $2,716.25. This check represents the proceeds from the 2015 MCAC Golf Outing held last August. The proceeds from this tournament benefit the MCAC/Ian Gregory Bole Memorial Scholarship Fund which is managed by the Foundation.

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 one 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 now apply online for this scholarship for the 2016-2017 school year through the Allegany County Area Foundation at: www.alleganycountyareafoundation.dollars for scholars.org. The deadline for all applications is April 1, 2016.

In the attached picture (L to R): Dwight Fanton, co-chair of the Manufacturing Council of Allegany County; Carolyn Miller, an ACAF Board Member; and Joe Hart, co-chair of the Manufacturing Council of Allegany County.

The Lifeway Youth Center in Belfast Receives Help from the Allegany County Area Foundation

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Belfast, NY – The Allegany County Area Foundation is pleased to announce a $1,000 grant awarded to the Lifeway Youth Center of Belfast. Timothy Sortore, President of the Lifeway Youth Center (LYC), said that,  “The funds will be used to purchase a range for their kitchen.  This is much needed and will be used countless times to provide meals and snacks for the youth.  If we have any money left over, we will use it to purchase some remaining sports equipment for the youth.”

Lifeway sprang from the desire of several community members to serve their young people in a tangible way. An initial motivation was the occurrence in their community of three teen suicides within a 5-6 year period. Currently, they serve an average of 20 young people on a weekly basis.  Their weekly events including games, pizza and lessons are being held in a local church facility until their center is completed.  The Lifeway Youth Center building located at 21 Main Street in Belfast was purchased in May of 2015.  Once the building renovations are completed and their programs are in full swing, they anticipate serving 40-50 young people from Belfast and the surrounding area.  The Lifeway Youth Center will provide them with a safe environment where they can find fellowship, safe recreation, caring adults and guidance toward a better future.

For more information about the Lifeway Youth Center please e-mail: lifewayyouthcenter@gmail.com or visit their Facebook page. Their mailing address is: PO Box 119, Belfast, NY 14711.

Grants such as this one are made possible through the generous gifts of Allegany County residents. The ACAF Grant Committee, chaired by Rodney Bennett, awards grants to worthy non-profit organizations in Allegany County.  The application due date for the next grant cycle is on January 31st.  Non-profit organizations may apply online.  Please call Denis Dahlgren at 585-808-8444 or e-mail: director@alleganycountyareafoundation.org for more information.

In the attached picture (L to R): Timothy Sortore, President of the Lifeway Youth Center; Shannon Sortore, Director of the Lifeway Youth Center; and Denis Dahlgren, Executive Director of the Allegany County Area Foundation.

Jones Memorial Hospital Receives ACAF Grant

IMG_0302Wellsville, NY – The Allegany County Area Foundation is pleased to announce a $500.00 grant awarded to the Jones Memorial Hospital from the Allegany Fund managed by the Allegany County Area Foundation. This grant money will be used to help pay for training to help the patients suffering from Vestibular disorders. Common symptoms of a vestibular disorder include dizziness, vertigo, and imbalance.

Brenda Szabo is Vice President of Diagnostics and Rehab at Jones Memorial Hospital. She said, “There is a lack of a Certified Vestibular Physical Therapist in Allegany County. At present, residents of Allegany County have to travel out of the area if they need to be seen by a certified specialist in Vestibular rehab. By obtaining this certification, we will allow for needed treatment in our county.”

Contributions to this Allegany Fund may be mailed to the Allegany County Area Foundation, 6087 State Route 19N, Belmont, NY 14813 or visit the Foundation web site to make an online donation at: www.alleganycountyareafoundation.org

In the attached picture: Brenda Szabo, Vice President of Diagnostics and Rehab at JMH and Denis Dahlgren, Executive Director of the Allegany County Area Foundation.

The ACAF Scholarship Web Portal Is Now Open for 2016!

PrintThe Allegany County Area Foundation Dollars for Scholars web portal is now open to accept scholarship applications for 2016.

Last year the Allegany County Area Foundation awarded $259,200 in scholarships to 105 students throughout Allegany County. Current high school seniors and college students are welcome to apply for these scholarships. All students will complete their applications online this year including those applying for the Dresser-Rand Scholarships and the Wellsville Rotary Club Scholarships. Students are urged to begin working on their application prior to March 1st in order to meet the April 1st deadline. Those who applied last year can log back in and update the information they entered last year to apply again.

For more information about the ACAF Dollars for Scholars Scholarship Program please e-mail Denis Dahlgren at: director@alleganycountyareafoundation.org or call 585-808-8444.