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Scholarship Recipients 2014

ACAF SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS In 2014 the Allegany County Area Foundation awarded $239,300 in scholarships to ...

Leadership Allegany Receives Grant from the Allegany County Area Foundation

IMG_0179Houghton, NY – The Allegany County Area Foundation is pleased to announce a $750 grant to Leadership Allegany. This grant money was made possible by the A. Horbert Shear Memorial Fund which was created by the family of A. Norbert Shear to provide grants to groups serving Allegany County. This grant money will be used to sponsor a participant in Leadership Allegany’s current cohart which began in April.
Leadership Allegany is a joint initiative of Houghton College and the Greater Allegany County Chamber of Commerce. The 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.
Participants work in small groups throughout the year to plan an industry day and conduct a community service project that supports individuals or service organizations in the county. More information about Leadership Allegany can be found on their web site at: http://www.leadershipalleganyny.org/.
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 June 30th. Non-profit organizations may apply online at: www.alleganycountyareafoundation.org. Please call 585-808-8444 or e-mail: director@alleganycountyareafoundation.org for more information.

In the picture: Denis Dahlgren, Executive Director of the Allegany County Area Foundation and Phyllis Gaerte Chair of Leadership Allegany.

Angelica Community Radio, Inc. Receives ACAF Grant

IMG_0329Angelica, NY – The Allegany County Area Foundation is pleased to announce a $1,500 grant which was awarded to the Angelica Community Radio located at 19 West Main Street in Angelica.  This grant money will be used to help pay for the equipment costs to bring the radio station online.

The Angelica Community Radio will operate as a low power FM station (92.7 WRAQ).   James Ruschak is President of Angelica Community Radio. He stated, “We have lofty goals for this 501c3 not-for-profit, all-volunteer organization. We hope to strengthen the communities in our listening area by broadcasting relevant, local news along with programs to inform and educate our listeners, and a wide variety of music.”

The broadcast studio has been constructed and they have begun a modest schedule of music and entertainment streamed over the Internet.  Using this medium they can reach listeners anywhere in the world, as long as they have an internet connection. Their mission is, “Involving as many neighbors as possible, we create and broadcast content that enriches the lives of people in our community.”

The next milestone for the Angelica Community Radio is to begin broadcasting their signal over the FM band, which will be heard on the radio in cars, kitchens and headsets across their listening area. The costs to construct the tower and purchase an antenna, two transmitters and equipment required for a federally-mandated Emergency Alert System are estimated at nearly $10,000. They have a target date of July 2015 to raise the necessary money. You can visit their web site at www.wraq.org to learn more about this new radio station.

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 June 30th.  Non-profit organizations may apply online at: www.alleganycountyareafoundation.org.  Please call Denis Dahlgren at 585-808-8444 or e-mail: director@alleganycountyareafoundation.org for more information.

In the attached picture (L to R): Donald Ash, Angelica Community Radio Board member; Leslie Haggstrom, ACAF Board member, and James Ruschak, President of Angelica Community Radio.

 

The Genesee Rapids Baseball Program Receives Grant

Genesee Rapids #2Houghton, NY – The Allegany County Area Foundation is pleased to announce a $425 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 on June 11th. Elementary students from throughout Allegany County have been invited to attend the Rapids game vs. the Wellsville Nitros at 10:00am. Free admission for all students has been made possibly 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 new 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. They will play a 46 game schedule beginning in early June and running through the first week of August.

Grants such as this one are made possible through the generous gifts of 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 June 30th. Non-profit organizations may apply online. Please call 585-808-8444 or e-mail: director@alleganycountyareafoundation.org for more information.

In the picture: Dr. Ralph P. Kerr, General Manager of the Genesee Rapids Baseball Team

Pediatric Hematology Oncology Program in Buffalo Receives Grant

Roswell Park Check Presentation 2-20-2015

The Allegany County Area Foundation recently awarded a $1,000 grant to the Pediatric Hematology Oncology Program, a joint partnership between Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) and the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital. The grant money will be used to create a new model of care that will allow young patients to receive all outpatient care at RPCI and all inpatient care at the Oishei Children’s Hospital. The new design will allow the two facilities to expand highly specialized therapies so that young children will not have to leave the area for treatment.

The Pediatric Hematology Oncology Program serves patients from across New York and the country, including Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties. The Program allows Allegany County pediatric cancer patients to stay within the Western New York community for their treatment.

Dr. Martin L. Brecher, MD, Waldemar J. Kaminski Chair in Pediatrics at RPCI and Chief, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo states that, “We’ve been developing plans for enhancing our Program for many years. Each institution contributes unique expertise and service to children and young adults with cancer and blood disorders — such as sickle cell disease, hemophilia, and anemia.

“This unified program will incorporate inpatient beds including isolation beds for blood and marrow transplant/high dose therapy patients at Oishei Children’s all in a specially protected environment with an expanded outpatient center with full facilities for infusion and chemotherapy at RPCI. The decision to build the new Oishei Children’s Hospital within blocks of Roswell Park provided a unique opportunity to collaboratively further expand and improve the diagnosis, treatment, and research programs available locally for children and their families who face these most challenging diseases.”

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 or e-mail: director@alleganycountyareafoundation.org. Also, the deadline for the Allegany County Area Foundation Scholarship Program is April 1st. The application link can be found in the menu bar on this web site.

In the attached picture: Karen Williams, ACAF Board Member; Morgan, a patient at Roswell Park; Dr. Matt Barth, a doctor at Roswell Park; and Denis Dahlgren, Executive Director of the Allegany County Area Foundation.

 

Allegany County Nitros Receive ACAF Grant

Allegany County Nitros Pic 2015Wellsville, NY – The Allegany County Area Foundation is pleased to announce a $1,000 grant to the Allegany County Nitros. This grant will be used to help with a lighting project that will allow the Nitros to play their games under the lights. Steven Ackley, President and General Manager of the Allegany County Nitros said, “This donation will be used to help fund our lighting campaign to bring nighttime baseball back to Wellsville.

Since 1998 the Nitros have continued to have a significant influence in Allegany County, NY and surrounding areas, particularly on our youth. Young upcoming athletes are motivated to aspire to higher levels because of their interactions with our players and coaching staff.  As role models to our youth we can proudly point out that 37 former Nitro Players have advanced and signed Major League Baseball Contracts since 1998. The Nitros organization believes in giving back to the community. Every year the Nitro players and coaching staff conduct reading programs in various elementary schools around the county, and they organize several free baseball clinics for area boys and girls.

Grants such as this one are made possible through the generous gifts of 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 current grant cycle is on March 15th. Non-profit organizations may apply online at: www.alleganycountyareafoundation.org. Please or e-mail: director@alleganycountyareafoundation.org for more information. Our Scholarship deadline is on April 1st of this year.

In the attached picture (L to R): Steven Ackley, President of the Allegany County Nitros and Lori Dzielski, President of the Allegany County Area Foundation.