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Scholarship Recipients 2014

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

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.

 

ALL APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY MIDNIGHT ON APRIL 1st!

Scholarship Application Pic #2The Allegany County Area Foundation will award about a quarter of a million dollars in scholarships this year!
Current seniors in high school and current college students may apply online at:
www.alleganycountyareafoundation.dollarsforscholars.org.
The Foundation greatly appreciates the support of all of its donors who make these awards possible each year.

ADVICE: Many of our students will find that our deadline of April 1st will fall during their Spring Break. We advise all of our applicants to request their transcripts and references well ahead of their Spring Break to meet the April 1st deadline.

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.

Alfred Box of Books Library Receives Grant from the ACAF

Alfred Box of Books Library Check Presentation #4Alfred, NY – The Allegany County Area Foundation is pleased to announce a $1,000 grant to the Alfred Box of Books Library.  Eliza Ordway, the Library director, stated, “This grant money will be used to help purchase a new circulation desk.  The circulation area is currently a very crowded area with no book return and no space for informational displays. The new desk will offer ADA clearance for wheelchair access, as well as a book return in the front, surface area for displays, and more storage for office supplies.”

The Alfred Box of Books library is dedicated to the principle that free access to the individual pursuit of knowledge is essential to the support and preservation of democracy. The library strives to enhance the quality of life in this small rural area by providing an open and nonjudgmental environment in which all people have access to cultural, educational, and recreational resources, programming and services and serving as a center of community interaction.

The history of the Alfred Box of Books Library began in 1853 when the original Box of Books building was constructed and located on Main St. in Alfred.  For the complete story of how this library evolved over the years please visit the Alfred Box of Books Library web site at: http://www.alfredboxofbookslibrary.org.

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: Eliza Ordway, Library Director and Denis Dahlgren, Executive Director of the Allegany County Area Foundation.

LETTER FROM FORMER ACAF SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT

Tara HistedDear Allegany County Area Foundation,

I graduated from Belfast Central in 2006 as salutatorian of my class. I was able to get a great scholarship to attend SUNY Brockport for nursing. It was through scholarships like the one I received from the Allegany County Area Foundation that I was able to avoid taking out any student loans, as well as cover additional fees such as books, nursing lab fees, etc.

I graduated from SUNY Brockport in 2010 Summa Cum Laude with my Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Since then I have been working at Strong Memorial Hospital as a nurse, now in the High Risk Labor and Delivery Unit. I am currently continuing my education at St. John Fisher College. I will graduate in December 2015 with my Master’s as a Clinical Nurse Specialist with a Women and Children’s focus.

I currently still reside in Brockport, where I live with my husband Joe Histed (also a native of Allegany County) and our golden retriever Jack! Both of our families still live in Belfast so we visit often and still consider it to be home! We are both very appreciative of where we grew up and the opportunities we were given!

Sincerely,
Tara Histed