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Bartoo Grant Helps Richburg-Wirt Historical Society

     Richburg, NY – Denis Dahlgren, Executive Director of the Allegany County Area Foundation, recently ...

Andover Free Library Receives ACAF Grant

andover-free-library-2016The Allegany County Area Foundation recently awarded a $183.96 grant to the Andover Free Library. This award was made possible from the earnings of the Doris O. Church Fund held by the Foundation since 1999. These annual grant awards are used to provide financial assistance for the Andover Free Library.

Doris O. Church was a teacher in Andover for over thirty years. She had also taught in Alfred Station, Jasper, and the South Howard schools. She passed away in 1999.doris-o-church

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 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 our Allegany County citizens.

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.

Bartoo Grant Helps Richburg-Wirt Historical Society

richburg-wirt-museum     Richburg, NY – Denis Dahlgren, Executive Director of the Allegany County Area Foundation, recently presented a check for $4,172.90 to the Richburg-Wirt Historical Society. This money is from the earnings of the Richburg-Wirt Historical Society Endowment Fund which is held and managed by the Allegany County Area Foundation. This fund was created by the estate of Beatrice S. Bartoo. It was the vision, tireless efforts and financial support of Francis and Beatrice S. Bartoo that made the Richburg-Wirt Historical Society and Museum a reality back in 2001. The earnings from this endowment fund will benefit this organization for many years to come. Melanie Johnston, President, said, “Part of this money will be used to help improve the indoor lighting in our museum.”

Beatrice Bartoo was born in Olean in 1919, and graduated from the Richburg Central School. She graduated from the State University of New York at Geneseo with a degree in library science and a master’s degree in education. She went on to become a school librarian for Bolivar until her retirement in 1976.

Beatrice also served as the Town of Wirt historian, and she and her husband Francis founded the Richburg-Wirt Historical Society. Beatrice died in 2009, and in her will she left a very generous donation to create an endowment fund to benefit the Richburg Historical Society. Each year now the Richburg-Wirt Historical Society receives a check to help support their mission.

The Richburg-Wirt Historical Society Museum is located at 243 Main Street (the former Seventh Day Baptist Church) in Richburg, NY. It is open to the public: March through November on Wednesdays from10:00am to 2:00pm or by appointment. It is closed December through February. For more information about the museum please call 585-928-9478 or 585-610-6235. The Allegany County Area Foundation holds assets of over 8 richburg-wirt-historical-society-2016million dollars. 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 our 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 (L to R): Melanie Johnston, Tricia Grover, Betty Webb, Richard Baker, Roberta Baker, Nancy Johnson, and Denis Dahlgren, ACAF Executive Director.

FIRST RESPONDERS PARK RECEIVES GRANT MONEY

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: director@alleganycountyareafoundation.org. 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: www.nationaleczema.org.

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: director@alleganycountyareafoundation.org. Please visit our Donate if you would like to support one of our funds.

YOUR COMMUNITY, YOUR FOUNDATION, YOUR LEGACY

The Foundation is a non-profit organization that manages donations totaling more than $8 million and uses the proceeds from those funds to encourage educational, social, cultural and civic projects benefiting the residents of Allegany County. The Foundation awards scholarships to individuals and grants to community organizations. It also helps organizations secure their futures by managing endowment funds and ensures that individuals’ desires for a legacy come to fruition by administering funds to benefit the areas or organizations they specify.  For more information please contact the Director at:director@alleganycountyareafoundation.org or call 585-808-8444.