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Corbin Foundation announces $521,800 in gifts to area organizations

6/19/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

DOWNTOWN AKRON — At its May 12 trustees’ meeting, The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation awarded $521,800 in grants and gifts to charities and charitable activities mostly in the Akron and Summit County areas. 

The largest award, in the amount of $100,000, was given to Barberton’s Magical Theatre Company for its Restore the Magic! Capital Campaign. 

In addition to the awards approved, the foundation continues to pay down its $100,000 commitment to The University of Akron for a conference room in its new College of Business Administration Student Success Center. 

The newly awarded recipients included:

  • Akron Area Arts Alliance, $3,000 for community arts classes for children;
  • Akron Art Museum, $15,000 for Corbin Gallery exhibits;
  • Akron Community Service Center and Urban League, $5,000 for its Summer Enrichment Day Camp;
  • The Akron Marathon Corp., $7,000 for two interns;
  • Akron School District Board of Education — National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM Middle School, $4,000 for four whiteboards;
  • The Arc of Summit and Portage Counties Inc., $5,000 for its Service Coordination Program;
  • Battered Women’s Shelter, $15,000 for its Summit County Crisis Intervention Program;
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve, $10,000 for its direct programming costs;
  • Child Guidance and Family Solutions, $10,000 for roof replacement at its Southeast Office;
  • Choices, A Community Social Center Inc., $2,000 for a Consumer-Member PC upgrade;
  • Cleveland Modern Dance Association, doing business as DANCECleveland, $5,000 for its Summit County Outreach;
  • Cuyahoga Valley Preservation and Scenic Railway Association, $10,000 for repowering of Locomotive 4241;
  • Downtown Akron Partnership, $6,000 for its Downtown Akron Beautification Program;
  • Family Promise of Summit County Inc., $20,000 for its Bringing Families Home Family Day Center Capital Campaign;
  • Freedom House for Women Inc., $10,000 for its Adult Supportive Services Program;
  • The Friends of Children’s Hospital Harness Race Rally, $2,000 for a 2014 contribution;
  • Greater Akron Musical Association — Akron Symphony Orchestra, $15,000 for three Red Chair sponsorships;
  • Hattie Larlham Community Living, $3,300 for a Zoo Garden Farmstand refrigerator;
  • Here’s Hope Horse Farm, $2,000 for a Circle Y saddle;
  • International Soap Box Derby Inc., $25,000 for its 77th All American Soap Box Derby World Championship and its Gravity Race Challenge;
  • JA Worldwide Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio, $5,000 for its Summit County school programs;
  • Keep Akron Beautiful, $5,000 for new signage at beautification sites;
  • Leadership Akron, $4,500 for its XXXI Yearbook;
  • Legacy III Inc., $5,000 for its Humble Beginnings Program;
  • Let’s Grow Akron Inc., $10,000 for operating costs;
  • Magical Theatre Company, $7,500 for its Residence Performance Program;
  • Musical Arts Association — Cleveland Orchestra (Blossom Music Center), $40,000 for its 2014 Blossom Festival;
  • The Oak Clinic, $10,000 for 2014 patient care;
  • Ohio Shakespeare Festival, $5,000 for its 2014 season;
  • Opportunity Parish Ecumenical Neighborhood Ministry (OPEN M), $20,000 for a computer upgrade;
  • The Portage Foundation, Fiscal Agent for American Legion Post No. 496, $5,000 for an honor guard van;
  • RMH of Akron Inc., $50,000 for its capital campaign to renovate and expand Ronald McDonald House;
  • Rape Crisis Center, $10,000 for its Sexual Assault Victim Advocacy Program;
  • Rebuilding Together Summit County, $10,000 for its Safe at Home Senior Modifications Program;
  • RED Company real.edge.dance, $7,500 for its fourth season and development of a dance center;
  • Rotary Camp for Children With Special Needs Inc., $15,000 for camperships;
  • Summit County Children Services Women’s Auxiliary Board, $4,000 for a 2014 contribution;
  • Tuesday Musical Club, $6,000 for its Education and Outreach Program;
  • United Disability Services, $5,000 for its All Star Training Club;
  • Victim Assistance Program, $5,000 for one additional advocate; and
  • The Western Reserve Historical Society — Hale Farm & Village, $10,000 for its Adopt-a-School Program: Leggett Elementary School and $5,000 for Wetmore Barn Preservation.

As of April 30, the market value of the foundation’s invested assets was approximately $21.4 million.

For information concerning grant applications, call 330-762-6427. Applicants also may write to the foundation’s office at Akron Center Plaza, 50 S. Main St., Suite 703, Akron, OH 44308; send an email to corbin@nls.net; or visit www.foundationcenter.org/grantmaker/corbin.

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