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GAR Foundation awards special grants in honor of member

7/8/2010 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Richard Chenoweth
AKRON — GAR Foundation has announced it will award five special multi-year grants totaling $1 million in honor of West Akron resident Richard Chenoweth, a long-time member of the foundation’s governing body.

Chenoweth, who served the foundation for nearly two decades in roles including executive director and Distribution Committee member, announced his retirement from the foundation earlier this year. To recognize his contributions and dedication, the foundation asked Chenoweth to designate up to five charities as recipients of honorary grants. All of the grantees carry out work that fits within the foundation’s current strategic priorities.

Chenoweth chose the following organizations:

• Akron Community Foundation, $500,000 for the establishment of a college scholarship fund benefiting financially needy local students;

• Boys and Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve, $200,000 for the establishment of an endowed fund to provide private high school tuition assistance for financially needy members and college scholarships for exemplary members;

• Akron Community Service Center and Urban League, $100,000 to provide college scholarships to financially needy students;

• Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, $100,000 in support of its operations; and

• Habitat for Humanity, $100,000 toward its “A Home of Our Own” capital campaign.

The special grants will be paid to the organizations during the course of five years.

“The grants are a fitting tribute to an extraordinary man who has dedicated so much of his exceptional legal career and his life to the success of our local nonprofit sector,” said Rob Briggs, president of GAR Foundation. “Dick’s career was marked by the kindness, wisdom and good judgment he contributed selflessly to the nonprofit community. We know that the organizations receiving these grants and the people these organizations serve will be inspired by Dick’s legacy to do great things for Akron.”

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