MASON, W.Va. — Miss Ohio USA Megan Wise, of Gallia County, was the honored guest speaker at the annual Community Foundation of Mason County Benefit Dinner. The focus of the evening was “Building a Stronger Future For Mason County Youth.”
Wise is energetically involved and very passionate about children’s literacy as she works to instill a love of reading in today’s youth. She inspires audiences through her public speaking engagements to embrace children and provide them with the opportunity to develop a love for reading and education.
Christy Crowell, executive director for the Community Foundation of Mason County said “Megan was a wonderful speaker who fit our program exactly. The audience enjoyed the program as Miss Wise incorporated her experiences into our theme ‘Building a Stronger Future for Mason County Youth.’ Megan’s love and appreciation for local communities as well as the message she will deliver at our foundation benefit made her one of the top sought after speakers for our event. Our goal is to emphasize the need for youth based programs.”
“The Community Foundation of Mason County was delighted to host the reigning Miss Ohio USA,” commented Mario Liberatore, board chair, Community Foundation of Mason County. “Children are her passion and children are our focus for our benefit this year. Megan did an outstanding job in inspiring our guests to help sustain a valuable future for the youth of Mason County.”
An important part of the benefit dinner was the MCCF, Inc. presentation of Fall 2016 Community Grant Awards. Community grants are provided twice a year from the annual earnings of our unrestricted grants funds – the Mason County Community, Youth, and Arts Funds, the Dickens Family Fund, and the Jackson Foundation.
MCCF, Inc. received a number of requests this year – a total of over $235,000 of needed funding. The foundation was able to provide a total of $150,000 for various projects this year, presenting $82,453 for 18 important projects through the Fall Community Grants.
The Jackson Foundation funded grant projects for The Point Pleasant Intermediate school Music Classroom, The Mason County 4-H Leaders Dining Hall Project Phase III- which will be named in honor of Gordon C. & Mildred R. Jackson, The Mason County Development Authority Website and Marketing Package, The Point Pleasant Youth Football League Equipment, Pleasant Valley Hospital’s Mason County School Based Health Services Program , and The Point Pleasant Rotary Club Law Enforcement Program Banquet.
Mason County Community Foundation Grants included funding for the following:
Make A wish will send a Mason County child with a life threatening condition and his family of 4 to Disney World.
- Wahama Junior/Senior High School will be able to purchase the full collection of Orca Soundings high interest, low level reading books for the library to meet the needs of struggling readers.
- Wahama Junior/Senior High School will be able to purchase archer targets.
- Point Pleasant Junior/Senior High School will be able to buy high interest novels to match students with below average reading comprehension.
These last three grants are funded through the Dickens Family Fund:
- Point Pleasant Intermediate School will be able to purchase robots (Spheros and Ozobots) increasing technology knowledge.
- Wahama Junior/Senior High School will be able to purchase interactive electronic books for social studies.
- Wahama Junior/Senior High School will be able to purchase drying racks for art work.
Article submitted by Christy Crowell for MCCF.
Christy Crowell is executive director for the Community Foundation of Mason County.