Philanthropy

Tractor pull honored for Make-A-Wish donations

From NATIONAL TRACTOR PULLING CHAMPIONSHIPS Make-A-Wish of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana awarded the National Tractor Pulling Championships of Bowling Green, Ohio the prestigious “Chris Greicius Award” on April 12 at the Make-A-Wish Gala in Toledo, Ohio.   The award is named after Chris Greicius, the 7-year-old boy whose wish to be a police officer inspired the creation of Make-A-Wish in 1980. This award recognizes donors who have made a significant lifetime contribution of $1 million dollars and above to the Make-A-Wish foundation.   Over the past 26 years, the Blue Shirts of the National Tractor Pulling Championships have raised enough money to grant more than 20 wishes per year.   The National Tractor Pulling Championships (NTPC) is an open invitation event that attracts the largestnumber of competitors and fans of any outdoor super-national tractor pull in the world. An estimated 65,000 fans and over 300 competitors converge annually in Bowling Green, Ohio on the third weekend in August. The National Tractor Pulling Championships has an economic impact from its fans of $33,684,122.00 annually for our city, county and NW Ohio. Our fans do not come here for an event; they come to Pulltown for the experience.

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Wreath auction benefits ACT BG’s Christmas Elves Program

Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce ACT BG project team hosted its Annual Wreath Auction on November 27 and i raised $2,340. This is the fourth year of the event and continues to be a community favorite.  The event was hosted by Brookdale Bowling Green Senior Living in conjunction with a BG Chamber of Commerce Businesses After Hours Event. The wreaths were hung on the doors of the residents at Brookdale and sold in a silent auction. ACT BG member Alisha Nenadovich, who also works at Brookdale organized the event.   ACT BG uses the proceeds to complement the Christmas Elves Program. Everything raised from both the events benefits organizations serving families in need this holiday season. Since 2015, ACT BG has raised a total of $6,970.00 through the auctions. This year’s top wreath was from Homeworks Decorating Center with their “The Christmas Story” wreath. The wreath was sold for $150; this is their third time being part of the auction.    All the wreaths are donated by local individuals or businesses and the ACT BG project team.  ACT BG’s mission is to attract and retain young professionals in Bowling Green. Their efforts focus on connecting active professionals, to each other and to the community through social, civic, charitable, and professional development events.  


Photographers feel money should be no object in capturing family memories

By. DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Alyssa Stahl has been sponsoring a family for Christmas for the past several years. This year the professional photographer has decided to give her philantrophy a different look. Stahl said she follows a number of other photographers on social media and she was inspired by Jeremy Cowart, a photographer and activist, who sets up his gear in low income neighborhoods to take portraits of the residents. So this year, Stahl to put her photographic skills to work through The Memories Project.  Stahl and two other photographers, China Parry and Katie Heuerman will set up shop at three locations on the grounds of the Wood County Historical Center on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. They will take photos of families or individuals who couldn’t otherwise afford to get pictures taken.  The event is a collaboration with the Brown Bag Food Project, which will help spread the word and line up participants. Those wishing to make an appointment should call Brown Bag at (419) 960-5345. They will receive a CD with several images, and a photo release that will give them permission to get the portraits reprinted. The CDs will be available at Brown Bag’s office at 115 W. Merry Ave., Bowling Green. “This is a way to help multiple families,” Stahl said. “It doesn’t have to be a family. It could be elderly person. Just anyone who wouldn’t have the means to get that done,” Stahl said. Her love of people is what led her to take up photography. She grew up in Liberty Center. Her mother and her aunt did sports photography for local papers.  Stahl said she got started manipulating photos using Photoshop and doing digital design. She attended Bowling Green State University to study graphic design. While at BGSU seven years ago, she started taking photos, especially of families and friends. Four years ago she started her own business Alyssa Danielle Photography and Design. “It’s really cool to do a wedding or watch somebody’s kid grow up and to take pictures over a period of time and capture their personalities,” Stahl said. “It’s just nice to have that updated picture of themselves. People don’t take pictures that often and don’t think about it until something happens,” she said. “Being able to give that to somebody is heartwarming.”


Bequest boosts county library’s book budget

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Library Director Michael Penrod didn’t know Elfreda Rusher except as a patron with a broad taste in books. Future library patrons will be able to enjoy their own literary tastes thanks to a bequest from the Rusher estate. The retired Bowling Green State University business education professor left $153,000 to the library with the expressed wish that it be used for books. Rusher died at 101 in April. She taught business education at BGSU from 1950 until her retirement in 1976. Penrod told the library trustees Monday that because of the conditions of the bequest the money has to go into the library’s general fund and not to the Library Foundation. Penrod and Fiscal officer Linda Joseph will make sure that the money will be spent on books in the coming years. “When someone says thank you in this way” by remembering the library “considering all the entities in the community that need support, it’s very humbling,” Penrod said. Such planned giving makes a big difference, Penrod said. That’s why the library’s new strategic plan, which runs through 2021 calls for the library to work with the foundation “to implement a planned-giving program and increase the Foundation’s ability to support library efforts monetarily.” The library’s trustees approved the strategic plan unanimously Monday. The plan represents the bare bones of what the library intends, Penrod said. Now it will be up to the library’s management team will flesh out how to put those ideas into action. Brian Paskvan, the president of the board, noted the areas that are outside what’s considered the traditional functions of the library. With the new access to Lynda.com the library is entering in a major way the area of job training and development. Another new area is the “library of things,” where what’s loaned out extends beyond the usual items. The library also loans ukuleles, puzzles, and telescopes that we provided by the Toledo Astronomical Association. Assistant Director Michele Raine said that the society told her if the telescopes are damaged, they will fix them. Penrod said there are limits to what can be offered. He said he’s in touch with the library’s liability insurance carrier, so don’t expect to be able to borrow a chainsaw. The library, he said, does not want to compete with the hardware store or rental businesses. The plan also addresses the physical needs of…


Project Connect in need of more volunteer hosts for next week’s event

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The  volunteers’ t-shirts are made, now Project Connect needs to get more people to fill them. On Tuesday afternoon, students in Janet Ballweg’s screen printing class at Bowling Green State University put their skills to good use, printing 170 yellow t-shirts that will be worn by the hosts at Project Connect. Those hosts help guide guests through the dozens of services that will fill every corner of St, Mark’s Church next Wednesday (Oct. 17) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Project Connect is, according to organizers: “A one-day, one-stop event with free goods and services for Wood County individuals, families, elders, and veterans in need. This event is to get individuals that are in need in Wood County more aware of the broad range of organizations and resources available for their benefit.” In 2017, Project Connect, an initiative of the Continuum of Care Coalition of Wood County,  helped 574 individuals from 278 households. More than 200 people volunteers and 52 providers and agencies set up shop. Project Connect provides same day services as well as long-term connections.  The hosts are key players in this. They help the guests navigate the event so they get what they need, whether it’s legal help, food assistance, a winter coat, or a haircut. One week out from Project Connect those hosts are in short supply. An email sent out Tuesday said 46 hosts were still needed. Click to volunteer. It takes more than 200 volunteers to stage the event, said Erin Hachtel, one of the Project Connect co-chairs. And these students are a part of the effort. “For me it’s a way to show the many ways people can use their talents to help people. You see people using art to make a difference in the community.” This is Project Connect’s sixth year, and Ballweg’s students have printed the t-shirts each year. Some years they’ve done more and in multiple colors. Hatchel was wearing a red shirt, which signifies that she’s a member of the organizing committee. On the day of the event this lets people know, she’ll have broader knowledge about what’s going on. Because there were extras from previous years, only yellow shirts are being printed.  “It’s a way to give back to the community,” Ballweg said. This service learning project has elements of both. Given it’s early in the semester, the students have only completed one…


County’s Young Democrats hosting collection for residents in need

Call for donations! Please join the Wood County Young Democrats at the Brown Bag Food Project located at 115 West Merry Avenue in Bowling Green as we collect donations for local families in need! The event will be held on October 13th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., our current needs include perishable and nonperishable food items, school supplies for children K-12, diapers, and pet food! Cash donations are also accepted. All school supplies will be donated to Bowling Green City Schools. The Brown Bag Food Project is a local non-profit that seeks to address the concern of food insecurity in our community here in Wood County so please come show your local pride and help a family in need!   Megan Schweitzer Bowling Green


Hospital Guild will host Hops & Vines fundraiser

From WOOD COUNTY HOSPITAL GUILD The Wood County Hospital Guild is welcoming residents to enjoy an evening of craft beers, wine tastings, food pairings and live music with Hops and Vines. The event is scheduled to take place Oct. 5 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Wood County Hospital (under the tent located on the north side of the hospital), 960 W. Wooster St. The cost is of $75 per person. The guild was established in 1954 to promote and advance the welfare of the hospital, its patience and staff. Throughout the years guild members have provide their time and talents to volunteer within the hospital. The guild also assists with sponsoring activities and raising funds for equipment, renovations as well as expansion for the hospital’s facilities, health and safety and patient education. The guild has recently pledged $100,000 towards the completion of the Maurer Family Cancer Care Center. The guild is currently raising funds for a playground for the Ready Program which is a kindergarten readiness program for children with autism. The Ready program focuses on the following learning and readiness skills: • Specialized instruction • Speech, physical therapies and occupational • Family education • Home programming • Evidence-based practices and methods to improve cognitive, social and communication skills.