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Everett D. Reese Awards

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A Legacy of Philanthropic Leadership
In 1956, farsighted civic leader Everett D. Reese had a vision of ensuring that the quality of life in Licking County would continually improve. To do this, he spearheaded the effort to establish a public community foundation in Licking County. Mr. Reese was a rare individual whose life and achievements were based on his belief in helping others.

Modeled after the Cleveland and Columbus Foundations, established in 1914 and 1943 respectively, the Licking County Foundation’s declaration of trust was drafted and filed by J. Gilbert Reese on November 21, 1956. The original Governing Committee members included Everett D. Reese, Harold L. Ballinger, Francis P. Kennedy, Robert H. Flory, Games Slayter, and Howard LeFevre.

Everett D. Reese Award
In the spirit and memory of Licking County Foundation’s founder, the Governing Committee created the Everett D. Reese Award to recognize and encourage individuals who continually give of themselves to benefit their community. Since 1996, this award has honored individuals whose integrity and compassion sometimes go unnoticed—those who might be called the “unsung heroes” of their communities.

The Everett D. Reese Award honorees to date are:

Elizabeth White

Grace Holmes

Jackie and Glen Myers

Howard LeFevre

Thomas Ash

Jane Holloway

Jane McConnell

Robert Pricer

Kenneth Johnston

Don Gunnerson

Joyce Roberts

Mary S. Roberts

Jill Griesse

Skip Salome

Louis A. Mitchell

Constance C. Baldwin

Richard Oberfield

Mary Jane McDonald

Eddie Mae Scott

Stu Parsons

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