Licking County Foundation’s donors come from every walk of life…every generation…and their interests are as varied as the people they wish to serve. Yet each of our donors has something in common—an unmistakable desire to improve their community. We are truly grateful to the individuals, families and organizations that have recently established these charitable funds:
Don Edwards Park / World Series Fund: A project fund established for the purpose of hosting the Babe Ruth World Series tournament at Don Edwards Park in August 2019 and making improvements to the Park which is owned by The City of Newark and operated by the Licking County Family YMCA. Built in 1963, Don Edwards Park is a four-field baseball complex located in Newark. It has served as the host site for nine Babe Ruth World Series events. The Park is currently home to the Licking County Settlers, as well as sixteen teams featuring players ages 13 to 15 and Newark High School’s varsity team. Additionally, several Licking County high school teams play games at the Park; the OHSAA plays at least one of their district tournaments there; and several other independent tournaments are held which feature out-of-town teams.
Explore Licking County Tourism Scholarship Fund: A scholarship fund established by Explore Licking County to assist Licking County residents who are pursuing degrees in tourism management, hospitality management or a related field through The Ohio State University’s Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management program. This degree includes, but is not limited to, careers in such professions as accounting, sales, marketing, operations, food and beverage, catering, and guest services through visitor bureaus and convention centers, recreational businesses, tourism development agencies, travel and tourism agencies, casinos, and other people- and service-oriented organizations. Explore Licking County’s mission is to help the community and visitors find their way to a one of a kind Licking County experience. Their goal is to tell the story of people and their experiences and let those stories advocate their love for our county. Explore Licking County would like to encourage careers in the growing tourism, hospitality and travel industry.
Young Leaders of Licking County Scholarship Fund: A scholarship fund established by Young Leaders of Licking County, an affiliate of the Licking County Chamber of Commerce, which focuses on the development of the county’s 21-40 year-old workforce who live or work in Licking County to enhance the workplace, economy and overall quality of life for all residents of Licking County. The organization fosters this next generation of leaders by offering meaningful experiences and opportunities for networking, mentorship, education, philanthropy, and leadership development. The scholarship assists individuals, age 21-40, who live in and/or are employed in Licking County to further their studies at an accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university and technical or vocational school.
Young Leaders of Licking County Giving Fund: A community charitable fund established by the Young Leaders of Licking County for the purpose of pursuing the philanthropic goals and benefiting the charitable causes and organizations these emerging civic leaders care about most.
Albright-Rieder Fund for Bishop Flaget School Scholarships: A designated agency fund established by the donor to support Bishop Flaget School for the purpose of providing scholarships to assist students who do not qualify for Ohio EdChoice or other governmental assistance but who, in the school’s determination, could benefit from aid to pay tuition costs.
Ronald B. Alford Fund: A community charitable fund established by the donor for the purpose of pursuing the philanthropic goals and benefiting the charitable causes and organizations he cares about most.
Wilbur and June Staggers Jenkins Scholarship Fund: A scholarship fund established through a bequest from the estate of Wilbur Jenkins to provide scholarships to high school seniors graduating from Licking Valley High School with a 3.0 GPA and demonstrating financial need. Applicants must pursue a college degree toward a professional career—including, but not limited to, doctor, nurse (provided it is an RN degree and not an LPN degree), lawyer, engineer, educator, librarian, architect, etc. This scholarship is renewable for up to three years. A native of Portsmouth, Ohio, Wilbur D. (Bus) Jenkins died in March 2016. He came to Newark, Ohio in 1956 and went to work for Rockwell, where he retired 30 years later. He started working at a young age for Adams Bakery in Portsmouth. At seventeen, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After his military service, Wilbur worked for Westinghouse in Mansfield, Ohio. He also worked for Dayton Foundry in Portsmouth and the Ford Motor Company in Cleveland, Ohio. Wilbur was an active member of the YMCA for many years. He was also a member and Past Master of New Home Lodge #338 FAM of Hanover, the Teheran Grotto, American Legion, and the Moose Lodge #449. A native of Hanover, Ohio, June Staggers Jenkins died in April 2006. She retired in 1987 as an accountant supervisor for Continental Can and the Ludlow Co. June was known as a great cook. She also enjoyed gardening and was an avid reader. June was a member of the Hanover Eastern Star 220 and the Continental Can Veterans Club. She was very patriotic. Wilbur and June married on October 21, 1961; and they had no children. Wilbur established this scholarship in honor of their 45 years together, and to provide bright futures for students graduating from June’s Licking Valley alma mater.
Darrell S. Jones Fund: A designated agency fund established through a bequest from the estate of Darrell S. Jones, Sr. in order to provide scholarships to worthy high school graduates who plan on attending Central Ohio Technical College or the Newark branch campus of The Ohio State University, and to provide help in defraying the cost of any great need of the Second Presbyterian Church of Newark, Ohio. Darrell S. Jones was a long time influencer in the Licking County community and a World War I veteran. After returning home from the war, he began working as a salesman for an oil well supply company in Marietta, Ohio. Through his job, Mr. Jones traveled throughout the state, including the Licking County area. He moved to Newark after meeting and marrying his wife, Esther Louise Reese in 1923. In 1926, he founded his own business in oil and natural gas production called North Folk Oil. Mr. Jones ran this company until 1936, when he sold North Folk Oil and started The Jones Insurance Agency. He remained active in his insurance agency until 1989. Mr. Jones passed away in 1990. Darrell S. Jones was also a very involved community member. He had an active political life, holding several state and national appointments. These included Assistant Director of State Welfare for Ohio and state consultant to the War Production Board under President Roosevelt. Mr. Jones was also a member of Newark Rotary Club since 1938. He served as President of Rotary in 1942 and District Governor in 1957. Mr. Jones was a Paul Harris Fellow and received an award for his fifty years of dedicated and outstanding service. Mr. Jones also served as a board member on several community service organizations and was a member of the Second Presbyterian Church in Newark.
Licking County Bar Association Scholarship Fund: A scholarship fund established by the Licking County Bar Association (LCBA) to award two scholarships annually to Licking County residents or graduates of a Licking County high school who are pursuing 1.) higher education, and 2.) a law degree at an accredited college or university. The LCBA is a voluntary, not-for-profit organization of over 200 attorneys from Licking County and central Ohio, that seeks to uphold high standards of integrity and competence in the legal profession; to facilitate the fair administration of justice; to encourage active leadership in the resolution of public issues; to assist in the delivery of legal services to the indigent; and to cultivate a spirit of professionalism and good fellowship among its members. The LCBA responded to some questions about giving back to the community, investing in a charitable fund and partnering with the Foundation as follows:
- Why did the LCBA decide to establish a charitable fund at the LCF? For nearly sixty years, The Licking County Foundation has been dedicated to the improvement of our community through philanthropic efforts. The LCF has proven experience and expertise in fairly and competently awarding scholarships to deserving recipients. For these reasons, when the LCBA sought to establish a charitable fund the LCF was an obvious choice.
- What about providing scholarship support resonates with the LCBA? The Licking County Bar Association believes that an educated community is the cornerstone of a fair and equitable legal system. Our members come from various socioeconomic backgrounds. Many of us have a uniquely personal understanding of how financial constraints can impact educational choices. Providing scholarship support allows us to make the pursuit of higher education a little easier for the youth in our community.
- What are your hopes for the recipients of the LCBA scholarship? We hope that the scholarship provides recipients with additional encouragement to achieve their educational goals. Moreover, we hope the recipients gain inspiration and confidence through the LCBA’s public acknowledgement of their future potential.
- What inspires you about this community? Licking County is the increasingly rare sort of community that is vibrant and growing, but retains the friendly environment of a small town. It is a place where you can explore a variety of exciting educational and employment opportunities without sacrificing family. It is a place where you can feel good about investing in the community’s future.
- How did you first learn about the LCF? Members of the LCBA, like those associated with the LCF, are involved in various civic organizations within our community. As a result, members of the LCBA have had the opportunity to interact and learn about the LCF from such associations.
Mazzone Family Scholarship Fund: A scholarship fund established by John and Lori Mazzone to provide annual support for residents of Licking County who are high school seniors or current college undergraduate students planning to attend/attending an accredited college or university in the state of West Virginia. Previous recipients may reapply. Preference will be given to students with siblings also currently attending an accredited college or university.
Louis A. Mitchell Family Fund: An unrestricted fund established through a bequest from the estate of Louis A. Mitchell to address the community’s most urgent needs and emerging opportunities. Mr. Mitchell, who died in 2012, was one of Licking County’s most generous benefactors. He was a co-founder of Newark High School’s A Call To College program and a major donor to Newark City School District, Denison University, the Licking County Family YMCA, and many others. He helped fund Newark City School District’s 8th grade trip to Washington DC, giving many students their first opportunity to travel beyond the area. He also founded the Licking County Settlers, a college-aged wooden-bat baseball team in 2006. Lou grew up in Newark, the son of a doctor, and gained local fame and the nickname “Earp” for his skills and accuracy on the basketball court for Newark High School and Denison University. Lou received two of the area’s highest philanthropic honors: the Everett D. Reese Award from the Licking County Foundation and the John Alford Community Service Award from the Licking County Chamber of Commerce. He was also inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009. Lou began his career as a stockbroker and became chairman of the board of First Financial Group and its affiliate, Country Savings Bank in 1971. He was very active in the community, having served on the boards of the Central Ohio Lung Association, the Ohio Historical Society, the Columbus United Way’s Medical Division, Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbus, the Licking County Family YMCA and The Works.
The My Brother’s Garden Keeper Scholarship Fund: A scholarship fund established by the family of David Foster, a local dairy farmer and avid gardener, to honor his legacy of giving back to the community he loved. The scholarship assists graduating seniors of Johnstown-Monroe High School who are involved in Future Farmers of America and want to pursue careers in the science, business or technology of agriculture at an accredited college/university or technical/trade school. It is important to the family that applicants demonstrate the following: a strong work ethic and a passion for growing. David graduated from Johnstown-Monroe High School in 1969 and was a life-long farmer. He retired from Hendren Farms and moved back to his family’s farm of more than 100 years. It was at this farm where he tended three bountiful gardens. Though not generally a consumer of vegetables himself, he especially loved growing sweet potatoes and purple lettuce. He was a hard worker and extremely kind. His generosity was well-known and appreciated—no visitor to the farm would leave without vegetables to take home. David Foster passed away in November 2015 as a result of a farming accident. His family is maintaining his trio of gardens, harvesting carrots, radishes, tomatoes, peppers green beans and much more, and selling this produce to create a scholarship in his name. Family members assisting with the farm market effort are: siblings Judy Anderson, Susan Bishop, Tom Foster, Nancy Loshbough, Alice Schlaegel; mother Mary Foster; sons Joe Foster, Johnny Foster; daughter-in-law Danielle Foster; and grandchildren Lance, Lily and Eva.
Lou and Gib Reese Ice Arena Expansion Fund: A project fund established by the Newark Sport and Event Commission, Inc. for the purpose of expanding the Lou and Gib Reese Ice Arena located in Newark, Ohio. The mission of this organization to develop and encourage interest in skating as an affordable family recreational activity. They also exist to create opportunities to learn how to skate, to pursue skating beyond the introductory level, and to provide a suitable environment for the training and competition of skaters and hockey players. They strive to enhance community economic development and tourism by hosting competitions, tournaments, shows, and events. The Lou and Gib Reese Ice Arena is a multi-use and multi-season facility and a source of price for our community. The arena was established in the early 1980s by the City of Newark Parks and Recreation Department as an outdoor ice rink. In the 1990s, the rink was enclosed to extend the ice skating venue. In June 2005, the Newark City Council approved the Newark Ice Arena Renovation Project which was completed by the Newark Sport and Event Commission in six months with $1.2 million in cash and in-kind donations as well as a great deal of volunteer and professional labor. In December 2006, the Newark Ice Arena was renamed the Lou and Gib Reese Ice Arena as a token of thanks to the Reese family for their generous contribution to the project.
John A. and Dorothy E. Ruff Fund: A designated agency fund established through a bequest from the estate of John A. and Dorothy E. Ruff to provide an ongoing source of funding for Nationwide Children’s Hospital; and to provide financial support for the charitable needs of the residents of Harrison Township, Ohio (including, but not limited to, food, clothing, shelter and ways to meet basic human needs). The Ruffs were married in 1940. Residing on a farm in the Outville community, the Ruffs attended the Outville Presbyterian Church. John was a section foreman for the B&O Railroad and C&O Railroad for almost 40 years. Dorothy was a typist for the Farm Bureau in Columbus, and stopped working once she saved enough to purchase a new kitchen sink for their home. As hardworking farmers, the Ruffs raised livestock and harvested crops to keep food on the table for themselves, family and others in the area. John retired from the railroad in 1974, and they sold the farm and settled in Newark. John Albert Ruff preceded Dorothy in death on March 17, 2010. Dorothy Eileen (Moose) Ruff passed away on October 16, 2015. The Ruffs were married for 70 years and theirs is a great love story. This legacy of love will continue for many generations through their generous gift to the community.