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:
Lucy E. Cotterman Memorial Fund: A designated agency fund established by Richard N. Cotterman to provide permanent, continuous support to the Licking County Humane Society in memory of his beloved wife who died in 2017. Animal welfare was a cause that was near and dear to Lucy Cotterman’s heart. Lucy was born in Newark and was a 1959 graduate of Hebron High School. She was an animal lover and had a lifelong passion for horses. In fact, she loved horses so much that she called it her “horse disease”. Lucy’s first horses were plow horses, which she raised on her family farm on Mill Dam. She enjoyed showing horses at the Ohio State Fair and the Kentucky Horse Park. In 1991, she won fifth in the nation on the America Paint Horse Association Amateur Honor Roll. She also loved educating the youth in our community about horses. Lucy’s great love was her husband, Richard Cotterman. The Cottermans were married on December 14, 1957, and spent nearly 60 wonderful years together. Lucy retired after 34 years of service from Lakewood Local Schools, where she worked in the school cafeteria and as a bus driver. Lucy also enjoyed dogs, cats, cows, history, civil war history, camping, big band music, detective shows, and the game show, The Price is Right. Lucy touched many lives within the community. Her passion and care for animals will live on through this fund.
Gracie D. Dudgeon Memorial Scholarship Fund: A scholarship fund established by Michael and Jennifer Dudgeon in memory of their daughter, Gracie Danielle Dudgeon, who gained her wings on February 7, 2018. Gracie was a 5th grader at Stevenson Elementary School and participated in Heath Sertoma cheerleading. She had a love for animals, especially horses. She had a heart that loved always and often, family and friends most deeply. Remembering her kindness, care for others and gratitude, Gracie’s classmates are now reflecting upon how they can “LLG”—“Live Like Gracie.” In Gracie’s honor, this scholarship assists Heath High School graduating seniors who participated in Bulldog or Heath Sertoma cheerleading to further their studies at an accredited college, university, trade or technical school.
Food Pantry Network of Licking County Endowment Fund: An endowed agency fund established by the Board of Directors of the Food Pantry Network of Licking County to further the organization’s mission of assuring that no one in Licking County goes hungry now or 100 years from now. The Network strives daily to acquire, store, and distribute nutritious food to the financially deprived and otherwise needy in the community through the operation of food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, youth camps and after-school programs. The Food Pantry Network of Licking County is a cooperative that was established in 1981 to coordinate the acquisition and distribution of emergency food supplies by working through its member food agencies. The largest support comes from the local community in the form of cash contributions and food drives. The Network receives 91% of its funding from the Licking County Community and 9% from program reimbursements. The Food Pantry Network is a partner distribution organization associated with Mid-Ohio Food Bank in Columbus. There are 46 member pantries and social service agencies who distribute food or provide on-site feeding programs for the needy. The vast majority who work to distribute food are volunteers—over 400 strong to help the Network fight the war against hunger.
Nathaniel James Gard Memorial Scholarship Fund: This scholarship was established by John S. and Elaine Kopke Gard in memory of their grandson, Nathaniel James Gard, an active little boy who positively touched the lives of all he met. Nathaniel was known for his contagious smile and love of dunking basketballs. In honor of his life, this scholarship assists individuals who were adopted or were ever in foster care to further their studies through an accredited college or university or through a technical training or other certificate program.
Licking County Library Fund: An agency fund established through a gift from Southgate Corporation in honor of long time employee Marty Morrison to provide continuous, permanent support to the Licking County Library. Martha J. Morrison, better known as Marty, served the Licking County Library board for nearly 20 years. Marty’s love of books and reading was instilled at an early age when her mother volunteered on Saturday afternoons at the Hebron Library. Marty served as the chair of the Finance Committee and was meticulous not only with details of the financials but also the board minutes. She was pleased to be on the board during the construction of the new Main Library located at 101 West Main Street in downtown Newark and for the Emerson R. Miller renovation in 2011.
O’Neill Foster Youth Fund: A donor advised fund established by Nancy Eaton O’Neill for the purpose of pursuing her philanthropic goals and benefiting the charitable causes and organizations she cares about most. She plans to provide support to older children in Licking County foster care and those youth transitioning to independent living.
Steven T. O’Neill Scholarship Fund Partnering Education and Employment: A scholarship fund established by Steven T. O’Neill. Steve enjoyed a 40-year career with State Farm. Partnering education and employment, the scholarship assists Licking County residents who are advancing their education by pursuing undergraduate degrees or career and skilled trades training. A Licking County native, Steve’s parents, John W. “Jack” O’Neill and Gretchen O’Neill, were the inspiration to create this scholarship. Mr. O’Neill taught electricity and electronics at the Licking County Joint Vocational School and Mrs. O’Neill served as principal of St. Francis de Sales School and Blessed Sacrament School.
Robert “Bob” Pricer Award Fund: A scholarship established in 2018 by Fostering Further, a 100% volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting children in foster care, families, and caseworkers in Central Ohio. In honor of the life of Robert “Bob” Pricer, the scholarship assists students who: have spent time in foster care for at least two total years of high school or at graduation; are accessing independent living services through Licking County Job & Family Services; and want to further their education through an accredited college or university or through a technical training or other certificate program. Mr. Robert "Bob" Pricer was a man who cared deeply about the people of this community. He served our country in the 280th Combat Engineers Battalion during WWII and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. After returning from the war, he joined local radio station WCLT in 1947 as a founding member. Mr. Pricer's commitment to Licking County was integral to many of the community resources we enjoy today: development of Camp O'Bannon, the Christmas Courthouse Lighting, Community Chest (which is now United Way), the Newark-Heath Rotary, the Robert Pricer Foster Children's Fund, and several key educational and infrastructure developments. The Robert "Bob" Pricer Award is given to a young person who exemplifies the attributes that Bob Pricer modeled for the citizens of Licking County: bravery, dedication, perseverance, and self-discipline.
Thelma E. and Francis J. Rauch Scholarship Fund: A scholarship fund established through the estate of Robert F. Rauch in memory of his parents, Thelma E. and Francis J. Rauch. This renewable scholarship assists graduating seniors from Utica High School who will be attending a liberal arts college in the United States. Recipients must demonstrate financial need. Robert “Bob” Rauch graduated from Utica High School in 1956. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL in 1960 and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Illinois in 1971. He taught school at various levels for several years in Ohio and Illinois; and later, became an editor for Encyclopedia Britannica. He retired as Editing Director of Yearbook for Britannica in 1993. After retirement, he continued freelance writing and editing for several years. Bob enjoyed collecting and reading books, listening to classical music (especially piano and organ), and working on his family’s genealogy. He was a volunteer at the Licking County Genealogical Society at the Newark Library and substitute pianist at the Chatham United Methodist Church. He was a member of The Society of Civil War Families of Licking County and of The First Families of Licking County, Ohio.
John and Christine Warner Fund for the Boys & Girls Club of Newark: A designated agency fund established to provide permanent, continuous support for the general operations of the Boys & Girls Club of Newark (BGCN). The BGCN will serve the community’s youth in a standalone facility with access to programming and opportunities focused on academic success, healthy lifestyles, good character and citizenship. Located in the former Maholm Elementary School, the Boys & Girls Club of Newark will support countless Newark youth in a safe space—after school and during the summer—where they can form relationships with peers and invaluable role models.
Patricia O’Brien Armstrong Scholarship Fund: A scholarship fund established by Patricia O’Brien Armstrong. This renewable scholarship assists female Newark High School graduating seniors who are pursuing careers in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) related field at an accredited four-year college or university and are first generation college students.
Baker, Chilcote and Jones Scholarship Fund: A scholarship fund established through a bequest from Mary E. Chilcote to support primarily scholarships for college education. Mary E. Chilcote was born May 29, 1920 in Newark, Ohio. Miss Chilcote attended Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania and graduated from The Ohio State University with a BA in English. She moved to Cleveland in 1946 to attend Western Reserve University where she received a master’s degree in English literature. She worked as a reference librarian at Cleveland Public Library and eventually served as the head reference librarian at Ernst & Ernst. Education was important to Miss Chilcote, and it served as a gateway to make changes in her life. She was a world traveler, and it was important to her that others have the opportunity to see the world. She also loved classical music, The Cleveland Orchestra, and the City of Cleveland.
Busack Family Fund: A community charitable fund established by Dean and Jessica Busack for the purpose of pursuing their philanthropic goals and benefiting the charitable causes and organizations the Busack Family cares about most.
Central Ohio Family Theatre’s Scholarship Fund: A scholarship fund established through the Central Ohio Family Theatre’s constitution to award a scholarship to any high school graduate wishing to further his/her acting career.
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.
Granville Business Alliance Entrepreneurial Spirit Scholarship Fund: A scholarship fund established by the Granville Business Alliance to foster the entrepreneurial spirit and support the pursuit of business-related careers among Granville High School graduating seniors and Denison University students who have a love for the Granville community. The mission of the Granville Business Alliance is to identify, support and retain business talent and to create an entrepreneurial culture within the Granville area. The organization focuses on educational workshops and events, business culture and development of youth engagement programs.
A Home for Central Ohio Youth Ballet: A project fund established by the Central Ohio Youth Ballet (COYB) for the purpose of procuring, renovating, and maintaining a facility. COYB’s mission is to provide professional-quality performance opportunities to all area dancers and quality performances to central Ohio audiences. Their dancers come from many different studios and communities throughout central Ohio range in age from 8-18 with adults joining the group for guest appearances and stage productions. While Central Ohio Youth Ballet production values are high, the artistic staff places dancers in roles across a spectrum of ability and experience levels. COYB is not about exclusivity, but rather its mission is to nurture dancers at all stages of proficiency, talent, and desire. For the last 22 years, the company’s Thanksgiving weekend performances of The Nutcracker at the Midland Theatre has become a holiday tradition in Central Ohio.
Molly C. Ingold Fund: A community charitable fund established by the donor for the purpose of pursuing her philanthropic goals and benefiting the charitable causes and organizations she cares about most. She plans to use her fund to benefit the organizations she holds most dear, including her church, the Midland Theatre, the United Way of Licking County, and the Newark Rotary. She also plans to partner with the Foundation to fund emerging initiatives and opportunities in the area. Molly C. Ingold retired in 2015 as Vice President of Administrative Services with Hospice of Central Ohio where she was employed for 11 years. She is the recipient of the Licking County Chamber of Commerce 2009 Human Resource Management Excellence Award; and served as the Director of Human Resources for Licking Memorial Hospital, Executive Director for the United Way of Licking County, and Personnel Director for the City of Newark. Molly holds a Master’s degree in Education, and a Bachelors of Science degree in Russian and Secondary Education. She has served as President for the Newark Rotary Club, Licking County Board of Developmental Disabilities, United Way of Licking County Board of Directors, and the Newark City School Board. Molly now consults in the human resources field. Currently, she has leadership roles with First United Methodist Church, the Cecil L. Mauger Trust, and serves on the boards of Kendal at Granville, Behavioral Healthcare Partners, and the Licking County Foundation. She has a son, Rick Ingold, a high school history teacher, who lives in Arcanum, Ohio.
Shirley A. Johnson Fund: An unrestricted fund established through a bequest from the estate of Shirley A. Johnson to address the community’s most urgent needs and emerging opportunities. Shirley A. Johnson passed away on January 16, 2017. She was born in Herrick, Illinois (which is 90 miles from St. Louis); and she was raised on a farm, along with her four brothers and five sisters. Although, times were sometimes difficult, all of the siblings were successful in their endeavors. Shirley came to Newark in 1954 to join her brother who married a Newark native. Shirley will be remembered for her generosity, fairness, work ethic, community involvement, sense of humor, and dedication to her family. Shirley Johnson loved her career in real estate and helping generations of clients find and sell their homes. She was known for assisting clients personally with making down payments to afford their homes, reducing her commissions, and even paying for radon remediation. Shirley obtained her real estate license when her children, David Johnson and Jennifer Brehm, were young. They fondly remember accompanying their mother to many house showings and closings. She began her career in real estate with Herb Howarth Realtor 21, and then with Dick Love Real Estate. To meet her clients’ needs and go the extra mile, it wasn’t unusual for Shirley to work from early morning to midnight. Eventually, she was owner and partner of Guanciale and Johnson Real Estate for 20 years. In 2000, she sold the company to Coldwell Banker. Putting others before herself, she was a long-time member of the Zonta Club and a Licking Memorial Hospital board member. Shirley was also an active member of the First United Methodist Church, assisting with such programs as preparing dinners for the homeless. For many years, she taught Sunday School at the Neal Avenue United Methodist Church. She enjoyed supporting Weathervane Playhouse, and loved to walk the bike path from Cherry Valley Road to Granville every day. Her sense of humor was prevalent, whimsical and unexpected. For example: Shirley noted in the memo line on the check she wrote for pre-paying her funeral expenses—“closing costs.” Even though she was a top-performing real estate agent and an active community volunteer, Shirley Johnson never hesitated to drop everything when it came to her family. Her two children, four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren were her top priorities. Shirley’s caring gift will support the community she loved for many generations to come.
Johnstown Area Community Foundation Fund: An agency fund established by the Board of Directors of the Johnstown Area Community Foundation to improve and enhance the quality of life in Johnstown and its surrounding area through strategic philanthropy and community development. The Johnstown Area Community Foundation provides community leadership by promoting collaboration, building community capacity, and serving as a catalyst for positive change. Grants from this fund will provide assistance for emerging community needs and special projects. The Board of Directors is composed of volunteer community representatives who want to make a difference in keeping the Johnstown area a great place to call home.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio Fund: An agency fund established by the Board of Trustees of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio to support the organization’s charitable and educational purposes with preference for benefiting Licking County children and their families. The mission of the Ronald McDonald House is to create, find, and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. The House provides a home-away-from-home for families of seriously-ill children with a comfortable bed, showers, and a warm meal on a daily basis while being steps away from their hospitalized child. The first Ronald McDonald House in Columbus opened on 18th Street in 1982. In 1988, capacity was increased to a total of 28 rooms, along with several other specialty areas that helped make the House a home. Over the next 10 years, the House began to experience an increase in need for services as they began serving more hospital departments; and in July 2008, a new 80-bedroom House was opened. More recently, in response to the significant growth of Nationwide Children's Hospital, they identified a great need to expand the current Ronald McDonald House facility. In 2014, they opened a 42-guestroom addition and officially became the largest Ronald McDonald House in the world—complete with 137 guestrooms.
Rotary Club of Newark-Heath Fund: A donor advised fund established by the Rotary Club of Newark-Heath on October 12, 2017 for the purpose of pursuing the philanthropic goals of its members and benefiting the charitable causes and organizations the Club cares about most. As signified by the Rotary motto Service Above Self, the Rotary Club of Newark-Heath’s main objective is service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. For over 30 years, the Rotary Club of Newark-Heath has provided humanitarian service, encouraged high ethical standards in all vocations, and helped build goodwill through its service projects. Each year, the Rotary Club of Newark-Heath distributes approximately 1,200 dictionaries to third graders in the majority of Licking County schools, including Newark, Heath, Licking Valley, Lakewood, Granville, Northridge, St. Francis, Granville Christian and Licking County Christian. The Club also provides annual scholarship support to graduating seniors at Heath, Licking Valley, Newark Catholic and C-TEC. The Rotary Club of Newark-Heath has over 50 members and meets every Thursday morning at 7:00 am at the Moundbuilders Country Club in Newark.
Richard and Kathy Wenzelberger Fund: A designated agency fund established through a bequest from the estate of Richard P. Wenzelberger to provide continuous, permanent support to the Licking County Board of Developmental Disabilities Endowment Fund, the Center for Disability Services Endowment Fund, and the Selma Markowitz Fund. Richard P. Wenzelberger and Kathy J. Zeigler met in 1970, while both were serving in the U.S. Army and stationed in Vietnam. They were married on December 5, 1970 in the Christ United Methodist Church in Newcomerstown, Ohio. Their son, David, was born in 1974. In 1980, the family moved to Maryland after Richard accepted a civilian position with the Department of Defense. They moved to Newark, Ohio in 2006 to be closer to family. Richard was born on March 7, 1944 in Cambridge, Massachusetts to Charles and Dorothy Wenzelberger. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War who served from June 1968 until July 1980. He retired from the National Security Administration in 2006. Kathy was born on September 21, 1948 in Coshocton, Ohio to Donald and Mary Katherine Zeigler. She graduated from Newcomerstown High in 1967, and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War who served from January 1970 to September 1970. She volunteered to serve in Vietnam as a tribute to a family friend who had been killed in action. She was also a housewife. Richard died on November 23, 2016 at the age of 72. Kathy died on October 23, 2008 at the age of 60. Both were honored with military services conducted by the Newcomerstown Veterans Honor Guard. David Wenzelberger preceded his parents in death on October 3, 2008 at the age of 33. The Wenzelbergers are buried in West Lawn Cemetery in Newcomerstown. In the September/October 2009 issue of the Licking Memorial Health Systems’ newsletter, Community Connections, an article about Richard’s donation to the William Schaffner Society stated, “After losing both his wife and son in 2008, Richard is viewed by others as a source of inspiration with this positive outlook.” Also in this article, his philanthropy was said to be “due in part to his commitment to the foundations of the community which he feels are the health care system, educational system and opportunities for cultural awareness.”
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.