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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.


Alpha Chi Omega Legal Assistance Fund:  A designated agency fund established by the Alpha Chi Omega Delta Xi Alumnae to support victims of domestic violence who need legal assistance to leave abusive situations.  Distributions will be made to The Center for New Beginnings Shelter and Services, a program of The Woodlands Serving Central Ohio, Inc.  Alpha Chi Omega shapes the future through the powerful, transformative and everlasting connections of real, strong women.  Raising awareness and educating others about domestic violence is the national philanthropy for Alpha Chi Omega.  The Delta Xi chapter of Denison University has long supported The Center for New Beginnings with volunteer hours and generous gifts. 

Beth Barton Eckels Memorial Scholarship Fund:  A scholarship fund established in memory of Beth Barton Eckels by her husband, Richard Eckels, along with her family and her friends.  Beth Barton Eckels died on August 28, 2020 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.  She was born in Columbus, Ohio; was a 1985 graduate of Granville High School; and attended The Ohio State University.  She recognized her true passion for cosmetology soon thereafter, and started attending Ohio State School of Cosmetology.  Upon graduating, Beth worked at Charles Penzone Salon where she quickly gained a wonderful clientele who faithfully followed her to her own salon, Designs by Beth in Granville.  Over the years, Beth cared for the hair dressing needs of many of her clients who were facing their own cancer battles.  She always found the time, compassion, and fortitude to take the battle off the shoulders of her friends and clients.  She took tremendous pride in helping others in any way possible.  She often reminded her children to “make someone else’s day”.  Beth valued her family and friends, and was a selfless person.  She will also be remembered for her infectious laugh and great sense of humor.  Beth’s legacy lives on through a scholarship which honors her compassion for others and passion for her career.  This scholarship assists female residents of Licking and adjacent counties who are pursuing a certificate or degree in Cosmetology or a degree in Art or Fashion Design at an accredited college, university or technical school. 

Pam and Dave Froelich Crimson Frog Educational Award:  An educational award established by Pam (Bays) and Dave Froelich to recognize Newark High School (NHS) baseball players who exhibit exceptional performance in hustle, positive attitude, leadership, team play and sportsmanship. The Crimson Frog Award is a grant of tuition assistance for the post-high school education of the recipient.  The Froelichs—Pam, a 1964 NHS graduate and Dave, a 1963 NHS graduate—are proud supporters of Newark High School and Wildcat baseball.  Dave was a catcher for NHS, signed a bonus contract with the St. Louis Cardinals while attending The Ohio State University, was appointed commission scout for St. Louis in 1993, and has been involved with amateur baseball for many years.  Pam has been a volunteer for many charitable organizations, including the Babe Ruth League, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Zonta, Coterie and currently is co-chair of Twig 8, the gift shop at Licking Memorial Hospital.  She believes in giving back.  The educational award assists up to three Newark High School graduating seniors annually who participated in the Newark High School boys varsity baseball program; exhibited exceptional performance as described in the criteria below; and want to further their studies at a an accredited post-secondary educational institution.

Horns Hill Park Improvement Fund:  A project fund established to make improvements to Horns Hill Park, including but not limited to, the downhill mountain bike trails.  Owned by the City of Newark, Horns Hill Park has been a gathering spot for families for more than a century.  Complete with shelters, disc golf and playground area, it is a great location for picnicking, a quiet drive or downhill mountain biking. The new and improved trails will provide hours of outdoor recreation for local bike enthusiasts as well as attract visitors to enjoy the trails along with the many amenities Licking County has to offer.

Licking County CARES Act Nonprofit Relief Fund:  A project fund established by the Licking County Commissioners to administer a grant program that assists Licking County and its residents to recover from the current health pandemic through providing the Foundation a portion from the County Coronavirus Relief Distribution Fund.  The Fund will be used to provide grant resources to Qualified Charitable Organizations operating in Licking County that are battling through the current economic challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic and state mandates. 

Licking County COVID-19 Relief Fund:  A project fund established by the Licking County Foundation and the United Way of Licking County to administer the collection and distribution of funds in close collaboration with  community stakeholders and advisors to provide flexible resources to qualified charitable organizations operating in Licking County that are directly supporting residents whose basic needs are going unmet due to COVID-19. 

Licking County NAACP Scholarship Fund:  A scholarship fund established by the Licking County NAACP to assist Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) in Licking County who wish to further their studies at an accredited college, university, or technical/trade school.  The Licking County Chapter of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) was reactivated in 2020 to make something great for the community.  The vision of the Licking County NAACP is to create a safe space for people, provide educating and training, raise awareness about issues, provide resources to marginalized populations, dispel myths, showcase positive stories, and help others embrace differences.  This local chapter also wants to give young people an opportunity to get involved, to be mentored, to organize in the community, and to become the community’s future leaders and voices.  

Herbert J. Murphy Jr. Building Trades Scholarship Fund:  A scholarship fund established by Herbert J. Murphy Jr., whose life has been spent in building high quality commercial and residential properties.  In 1963, he founded Mid-Ohio Development Corporation which builds, develops, and manages residential, commercial, and industrial properties in Central Ohio. Under Herb’s leadership, the Groveport-based company built a reputation for outstanding quality, long-lasting value, and design features that satisfy both wants and needs of its residents, tenants, and clients.  Herb is known for unselfish service, a caring attitude, and a commitment to working hard.  In tribute to his more than 57 years in the construction industry, Herb wants to encourage careers in the construction trades.  This scholarship assists Licking County residents who are pursuing careers in the skilled building/construction trades at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university, and trade or vocational school. 

Pickleball Facilities Fund: A project fund established by The City of Newark to construct pickleball courts on Sharon Valley Road for the community to enjoy.  Pickleball is a fun and fast-paced paddleball sport that combines elements of badminton, table tennis, and tennis.  A popular sport throughout the United States, it can be played by enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels.  A group of local volunteers have partnered with The City of Newark to raise funds to install multiple pickleball courts on this easily accessible site.

Noble and Kathleen Snow Scholarship Fund:  A scholarship fund established by Noble and Kathy (Dupler) Snow.  Knowing the importance of certain career fields to the community and society which are often not as highly compensated as other careers, the scholarship fund has been started for Newark High School seniors who demonstrate financial need and wish to pursue careers in law enforcement, nursing or education.  Noble was born in Mt. Vernon, Ohio where both of his parents’ families have lived for several generations.  The family moved to Newark when Noble was young.  He went on to go through the Newark City School system and graduated from Newark High School.  Kathy was born in Newark and also attended Newark City Schools, graduating from Newark High School.  Both were the first in their families to attend and graduate from college.  Noble started college at the Newark campus of The Ohio State University and finished his degree at the Columbus campus of OSU.  Kathy graduated from Central Ohio Technical College with an Associate degree in accounting.  Kathy and Noble worked together at Wilson, Shannon & Snow, a certified public accounting firm in Newark.  They both retired in October 2019, Kathy having worked there forty-one years and Noble fifty-one years. 

George M. Vaia Fund:  An unrestricted fund established through a bequest from George M. Vaia in memory of his sister, Lula Vaia, to address the community’s emerging needs and opportunities.  George grew up in Newark, Ohio and graduated from Ohio University with a teaching degree.  He earned a Master’s degree from Bowling Green State University.  He also worked on a PhD degree at Michigan State University before moving to Montreal, Canada in 1968 where he lived for 49 years.  George retired after teaching for 20 years in Montreal’s West Island.  In his early years in Montreal, George was an avid racketball player and also enjoyed hiking.  George loved to travel.  When he first graduated from college, George bought a Norton Commando motorcycle in London; and then traveled throughout Europe, staying at youth hostels.  His travel interests never stopped.  During his many trips to Cuba, George regularly spent the entire day at cafés talking with everyone; and he would often later travel to visit the people he had met.  George died while on vacation in Havana, Cuba in 2017.  His beloved sister, Lula, died in 2001.  She was an inspired choir teacher and directed vocal music programs in Newark City Schools for 30 years.

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