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Strimbu Fund Awards Grants, Names Officers

BROOKFIELD, Ohio – The Strimbu Memorial Fund’s board of directors is dispersing grants totaling nearly $130,000 to local economic development and charitable organizations and individuals in need.

“These grants are essential to the organizations that assist in economic development efforts and provide assistance and programs to those in need,” said Bill Strimbu. “Their work is extremely important and beneficial to our community.”

At the board’s annual gift-giving meeting, held Dec. 22 , new members were elected and new officers were named.

Bill Strimbu II, Steve O’Brien and John Matune were elected to the board. Jim Grasso was named board president; Gary Hoff, vice president; Frank Kreider, treasurer; and John Matune, secretary.

Since its creation in 1990, the Strimbu Memorial Fund has provided millions of dollars in donations and scholarships. The annual Strimbu Memorial Fund Barbeque has enabled it to perpetuate Nick Strimbu Jr.’s legacy. This past year, the fund awarded 14 $2,000 and one $10,000 college scholarships to local high school seniors planning to further their education.

“It is just as important as what we do as an organization as the dollar amount that has been given over the years,” said outgoing president Paul O’Brien. “None of this would have happened without Nick Strimbu Jr. as our first leader.”

Along with individuals in need, grants were awarded to the following organizations:

  • The American Red Cross of Mercer County
  • The American Red Cross Lake to River Chapter, NE Ohio Region
  • The Beatitude House
  • Community Food Warehouse
  • Community Library of the Shenango Valley
  • Joshua’s Haven
  • Military Affairs of Northeast Ohio
  • Penn-Northwest Development Corp.
  • Prince of Peace Center
  • The Salvation Army
  • United Way of Mercer County
  • Community Food Warehouse
  • Meals on Wheels Shenango Valley
  • Meals on Wheels Trumbull County
  • Meals on Wheels Mahoning County
  • Rotary Club of Sharon
  • Shop with a Cop Program
  • The Hope Center for Arts & Technology
  • West Hill Ministries

A wild game dinner is being planned for Feb. 21 along with the 27th Annual Strimbu Memorial BBQ set for May 4. Funds raised by the two events will enable the fund to continue to philanthropic support of area charitable initiatives.

Pictured: Representatives of are nonprofit agencies and economic development groups gather to accept grants at the Strimbu Memorial Fund annual gift-giving meeting.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.