Strimbu Memorial Fund Awards $200K in Grants

SHARON, Pa. — The Strimbu Memorial Fund Board of Directors dispersed nearly $200,000 in grant allocations to local economic development and charitable organizations Thursday at its 31st annual gift-giving meeting.

Individuals representing nonprofits, charitable groups and organizations involved in economic advancement gathered at the offices of Penn-Northwest Development Corp. to receive their grants.

“The Strimbu Memorial Fund awarded these grants to assist in these organization’s development efforts and provide assistance and programs to those in need,” said Bill Strimbu. “Their work is extremely important and beneficial to our surrounding communities.”

Grants were awarded to the following organizations:

  • Brookfield Community Park
  • Brookfield Police Dept.
  • Buhl Club
  • Building of Hope
  • Children’s Center of Mercer County
  • Community Library of the Shenango Valley
  • Eagle’s Nest Life Equipping Center
  • EOMAC-Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Guardian’s Nest
  • Inspiring Minds
  • Joshua’s Haven
  • Kinsman American Legion
  • L.I.F.T. (Lifting Individuals for the Trades)
  • Meals on Wheels Shenango Valley
  • Meals on Wheels Trumbull County
  • Mercer County Coalition for Drug Awareness Program
  • Mercer County Mentoring
  • Penn-Northwest Development Corp.
  • Prince of Peace AWESOME Program
  • Shop with a Cop Program—Farrell
  • The American Red Cross, Lake to River Chapter
  • The Hope Center for Arts & Technology
  • The Salvation Army—Sharon
  • United Way of Mercer County—Success by Six Program
  • Valley Shenango Economic Development Corp.
  • Waterfire Sharon
  • West Hill Ministries

Strumbu Memorial Fund officers were elected at the annual gift-giving meeting, Re-elected to terms ending in 2021 are Jim Grasso, president; Gary Hoff, vice president; Frank Krieder, treasurer; and John Matune, secretary. Also re-elected to terms ending in 2022 are Gary Hoff, Frank Krieder, Nancy Lukasko, Spencer Strimbu, Dustin Ghizzoni, Nick Strimbu, Frank Vendemia and Kara Kasula.

Since its creation in 1990, the Strimbu Memorial Fund has dispersed more than $3.6 million in donations. Just this past year, the fund awarded more than $160,000 in such grants and scholarships to local students.

“Now in our 31st year, with the tradition of giving started by the example set by Nick Strimbu Jr. during his lifetime, we continue to perpetuate his legacy of philanthropic giving to assist with the needs of our community,” said Grasso. “We aspire to give a hand up, not a hand out.

The fund’s 23th Annual Wild Game Dinner is being planned for Feb. 16, and the 31st Annual Strimbu Memorial BBQ for May 6. Money raised by the two events enables the Strimbu Memorial Fund to continue its philanthropic support of area charitable initiatives.

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