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July 07, 2016


Hailey Stroup,, 614/251-4000

J. Floyd Dixon Memorial Fund Announces Grants To Benefit Jackson County – 2016

Columbus, OH (July 7, 2016)—The J. Floyd Dixon Memorial Fund of Community Foundations, Inc. has awarded grants totaling $41,500 to 10 nonprofit and local governmental organizations serving Jackson County.

Jackson City Library—$4,200 to purchase five computers.

Jackson City Schools—$5,000 to establish an arts, music, and drama fund at Jackson High School for the benefit of all students.

Jackson County Board on Aging—$2,900 to purchase kitchen equipment to prepare meals for seniors.

Jackson County Health Department—$3,500 to support the pediculosis/head lice control program in Jackson County.

Jackson County Homelessness Committee—$6,000 to support prevention services and emergency assistance to the homeless in Jackson County.

Jackson Historical Society—$1,000 to support the Jackson County 200th Anniversary weekend event.

Jackson-Vinton Community Action—$4,500 to provide direct health assistance to low-income, uninsured, and underinsured individuals residing in Jackson County.

Jackson Area YMCA—$3,400 to support Camp Awesome summer camp for children in Jackson County.

Oak Hill Union Local School District—$5,000 to purchase literacy resources and establish a designated space for a school book room.

Stargazey’s Equine Therapy—$6,000 to support equine therapy activities at Hope Haven School.

The Dixon Fund awards grants to nonprofit and local governmental organizations located in Jackson County that focus primarily on education and health issues. Award decisions are made by a board of trustees, who review applications submitted in the spring each year. The decisions are subject to approval of Community Foundations, Inc., which provides administrative and other support to the board. The board currently consists of two Dixon family members and Jackson County residents, including: Deborah Biggs of Jackson; Hon. Leonard Holzapfel of Wellston; Bonny Huffman of Wellston; Richard LeGrand of Jackson; Joyce McClurg of Oak Hill; and Dr. Ted Nichting of Jackton.

Following the 2016 awards process, Stan Lewis stepped down from the board after many years of dedicated service. Joyce McClurg of Oak Hill has agreed to replace Mr. Lewis on the board. Ms. McClurg is an active member of the community, serving as an accompanist for the Oak Hill High School Choir, president of the Oak Hill Festival of Flags, member of the Beautify Oak Hill committee, and member of the Jackson County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Since 1996, the fund has made grants totaling more than $590,000. The fund is named in honor of J. Floyd Dixon. Born in 1887, Mr. Dixon was raised on a farm near Oak Hill and began a teaching career in the Wellston and Oak Hill schools. Mr. Dixon's service to the area's schools continued in 1920 with his appointment as superintendent of schools for Jackson County. He later taught in the education department at Ohio University (OU) in Athens and was awarded an honorary doctorate by Rio Grande University for his work at OU concerning extension programs.

Elizabeth Watson, Mr. Dixon's daughter, created the J. Floyd Dixon Memorial Fund to honor her father's service to education. Mrs. Watson attended an elementary school in Jackson. She later graduated from The Ohio State University, married, and moved to the East Coast. In 1977, Mr. and Mrs. Watson returned to Columbus to open what became central Ohio's largest nursing and rehabilitation facility. After her husband's death, Mrs. Watson continued to serve as the facility's president until 1996. Mrs. Watson passed away in 2003 and is survived by two sons, each of whom is involved with the fund's board.

The Dixon Fund is a component of Community Foundations, Inc.


About Community Foundations, Inc.

Community Foundations, Inc. was established in 1987 to enable donors to support nonprofit organizations primarily in the state of Ohio and beyond the central Ohio region. For more information, visit or call 614/251-4000.