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August 25, 2015


Contact: Melissa Neely,, 614/251-4000; John A. Davis, 740/432-3976

John W. and Edna Mcmanus Shepard Fund / Guernsey County Foundation Announce Grants – 2015

Columbus, OH (August 25, 2015)—The John W. and Edna McManus Shepard Fund and Guernsey County Foundation recently awarded eight grants totaling $17,000 to organizations serving Cambridge and Guernsey counties.

Cambridge Area YMCA—$2,500 from the Shepard Fund to support operation of the Community Youth Center.

Cambridge-Guernsey County Community Improvement Corporation—$2,000 from the Shepard Fund to promote economic development through direct mail and website updates.

Cambridge Main Street Initiative—$1,000 from the Guernsey County Foundation to support the Last Saturday event.

Dickens Victorian Village of Cambridge, Inc.—$2,000 from the Guernsey County Foundation to provide historical trolley tours of downtown Cambridge to community members.

Guernsey County Senior Citizens Center, Inc.—$4,824 from the Shepard Fund and $176 from the Guernsey County Foundation to support the purchase of a modified handicapped accessible mini-van.

GRACE Pantry—$2,500 from the Guernsey County Foundation to support the purchase of a used box truck.

Living Word Outdoor Drama, Inc.—$1,000 from the Shepard Fund to support advertising.

Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio—$1,000 from the Shepard Fund to purchase food for the Caldwell Food Pantry to serve Guernsey County residents.

The Shepard Fund was established in 1998 by Arthur E. Shepard in memory of his parents who were longtime residents of Cambridge. The fund benefits residents of Cambridge and Guernsey counties. Mr. Shepard’s father, John W. Shepard, owned and operated a dry cleaning and tailoring business for 36 years before his death in 1944. His mother, the former Edna McManus, moved to Cambridge with her family when the Cambridge Glass Company opened. Her father made the first piece of glassware produced at the company.

The Shepard Fund awards grants to benefit cultural and economic programs for Cambridge and/or Guernsey County. In addition, an annual distribution is made to benefit the United Way of Guernsey County. An advisory committee, made up of two officers of the Guernsey County Foundation and John A. Davis, assists with grant recommendations.


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