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John W. and Edna McManus Shepard Fund/Guernsey County Foundation Announce 2017 Grants

Columbus, OH (August 10, 2017)—The John W. and Edna McManus Shepard Fund and Guernsey County Foundation recently awarded eight grants totaling $19,628 to organizations serving Cambridge and Guernsey counties.

Cambridge Area YMCA—$2,128 from the Shepard Fund to support updating the playground.

Cambridge-Guernsey County Community Improvement Corporation—$3,000 from the Shepard Fund to promote economic development through direct mail and website updates.

Dickens Victorian Village of Cambridge, Inc.—$2,000 from the Shepard Fund to support historical trolley tours of downtown Cambridge.

Guernsey County Historical Society—$1,000 from the Shepard Fund to purchase a large-screen TV to display presentations.

Guernsey County Senior Citizens Center, Inc.—$2,500 from the Shepard Fund and $2,500 from the Guernsey County Foundation to purchase new dining room and reception hall chairs.

Guernsey Health System—$2,500 from the Guernsey County Foundation to produce and market a resource guide disclosing all of the resources available in the community to address drug abuse.

Lutheran Social Services of Southern Ohio—$1,940 from the Shepard Fund and $60 from The Guernsey County Foundation to purchase food for the Caldwell Food Pantry to provide to Guernsey County residents.

Ohio Arts and Crafts Foundation—$2,000 from the Shepard Fund to support the Annual Salt Fork Arts & Crafts Festival.

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. Since inception, the fund has awarded over $295,000 to local organizations. 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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August 10, 2017