Strimbu Memorial Fund distributes $148,000 in grants

SHARON, Pa. — The board of directors of the Strimbu Memorial Fund at its recent 30th annual gift giving meeting approved dispersing $148,087 to local economic development and charitable organizations.

Bill Strimbu of the board said individuals representing several nonprofits, charitable groups and those organizations involved in economic advancement, gathered at Penn-Northwest Development Corp. in Sharon, Pa., to receive their grants.

Grants were awarded to: Brookfield Local Schools (STEAM); Brookfield Township; Community Library of the Shenango Valley (STEAM); E-Academy at Linden Pointe; Guardian Nest; Homes for Kids; Inspiring Minds; Joshua’s Haven; Meals on Wheels Shenango Valley; Trumbull Mobile Meals; Mercer County Coalition for Drug Awareness; Mercer County Mentoring; New Life Baptist Church; Operation Lighthouse; 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; Waterfire Sharon; and West Hill Ministries.

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

Also at its meeting, Jim Grasso, president; Gary Hoff, vice president; Frank Krieder, treasurer; and John Matune, secretary, were re-elected to terms ending in 2021. Strimbu Memorial Fund board members Paul O’Brien, Charles Carrier, Bill Strimbu II, John Matune and Steve O’Brien were re-elected for three year terms ending in 2021.

Since its creation in 1990, the Strimbu Memorial Fund has provided over $3.4 million in donations to local economic development, individuals, scholarships and charitable organizations. Just this past year, the fund awarded more than $157,000 in such grants and scholarships to local students.

“This 30-year tradition of giving was 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 President of the Board Jim Grasso.

The 22nd annual wild game dinner is being planned for Feb. 17, along with the 30th annual Strimbu Memorial BBQ set for May 1. Funds raised by the two events will enable the SMF to continue its philanthropic support of area charitable initiatives.

More information about the Strimbu Memorial Fund is available at the Memorial Fund’s website, strimbumemorialfund.com.

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