Husky gives nine charities a big financial boost

First Posted: 9/6/2013

LIMA — At Family Promise, a $13,000 donation represents about 20 percent of the charity’s annual budget.

It’s a large amount that will go to good use and may be be enough to buy a van that transports needy families and people around town. Family Promise helps homeless families find a place to stay and helps people survive until they can get back on their feet.

On Friday, Family Promise was one of nine local charities to get substantial checks from the Husky Lima Refinery that was raised, in part, during a golf fundraiser in July.

All together, a record $115,000 was raised in donations for the charities.

Besides Family Promise, the other charities include Teddy Bear Fund, Health Partners of Western Ohio, Allen County Education Service Center, Council on Aging, West Ohio Food Bank, Children Developmental Center, Northwest Ohio Literacy Council and Hope Visitation and Exchange Center.

Chuck Wolfe, the executive director of Family Promise, said if the charity can purchase a van, it will be used to take people to job interviews, doctor appointments and similar tasks.

“A donation like this will go a long, long way,” Wolfe said.

Family Promise serves about 120 families annually with the average stay about 30 to 45 days. Much of what they do, such as finding shelter for people, comes from donations.

Husky Vice President and General Manager Roy Warnock said more than 350 people participated in the golf tournament held at the Colonial Golfers Club and Hawthorne Hills Golf Club.

This is the seventh year for the golf tournament, Warnock said.

“The money was raised from the various businesses that help us here at the plant site, and it was also raised through the (golf) registration fees,” Warnock said.

Another charity to benefit with a $13,000 check was the Hope Visitation and Exchange Center, which helps families in turmoil manage visitation when parents can’t get along. Executive Director Linda Parish said the money was much needed after the charity lost grant money a year ago.

“We’ve been running on what we’ve managed to scrape together and donations. We’re basically using this to keep alive,” Parish said.

Hope Visitation has a secure home where one parent can drop off children for visitation with another parent. The facility is secure with at least one sheriff deputy on hand.

“We provide supervised visitation and exchanges for families that have gone through custody battles,” Parish said.

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