DELPHOS — The Delphos Stadium Club was the big winner in Tuesday night’s Dientsberger Foundation award distribution.
A total of $320,000 was handed out to 27 groups and organizations serving the Delphos area.
“If you add all of the numbers since 1998, we’re just shy of $6 million going back into the Delphos community,” said Rick Miller, a Dientsberger board member.
The Arthur C. Dientsberger Foundation was formed in 1998 from the proceeds of the sale of a Delphos nursing home. That first year, they distributed $62,800.
The money is going to help several organizations.
“There’s just a lot of different organizations that all touch Delphos in different ways,” Miller said.
The Delphos Stadium Club received $66,500, the largest of any single donation.
“The (artificial) turf is the main project upfront, but then we’ll also be looking at the old stadium,” said John Nomina, a trustee of the Delphos Stadium Club. “So that needs to be looked at and what if anything can be done with that. Does it need to come down and build new, refurbished again or whatever. We don’t know until we get into that a little bit.”
The Delphos Senior Center received $15,000.
“This year, we’re going to use their donation for three different programs,” said Alice Curth, executive director of the center. “We have our transportation that’s been growing a lot with the increase in the number of senior citizens. We also want to buy a couple of new lawn mowers for our chore program, and we want to help our outreach program. We have monthly Good to Know lunch-and-go programs. It gives seniors a free lunch, and it gives them some helpful information.”
Other disbursements Tuesday night included Delphos City Schools ($50,000 ), St. John’s the Evangelist Schools ($50,000), Delphos Canal Days ($25,000), The Delphian Social Club ($20,000), Delphos Community Christmas Project Inc. ($15,000 ), Delphos Rotary Club ($12,000.), Kiwanis Club of Delphos ($10,000), Delphos St. Vincent dePaul Society ($7,500), Community Health Professionals ($6,000), Delphos Canal Commission ($5,000), Museum of Postal History Inc. ($5,000), Delphos Fire Rescue ($5,000), Delphos Police Department ($5,000), Delphos Optimist Club ($5,000), Delphos Public Library ($3,000), Allen County DARE Program ($3,000), Delphos St. John’s Athletic Boosters ($2,500), Delphos Jefferson Athletic Boosters ($2,500), Delphos Little League Association ($2,500), Delphos Chamber of Commerce ($2,000), Delphos Boy Scout Troup 65 ($600), Delphos Cub Scout Pack 42 ($600), Delphos Girl Scouts ($600), Delphos Tri-County Wrestling ($500) and Allen County Crew 4-H Club ($200).
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