Dienstberger Foundation awards $325,000 in grants for Delphos area charities


By Joe Gilroy - [email protected]



Bob Ulm plays keyboard while Santa Claus makes time for a quick photo-op with (l-r) Noon Optimist Jay Metzner, Delphos City Schools Superintendent Doug Westrick and Allen County Dare Program Deputy Ted Falke on Tuesday at the Dienstberger 22nd annual grant awards ceremony at Delphos Club.

Bob Ulm plays keyboard while Santa Claus makes time for a quick photo-op with (l-r) Noon Optimist Jay Metzner, Delphos City Schools Superintendent Doug Westrick and Allen County Dare Program Deputy Ted Falke on Tuesday at the Dienstberger 22nd annual grant awards ceremony at Delphos Club.


DELPHOS — The Arnold C. Dienstberger Foundation hosted a banquet at Delphos Club to award grants to two dozen local nonprofits Tuesday night.

The group gave away $325,000 in its 22nd annual charitable event. The foundation raised the money through the nonprofit’s investments. This year’s round of awards brings the organization’s lifetime grant award amount to more than $6.5 million.

Arnold C. Dienstberger started the foundation with proceeds from selling a pair of nursing homes, the Delphos Memorial and Sarah Jane to Vancrest Health Care. Dienstberger invested the proceeds immediately and beginning in 1998 and each subsequent year, proceeds are spread between charities serving the Delphos City School District.

Foundation member Rick Miller acted as M.C. for the event and announced the distributions with President John Nomina, Vice President Bill Massa, Treasurer Doug Harter, Secretary Jerry Gilden and Trustees Nick Clark, Loni Miller and Doris Neumeier doling out checks.

Miller, who recently retired from radio broadcasting after 42 years of calling Delphos and Delphos St. John’s prep sports game with ‘Fun 107.1’ said it’s the recipients who do the work, not the foundation.

“What we are doing right now,” Miller said and paused. “What you see here with the laughter and joy around the room, sitting here talking with friends and getting to pass out these grants, well that’s the easy part. The charities receiving the grants are the ones who have the hard job. They have to figure out how best to distribute the money.”

Woof Boom Radio and ‘Fun 107.1’ radio personality Bob Ulm entertained attendees with a Christmas music performance on his keyboard. Food was provided by More to Love Catering of Delphos and Santa Clause even took a break from preparing for his busy season to take photos with guests.

The foundation distributed $62,800 in its first year and has surpassed $300,000 every year since 2008. This year’s $325,000 matches the Dienstberger Foundation’s record set in 2018.

Organizations receiving grants in 2021 were:

Allen County D.A.R.E. — $2,500

Community Health Professionals — $6,000

Delphos Veterans Council — $2,500

Delphos Jefferson and St. John’s Athletic Boosters — $2,500 each.

Delphos Canal Commission — $5,000

Delphos Area Chamber of Commerce — $2,500

Delphos Baseball and Softball Association — $2,500

Delphos City Schools —$50,000

Delphos Community Christmas Project — $15,000

Delphos Girl Scouts — $500

Delphos Habitat for Humanity — $2,000

Delphos Police Department — $5,000

Delphos Fire and Rescue — $5,000

Delphos Museum of Postal History — $5,000

Delphos Public Library — $7,500

Delphos Rotary — $12,000

Delphos Senior Citizens, Inc.— $15,000

Delphos Canal Days, Delphos Chamber of Commerce and Delphian Social Club — $41,500

Delphos St. John’s Schools — $50,000

Delphos Stadium Club — $40,000/Kiwanis Club of Delphos — $40,000

St. Vincent de Paul Society — $7,500

Bob Ulm plays keyboard while Santa Claus makes time for a quick photo-op with (l-r) Noon Optimist Jay Metzner, Delphos City Schools Superintendent Doug Westrick and Allen County Dare Program Deputy Ted Falke on Tuesday at the Dienstberger 22nd annual grant awards ceremony at Delphos Club.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/12/web1_dienstberger.jpgBob Ulm plays keyboard while Santa Claus makes time for a quick photo-op with (l-r) Noon Optimist Jay Metzner, Delphos City Schools Superintendent Doug Westrick and Allen County Dare Program Deputy Ted Falke on Tuesday at the Dienstberger 22nd annual grant awards ceremony at Delphos Club.

By Joe Gilroy

[email protected]

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