Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation held its annual Applebee's Flapjack Breakfast Fundraiser on March 29, successfully raising $1,500 to support its Service Learning Mini-Grants Program. The event drew over 163 patrons.
During breakfast patron's had the opportunity to submit their favorite charity in the NCCF's "Be a Hero" contest for a $250 grant drawing. Hero is another name for a philanthropist and everyone can be a philanthropist. James Conklin, a second grader at School 7, certainly proved that point as he is this year's winner. Because of his past participation, James chose the Special Olympics to receive his grant. The local Special Olympics will thank James for his generosity at this year's event.
New to the fundraiser, the silent auction was a success thanks to donations from area businesses including local restaurants Rocco's and Central Station, Walmart, Weiss Hardware, Purina Pet Care, Auto Zone and Literacy Volunteers' 21 E. Second St. Bookstore. NCCF appreciates their support in making our community stronger.
Top: James Conklin awards his $250 grant check to Maureen Bialaszewski, head coordinator of Special Olympics; BOCES 2 senior Trisha Paul of Brocton; and Mary Benson, Special Olympics coach.
Bottom: Michael Bobseine (left) awards his $100 grant check to United Way’s VP of Fundraising Edward Hazen and Board President Richard Erdle.
Events like the flapjack fundraiser take volunteers. This year NCCF thanks the many employees at Johnson, Mackowiak & Associates, LLP for their assistance. NCCF also thanks Susan Ryan, Michael Bobseine and the NCCF staff, board and committee members that turned out to greet, serve and cleanup. Drawn from the names of volunteers, Michael Bobseine won a $100 grant which he graciously presented to the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County. "The United Way is an organization that assists the community through its many programs," Bobseine said.
But most of all, NCCF thanks everyone who came out on March 29 to support NCCF and its Service Learning Mini-Grants Program. The program started last fall in Fredonia Central School. This spring teachers in the Dunkirk City Schools have applied for and received funding for eight mini-grants. NCCF is reaching out to other local school districts to broaden the program for the upcoming school year. This can only happen with community support.
The NCCF is one of nearly 700 community foundations in the United States today. Founded in 1986, the NCCF is dedicated to improving the community through the promotion of local philanthropy, strategic grantmaking and community leadership. Served by a small staff and governed by an all-volunteer board of directors, the organization has distributed over $9.4 million in the form of grants and scholarships within the community. Truly community in nature, the NCCF is an organization created by and for the people of northern Chautauqua County. For more information, visit www.nccfoundation.org or call us at 66-4892.