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- 2016 Humanitarian Leadership Honorees Announced!
- 2016 Endow Maryland Tax Credit Now Available!
- IRA Charitable Rollover Becomes Permanent Law
- Recent Grantees - Music at Penn Alps
- Recent Grantees - Garrett Mentors
- 2015 Humanitarian Award
- 2014 Humanitarian Award
- 2013 Humanitarian Award
- 2012 Humanitarian Award
- 2011 Humanitarian Award
“Caring for Our Future”
The Community Trust Foundation (CTF) is pleased to announce William B. Grant as the recipient of the 2017 Humanitarian Leadership Award. Bill will be recognized for his professional and philanthropic leadership on September 7th, at the Frostburg State University Lane Center from 6pm-9pm.
CTF President, Marion Leonard noted, “Bill is truly a humanitarian who has dedicated his life to leading and inspiring others throughout his professional and community leadership roles. His humane leadership rooted in integrity and a caring heart demonstrates the true meaning of a “servant-leader”; a person who has enriched the lives of others, and ultimately created a more caring world.”
Bill graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College with a Bachelor’s Degree in History. He then went on to Duquesne University School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctorate, and also served on the Duquesne Law Review. Recently retired, Bill was the Chairman and CEO of First United Bank and Trust for over 19 years, and had a banking career that spans nearly 4 decades.
Bill continues to give back to the community by providing services to many local organizations, including the State of Maryland Regulatory Reform Commission, Past Chair of The Greater Cumberland Committee, Vice President of the Southern Garrett High School Alumni Association, West Virginia Wesleyan College Board of Trustees, Community Trust Foundation, Chair of the Garrett County Memorial Hospital Foundation, President of The Garrett Choral Society, Southern Garrett High School Improvement Team, Past Chair of Leadership Maryland, Board of Directors University System of Maryland Foundation, member at the Mountain-Lake Park Lions Club and many more. Bill has also been a volunteer mentor with the Garrett Mentors Program for the past 11 years and HART.
Bill has received numerous awards including The Greater Cumberland Committee’s Greater Good Award, Maryland Bankers Association and Council of Professional Women in Banking and Finance Champion of Women Award, and the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Golden Ambassador Award.
The Community Trust Foundation is a way for local donors to give back to their community. It was established in 2006 by the late Robert Ebert and a small group of business and civic leaders who believed that philanthropic leadership and resources could help meet community needs and build a stronger more vital region. Their vision is now being realized. Since 2009, CFT has provided over $4 million to Allegany, Garrett and Mineral Counties and has supported education and youth leadership programs, honored our rich cultural heritage, helped build a stronger arts community, enhanced health and wellness programs and preserved our beautiful environment.
To learn more about the Humanitarian Award Event and services CTF provides please contact us at 301-876-9172 or www.ctfinc.org.
CTF AWARDED TAX CREDITS THROUGH ENDOW MARYLAND
YOUR GIFT MAY QUALIFY FOR A TAX CREDIT ON YOUR 2016 MARYLAND TAX RETURN
The “Endow Maryland” tax credit rewards donors who help build permanent charitable funds for local communities across the state – and right here in Allegany and Garrett counties. Authorized by the State Legislature for the 2016 tax year, Endow Maryland offers a 25% state tax credit for gifts of at least $500.
The Community Trust Foundation is offering the tax credits to donors who support any of the Community Trust Foundation’s Endowed Funds, including The Health Care Endowed Fund and the Leonard Culture of Wellness Endowed Fund.
For more information contact Sandi Rowland, Foundation Director at email@example.com or by phone at 301-876-9172.
IRA CHARITABLE ROLLOVER BECOMES PERMANENT LAW
The Pension Protection Act of 2006 permitted individuals to roll over up to $100,000 per taxable year from an IRA directly to a qualifying charity (such as the Community Trust Foundation, or one of CTF’s funds) without being taxed. In December 2015, Congress passed the PATH Act, making this charitable giving opportunity permanent. Single and married individuals 70½ and older are eligible to give in this way from their individual retirement accounts.
Because the distribution goes directly to a qualified charity, the amount will not be counted as income and will not be subject to income tax. Please consult your professional advisor or call the CTF office at 301-876-9172 for more information.
Note: Donations cannot be made to one’s own donor advised fund.
CTF Foundation Director and CTF Board Member and Grants Committee Chair, Vic Rezendes present a $25,000 grant to Music at Penn Alps to Jean Miller and Sean Beachy from Penn Alps. The Community Trust Foundation awarded the grant, from the Naylor Family Trust Fund, for the Private Lessons Scholarship program. Music at Penn Alps has provided Western Maryland with outstanding music programs for the past twenty-two years. The Music at Penn Alps Private Lesson Scholarship program aims to help those who normally could not afford private music lessons. The goal of the lessons is to help students develop musical proficiency and experience, increase their interest in the arts, and help the students establish a basis for all types of music. The Penn Alps music program has grown from 22 to 47 participants in the last two and a half years.
CTF Board Member and Grants Committee Chair, Vic Rezendes presents a $20,000 grant to Garrett Mentors Inc. Executive Director Laura Fike.
The Community Trust Foundation recently awarded Garrett Mentors Inc. with a $20,000 grant. The grant was funded by the Naylor Fund established with CTF. Garrett Mentors Inc. helps children in kindergarten through 5th grade by matching a child in need with a caring adult who meets with him or her weekly. Mentors acts as friends, a good listeners, and a providers of stability to those children in need.
CTF Honors Jane and Carl “Buck” Belt, Jr.
The Community Trust Foundation (CTF) Board of Trustees honored Jane and Carl “Buck” Belt, Jr. as recipients of the 2015 Humanitarian Leadership Award. The dynamic wife and husband team of Jane & “Buck” were recognized for their professional and philanthropic leadership on September 10, 2015 at the Wisp Resort.
CTF Vice President, Marion Leonard noted prior to the event, “We look forward to celebrating Buck and Jane’s accomplishments and showing our appreciation to them for making a positive difference in people’s lives and our community. They have demonstrated active compassion and understand the true art of giving without seeking personal gain.”
Buck and Jane met while they were both students at Virginia Tech. After they married, Buck brought Jane back to his home town, where they settled and raised their family while building their businesses and integrating into the community.
Carl “Buck” Belt has served the community in a number of ways including: President of the Cumberland Rotary, Allegany County Chamber of Commerce, Potomac Council BSA, Frostburg State University Foundation, Sacred Heart Hospital Foundation and three consecutive years as Allegany County United Way Campaign Chair. An Elder at the First Presbyterian Church in Cumberland, Buck led the annual Stewardship Campaign for thirty years.
Jane Belt has also served the community as Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of Allegany College of Maryland, as a Member of the Local Advisory Council for Career & Technology Education of the Allegany Board of Education, and as a member of the Board of Trustees at Frostburg State University from 1976 thru 1986. She is an Elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Cumberland.
In 1994, Buck suggested buying an asphalt plant and trucking company for Jane to operate assuring her that “you will only have to open the mail and sign checks”. However, for those who know Jane, that isn’t her style. Seizing the opportunity, Jane took the reins of her company, Quarry Ridge Asphalt, learning everything about the business while creating a company that cares for and invests in its employees.
Buck and Jane reside in Cumberland near their beloved children and grandchildren; Eleanor, Dave, Quinn and Griffin Madden, and Meredith, Jeremy, Bryson and Brennan Irons.
The Community Trust Foundation was established in 2006 by the late Robert Ebert and a small group of business and civic leaders who believed that philanthropic leadership and resources could help meet community needs and build a stronger more vital region. Their vision is now being realized. Since 2009, CFT has provided over $4 million to Allegany, Garrett and Mineral Counties and has supported education and youth leadership programs, honored our rich cultural heritage, helped build a stronger arts community, enhanced health and wellness programs and preserved our beautiful environment.
CTF Honors Olen Beitzel
The Community Trust Foundation honored Olen Beitzel at its annual Signature Event on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at the Wisp Resort. The evening also highlighted some of the philanthropic activities of CTF and its impact on the grant recipients from our region.
“We look forward to celebrating the contributions of Olen Beitzel to his community and the region,” said CTF Vice-President Marion Leonard, prior to the event. “His dedication to improving the quality of life through his volunteerism and entrepreneurism makes him the perfect recipient of this honor.”
Mr. Beitzel is a fourth generation Garrett Countian and represents the true pioneering spirit of Western Maryland. He and his father formed Beitzel Welding near Bittinger in 1974, which was incorporated in 1978 as Beitzel Welding and Construction and then as Beitzel Corporation in 1988. The company has expanded from a service company in the coal industry to engineering, design, fabrication, machining, construction and repair in coal processing and power plants, paper mills, waste water treatment facilities as well as site development projects in the gas industry.
Mr. Beitzel was recently honored by Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot with the black and gold medallion as a Marylander Making a Difference at a meeting of The Greater Cumberland Committee. Mr. Beitzel is a longtime corporate council and executive committee member of TGCC.
The Community Trust Foundation was established in 2006 by the late Robert Ebert and a small group of business and civic leaders who shared his interest in building local philanthropic resources. From 2009 through today CFT has provided over $4 million in private resources to address community needs in Allegany, Garrett, and Mineral Counties.
CTF is committed to building more vibrant communities by working in partnership with donors and organizations to address community issues. A range of options is available to meet the specific needs of donors. To learn more about CTF and how to establish or donate to a charitable fund, contact CTF at 301-876-9172 or www.ctfinc.org.
Former recipients of the Humanitarian Award include Dr. Peter Halmos, Dr. Harry Boggs, and Dr. Nick and Shirley Giarritta.
CTF Honors Dr. Nicholas and Shirley Giarritta
Described as “generous beyond words” and offering a “genuine love for this community,” Dr. Nicholas “Nick” Giarritta and his wife, Shirley, were honored as the Community Trust Foundation’s 2013 Humanitarian Award recipients on November 7, 2013.
When Dr. Nick Giarritta moved to Cumberland from Brooklyn, NY in 1962 and accepted a position as the head of Pathology with Sacred Heart Hospital on Decatur Street, he did so thinking it was a short arrangement. During that time, he helped design the pathology lab for the soon to be new Sacred Heart Hospital and began to put down roots; that was 51 years ago. Claiming to have been drawn to Cumberland’s cordial neighbors and the hospital’s need for a talented Pathologist, Dr. Nick found the backdrop of a river and Cumberland’s signature church steeples to be reminiscent of Zurich, Switzerland. When asked why he stayed, he offers with a grin, “What can I say?! I love this town.”
Enter Shirley Walker – a Chicago native, interior designer, and lover of arts, they met in 1962 through a mutual friend and Nick still proclaims Shirley to be “the first woman I danced with when I came to Cumberland.” Nick became a friend of the family from that point and after nearly two decades, they had their first official date and married in 1981.
“The smartest thing I ever did was to marry Nick Giarritta, who vehemently shared my passion for creating, encouraging and collecting art. He is my Renaissance Man,” Shirley reflected.
Sharing a love for community and an enthusiasm for all cultural elements, Shirley has the distinct honor of being a founding member of the Cumberland Theatre and Nick, a founding member of the Allegany Arts Council. The arts have always been important to them, as displayed by Nick’s generous donation to provide artwork to the patient rooms and offices at the former Sacred Heart Hospital. Through the years, together, they have contributed countless hours and funding to supporting both venues and today, each is thriving and well-known throughout the region and the state.
Don Whisted of the Cumberland Theatre puts their commitment into perspective. “Nick and Shirley Giarritta have been among the strongest advocates for the arts in all of its glorious forms, but especially through their kindness and generosity in establishing and supporting the Cumberland Theatre. It is safe to say that without the Giarrittas, the Cumberland Theatre would have faded away years ago.”
This sentiment is supported by Andy Vick of the Allegany Arts Council.
“Nick and Shirley Giarritta have been champions of the arts here in Western Maryland for many years. From Nick’s involvement as a founding member of the Allegany Arts Council, to Shirley’s past service as a Board member for the Maryland State Arts Council, to their ongoing involvement with the Cumberland Theatre and the Cumberland Cultural Foundation, they both have helped to make Allegany County ‘A Community Alive with the Arts!’”
But there’s more. Shirley is active in One Tree Productions, the Rotary Club of Cumberland, and the Allegany Arts Council. Nick meets her commitment at every level having served on the Downtown Development Commission, at a time when he and Shirley renovated and design upper story living before it was cool, and both received countless awards, honors and recognitions.
These include a few special honors by Cumberland’s Mayor and City Council – Nick was honored with an “Outstanding Citizen Award” and they named the green space across from City Hall at Frederick/Centre Streets “Nick Giarritta Park” because of his commitment to planting trees and shrubberies with only one goal in mind – to beautify the downtown area. Similarly, the Cumberland Theatre Board of Trustees offered a self-proclaimed designation of “The Nick and Shirley Giarritta Playhouse”.
Upon learning that the Giarritta’s would be honored, the 2011 CTF Humanitarian, Dr. Peter Halmos, couldn’t contain his enthusiasm. “I can’t think of two people who are more deserving of this honor.”
Dr. Harry Boggs Honored at Ceremony
On Thursday, November 1, 2012, the Community Trust Foundation, Inc., along with family and friends, honored the late Dr. Harry Boggs with the 2012 Humanitarian of the Year award. The evening was enjoyed by all as guests feasted on a delicious meal, socialized with the Boggs’ and reflected on the life and work of a man who made a positive difference for our region.
Dr. Peter Halmos is inaugural Honoree
The Community Trust Foundation’s signature event, the CTF Humanitarian of the Year award dinner, was initiated in 2011 with Dr. Peter Halmos as our inaugural honoree.
Dr. Peter Halmos, the founding President of CTF, and a visionary philanthropic leader, received the award for his ethic of kindness, benevolence and active compassion and his personal and professional accomplishments, which are consistent with the goals of the Foundation.
This very special evening was held at Frostburg State University and brought the community together to celebrate the life, family and contributions to society of a generous humanitarian.