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Let’s give back to our community

As we enter the season of giving, many of us reflect on the past year and wish to give back to this remarkable community in which we live. Like the hardy souls who first settled this mountainous region, our citizens today are just as determined to make a better life and leave a lasting legacy for future generations. That’s why so many of them will choose to give to a community foundation.

The local Community Trust Foundation (CTF) recently celebrated the nationwide Community Foundation Week to recognize the increasingly important role community foundations play in fostering local collaboration, supporting critical community causes, and creating innovative solutions to address persistent community challenges. Though you may not yet know your local community foundation, you’ve likely felt its impact.

In 2019, CTF’s funds helped provide camping and water skiing experiences for blind youth, purchased a commercial refrigerator for a local food bank, established a dental clinic for underinsured residents, purchased instruments and equipment for a state-of-the-art piano studio at a local college, equipped robotics clubs at 10 elementary schools for STEM learning.

Serving Allegany and Garrett counties in Maryland, as well as West Virginia’s Mineral County, CTF brings donors and residents together. Over 1,000 community foundations like ours across the nation work to support the efforts that will help the places we call home continue to flourish and grow.

In a recent proclamation, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice declared, “One of the greatest ways to ensure a strong community, economic vitality, education of success, and effective community leadership is through the active presence of a community foundation that allows for local community-based endowments.”

CTF helps individuals, families and organizations establish funds through contributions of all sizes to support our rich historical, cultural and artistic community, preserve our beautiful environment, and finance youth leadership and scholarship programs. Professionally managed, these charitable funds are awarded annually through grants and scholarships to nonprofit organizations and deserving students. CTF’s objective is to connect philanthropy with community good to enhance our quality of living and help revitalize our region. In the last 10 years CTF has granted out over 5.5 million dollars to the tri-county region it serves.

The potential to do good in our community is unlimited because community foundations are flexible enough to work with donors from all walks of life to give back in small, medium and large ways. They make it possible for individuals, businesses and organizations to create permanent funds for current and future needs of the causes they care about. They keep contributions local and provide beneficial grants to our communities and nonprofits. And they make it easy to leave a legacy in your community through planned giving.

At CTF, we strive to ensure that your heartfelt giving will have the most impact. You can support an existing fund or create your own legacy.  To learn more email ctf@ctfinc.org, call 301-876-9172, or visit www.ctfinc.org.

We hope you will join us in recognizing our collective impact and the difference we can make together. A gift to your local community foundation is an investment in the future of our community. Tuesday, December 3rd is Giving Tuesday, your generous contribution to the Allegany, Garrett or Mineral County Fund will have double the impact with matching contributions from CTF Board Members. DONATE NOW  #GivingTuesday

Sincerely,
Leah C. Shaffer, Director
Marion Leonard, President
Kathy Getty, Vice President
Vic Rezendes, Board Member

Giving Tuesday – December 3rd, 2019

Every year, on GivingTuesday, millions of people across the globe (almost 60 countries) mobilize to show up, give back, and change their communities. This global day of giving harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage giving and to celebrate generosity worldwide.

Community Trust Foundation has dedicated GivingTuesday to meeting the unique needs of each county we serve to make the region a stronger, more vibrant place to live.  YOUR gift benefits YOUR county – – Allegany, Garrett or Mineral.

Double your giving impact – every dollar you give for community good will be matched by CTF Board Members!

The opportunity to care for the community you love is here and now Donate to GivingTuesday Campaign

CTF Grants Funding for One Room Schoolhouse Experience

The Allegany County Historical Society recently received a $5,000 grant from Community Trust Foundation through the Naylor Family Trust Fund. The grant award makes possible the society’s effort to make the Union Grove One Room Schoolhouse experience available free of charge for 400 elementary age students during 2019 and 2020. Local students will participate in academic lessons, chores and games as they would have in 1900.  Through this project, the Historical Society seeks to enrich local elementary school student’s awareness of local history and the educational experience for children of their age a century ago in Western Maryland.

Community Trust Foundation (CTF) is the community foundation serving Allegany, Garrett and Mineral Counties. CTF connects philanthropy with community good to support local organizations working to build a stronger region in the areas of Arts & Historical Preservation, Health & Wellness, Vibrant Communities & Thriving Environment, and Education & Youth Leadership.

For more information or to learn how you can support your community through the foundation, please contact CTF at 301-876-9172 or ctf@ctfinc.org.

Caption: (Left to right) Vic Rezendes, CTF Board of Trustee; Ben Wolters, ACHS Treasurer; Julie Thornton, Secretary; John DeVault, Vice President; Board Members Debbie Grimm, Seth Barnard, Jenny Schry and Barbara Crane.

Youth Aviation Fund Provides Scholarship to Aspiring Young Aviator

The Community Trust Foundation’s Youth Aviation Fund recently awarded funding to Experimental Aviation Association (EAA) Chapter 426 for Young Eagle Cole O’Neal to attend the EAA Advanced Air Academy. Cole is 13 years old and a 7th grader at Northern Middle School.

The EAA Advanced Air Academy provides students with instruction in Flight Training Ground School, Aircraft Construction, Restoration and Maintenance Skills, and Aviation History. The EAA is an international aviation membership association founded in 1953 and headquartered in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The local chapter was founded in 1972.

The Youth Aviation Fund was established to honor David Summerfield and Earl Wilson, two renowned local aviators, instructors, and mentors, by providing financial support to local students interested in pursuing careers in aviation.

Community Trust Foundation (CTF) is the community foundation serving Allegany, Garrett and Mineral Counties. CTF connects philanthropy with community good to support local organizations working to build a stronger region in the areas of Arts & Historical Preservation, Health & Wellness, Vibrant Communities & Thriving Environment, and Education & Youth Leadership.  With over 50 funds under the management of CTF, donors have the freedom to contribute to an existing fund or establish a new fund based on their interests and passions.

Donations to the Youth Aviation Fund of $500 or more are eligible to receive Maryland State tax credits through the Endow Maryland Program and are also qualifying charitable contributions for federal income tax deduction.

For more information or to learn how you can support your community through the foundation, please contact CTF at 301-876-9172 or ctf@ctfinc.org or online at www.ctfinc.org.

Caption: (Left to right) Rick Kight, EAA Chapter President; Katie Kight, EAA Chapter Promotions; Leah Shaffer, Director CTF; Dennis White, EAA Chapter Vice President; Rick Kasecamp, EAA Chapter Secretary; Robin Summerfield, Donor; Cole O’Neal; Melissa O’Neal, mother; Kristin White, Young Eagles Coordinator; Max White, Pilot.

CTF Provides Funding for Free Admission to Junie B. Jones Production

A grant from the Community Trust Foundation (CTF) will provide children, under the age of 12 years old, free admission to a local theatre production of “Junie B. is Not a Crook”.  Funding to the Embassy Theatre was made possible by the Iris & Peter Halmos Community Fund and the Developing Vibrant Community Fund.  Based on the beloved children’s book character, Junie B. Jones, this play is sure to delight young and old alike. The show will run November 16, 17, 23, & 24 at 2 pm, and November 16 & 23 at 7 pm.

Admission is free with reservations for children 12 and under accompanied by an adult. Adults with children (max of 2 per party) are $5 each, all other adults $16, and seniors & students over the age of 12 are $14. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Make your reservations by calling 240-362-7183. The Embassy Theatre is located at 49 Baltimore Street in Cumberland, MD.

Community Trust Foundation (CTF) is the community foundation serving Allegany, Garrett and Mineral Counties. CTF connects philanthropy with community good to support local organizations working to build a stronger region in the areas of Arts & Historical Preservation, Health & Wellness, Vibrant Communities & Thriving Environment, and Education & Youth Leadership.

For more information or to learn how you can support your community through the foundation, please contact CTF at 301-876-9172 or ctf@ctfinc.org.

Caption: (Left to right) Don Llewellyn, Secretary/Treasurer of Embassy Theatre; Tim Bambara, Board Member of Embassy Theatre and Director; Caitlin Weems, actor portraying Junie B; Trish Morgan, Vice President of Embassy Theater; Peter Halmos, Donor; and Vic Rezendes, CTF Board Member.

2019 Maryland Charity Campaign from October 8th to December 17th

Maryland State Employees/Retirees, donate at work today to make a difference tomorrow and beyond. Learn more: http://mcc.maryland.gov/  #MCCMatters

To contribute to the Community Trust Foundation through the Maryland Charity Campaign search by our name “Community Trust Foundation” or Charity Code (EIN number): 68-0629840.

The deadline to support causes that matter to you is December 17, 2019. 

Community Trust Foundation (CTF) is your local community foundation serving Allegany, Garrett and Mineral Counties.  CTF is a 501©(3) nonprofit organization created with gifts from generous people committed to local causes. Through the support of its donors and fund holders, the Foundation grants to local nonprofit organizations working to build a stronger community in the areas of Arts & Historical Preservation, Health & Wellness, Vibrant Communities & Thriving Environment, and Education & Youth Leadership.

Tax Credits for Donations to Mineral County Meals on Wheels Program

The Community Trust Foundation (CTF) is offering West Virginia residents NIP Tax Credits for qualifying gifts made to benefit the Mineral County Meals on Wheels Program.  Thanks to the West Virginia Development Office Neighborhood Investment Program (NIP), donors can reduce their state tax liability by up to 50% by supporting one of the community’s greatest needs. A $1,000 gift translates into an actual $500 savings in West Virginia state taxes.

According to CTF Foundation Director Leah Shaffer, “Tax credits help donors make sizable gifts that will benefit the greatest needs in their own community now and forever.  We are focused on growing the endowment for the Meals on Wheels program run by the Aging and Family Services of Mineral County which delivers more than 30,000 hot meals to low income seniors.” The meals are critical to providing proper nutrition as well as an opportunity to check on seniors living alone.

Louie Kitzmiller, Director of Finance and Human Resources for Aging and Family Services of Mineral County stated, “We’re pleased to continue working with Community Trust Foundation for the third year as we ask local residents and businesses to support this important community program.” To find out how you or your business can participate please contact Mr. Ktizmiller at lkitzmiller@wvaging.com (304) 788-5467 ext. 110 or the Community Trust Foundation at ctf@ctfinc.org

Community Trust Foundation (CTF) is the community foundation serving Allegany, Garrett and Mineral Counties. CTF connects philanthropy with community good to support local organizations working to build a stronger region in the areas of Arts & Historical Preservation, Health & Wellness, Vibrant Communities & Thriving Environment, and Education & Youth Leadership.

For more information or to learn how you can support your community through the foundation, please contact CTF at 301-876-9172 or ctf@ctfinc.org.

The Community Trust Foundation Honors Mr. John H. Balch as 2019 Humanitarian of the Year.

The Community Trust Foundation (CTF) board is pleased to honor John H. Balch as the recipient of the 2019 Humanitarian Leadership Award. He will be recognized for his professional and philanthropic leadership on September 11th, at the Frostburg State University Lane Center from 6pm-9pm.

CTF Executive Director, Leah Shaffer, noted: “Mr. Balch’s unwavering commitment to improving the lives of others in our region, both professionally and philanthropically, is the epitome of this award. He generously contributes his time, expertise, and resources without the expectation of personal gain; it is a pleasure and a privilege to honor him.”

John Balch founded PharmaCare of Cumberland in 1977 and PharmaCare Infusion Services in 1989. Mr. Balch and his organization are the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2014 Medicine Shoppe Inc. Franchisee of the Year, the 2011 Jane A. Fiscus Community Health Leadership Award – presented by Western Maryland Area Health Education Center (AHEC), the 2011 Maryland Pharmacists Association Seidman Distinguished Achievement Award, the 2007 Maryland Pharmacists Association Bowl of Hygeia Award, and the 2006 University of Maryland Key to Pharmacy Hall Award.

Mr. Balch is a true community leader, serving currently or having served as Chairman/Board President of the following organizations: The Children’s League, The Greater Cumberland Committee (TGCC), Cumberland YMCA Capital Campaign, Archdiocese of Baltimore Catholic Community Foundation, Bishop P. Francis Murphy Educational Endowment for Western Maryland, Western Maryland Health System (WMHS) Foundation, and Vice Chairman of the WMHS Capital Campaign Cabinet. These are just a few of the many organizations that have benefitted from Mr. Balch’s caring leadership.

His personal credo “A Strong Foundation . . . A Lasting Community” has been the underpinning for his successful business as well as civic life. As Founding Chairman of TGCC, John recognized that a strong community foundation that connects philanthropy for community good was essential for creating a vibrant region. Subsequently the vision was realized by a small group of business and civic leaders who formed the Community Trust Foundation serving Allegany, Garrett and Mineral Counties. Since 2009, CTF has granted over $5.5 million to local organizations for promoting education, youth leadership, wellness, a community alive with the arts, and the preservation of our rich cultural and historical heritage.

We look forward to celebrating Mr. Balch’s humanitarian leadership. To learn more about CTF and the Humanitarian Award Event please contact us at 301-876-9172 or www.ctfinc.org.

Thank you to the 21 businesses and individuals for reserving a table at the CTF Humanitarian Dinner.

Allegany Museum
Belt Construction Group
Berton Leach & Friends
Bill & Laurie Grant,
Boggs Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors
The Candlewyck Inn Casual Relaxed Dining
CBIZ
CBIZ Financial Services
The Children’s League
First United Bank & Trust
The FSU Foundation
Hidey, Coyle & Monteleone
Lunch Bunch
Marion & Kim Leonard
Nick & Tama Scarpelli
Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church
The PharmaCare Network
Cumberland Scottish Rite
Standard Bank
Western Maryland Health System
Western Maryland Health System Foundation

Please join us to celebrate Mr. John Balch’s professional and philanthropic leadership and the good works of the Community Trust Foundation.

A Strong Foundation . . . A Lasting Community

Each year the Community Trust Foundation Board of Trustees seeks to honor individuals whose personal and professional accomplishments are consistent with the goals of the Foundation as evidenced by their own example to serve as a philanthropic leader in growing stronger and more vibrant communities.

It is the Foundation’s distinct pleasure and privilege to honor Mr. John Balch as the recipient of Community Trust Foundation’s 2019 Humanitarian Leadership Award. His unwavering commitment to improving the lives of others in our region, both professionally and philanthropically, are the epitome of this award and markings of one worthy of this distinction.

CTF connects philanthropy with community good in Allegany, Garrett and Mineral Counties.

Community Trust Foundation (CTF) is pleased to once again offer Endow Maryland Tax Credits.  This state tax credit was created to encourage Maryland residents to give back to their local community in a meaningful and lasting way.  The tax credit applies to gifts given to permanent, endowed funds, such as those at Community Trust Foundation, that provide grants or scholarships to benefit Marylanders. Qualified donors can receive a 25-percent tax credit on their 2019 Maryland state tax return, this means a $1,000 gift may only cost the donor $750 after the tax credit is applied.

“It’s a win-win for donors and the community, said Leah Shaffer, Foundation Director at CTF. Contributions to these endowed funds stay right here in Allegany and Garrett Counties. Last year our donors contributed $110,000 through this program. These donations have a tremendous impact on CTF’s work in the community in providing grants to nonprofits and scholarships to local high school graduates.

These credits apply to gifts of $500 or more and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Ms. Shaffer explained that CTF and the other community foundations around the state share the available tax credits and are always amazed at how quickly they are claimed. To find out how to take advantage of the tax credit or what endowed funds are available, contact Leah Shaffer at ctf@ctfinc.org or call 301-876-9172.

Community Trust Foundation (CTF) is your local community foundation serving Allegany, Garrett and Mineral Counties.  CTF is an organization created with gifts from generous people committed to local causes. Through the support of its donors and fund holders, the Foundation grants to local nonprofit organizations working to build a stronger community in the areas of Arts & Historical Preservation, Health & Wellness, Vibrant Communities & Thriving Environment, and Education & Youth Leadership.

ACM Massage Therapy Program Receives Funding from CTF

The Community Trust Foundation recently granted $3,785 to the Massage Therapy Program at Allegany College of Maryland through the Kim and Marion Leonard Authentic Leadership and Integrative Health Fund.   This grant will allow students of the Massage Therapy program with new technology that will allow for further development of the program, enable hands-on student learning, and give students the means to practice using the proper technology for the field to ensure that the program aligns with industry standards.

Through the support of its donors and fund holders, the Foundation grants to local nonprofit organizations working to build a stronger community in the areas of Arts & Historical Preservation, Health & Wellness, Vibrant Communities & Thriving Environment, and Education & Youth Leadership. Ranked among the top 20 community and technical colleges in the country by the Brookings Institution, Allegany College of Maryland (ACM) offers world-class education in a caring environment that transforms lives, strengthens communities and celebrates life-long learning.

For more information or to learn how you can support your community through the foundation, please contact CTF at 301-876-9172 or ctf@ctfinc.org.

Photo Caption: (Left to right) David Jones, ACM Vice President of Advancement and Community relations, Kirsten Hansen, Program Director of the ACM Massage Therapy Program, Marion Leonard, CTF Trustee, and Chandler Sagal, ACM Development and Grants Associate.

Mountainside Baroque Receives CTF Donation

Mountainside Baroque recently received a Community Trust Foundation grant from the Naylor Family Trust Fund and Iris and Peter Halmos Fund that enabled them to expand scholarship opportunities for Academy participants as well as provide a sponsorship toward the “Music in the Mountains” Festival. The Mission of Mountainside Baroque is to introduce the community at large to the appeal of classical music before 1800. Through exposure to these works in an expressive performance style, they hope to excite and inspire a new generation of musicians and music lovers. Their fourth annual Mountainside Baroque Summer Academy concluded on Friday, June 21st with students presenting their final recital.

Community Trust Foundation (CTF) is the community foundation serving Allegany, Garrett and Mineral Counties. CTF uses local philanthropic resources to support local organizations working to build a stronger community in the areas of Arts & Historical Preservation, Health & Wellness, Vibrant Communities & Thriving Environment, and Education & Youth Leadership.

For more information or to learn how you can support your community through the foundation, please contact CTF at 301-876-9172 or ctf@ctfinc.org.

Caption: 

1st:  Peter Halmos (CTF Fund Donor), Vic Rezendes (CTF Board of Trustees), Corrina Hilderbrand, Arnie Tanimoto, Alyza Woods

2nd:  Leah Boggs, James Boyd, Genevive Batman, Kyleigh Kutz, Sophie Walters, William Hao, Carolyn Hendrix

3rd:  Sophia Kucher, Alexis van Tassel, Sarah Lynn, Elizabeth Fisher, Michael Holmes, Mitchell Septoff, Ryan Mullaney (Mountainside Baroque Director), Marc Bellassai

4th:  Lyle Nordstrom (Mountainside Baroque Director), Zoe Simon, Keiko Myers, Chassady Redhead, Anna Hilderbrand

Back:  Grace Reigel, Brandi Berry Benson, Jeff Dilks

CTF Grant Expands Blind Camper Program

Leah Shaffer, Community Trust Foundation (CTF) Director presented a $4,100 check to the Deep Creek Lake Lions Club funded by the Naylor Family Trust Fund. The Club hosts visually impaired children and their parents and/or chaperones for two to three days of outdoor activities on and around Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. This grant will assist in procuring equipment and increasing the service level of the Blind Camper program to children in neighboring counties so that they may participate. The Blind Camper program provides a needed service and has a meaningful impact not only to the visually impaired Campers, but also to their parents and the volunteers assisting with the program. Children that have participated have reported that they feel more confident, happier and more willing to try new activities.

Community Trust Foundation (CTF) is the community foundation serving Allegany, Garrett and Mineral Counties. CTF connects philanthropy with community good to support local organizations working to build a stronger region in the areas of Arts & Historical Preservation, Health & Wellness, Vibrant Communities & Thriving Environment, and Education & Youth Leadership.

For more information or to learn how you can support your community through the foundation, please contact CTF at 301-876-9172 or ctf@ctfinc.org.

Caption: (Left to right) Leah Shaffer, CTF Foundation Director; Judi Upperman and Dick Zimmerman, Deep Creek Lake Lions Club members

Grant from CTF supports Cumberland Choral Society

The Cumberland Choral Society has been providing the community with musical performances of many styles of music from both sacred and secular traditions since 1940. This year the Community Trust Foundation (CTF) awarded the Cumberland Choral Society a $2,000 grant from the Iris and Peter Halmos Community Fund for the production of their two Spring Concerts that were held on May 18th and 19th at the First Presbyterian Church in Cumberland, MD. Two more performances will be held this Fall.

CTF is your local community foundation serving Allegany, Garrett and Mineral Counties by connecting philanthropy with community good.  Through the support of its donors and fund holders, the Foundation grants to local nonprofit organizations working to build a stronger community in the areas of Arts & Historical Preservation, Health & Wellness, Vibrant Communities & Thriving Environment, and Education & Youth Leadership.

For more information or to learn how you can support your community through the foundation, please contact CTF at 301-876-9172 or ctf@ctfinc.org.

Caption:  From Left to Right: Leah Shaffer, Foundation Director; Dr. Peter Halmos, Donor; Judith Brown, Cumberland Choral Society Director; & Zach Dodge, Cumberland Choral Society Board Chair

The Association for the Public Defender of Maryland has received a $3,500 grant from the Community Trust Fund through the Ebert Family Hope Fund for a Driver’s License Initiative program.  The program will provide scholarship opportunities for low income Maryland residents to obtain or reinstate their driver’s license in order to have access to employment, health care, goods, and services. Scholarships will be offered to individuals who have demonstrated an immediate need and proven responsibility that they will complete the requirements and exam within a reasonable time frame.

Community Trust Foundation (CTF) is the community foundation serving Allegany, Garrett and Mineral Counties. CTF connects philanthropy with community good to support local organizations working to build a stronger community in the areas of Arts & Historical Preservation, Health & Wellness, Vibrant Communities & Thriving Environment, and Education & Youth Leadership.

For more information or to learn how you can support your community through the foundation, please contact CTF at 301-876-9172 or ctf@ctfinc.org.

Caption: (Left to right) Leah Shaffer, CTF Executive Director and James F. Elliott, District Public Defender, District 12

The Community Trust Foundation (CTF) has granted $15,000 to AHEC West and its Mountain Health Alliance program (MHA) to help provide dentures, partial-plates, related oral health services and screenings for residents of Mineral County with limited financial needs. Susan Stewart, Executive Director of Cumberland-based AHEC West, thanked CTF for the grant, saying it will help address a pressing, unmet need in neighboring Mineral County. “Very few resources are available to meet this need,” she said. “Through this generous grant the Community Trust Foundation will help improve the health and employment prospects of program participants, and in doing so strengthen the greater regional community.”  For information about the denture program, call Katie Marvin at AHEC West, 301-777-9150 x-108 or email her at kmarvin@ahecwest.org.

Community Trust Foundation (CTF) is the community foundation serving Allegany, Garrett and Mineral Counties. CTF uses local philanthropic resources to support local organizations working to build a stronger community in the areas of Arts & Historical Preservation, Health & Wellness, Vibrant Communities & Thriving Environment, and Education & Youth Leadership.

For more information or to learn how you can support your community through the foundation, please contact CTF at 301-876-9172 or ctf@ctfinc.org.

Caption: (Left to right Leah Shaffer, CTF Foundation Director; Melissa Clark, AHEC West Associate Director; and Tina Rohrbaugh, AHEC West Finance Director.

The Garrett College Foundation recently received a Community Trust Foundation (CTF) grant through the Naylor Family Trust Fund in the amount of $29,753. This funding will be used to create a Piano & Musical Education Studio that will be used to accommodate current activities as well as new community classes in addition to the academic division’s class piano courses.

In anticipation of the county’s first performing arts center, the College recognizes the need to support and increase college music and arts programming. Dr. Sean Beachy’s piano instructional offerings, which comprise the college’s premier music instruction program, has grown from a few students to 50 students annually, and now also includes the Mountain Maryland Music Institute (MMMI) summer camps for children, which have been funded by the Community Trust Foundation. Currently, the college has just one piano to teach all of the students in these programs, which the College would like to expand even further before the CEPAC construction begins. In order to do so, the College is seeking funding to create a Piano & Musical Education Studio.

The Piano & Musical Education Studio would be used for a variety of courses for both credit and the community, including children and adults alike. For the past three years, MMMI has offered instrumental and vocal camps, but the college does not currently have enough pianos to offer a piano camp. Initially, the space would serve as a new addition to the Institute’s offerings. Additionally, the space will be used to teach piano for credit students with the course being designed so that while the instructor is working with one student, other students could practice on their own. Further, the studio will enable the college to also offer piano courses for adults through the Continuing Education & Workforce Development Division, where adult students can learn using a similar model.

The Yamaha LC4 piano lab system is designed to accommodate 16 students, essentially dividing a classroom into 16 individual practice rooms allowing students who take the community or college classes the opportunity to practice in an anxiety-free environment. Each student keyboard has a headphone with microphone that connects to a small box seated on the keyboard and each box is then connected to the instructor control panel so that the instructor can communicate with individual students, a group of students, or the entire classroom. The remaining piano is designated as the instructor piano for demonstration purposes. Because of new wireless technology, it will also be possible for the instructor to travel around the room to work more closely with each student using an iPad and wireless headphones, facilitating one-on-one instruction. Equally important, the same lab can be used for private instruction.

CTF is your local community foundation serving Allegany, Garrett and Mineral Counties by connecting philanthropy with community good.  Through the support of its donors and fund holders, the Foundation grants to local nonprofit organizations working to build a stronger community in the areas of Arts & Historical Preservation, Health & Wellness, Vibrant Communities & Thriving Environment, and Education & Youth Leadership.

For more information or to learn how you can support your community through the foundation, please contact CTF at 301-876-9172 or ctf@ctfinc.org.

Associated Charities recently received $2,500 for its Short and Long Term Prescription Assistance Program from the Community Trust Foundation’s Maryland Physicians Fund.  The Short and Long Term Prescription Programs focus on the disparity of unequal access to health care services encountered by low-income, uninsured, and under insured residents of Allegany County, Maryland.

Community Trust Foundation (CTF) is the community foundation serving Allegany, Garrett and Mineral Counties. CTF uses local philanthropic resources to support local organizations working to build a stronger community in the areas of Arts & Historical Preservation, Health & Wellness, Vibrant Communities & Thriving Environment, and Education & Youth Leadership.

For more information or to learn how you can support your community through the foundation, please contact CTF at 301-876-9172 or ctf@ctfinc.org.

Caption: (Left to right) Leah Shaffer, CTF Foundation Director; Deanna Clark, Associated Charities Executive Director

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Allegany County received a $2,500 grant from the Community Trust Foundation (CTF) through the Ebert Family Hope Fund.  The funds will be used to provide the necessary training required for the increasing demand of court appointed volunteers who serve foster children ages newborn to age 21.

Community Trust Foundation (CTF) is the community foundation serving Allegany, Garrett and Mineral Counties. CTF uses local philanthropic resources to support local organizations working to build a stronger community in the areas of Arts & Historical Preservation, Health & Wellness, Vibrant Communities & Thriving Environment, and Education & Youth Leadership.

For more information or to learn how you can support your community through the foundation, please contact CTF at 301-876-9172 or ctf@ctfinc.org.

Caption: (Left to right) Misty Raines, CASA Executive Director; Coordinator; Brenda Sears and Beverly Kuykendall, CASA Volunteers; Leah Shaffer, CTF Executive Director

Funding for MSO The American Symphony at Frostburg State University

Leah Shaffer, Community Trust Foundation (CTF) Director and Dr. Peter Halmos presented a check funded by the Iris and Peter Halmos Community Fund to the Frostburg State University Cultural Events Series (CES) for their Maryland Symphony Orchestra (MSO) program of classical works that celebrate the American spirit. The November 2019 program includes a flag dedication ceremony performed by the Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter No. 172 that will honor United States military service members and veterans.

Community Trust Foundation (CTF) is the community foundation serving Allegany, Garrett and Mineral Counties. CTF connects philanthropy with community good to support local organizations working to build a stronger region in the areas of Arts & Historical Preservation, Health & Wellness, Vibrant Communities & Thriving Environment, and Education & Youth Leadership.

For more information or to learn how you can support your community through the foundation, please contact CTF at 301-876-9172 or ctf@ctfinc.org.

Caption: (Left to right) Bill Mandicott, FSU Assistant Vice President, Student & Community Involvement; Melanie Moore, CES Associate Director, Dr. Peter Halmos, CTF Donor; and Leah Shaffer, CTF Foundation Director

Enjoy a day at the Great Hall for the Music at Penn Alps Student Scholarship Recitals this Saturday, April 13th. Recitals times are 11 AM, 1 PM, and 3 PM. Sponsored by Music at Penn Alps and the Community Trust Foundation’s Naylor Family Trust Fund.

Grant from CTF supports Cumberland Theatre’s Youth Production

The Community Trust Foundation (CTF) has awarded the Cumberland Theatre a grant for their Stars of Tomorrow program through the Iris and Peter Halmos Endowed Community Fund for their production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The Stars of Tomorrow program features actors & technicians all from 6 -20 years of age as they learn aspects of theater performance, design and etiquette to cultivate life-long appreciation of the performing arts.

CTF is your local community foundation serving Allegany, Garrett and Mineral Counties by connecting philanthropy with community good.  Through the support of its donors and fund holders, the Foundation grants to local nonprofit organizations working to build a stronger community in the areas of Arts & Historical Preservation, Health & Wellness, Vibrant Communities & Thriving Environment, and Education & Youth Leadership.

For more information or to learn how you can support your community through the foundation, please contact CTF at 301-876-9172 or ctf@ctfinc.org.

Caption: (Left to right) Leah Shaffer, CTF Director; Iris Halmos, Donor; and Kimberli Rowley, Co-Artistic Director, Cumberland Theatre

Funding Expands Robotics Teams to Additional Local Elementary Schools

Robotics and Engineering in Allegany County- Together, Inc. (REACT) recently received a Community Trust Foundation grant through the Ted A. Wolfe Community Fund to establish FIRST LEGO robotic teams at five more local elementary schools:  Flintstone, Frost, Bel Air, Mount Savage, and John Humbird.  With this funding, all elementary students in Allegany County will now have access to a robotic team education and experience.  A similar grant to REACT in 2018 enabled the organization to establish new FIRST LEGO League teams at Georges Creek, Beall, Parkside, Westernport, and Cresaptown elementary schools. Teams at South Penn, West Side, and Cash Valley were formed in 2017.  REACT develops engaging and fun robotics learning and character building experiences for young people throughout Allegany County in a safe after-school setting.

Community Trust Foundation (CTF) is the community foundation serving Allegany, Garrett and Mineral Counties. CTF uses local philanthropic resources to support local organizations working to build a stronger community in the areas of Arts & Historical Preservation, Health & Wellness, Vibrant Communities & Thriving Environment, and Education & Youth Leadership.

For more information or to learn how you can support your community through the foundation, please contact CTF at 301-876-9172, ctf@ctfinc.org or visit our website at www.ctfinc.org.

Caption: (Left to right) Front row: Adam Grabenstein, Irelyn Thomas, Hunter Raines, Lily Johnson, Madisyn Moran, Brandon Grabenstein and Kalli Trub. Back row: Leah Shaffer (CTF Foundation Director), Ryan Long, Kason Sims, Levi Joy, Nicolas Bascelli, Colin Sheehe, Kim Grabenstein (coach), and Michael Fiscus (REACT Board President)

Music at Penn Alps Receives Funding for Music Scholarships

The Community Trust Foundation recently granted $20,000 to Music at Penn Alps for their K-12 Tutoring Program. This was made possible through the Naylor Family Trust Fund and will provide private instrumental or vocal music lessons to youth in the region. For more information and to apply, visit www.musicatpennalps.org/scholarships.

Community Trust Foundation (CTF) is your local community foundation serving Allegany, Garrett and Mineral Counties.  CTF is an organization created with gifts from generous people committed to local causes. For donors, the Foundation serves as a philanthropic advisor. For the community, the Foundation serves as a grant maker and a civic leader. Through the support of its donors and fund holders, the Foundation grants to local nonprofit organizations working to build a stronger community in the areas of Arts & Historical Preservation, Health & Wellness, Vibrant Communities & Thriving Environment, and Education & Youth Leadership.

For more information or to learn how you can support your community through the foundation, please contact CTF at 301-876-9172 or ctf@ctfinc.org.

Caption: (Left to right) Bill Grant, CTF Trustee; Dr. Sean Beachy, Music at Penn Alps Co-Administrator

CTF Supports G-FORCE 

The Community Trust Foundation awards the local First Tech Challenge team, G-FORCE, a $5,000 grant for parts and equipment to support its robotic season. Front row, Derek Skidmore and Serena Lewis hold the team robot. Back row, Phil Malone receives the check from Marion Leonard with Owen Sealy, Juan Aleman, Danny Conn, Evan Lewis, Sara Huelskamp and Emilia Germain. Leonard, CTF president, came to a G-FORCE practice to meet the team and see the robot run. The donation will allow the team to continue to compete at a higher level and promote the mastery of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The grant was funded by the Naylor Family Trust.

Youth Aviation Fund Provides Scholarship to Aspiring Young Aviator

The Community Trust Foundation Youth Aviation Fund recently awarded funding to Experimental Aviation Association EAA Chapter 426 for Young Eagle Joseph Gentile to attend the EAA Advanced Air Academy this summer.

Gentile, a participant in the EAA Young Eagle Program, is currently completing an internship at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association in Frederick, Maryland and will be attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona this fall to pursue a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He is the son of Barbara and Brian Gentile.

The Youth Aviation Fund was established to honor David Summerfield and Earl Wilson, two renowned local aviators, instructors, and mentors, by providing financial support to local students interested in pursuing careers in aviation.

The Youth Aviation Fund Scholarship will help cover the cost of tuition for the weeklong Academy and EAA Chapter 426 has raised additional funds to cover the cost of travel to Oshkosh, Wisconsin to attend the camp.

The EAA is an international aviation membership association founded in 1953 and headquartered in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The local chapter was founded in 1972.

The EAA Advanced Air Academy provides an atmosphere for mature students to become totally immersed in the world of flight. Ground instruction and introductory recreation flight experiences highlight this meaningful, action-packed camp. It combines “in-the-air” and “on-the-ground” hands-on activities. The EAA Advanced Air Academy also includes full participation in EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, the world’s premier aviation event.

The program provides students with instruction in Flight Training Ground School, Aircraft Construction, Restoration and Maintenance Skills, and Aviation History.

Community Trust Foundation (CTF) works in partnership with donors and community groups in Allegany, Garrett, and Mineral Counties to help build stronger, more vibrant communities. CTF works with local donors to help them contribute to or establish funds based on their interests and passions. Individuals or organizations may contribute to any of the dozens of funds managed by the foundation.

Donations to the Youth Aviation Fund of $500 or more are eligible to receive Maryland State tax credits through the Endow Maryland Program and are also qualifying charitable contributions for federal income tax deduction.

More information about how to support a fund in the Community Trust Foundation or establish a new one is available at www.ctfinc.org.

PIctured L to R: Jamie Summerfield, Max Summerfield, Rick Kight (EAA), Dennis White (EAA), Robin Summerfield, Leah Shaffer (Community Trust Foundation), Joey Gentile (Young Eagle), Brian Gentile (Father), Kristin (Wilson) White, Katie Kight (EAA), Rick Kasecamp (EAA)

CASA Receives Grant to Train Volunteers

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Allegany County recently received a capacity building grant from the Community Trust Foundation (CTF) through the Ebert Family Hope Fund.  The funds will be used to provide the necessary training required for the increasing demand of court appointed volunteers who serve foster children ages newborn to age 21.

CTF is the community foundation serving Allegany, Garrett and Mineral Counties. CTF uses local philanthropic resources to support local organizations working to build a stronger community in the areas of Arts & Historical Preservation, Health & Wellness, Vibrant Communities & Thriving Environment, and Education & Youth Leadership.

For more information or to learn how you can support your community through the foundation, please contact CTF at 301-876-9172 or ctf@ctfinc.org.

Caption: (Left to right) Misty Raines, CASA Executive Director; Christina Holler, CASA Volunteer Coordinator; Leah Shaffer, CTF Executive Director; Emily Ryan, CASA Intern

Community Trust Foundation Supports The Reading Station

Leah Shaffer, Director of the Community Trust Foundation (CTF), recently announced an award to The Reading Station from the Naylor Family Trust Fund.  The grant was part of a series of awards from various funds within the Community Trust Foundation toward the betterment of our area in a number of fields, including education.

The Reading Station, a non-profit organization located in Oakland, was the vision of long time educator, Sue Lisantti.  Following a teaching career which spanned more than 30 years, Lisantti wanted to continue to serve the literacy needs of the area.  The Reading Station was conceived to serve those needs in young and old alike and offers instruction, usually on a one-on-one basis, tailored to the unique needs of the student.  Those with a variety of learning differences are welcome at The Reading Station as teachers assist with decoding, visual perceptions, auditory processing, dyslexia issues and more.  All instruction is free, so the organization depends on donations, grants, fundraising and volunteers to bring this much needed service to the community.  Lisantti notes, “This generous award from CTF will enable us to keep current by funding an essential staff training workshop and supplying us with office equipment, and student supplies.”  For free literacy services or to donate or volunteer contact The Reading Station at 240-650-6671.  While the current office is located in downtown Oakland, a second office is being planned for the northern end of Garrett County.

The Community Trust Foundation (CTF) is the community foundation serving Allegany, Garrett and Mineral Counties. CTF uses local philanthropic resources to support local organizations working to build a stronger community in the areas of Arts & Historical Preservation, Health & Wellness, Vibrant Communities & Thriving Environment, and Education & Youth Leadership.  For more information or to learn how you can support your community through the foundation, please contact CTF at 301-876-9172 or ctf@ctfinc.org.

Caption: (Left to right)  Leah Shaffer, CTF Foundation Director, Sue Lisantti, The Reading Station Director

CTF Helps Provide Youth Arts Programming

The Allegany Arts Council received two grant awards from the Community Trust Foundation (CTF) earlier this year. The Arts in the Schools program received funding through the Naylor Family Trust Fund and the Iris & Peter Halmos Community Fund.  Designed specifically to compliment and support the school system’s existing arts curriculum, the primary goals of the Arts in the Schools Week program are to build student awareness for the arts at a young age, to encourage students to develop and pursue their passion for the arts, to cultivate the next generation of artist and arts patrons in Allegany County.

The second grant award received by the Arts Council was for the STEAM Bus Program.  This funding was provided through the Naylor Family Trust Fund, the Iris & Peter Halmos Community Fund, the Ebert Family Hope Fund, and the Crimson Shamrock Fund.  The STEAM Bus program is intended to expose students to a wide range of skills which are in high demand in the job market. Their goal is to get students excited about the possibility of exploring careers in science, technology, engineering, arts and math and to steer them toward resources at our local schools and universities which can help them achieve their goals.

CTF is the community foundation serving Allegany, Garrett and Mineral Counties. CTF uses local philanthropic resources to support local organizations working to build a stronger community in the areas of Arts & Historical Preservation, Health & Wellness, Vibrant Communities & Thriving Environment, and Education & Youth Leadership.

For more information or to learn how you can support your community through the foundation, please contact CTF at 301-876-9172 or ctf@ctfinc.org.

Caption: (Left to right) Peter Halmos, CTF Donor; Victor Rezendes, CTF Board Member; Julie Westendorff, Allegany Arts Council Executive Director; Ann Townsell, President; Pat Hilton, Arts Council Board Member.

Funding Introduces Robotics Teams to Local Elementary Schools

Robotics and Engineering in Allegany County- Together, Inc. (REACT) recently received a Community Trust Foundation grant through the Ted A. Wolfe Community Fund.  REACT develops engaging and fun robotics learning and character building experiences for all young people throughout Allegany County. They challenge students to use critical thinking, collaboration and communication skills to address real-world problems. This grant will enable REACT to establish new FIRST Lego League teams in five Allegany County elementary schools: Georges Creek, Beall, Parkside, Westernport, and Cresaptown.

Community Trust Foundation (CTF) is the community foundation serving Allegany, Garrett and Mineral Counties. CTF uses local philanthropic resources to support local organizations working to build a stronger community in the areas of Arts & Historical Preservation, Health & Wellness, Vibrant Communities & Thriving Environment, and Education & Youth Leadership.

For more information or to learn how you can support your community through the foundation, please contact CTF at 301-876-9172 or ctf@ctfinc.org.

Scholarship at Community Trust Foundation Receives Funds

Members of the Frank H. Eberly Jr., Memorial Scholarship Committee recently met and presented a check in the amount of $10,000 to the Community Trust Foundation in Cumberland.  Potomac Lodge #100 A.F.A.M. and the Community Trust Foundation partner to provide a graduating high school senior in both Garrett and Allegany County with a non-recurring $1,000 scholarship to attend an accredited college of their choice.  The committee held a benefit fund raiser in August at the Ali Ghan Shrine Club Pavilion.

The Community Trust Foundation (CTF) is your local community foundation for Allegany, Garrett and Mineral Counties, connecting donors with community needs to build a stronger, more vibrant region.  For more information or to learn how you can support your community through the foundation, please contact CTF at 301-876-9172 or ctf@ctfinc.org.

GCPS – Wendell Teets Foundation receives CTF grant for Northern High School Band

Cynthia Downton, President of the GCPS-Teets Foundation, presents a check for $14,157. from the Community Trust Foundation (CTF) to Em Ness, Drum Major of the Northern Garrett High School band. Funding was made possible through the Naylor Family Trust Fund and will be used to purchase a new trailer with which to transport uniforms and instruments to competitions in Western Maryland, Northern West Virginia, and Southwestern Pennsylvania.

CTF is the community foundation serving Allegany, Garrett and Mineral Counties. CTF uses local philanthropic resources to support local organizations working to build a stronger community in the areas of Arts & Historical Preservation, Education & Youth Leadership, Health & Wellness, Vibrant Communities & Thriving Environment.  For more information or to learn how you can support your community through the foundation, please contact CTF at 301-876-9172 or info@ctfinc.org.

Associated Charities Receives Donation for their Long Term Prescription Assistance Program

Associated Charities recently received $5,000 for its Long Term Prescription Assistance Program from the Community Trust Foundation (CTF) through the Maryland Physicians Fund.  The assistance program provides low-income, uninsured, and underinsured individuals and families access to long term prescriptions.  CTF is the community foundation serving Allegany, Garrett and Mineral Counties. CTF uses local philanthropic resources to support local organizations working to build a stronger community in the areas of Arts & Historical Preservation, Health & Wellness, Vibrant Communities & Thriving Environment, and Education & Youth Leadership.

For more information or to learn how you can support your community through the foundation, please contact CTF at 301-876-9172 or ctf@ctfinc.org.

Caption: (Left to right) Leah Shaffer, CTF Executive Director; Deanna Clark, Associated Charities Executive Director

Ruth Enlow Library Receives Donation to Its Early Literacy Program

The Ruth Enlow Library recently received a donation to its Early Literacy program from the Community Trust Foundation (CTF) through the Crimson Shamrock Literacy Fund. CTF is the community foundation serving Allegany, Garrett, and Mineral Counties. It uses local philanthropic resources to support local organizations working to build a stronger community in the areas of Arts and Historical Preservation, Health and Wellness, Vibrant Communities and Thriving Environment, and Education and Youth Leadership.

Over the past year, the Ruth Enlow Library has added early literacy backpacks to its circulating collection as part of the library’s family engagement initiative. Funding for the initial backpacks came from the Family Engagement Grant received from the Maryland State Department of Education’s Division of Early Childhood Development (DECD), with a goal of improving young children’s school readiness. The backpacks contain books and activities for a specific theme, such as Dinosaurs, Cooking, Princesses, Music, and more, and are available for checkout at all five library branches. “Many families have enjoyed these backpacks,” noted Children’s Specialist Julie Iden, “and we are pleased that we will be able to provide additional backpacks with the donation from CTF.”

For more information or to learn how to support the community through CTF, contact the foundation at 301-876-9172 or ctf@ctfinc.org.

BEWARE OF SCAM

Here at Community Trust Foundation we are having an influx of Facebook messages and voicemails regarding a current scam that is affecting honest, innocent and good-hearted people. If you have been contacted by someone claiming to work with “Trust Community Foundation” and was asked to send a sum of money in exchange for a larger sum of money, (a grant for living expenses or some such reason), this is a scam. We are infuriated by the damage these individuals have caused both to us at Community Trust Foundation and to the numerous innocent individuals they have scammed.  The authorities are well aware of it.  The following is information sent to us by one of the victims of this scam from an online Fraud Expert:

“I’m sorry to hear that you fell for the Facebook impostor scam. You dealt with hackers who got into your friend’s Facebook account, set up a clone profile and then reached out to all of your friend’s Facebook contact to say, “I got my grant. Here’s how you can get yours.” We deal a lot with this scam, unfortunately.

This is some kind of money laundering operation, which is why your bank shut your account down to prevent further issues. It’s run from outside of the country, whether really from New Zealand or not, who can really say. The Foundation is not going to be real. The people in the US you sent money to are likely real, on the other hand. They may be actively colluding with the scammer, or they may be innocent scam victims much like yourself. But it gives the authorities a place to start. Contact the FBI online at their Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.IC3.gov There they work with Interpol and many other cooperating agencies worldwide. The information the FBI amasses on that site gets disseminated all over the globe to help stop these frauds.

Beyond reporting the fraud to Facebook, to the police, to the FBI, to the Federal Trade Commission at www.FTC.gov, most of what’s left to do is in the nature of warning others.

You can post about this Trust Community agency and tell your story anonymously on sites like Ripoffreports.com, scambook.comscamdex.com and any sites along those lines that you can find.

Note that when you’re the victim of a crime, your unreimbursed losses due to that crime are tax deductible. So even if the authorities do nothing for you, you can get something back by way of a deduction when you file your taxes for the 2018 tax year.”

We continue to do our best to inform our local community as well as our electronic/social media community of this scam.  Please be cautious and investigate any offer of “free money” or grant in exchange for money upfront or access to your personal or financial information.

Community Trust Foundation serves the Allegany and Garrett Counties in Maryland and Mineral County in West Virginia. We provide help to non profit organizations in our local region.

Community Trust Foundation Names New Director

The CTF Board is proud to announce Leah Shaffer as its Foundation Director.  Leah’s background uniquely positions her to advance CTF’s strategic mission in helping to build a more vibrant region.  Her strong leadership skills, combined with her successful experience in small business ownership, non-profit work, and grant management has prepared Leah to advance the foundation’s effectiveness.  As a lifelong resident of the region and working with organizations within the tri- county area, she shares CTF’s mission of impacting the community in positive ways through collective efforts with the focus of long term sustainable change and development.

Leah states “I’m eager to join CTF in this capacity as it provides vital human services and cultural enrichment to our region.  The foundation plays an important role in bridging the gap between generous donors and deserving nonprofits by supporting their contributions to this area’s quality of life.  I’m excited to expand our presence and increase awareness of our organization’s services and our donors’ valuable contributions.”

Community Foundations have been operating throughout the U.S. for over 100 years and are important contributors to the economic vitality and quality of life in the communities they serve. The Community Trust Foundation uses local resources, talent and ideas to improve the quality of life in Allegany, Garrett and Mineral Counties. For more information about CTF visit www.ctfinc.org.

The board looks forward to working with Leah, our community organizations and our generous donors who care for our region’s future in building strong vibrant communities.  FOR GOOD – FOREVER.

CTF and Friends Gift Theatre With System For Hearing Impaired

Thanks to a generous gift from Dr. Jana Brown of Allegany Hearing and Balance Center and Community Trust Foundation’s Halmos Endowed Community Fund, a state-of-the-art induction loop hearing system has been installed in the Cumberland Theatre.  Audience members with cochlear implants or telecoil-equipped hearing aids are now able to fully enjoy the show without straining to hear, or missing entirely the soft sounds that bring depth to many performances.  An induction loop system turns every telecoil-equipped hearing aid and cochlear implant into a personalized listening device connected directly to the theatre’s sound system.  The benefits of this system are not limited to only those with these devices; however, the loop system also works with a handheld receiver and headphone system which can be worn by anyone attending the theatre.  These handheld systems can be requested free of charge at the theatre’s box office.  “We want the entire community, including those that are deaf and hard of hearing, to be able to fully enjoy the theatre and the joy that the arts can bring into one’s life,” said Dr. Brown.

CTF’s Director, Leah Shaffer shared “Our community is extremely fortunate to have the generosity of both Dr. Brown and Dr. Halmos, their benevolence has opened up a whole new world for the hearing impaired to enjoy the magic of theatrical performances right here in Cumberland.”  The Cumberland Theatre is Western Maryland’s only professional theatre and offers musicals, plays and other programming throughout the year.

The Community Trust Foundation (CTF) is the community foundation serving Allegany, Garrett and Mineral Counties. CTF uses local philanthropic resources to support local organizations working to build a stronger community in the areas of Arts & Historical Preservation, Health & Wellness, Vibrant Communities & Thriving Environment, and Education & Youth Leadership.  For more information or to learn how you can support your community through the Community Trust Foundation, please contact the Foundation at 301-876-9172 or info@ctfinc.org.

To find out more about t-coil hearing aids or to optimize your own t-coil hearing aid contact Allegany Hearing & Balance Center at 301-729-1635.

Caption: (Left to right) Leah Shaffer, CTF Director; Dr. Peter Halmos, Halmos Endowed Community Fund; Dr. Jana Brown, Audiologist and owner of Allegany Hearing & Balance; Kimberli Rowley, Co-Artistic Director, Cumberland Theatre.

Community Trust Foundation Brings You the George Washington’s Whiskey Rebellion Fest

The Fest is the opening salvo of the George Washington Whiskey Rebellion Celebration weekend, June 8-10

A grand celebration of the heritage of George Washington in Cumberland, ‘Mountain Maryland’

Tickets include:

    • Tastings of whiskey and other spirits from national and regional distillers
    • Souvenir whiskey glass
    • Beer and wine
    • Historical reenactors
    • Live music
    • Gastropub appetizers
    • Photos with George Washington
    • Colonial ‘pub’ room providing authentic colonial games
    • Cigar discussion & tent
    • Exhibition of historic whiskey bottles, jugs, and ephemera
    • Sober Rides will be available
  • BOOK TODAY TO SECURE THE ADVANCE BOOKING PRICE OF $50 PER TICKET.
  • TICKETS PURCHASED AT THE DOOR COST $75

Energy Express needs mentors, coordinators

For the Cumberland Times-News

Mar 15, 2018

KEYSER, W.Va. — The Mineral County Energy Express program will begin one week later for the children, starting June 25 and ending July 27.

“We will offer a five-week program, Monday through Friday this year, with sites serving both the Keyser and Frankfort areas,” said Margaret Miltenberger, 4-H extension agent with the West Virginia University Extension Service. “Applications will be available through Mineral County Schools in mid-April.”

Energy Express is an AmeriCorps summer reading program promoting the school success of West Virginia children who live in rural and low-income communities. Children are immersed in a literacy-rich environment with plenty of opportunities to practice reading and writing. Art, drama, singing and recreation round out the positive and fun learning experience.

“Energy Express is a special and safe place for children to be during the summer,” said Miltenberger. “The small groups create team spirit and time to encourage the individual child.” Children receive family-style breakfast and lunch each day.

AmeriCorps members to serve as mentors or community volunteer coordinators are needed. The program will begin for AmeriCorps members  June 7. To request an application, visit www.energyexpress.wvu.eduand click on “employment opportunities” or call the Energy Express state office at 304-293-3855 or the WVU Mineral County Extension Service at 304-788-3621.

The selection process will begin March 26. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.

Virtual trip to space part of STEM Festival

For the Cumberland Times-News

March 15, 2018

KEYSER, W.Va. — A new space lab experience will be part of the STEM Festival on March 24 from noon to 4 p.m. The Mineral County STEM Network will host the sixth annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Festival for area students and parents on the West Virginia University Potomac State College campus.

The Out of this World: Space Lab will be presented by the University of Maryland Extension-Garrett County 4-H Tech Wizards. Leaders will take participants on a virtual field trip to space using Google Expeditions. Other activities will include moon racers robotics obstacle course, solar system rocket launch, outer space animation and much more. The leadership team of peer mentors from Crellin Elementary School will present these activities.

“We are entering our eighth year of Tech Wizards programming in Garrett County and are very fortunate to have a strong peer mentor leadership team made up of veteran students to assist and share their skills with the younger students,” said Karen Wood, Garrett County Tech Wizards coordinator.

The STEM Festival is an outgrowth of a grant received from the Community Trust Foundation. “The event is now self-sustaining through donors, but it is important to note that CTF made the event possible,” said Margaret Miltenberger, WVU Extension Service.

The mission of the festival is to re-invigorate the interest of youth in STEM activities and careers by presenting compelling, exciting, educational and entertaining science gatherings.

The event is coordinated by partners with the Mineral County STEM network, whose purpose is to increase communication among individuals, business, industry and organizations interested in encouraging youth to consider the different STEM fields for careers.

For more information on the Mineral County STEM Network, visit http://mineralstem.com/ and for regular updates on the STEM Festival, visit https://www.facebook.com/MineralCountySTEM.

Phil Malone guides youth in a virtual farm tour with Google Expedition at the Maryland STEM Festival, held at the Ruth Enlow libraries in Garrett County. The University of Maryland Extension Garrett County 4-H Tech Wizards will present an Out of this World: Space Lab during the STEM Festival to be held March 24 at Potomac State College.

CTF Receives Scholarship Funds

Members of Potomac Lodge #100 A.F.A.M. recently presented Community Trust Foundation with a check for $13,000 in support of the Frank H. Eberly Jr., Memorial Scholarship Committee.  The committee held a benefit fund raiser last year at the Ali Ghan Shrine Club Pavilion.  The Lodge and Community Trust Foundation partner to provide a graduating high school senior in both Garrett and Allegany County with a non-recurring $1,000 scholarship to attend an accredited college of the student’s choice.

The Community Trust Foundation (CTF), serving Allegany, Garrett and Mineral counties, is an organization committed to building stronger, more vibrant communities by working in partnership with donors to affect community needs within the local region.  For more information, contact Foundation Director Leah Shaffer at leah@ctfinc.org or 301-876-9172.

Featured from left to right, Gene Purkey, Trustee, Karen Eberly, Comptroller, Marion Leonard and Laurie Marchini, Community Trust Foundation, Tim Schupfer, Bud Miles and Kevin Mallow, Scholarship Committee members.

Cumberland YMCA Stepping On Program

The Community Trust Foundation, through the Leonard Authentic Leadership and Integrative Health and Wellness Fund, recently awarded a grant to the Cumberland YMCA for the Stepping On Program, A Falls Prevention Program.  Foundation Director, Leah Shaffer said “CTF is proud to be a part of helping aging adults in our community remain safe, healthy and independent.  Programs like this fulfill both the donors’ and the foundation’s desire to positively affect the health and well-being of the residents in our region.”

The Community Trust Foundation (CTF) is the community foundation serving Allegany, Garrett and Mineral Counties. CTF uses local philanthropic resources to support local organizations working to build a stronger, vibrant community.  For more information or to learn how you can support your community through the Community Trust Foundation, please contact the Foundation at 301-876-9172 or info@ctfinc.org.

Caption: (Left to right) Sandi Rowland, CTF; Jane Rossi, WMHS; Marion Leonard CTF Board Pres.; Anne Bryan, Y Program Coordinator and Don Enterline, CEO of the Cumberland Y.

CTF PLEASED TO AGAIN OFFER ENDOW MARYLAND TAX CREDITS

YOUR GIFT MAY QUALIFY FOR A TAX CREDIT ON YOUR 2018 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 2018 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. Last year, CTF received over $63,000 in contributions through the Endow Maryland program. Contributions must be made by June 15, 2018.

For more information contact Leah Shaffer, Foundation Director at leah@ctfinc.org or by phone at 301-876-9172.

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 srowland@ctfinc.org 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.

RECENT GRANTEES

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.

RECENT GRANTEES

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.

BURKEYS TO BE HONORED AS 2018 HUMANITARIANS OF THE YEAR

Marion Leonard, Chair of the Community Trust Foundation, and Leah Shaffer, Foundation Director, recently announced that John and Kathy Burkey have been selected as the 2018 Humanitarians of the Year. They will be formally honored at the upcoming Community Trust Foundation Signature Event on September 19, 2018.

Kathy, a self-employed CPA, has a long record of service to the community, notably her decade of service as Chair of the Western Maryland health System. She also serves as a member of the Boards Allegany County League for Crippled Children, Crossroads Venture Center, Associated Catholic Charities, FSU Charity Ball, and the St. John Neuman School. She was previously the Chair of the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of First United Corporation, and the board of its subsidiary, First United Bank & Trust.

She has lent her expertise to the Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority, the FSU College of Business Advisory Board, the Western Maryland Economic Development Strategies Group, and the Judicial Nominations Committee.

John is a lifelong resident of the area, and serves as the President of Burkey’s Furniture & Carpeting, a local business with over seven decades of service to the Cumberland area. Relentless in his desire to serve his community, John is a member of both the LaVale Lions Club and Rotary. He is one of the very few in the state to be a recipient of the top honor of both international clubs, receiving the Lions Club Melvin Jones Award in 2004, and the Rotary Paul Harris Fellow in 2005. He was recognized that same year as One of Allegany County’s Most Beautiful People. He and Kathy were jointly recognized as the Chamber of Commerce Individuals of the Year in 2008. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the YMCA.

The Community Trust Foundation is a way for local donors to give back to their communities. It was established in 2006 through the efforts of The Greater Cumberland Committee and the inspirational leadership of the late Robert Ebert.  CTF has provided over $4.5 million to Allegany, Garrett and Mineral Counties for the support of education, youth leadership, the performing arts, literacy, wellness and preservation. More about CTF can be learned at www.ctfinc.org.

The Signature Event, honoring the Burkey’s, will be held at the Lane Center on the Campus of Frostburg State University, on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, beginning at 6:00pm. Tickets, table sponsorship and further information can be obtained by calling 301-876-9172.

The Community Trust Foundation honors William Grant with 2017 Humanitarian Leadership Award.

The Community Trust Foundation (CTF) is pleased to honor 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.”

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. He has been a leader in both his professional career and through his volunteer service and philanthropic endeavors. Bill continues to give back to the community by providing leadership to many local organizations, including serving as:  Past Chair of The Greater Cumberland Committee, Vice President of the Southern Garrett High School Alumni Association, Trustee of the West Virginia Wesleyan College Board,  Chair of the Garrett County Memorial Hospital Foundation, President of The Garrett Choral Society,  Past Chair of Leadership Maryland, Board of Directors University System of Maryland Foundation, Southern Garrett High School Improvement Team, Board member of The Community Trust Foundation, a member of the Mountain-Lake Park Lions Club and a member State of the Maryland Regulatory Reform Commission among others. Bill has also been a volunteer mentor with the Garrett Mentors Program for the past 11 years and HART for Animals Animal Shelter.

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.

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.

The Community Trust Foundation (CTF) board is pleased to select Kim and Marion Leonard as the recipients of the 2016 Humanitarian Leadership Award.  The inspiring husband and wife team of Kim and Marion will be recognized for their professional and philanthropic leadership on September 8th, at the Frostburg State University Lane Center from 6pm-9pm.

CTF President, Shane Grady noted, “Kim and Marion Leonard have assumed leadership roles in the community in business and in their humanitarian endeavors. Both are seasoned community leaders and bring strong relationship skills and positive leadership in serving our region. We look forward to celebrating their contributions and highlighting their accomplishments.”

Kim Leonard served as President of Aircon Engineering for over forty years. In the local community Kim has been involved in leadership positions with the Potomac Council Boy Scouts of America, Allegany County Chamber of Commerce, Cumberland Rotary, the Greater Cumberland Committee, and the Western Maryland Health System. (WMHS) He currently serves as Chairman of the Allegany College of Maryland (ACM) Board of Trustees, WMHS Foundation Board and WMHS Community Advisory Board.

Marion Leonard is professor emeritus of the graduate MBA program, Frostburg State University. She spearheaded building ACM’s serenity garden /labyrinth, the formation of the Community Wellness Coalition, and the founding of the Imagination Library of Allegany County. Marion is currently active in many nonprofit organizations including the Frostburg State University Foundation, Allegany Arts Council, Community Wellness Coalition, Imagination Library, Community Trust Foundation and the WMHS physician network.

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.

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.