Within the last few weeks I have witnessed an amazing amount of generosity from our citizens. At Dancing with the Piqua Stars, residents and business owners donated their time, talents and over $34,000 for the Piqua Arts Council. Then I enjoyed viewing 88 awesome cakes at the Piqua Community Foundation’s Cakes for a Cause fundraiser totaling over $12,000. These funds will benefit our school children and not-for-profit organizations that aid many of our needy citizens and programs that make Piqua a great place to live and work.
A week ago I attended a celebration when over $200,000 was distributed from the Miami County Foundation. The Foundation gives out grant funds every six months. Mr Richard Hunt, founder of WPTW Radio, left an amazing sum to be used to improve the lives of residents in Miami County. Since 1985, Mr. Hunt’s gift, along with now many other donors, has made it possible to distribute more than $5 million. Last month money was given to support 84 programs and projects that enhance our Miami County community and all who live here.
The Piqua Community Foundation will soon be sharing their funds when they distribute grant checks to schools and organizations serving Piqua residents. Many Piqua individuals have given generously to provide the funds that continue to increase each year.
Many of these accomplishments would not be possible without the hundreds of volunteers and donors that give their time, talents and financial support. Thousands of hours are donated each year by people who care about the needs of others in our great Piqua community.
A sad ending was the passing of Ruth Hahn, the wonderful woman who dedicated most of her adult life to serving hundreds of patients with very special needs. The Hahn-Hufford Rehabilitation Center for Neurological Development is a testament to Ruth and the last Gloria Hufford. I pray our generous citizens will make a monetary donation to the Center in Ruth’s memory in the hopes of paying off the mortgage on the building. It was Ruth’s dream to have the mortgage paid off before her death. Ruth even wrote a book with the goal of selling enough copies to pay off the mortgage. I am hoping no matter how much each person can afford, $1, $5, $25, $100 or $1,000 that we will succeed in making Ruth’s dream become reality and the debt paid in full.
Thank you to the generous, caring people of Piqua. It fills me with such pride and admiration to live here and know so many of you who unselfishly give your time, talents and money. God bless each of you.
Edna Stiefel has been a Piqua resident since the age of five. She was married to the late Paul Stiefel for 53 years and they raised foue children, all who live or work in Piqua. She enjoys spending time with her family, friends and volunteering for several organizations in Piqua.