The Pittsburgh Foundation

Dietrich Foundation grants to Conneaut Lake significantly increase in 2019

Grants exceed last year’s awards by more than $15,000 to five Conneaut Lake organizations

PITTSBURGH, May 29, 2019 – The Dietrich Foundation Conneaut Lake, PA Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation has awarded $23,213 to Conneaut Lake area organizations this year. This is awards are significant increase from last year’s slate of grants, which totaled about $7,900.  Grantees this year are:

  • The Conneaut Lake Community Development Committee is awarded $10,000 to support a display to identify the entrance of Fireman's Beach and provide a warm welcome to families. The entrance area upgrades complement recent improvement projects at Fireman's Beach including more boat docks, a direct walkway connection to Ice House Park and a revitalized look.
  • Ice House Park is awarded $5,373 to support general operations and upkeep on the park. Many activities are held at Ice House Park including Music at Sunset, the annual wooden boat show and the Ice House Festival in the winter. Thirty percent of each year’s giving amount is allocated for Ice House Park.
  • The Conneaut Lake Historical Society is awarded $5,000 to update the museum’s lighting to LED, which is more cost efficient and provides for optimal preservation of the many artifacts on display by ensuring that the art’s features are not affected by intense lighting. The society serves the immediate Conneaut Lake area, while also hosting visitors from nearly all 50 states and various countries during the peak tourist season.
  • The South Lake Preserve is awarded $2,340 to support the construction of a gazebo at Ice House Park, which it operates. The gazebo will serve for the use and enjoyment of the residents of Conneaut Lake and surrounding communities.
  • The Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania is awarded $500 toward its Girl Scouts Leadership Experience in Conneaut Lake. Funds will be used to help provide supplies, recruitment materials and training for volunteers. The program currently serves 36 girls in Conneaut Lake who are receiving training on valuable life skills such as STEM, academic success through community service, financial leadership and entrepreneurship, environmental stewardship, leadership and professional development.

William S. Dietrich II, a former steel industry executive who died in 2012, established the fund at The Pittsburgh Foundation to support charitable programs in the community of Conneaut Lake. This is the sixth year the fund has awarded grants. Grant applications for next year will open in January.

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