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12/22/16

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

Strimbu Memorial Fund Distributes $110,500 in Grants

New board members also selected

BROOKFIELD, Ohio—At its recent 28th Annual Gift Giving meeting the Strimbu Memorial Fund Board of Directors voted to disperse grant allocations to local economic development and charitable organizations and individuals in need totaling nearly $110,500.

On Dec. 22, individuals representing these non-profits, charitable groups and those organizations involved in economic advancement, gathered at the Winner Arts and Cultural Center in Sharon, Pa., to receive their grants distributed by the Strimbu Memorial Fund Board of Directors.

Grant Recipients

Along with individuals in need, grants were awarded to the following organizations:

  • The American Red Cross Lake to River Chapter, NE Ohio Region
  • Community Food Warehouse
  • Community Library of the Shenango Valley
  • Joshua’s Haven
  • Military Affairs of Northeast Ohio
  • Penn-Northwest Development Corp.
  • Prince of Peace Center
  • The Salvation Army
  • United Way of Mercer County
  • Meals on Wheels Shenango Valley
  • Meals on Wheels Trumbull County
  • The Hope Center for Arts & Technology
  • West Hill Ministries
  • Inspiring Minds
  • Jamie’s Story
  • WaterFire, Sharon PA
  • Mercer County Mentoring

"These grants are essential to the organizations that assist in economic development efforts and provide assistance and programs to those in need," said Bill Strimbu. "Their work is extremely important and beneficial to our surrounding communities."

Also at its Annual Gift Giving meeting, Spencer Strimbu and Dustin Ghizzoni were nominated and elected to the board.

Since its creation in 1990, the Strimbu Memorial Fund has provided over $3 million in donations and scholarships. Its major event has enabled it to perpetuate Nick Strimbu Jr.’s legacy, the annual Strimbu Memorial Fund Barbeque. This past year, the fund awarded fourteen $2,000 and one $10,000 college scholarships to local high school seniors planning to further their education. Leadership and self-reliance are the two most important criteria that are required to receive one of these scholarships.

"It is just as important as what we do as an organization as the dollar amount that has been given over the years," said President of the Board Jim Grasso. "None of this would have happened without Nick Strimbu Jr. as our first leader."

The 20th Annual Wild Game Dinner is being planned for February 26, 2017, along with the 28th Annual Strimbu Memorial BBQ set for May 3, 2017. Funds raised by the two events will enable the SMF to continue its philanthropic support of area charitable initiatives.

More information about the Strimbu Memorial Fund is available at the Memorial Fund’s website, strimbumemorialfund.com.

 

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5/4/16

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

27th Annual Strimbu Memorial Bar-B-Que Draws Large Crowd

$48,500 in scholarships awarded

Brookfield, OH—The 27th Annual Strimbu Bar-B-Que drew a large crowd of almost 1,600 on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at the Yankee Lake Ballroom in Brookfield as part of a fund raising effort for the Strimbu Memorial Fund. First National Bank was the major sponsor of the event.

Since its inception in 1990, the Strimbu Memorial Fund has provided approximately $3 million in support of academic scholarships, local economic development and numerous charitable organizations. At this year’s BBQ, it awarded $48,500 in scholarships to local high school students. Ninety-nine percent of the proceeds of the Strimbu BBQ go to these scholarships and grants.

"The Strimbu Memorial Fund was created to perpetuate the work of the late Nick Strimbu Jr., who had a passion for leading individuals and economic development agencies in order to attract, assist and retain the industrial base of the valley," said Board President Jim Grasso. "In addition, when the Strimbu Memorial Fund awards scholarships to area students, we are investing in the life of a person—and that is worth millions."

The BBQ, catered by Jeffrey Chrystal Catering, featured an endless buffet reminiscent of a full-scale Texas bar-b-que. Because of the overwhelming response to last year’s entertainment, it once again featured country-rock star Chris Higbee. His extraordinary fiddle playing became widely known and he was asked to play fiddle alongside music icon Charlie Daniels.

The event also featured both silent and live auctions, with many unique items such as a ride on the Goodyear Blimp, an electric cart, a wood-fired alfresco pizza oven, a John Deere Z-track mower, an Avalon Golf & Country Club golf membership, a John Deere Gator utility vehicle, travel packages and a Steelers Home Opener package, just to name a few.

This year, the fund awarded fourteen $2,000 and one $10,000 college scholarships to local high school seniors planning to further their education. Leadership and self-reliance are the two most important criteria that are required to receive one of these scholarships. The requirements were established to mirror the example that Nick Strimbu Jr. demonstrated during his lifetime. The fund’s philosophy is simple: one of the most substantial ways to enhance our community’s future is to help educate the young people who will be the leaders of tomorrow.

There were also two special scholarships this year: a one-time John D. Holliday Memorial Scholarship for $5,000 to a Youngstown State University business student and a one-time vocational school $5,000 scholarship in memory of Jacob R. French.

Those receiving scholarships and the sponsors that provided the funding are:

2016 Scholarship Winners
Garrett D. Kellogg
Badger High School
Scholarship sponsored by Custom Coating & Miller Livestock
Andrew P. Varga
Brookfield High School
Scholarship sponsored by Kirila Family Fund
Casonddra L. Thomas
Farrell High School
Scholarship sponsored by Friends of William Basilone
Joseph J. Wizorek
Greenville High School
Scholarship sponsored by Chubb & HDH Group
Katie M. Gustas
Hickory High School
Scholarship sponsored by Matune/Basile Advisors
Alexander P. Frank
Hubbard High School
Scholarship sponsored by Truck World
Taylor E. Vassis
John F. Kennedy Catholic High School
Scholarship sponsored by Ted & Gina Bloom & Incredible Solutions
Reganne L. O'Brien
Kennedy Catholic High School
Scholarship sponsored by National Interstate Insurance
Taylor K. Horn
Lakeview (OH) High School
Scholarship sponsored by The Whetstone Family & Toyota of Warren
Bryan R. Oatridge
Mathews High School
Scholarship sponsored by Governor Insurance
Adam D. Ballish
Reynolds High School
Scholarship sponsored by Reynolds Services, Inc.
Delaney R. Ser
Sharon High School
Scholarship sponsored by Flynn's Tires
Emma E. Messett
Sharpsville High School
Scholarship sponsored by Hunter Truck Sales & Service
Zachary T. Stout
West Middlesex High School
Scholarship sponsored by Primary Health Charitable Foundation

 

The overall $10,000 scholarship winner was Taylor K. Horn from Lakeview High School.

The $500 Essay Award Winner provided by the Angelo & Jenny Mastrian Charitable Trust was Isabella N. Schell from Sharpsville High School. The John D. Holliday Memorial YSU Business Scholarship Award was presented to Zach Brockman. The Jacob R. French Vocational Scholarship was awarded to Evan L. Engelhardt from Brookfield High School.

 

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4/5/16

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

Plans Underway for 27th Annual Strimbu Memorial BBQ

Date set for May 4, 2016

Brookfield, OH—The 27th Annual Strimbu BBQ is planned for Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at the Yankee Lake Ballroom in Brookfield as part of a fund raising effort for the Strimbu Memorial Fund. The event is sponsored by First National Bank.

Since its inception in 1990, the Strimbu Memorial Fund has provided approximately $3 million in support of academic scholarships, local economic development and numerous charitable organizations. At last year’s BBQ, it awarded $38,500 in scholarships to local high school students. This past December, the Strimbu Memorial Fund awarded nearly $130,000 in grants to area organizations and individuals.

"The Strimbu Memorial Fund was created to perpetuate the work of the late Nick Strimbu Jr., who had a passion for leading individuals and economic development agencies in order to attract, assist and retain the industrial base of the valley," said Board President Jim Grasso. "In addition, when the Strimbu Memorial Fund awards scholarships to area students, we are investing in the life of a person—and that is worth millions."

This year, the fund will award leadership college scholarships at the annual event in the amount of $2,000 each to qualified high school seniors in 14 local school districts, with an additional $10,000 college scholarship awarded to the overall leader. There will also be two special scholarships this year: a one-time John D. Holliday Scholarship for $5,000 to a Youngstown State University business student and a one-time vocational school $5,000 scholarship in memory of Jacob R. French to a student at either Badger or Brookfield high schools.

The BBQ will once again get in full swing with doors opening at 5 p.m. The food, catered by Jeffrey Chrystal Catering, will be endless and reminiscent of a full-scale Texas bar-b-que with a multitude of appetizers, plus blackened catfish, BBQ ribs, cherry wood fire chicken, smoked turkey breast, pork loin and more.

Dinner will be served until 9 p.m., then at 9:30 p.m., a late night offering of wood-fired pizzas will be served until 11 p.m.

Because of the overwhelming response to last year’s entertainment, this year will once again feature country-rock star Chris Higbee. As a solo artist, Higbee has retained the dedicated, loyal PovertyNeck Hillbillies fan base while attracting thousands of new fans called "Higbillies," who follow him from show-to-show. His extraordinary fiddle playing became widely known and he was asked to play fiddle alongside music icon Charlie Daniels.

In addition, the night will feature both silent and live auctions, with many unique items such as utility vehicles, travel packages, Lake Erie walleye fishing trips, sporting event tickets and loges, furniture, dinner packages and assorted jewelry items, just to name a few.

Tickets are $90 and are available online at www.strimbumemorialfund.org or by calling Pam at 330-448-4046, ext.134.

 

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2/2/16

Past Presidents Luncheon for Strimbu Memorial Fund

A recent luncheon hosted by the Strimbu Memorial Fund Board of Directors honored its past presidents. Honored were John "Chip" Mastrian, Paul O’Brien, the late Gary Meszaros and Ed Wilson. Accepting the award for Gary is his wife Katie Meszaros.


Past Presidents Luncheon for Strimbu Memorial Fund

Admiring the award given to John "Chip" Mastrian are Past President Paul O’Brien, current President Jim Grasso and Board Member Bill Perrine.


Past Presidents Luncheon for Strimbu Memorial Fund

Past Present Ed Wilson, center, is surrounded by Paul O’Brien, a past president; Katie Meszaros and standing are Bill Strimbu and President Jim Grasso.


Past Presidents Luncheon for Strimbu Memorial Fund

Past Presidents Paul O’Brien and Ed Wilson, reminisce with Katie Meszaros, who received the award for her late husband Gary Meszaros, while Bill Strimbu and SMF President Jim Grasso look on.

 


12/29/15

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

Strimbu Memorial Fund Distributes $130,000 in Grants

New board members selected; officers named

At its recent 27th Annual Gift Giving meeting the Strimbu Memorial Fund Board of Directors voted to disperse grant allocations to local economic development and charitable organizations and individuals in need totaling nearly $130,000. Individuals representing these non-profits, charitable groups and those organizations involved in economic advancement, gathered at the Community Foundation of Western PA and Eastern OH to receive their grants distributed by the Strimbu Memorial Fund Board of Directors.

Along with individuals in need, grants were awarded to the following organizations:

  • The American Red Cross of Mercer County
  • The American Red Cross Lake to River Chapter, NE Ohio Region
  • The Beatitude House
  • Community Food Warehouse
  • Community Library of the Shenango Valley
  • Joshua's Haven
  • Military Affairs of Northeast Ohio
  • Penn-Northwest Development Corp.
  • Prince of Peace Center
  • The Salvation Army
  • United Way of Mercer County
  • Community Food Warehouse
  • Meals on Wheels Shenango Valley
  • Meals on Wheels Trumbull County
  • Meals on Wheels Mahoning County
  • Rotary Club of Sharon
  • Shop with a Cop Program
  • The Hope Center for Arts & Technology
  • West Hill Ministries

"These grants are essential to the organizations that assist in economic development efforts and provide assistance and programs to those in need," said Bill Strimbu. "Their work is extremely important and beneficial to our community."

The Strimbu Memorial Fund Board of Directors recently distributed approximately $130,000 in grants to local economic development organizations, charitable organizations and individuals in need. Attending the check presentation were representatives from the American Red Cross of Mercer County; the American Red Cross Lake to River Chapter, NE Ohio Region; Community Library of the Shenango Valley; Joshua’s Haven; Meals on Wheels-Shenango Valley; Meals on Wheels-Mahoning County; Penn-Northwest Development; Prince of Peace Center; Rotary Club of Sharon; Salvation Army; Shop with a Cop Program; United Way of Mercer County; and West Hill Ministries.

Also at its Annual Gift Giving meeting, Bill Strimbu II, Steve O’Brien and John Matune were nominated and elected to the board. The following officers were also chosen: Jim Grasso, president; Gary Hoff, vice president; Frank Kreider, treasurer; and John Matune, secretary.

Since its creation in 1990, the Strimbu Memorial Fund has provided millions of dollars in donations and scholarships. Its major event has enabled it to perpetuate Nick Strimbu Jr.’s legacy, the annual Strimbu Memorial Fund Barbeque. This past year, the fund awarded fourteen $2,000 and one $10,000 college scholarships to local high school seniors planning to further their education. Leadership and self-reliance are the two most important criteria that are required to receive one of these scholarships.

"It is just as important as what we do as an organization as the dollar amount that has been given over the years," said outgoing president Paul O’Brien. "None of this would have happened without Nick Strimbu Jr. as our first leader."

A Wild Game Dinner is being planned for February 21, 2016, along with the 27th Annual Strimbu Memorial BBQ set for May 4, 2016. Funds raised by the two events will enable the SMF to continue to philanthropic support of area charitable initiatives.

More information about the Strimbu Memorial Fund is available at the Memorial Fund’s website, strimbumemorialfund.com.

 

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8/24/15

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

Strimbu Memorial Fund Donates Campus Touring Vehicle to YSU

YOUNGSTOWN-Continuing in its mission of supporting local development, charitable contributions and college scholarships, the Strimbu Memorial Fund has taken another step to ensure that the Youngstown State University campus and surrounding areas are highlighted appropriately when YSU President Jim Tressel, "shows off" what it has to offer.

Strimbu Memorial Fund Donates Campus Touring Vehicle to YSU

Monday evening, Aug. 21, the board of directors of the Strimbu Memorial Fund donated a new John Deere four seat Gator crossover utility vehicle to YSU, customized with YSU colors and graphics, power steering, turn signals, four-wheel drive and a safety beacon on top, for use by President Jim Tressel as he gives tours of the campus.

"President Tressel is doing such a wonderful job uplifting and showcasing YSU and our entire region that we wanted to do something in return," said William Strimbu, a YSU alumni and president of Nick Strimbu, Inc. in Brookfield. It was for Strimbu’s father, the late Nick Strimbu Jr., that the SMF was established to perpetuate the legacy of his charitable giving.

"I recently went on a tour of the YSU campus with President Tressel and saw there definitely needed to be an upgrade in his mode of transportation. He was driving a golf cart that is just not equipped and capable of safely moving through the campus and campus streets," Strimbu explained. "The Strimbu Memorial Fund wanted YSU to have the ability to give tours showcasing what the college and area have to offer and do it in style as well as in safety."

The Gator, supplied by Cope Farm Equipment, Inc. in Kinsman, has been custom painted with YSU colors, thanks to Advanced Auto Body in Sharon and is complete with YSU graphics donated by Water Drop Media, Vienna.

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Since its creation in 1990, the Strimbu Memorial Fund has provided millions of dollars in donations and scholarships. The fund also supports local economic development and many charitable organizations. It has a major event that has enabled it to perpetuate Nick Strimbu Jr.’s legacy, the annual Strimbu Memorial Fund Barbeque. Held each May, the event hosts over 1,600 people and has sold out every year since its inception.

This year, the fund awarded fourteen $2,000 and one $10,000 college scholarships to local high school seniors planning to further their education. Leadership and self-reliance are the two most important criteria that are required to receive one of these scholarships.

At next year’s barbeque scheduled for May 4, 2016, in addition to the $2,000 scholarships awarded to college-bound students, those attending YSU will be eligible for an additional $1,000 scholarship.

 

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5/20/15

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

26th Annual Strimbu Memorial Bar-B-Que Draws Large Crowd
Thousands of dollars of scholarships awarded

The 26th Annual Strimbu Bar-B-Que drew a large crowd of almost 1,600 on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at the Yankee Lake Ballroom in Brookfield as part of a fund raising effort for the Strimbu Memorial Fund. First National Bank was the major sponsor of the event.

Since its inception in 1990, the Strimbu Memorial Fund has provided millions of dollars in donations and scholarships. At last year’s BBQ, it awarded $55,000 in scholarships to local high school students. The fund also supports local economic development and many charitable organizations. This past December, the Strimbu Memorial Fund awarded nearly $175,000 in grants to area organizations and individuals.

"The Strimbu Memorial Fund was created to perpetuate the work of the late Nick Strimbu Jr., who had a passion for leading individuals and economic development agencies in order to attract, assist and retain the industrial base of the valley," said Board President Paul O’Brien. "In addition, when the Strimbu Memorial Fund awards scholarships to area students, we are investing in the life of a person—and that is worth millions."

The BBQ, catered by Jeffrey Chrystal Catering, featured an endless buffet reminiscent of a full-scale Texas bar-b-que with a multitude of appetizers, plus blackened catfish, BBQ ribs, cherry wood fire chicken, smoked turkey breast, pork loin and more. New this year was chocolate fondue for dessert, a late night offering of wood-fired pizzas and a premium wine bar with souvenir wine glasses.

Because of the overwhelming response to last year’s entertainment, this year will once again feature country-rock star Chris Higbee. In 2000, Higbee founded a band, the PovertyNeck Hillbillies (PNH), named after a hollow on his father’s farm. As the lead of PNH, Higbee delivered wild and energetic concerts across the country on stages, rooftops, and any other platform from which Higbee could fathom a way to play. His extraordinary fiddle playing became widely known and he was asked to play fiddle alongside music icon Charlie Daniels.

"The BBQ is also known for its giveaway of a bag of Vidalia onions to all those in attendance," said O’Brien, president of the Strimbu Memorial Fund board. "This tradition started as the Strimbu family always brought back Vidalia onions from the South to give to their friends," he explained.

The event also featured both silent and live auctions, with many unique items such as utility vehicles, travel packages, Steelers Home Opener package, a custom made charcoal grill and smoker, an Avalon Golf and Country Club family membership, a Polaris Ranger, Lake Erie walleye fishing trips, various dinner packages and assorted jewelry items, just to name a few.

This year, the fund awarded fourteen $2,000 and one $10,000 college scholarships to local high school seniors planning to further their education. Leadership and self-reliance are the two most important criteria that are required to receive one of these scholarships. The requirements were established to mirror the example that Nick Strimbu Jr. demonstrated during his lifetime. The fund’s philosophy is simple: one of the most substantial ways to enhance our community’s future is to help educate the young people who will be the leaders of tomorrow. Ninety-nine percent of the proceeds of the Strimbu BBQ go to these scholarships and grants.

Those receiving scholarships and the sponsors that provided the funding are:

2015 Scholarship Winners
Cheyanne B. Dickson Cheyanne B. Dickson
Badger High School
Scholarship sponsored by Miller Livestock
Ana I. Zarlinski Ana I. Zarlinski
Brookfield High School
Scholarship sponsored by Kirila Family Fund
Tia N. Klumph Tia N. Klumph
Farrell High School
Scholarship sponsored by Friends of William Basilone
Amanda B. Dawes Amanda B. Dawes
Greenville High School
Scholarship sponsored by Huntington Bank
Madison T. Bell Madison T. Bell
Hickory High School
Scholarship sponsored by Matune/Basile Advisors
Macey R. Sarisky Macey R. Sarisky
Hubbard High School
Scholarship sponsored by Truck World
Bridget G. LaRock Bridget G. LaRock
John F. Kennedy Catholic High School
Scholarship sponsored by National Interstate Insurance
Benjamin R. Wilson Benjamin R. Wilson
Kennedy Catholic High School
Scholarship sponsored by Hudson Property Management
Ashley R. Wolanzyk Ashley R. Wolanzyk
Lakeview (OH) High School
Scholarship sponsored by The Whetstone Family & Toyota of Warren
Madison V. Nicula Madison V. Nicula
Mathews High School
Scholarship sponsored by Governor Insurance
Kayla M. Thompson Kayla M. Thompson*
Reynolds High School
Scholarship sponsored by Reynolds Services, Inc.
Samuel A. Walgenbach Samuel A. Walgenbach
Sharon High School
Scholarship sponsored by Citizens Bank
Samuel V. Ference Samuel V. Ference
Sharpsville High School
Scholarship sponsored by Hunter Truck Sales
Adam E. Dale Adam E. Dale
West Middlesex Area High School
Scholarship sponsored by Fifth Third Bank
Adam E. Dale The $500 Essay Award Winner provided by the Angelo & Jenny Mastrian Charitable Trust was Bradley T. Calleja from Sharpsville High School.

 


* The overall $10,000 scholarship winner was Kayla M. Thompson from Reynolds High School.

 

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3/12/15

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

Plans Underway for 26th Annual Strimbu Memorial BBQ
Date set for May 6, 2015

The 26th Annual Strimbu BBQ is planned for Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at the Yankee Lake Ballroom in Brookfield as part of a fund raising effort for the Strimbu Memorial Fund.

Since its inception in 1990, the Strimbu Memorial Fund has provided millions of dollars in donations and scholarships. The fund also supports local economic development and many charitable organizations. This past December, the Strimbu Memorial Fund awarded nearly $175,000 in grants to area organizations and individuals.

"The Strimbu Memorial Fund was created to perpetuate the work of the late Nick Strimbu Jr., who had a passion for leading individuals and economic development agencies in order to attract, assist and retain the industrial base of the valley," said Board President Paul O’Brien. "In addition, when the Strimbu Memorial Fund awards scholarships to area students, we are investing in the life of a person—and that is worth millions."

This year, the fund will award leadership scholarships at the annual event in the amount of $2,000 each to qualified high school seniors in 14 local school districts, with an additional $10,000 awarded to the overall leader.

Annually the event draws a sell-out crowd of 1,600. Last year, the event’s 25th anniversary, netted $200,000 in proceeds and raffled off a car in commemoration.

The BBQ will get in full swing with doors opening at 5 p.m. The food, catered by Jeffrey Chrystal Catering, will be endless and reminiscent of a full-scale Texas bar-b-que with a multitude of appetizers, plus blackened catfish, BBQ ribs, cherry wood fire chicken, smoked turkey breast, pork loin and more.

Dinner will be served until 9 p.m., then at 9:30 p.m., a late night offering of wood-fire pizzas will be served until 11 p.m. Also, new to this year’s event is a premium wine bar with souvenir wine glasses.

Because of the overwhelming response to last year’s entertainment, this year will once again feature country-rock star Chris Higbee. In 2000, Higbee founded a band, the PovertyNeck Hillbillies (PNH), named after a hollow on his father’s farm. As the lead of PNH, Higbee delivered wild and energetic concerts across the country on stages, rooftops, and any other platform from which Higbee could fathom a way to play. His extraordinary fiddle playing became widely known and he was asked to play fiddle alongside music icon Charlie Daniels. PNH performed for seven years, acquiring an international fan base, distributing three records and releasing a No. 2 nationally rated video, "Mr. Right Now," starring Ben Roethlisberger, quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

As a solo artist, Higbee has retained the dedicated, loyal PNH fan base while attracting thousands of new fans called "Higbillies," who follow him from show-to-show. Higbee has released two solo CDs and is enjoying international support of his hits "Fiddles Rock," "Roll on By," "Alright Tonight," "Barn Party" and "Guilty as Charged."

In addition, the night will feature both silent and live auctions, with many unique items such as utility vehicles, travel packages, Lake Erie walleye fishing trips, sporting event tickets and loges, furniture, dinner packages and assorted jewelry items, just to name a few.

"The event is also known for its giveaway of a bag of Vidalia onions to all those in attendance," said O’Brien. "This tradition started as the Strimbu family always brought back Vidalia onions from the South to give to their friends."

Tickets are $90 and are available by calling John Holliday at 724.699.8869.

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1/15/15

Recently the Strimbu Memorial Fund awarded nearly $175,000 in grants to area organizations. Shown presenting a check to Meals on Wheels are (l-r): George Gerhart, president of the board for Meals on Wheels; Paul O'Brien, president of the Strimbu Memorial Fund board; Nancy Lukasko, member of the Strimbu Memorial Fund board; Tom Rookey, past president of the Meals on Wheels board; and Frank Krieder, treasurer for the Strimbu Memorial Fund.

 


12/19/14

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

Strimbu Memorial Fund Awards $175,000 in Grants

BROOKFIELD, Ohio—The Strimbu Memorial Fund announced at its yearly distribution committee meeting that it has awarded nearly $175,000 in grants to area organizations and individuals in 2014, according to Board President Paul O’Brien.

Since its inception in 1990, the Strimbu Memorial Fund has provided millions of dollars in donations and scholarships, as well as supported local economic development and many charitable organizations.

"The Strimbu Memorial Fund was created to perpetuate the work of the late Nick Strimbu Jr., who had a passion for leading individuals and economic development agencies in order to attract, assist and retain the industrial base of the valley," said O’Brien.

Grants awarded include those to:

  • The American Red Cross of Mercer County
  • The Beatitude House
  • Buhl Park
  • Community Library of the Shenango Valley
  • Buhl Recreation Center
  • Joshua’s Haven
  • Penn-Northwest Development Corp.
  • Prince of Peace Center
  • The Salvation Army
  • United Way of Mercer County
  • Waterfire Sharon
  • Community Food Warehouse
  • e’Center @ LindenPointe
  • Meals on Wheels Shenango Valley
  • The Hope Center for Arts & Technology
  • Trumbull County Fund for Our Economic Future
  • Shenango Valley Memorial Animal Shelter
  • West Hill Ministries
  • Individuals in need

More information about the Strimbu Memorial Fund is available at the Memorial Fund’s website, www.strimbumemorialfund.com.

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5/8/14

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

$55,000 in Scholarships Awarded During Strimbu BBQ
Camaro Also Raffled

In observance of its 25th anniversary, the Strimbu Memorial Fund awarded $55,000 in scholarships to high school seniors during its annual bar-b-que. This year, 13 students were given $2,500 scholarships, with one receiving the overall award of $25,000, which was announced the night of the event on May 7.

Individual scholarship winners and their respective schools are: Danielle J. Ford, Badger; Leah M. Bayer, Brookfield; Kimara R. Chapman, Farrell; Nathalie J. Yurisic, Greenville; Elizabeth S. Ague, Grove City; Andrew M. Bianco, Hickory; Gavin C. Cianci, Kennedy Catholic; Kelly A. Kovacevich, Mathews; Gwyn M. Dubel, Reynolds; Kieran T. Zajac, Sharon; Brittany A. DeCarmine, Sharpsville; Michael W. Ronga, Warren JFK; and Aerial M. Pratt, West Middlesex.

The winner of the $25,000 scholarship is Brittany A. DeCarmine, Sharpsville High School. This award was presented by Chubb/HDH Group. Dollar-wise, the Strimbu Memorial Fund awards the most any local organization gives in scholarships.

In addition to the scholarships, a raffle was held for a 2014 Camaro SS as part of the fund raising for the fund. This iconic muscle car painted in "Red Hot," comes with a sunroof, black leather SS interior, a 6.2L V8 engine and 20-inch aluminum wheels, among its many features. The winner of the Camaro, which has a sticker price of almost $43,000, was Jeff Weigel of Fargo, North Dakota. Money raised through the raffle, which is sponsored by Flynn’s Tire & Auto Service, will be used to further the work of the late Tom and Nick Strimbu Jr.

With doors opening at 5 p.m., the food was reminiscent of a full-scale Texas bar-b-que with a multitude of appetizers, plus beef, turkey, duck, pig, ox, fish and lamb served straight from the spit. In addition, six-foot paella skillets greeted guests with more mouth-watering offerings. The event sponsor was First National Bank.

This year’s live entertainment featured country-rock star Chris Higbee. In 2000, Higbee founded a band, the PovertyNeck Hillbillies (PNH), named after a hollow on his father’s farm. As the lead of PNH, Higbee delivered wild and energetic concerts across the country on stages, rooftops, and any other platform from which Higbee could fathom a way to play. His extraordinary fiddle playing became widely known and he was asked to play fiddle alongside music icon Charlie Daniels. PNH performed for seven years, acquiring an international fan base, distributing three records and releasing a No. 2 nationally rated video, "Mr. Right Now," starring Ben Roethlisberger, quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Higbee has released two solo CDs and is enjoying international support of his hits "Fiddles Rock," "Roll on By," "Alright Tonight," "Barn Party" and "Guilty as Charged." Higbee is currently performing to large crowds and featuring songs from his self-titled albums including, "Write to Me," a song dedicated to his wife Melissa, who is currently serving her country and is an Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran.

Since its inception in 1990, the Strimbu Memorial Fund has provided millions of dollars in donations and scholarships. The fund also supports local economic development and many charitable organizations.

"The Strimbu Memorial Fund was created to perpetuate the work of the late Tom and Nick Strimbu Jr., who had a passion for leading individuals and economic development agencies in order to attract, assist and retain the industrial base of the valley," said Board President Paul O’Brien. "In addition, when the Strimbu Memorial Fund awards scholarships to area students, we are investing in the life of a person—and that is worth millions."

The BBQ is also known for its giveaway of a bag of Vidalia onions to all those in attendance. "This tradition started as the Strimbu family always brought back Vidalia onions from the South to give to their friends, explained O’Brien."

The event also featured both silent and live auctions, with many unique items such as utility vehicles, travel packages, Lake Erie walleye fishing trips, sporting event tickets and loges, and assorted jewelry items, just to name a few.

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For more information:
Corliss Marketing Communications
Jean A. Corliss-President
330.720.6138
info@corlissmarketing.com

 


3/21/14

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

Strimbu Memorial Fund Launches New Website

BROOKFIELD, OH—The Strimbu Memorial Fund has launched a revamped, more user-friendly website www.strimbumemorialfund.org., according to William Strimbu.

"We saw the need to provide web visitors with up-to-date information about the Strimbu Memorial Fund," said Strimbu. "I’m excited about the new website because it coincides with the 25th anniversary of the fund."

The site features the history of the Strimbu Memorial Fund, information about the annual fund raising bar-b-que, a photo gallery, its philanthropic giving including student scholarships, news releases and simple contact information.

"Visitors to the site will also find details regarding this year’s May 7 bar-b-que and how they can purchase a ticket to win a 2014 Camaro SS. This is all about providing funding through the Memorial Fund," Strimbu said.

Since its inception in 1990, the Strimbu Memorial Fund has provided millions of dollars in donations and scholarships. The fund also supports local economic development and many charitable organizations. Ninety-nine percent of the proceeds of the Strimbu BBQ go to these scholarships and grants.

"The Strimbu Memorial Fund was created to perpetuate the work of my late father, Nick Strimbu Jr., who had a passion for leading individuals and economic development agencies in order to attract, assist and retain the industrial base of the valley," said Strimbu. "In addition, when the Strimbu Memorial Fund awards scholarships to area students, we are investing in the life of a person—and that is worth millions."

The new website was created by full-service marketing, advertising and public relations firm, Corliss Marketing Communications, in conjunction with Executive Web Management, LLC.

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For more information:
Corliss Marketing Communications
Jean A. Corliss-President
330.720.6138
info@corlissmarketing.com

 


3/19/14

NEWS RELEASE

Plans Underway for 25th Annual Strimbu Memorial BBQ
2014 Camaro SS to be Raffled

The 25th Annual Strimbu BBQ is planned for Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at the Yankee Lake Ballroom in Brookfield as part of a fund raising effort for the Strimbu Memorial Fund.

To mark its 25th year, organizers decided to hold a raffle for a 2014 Camaro SS as part of the fund raising for the Fund. This iconic muscle car painted in "Red Hot," comes with a sunroof, black leather SS interior, a 6.2L V8 engine and 20-inch aluminum wheels, among its many features. The Camaro has a sticker price of almost $43,000.

Money raised through the raffle, which is sponsored by Flynn’s Tire & Auto Service, will be used to further the work of the late Tom and Nick Strimbu Jr. Also this year, because of the 25th anniversary, the amounts of the college scholarships have been increased. There will be twelve $2,500 college scholarships and one $25,000 scholarship to the overall winner, for a total of $55,000 awarded to local high school students. Dollar-wise, this is the most any local organization awards in scholarships.

Those wishing to purchase tickets for the car raffle can easily go to the website www.WinACamaroSS.com or can purchase tickets at Flynn’s Tire & Service locations, from Strimbu Memorial Fund board members or by calling 330.448.4046, ext. 134. Ticket prices are one for $20, three for $50 or eight for $100. The lucky ticket will be drawn on May 7, 2014. Rules for the raffle can also be found on the website.

Annually the bar-b-que draws a sell-out crowd of 1,600. Last year the event netted over $150,000 in proceeds. The BBQ will again get in full swing with doors opening at 5 p.m. The food is endless and reminiscent of a full-scale Texas bar-b-que with a multitude of appetizers, plus beef, turkey, duck, pig, ox, fish and lamb served straight from the spit.

This year’s live entertainment will feature country-rock star Chris Higbee. In 2000, Higbee founded a band, the PovertyNeck Hillbillies (PNH), named after a hollow on his father’s farm. As the lead of PNH, Higbee delivered wild and energetic concerts across the country on stages, rooftops, and any other platform from which Higbee could fathom a way to play. His extraordinary fiddle playing became widely known and he was asked to play fiddle alongside music icon Charlie Daniels. PNH performed for seven years, acquiring an international fan base, distributing three records and releasing a No. 2 nationally rated video, "Mr. Right Now," starring Ben Roethlisberger, quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

As a solo artist, Higbee has retained the dedicated, loyal PNH fan base while attracting thousands of new fans called "Higbillies," who follow him from show-to-show. Higbee has released two solo CDs and is enjoying international support of his hits "Fiddles Rock," "Roll on By," "Alright Tonight," "Barn Party" and "Guilty as Charged." Higbee is currently performing to large crowds and featuring songs from his self-titled albums including, "Write to Me," a song dedicated to his wife Melissa, who is currently serving her country and is an Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran.

Since its inception in 1990, the Strimbu Memorial Fund has provided millions of dollars in donations and scholarships. The fund also supports local economic development and many charitable organizations. Ninety-nine percent of the proceeds of the Strimbu BBQ go to these scholarships and grants.

"The Strimbu Memorial Fund was created to perpetuate the work of the late Tom and Nick Strimbu Jr., who had a passion for leading individuals and economic development agencies in order to attract, assist and retain the industrial base of the valley," said Board President Paul O’Brien. "In addition, when the Strimbu Memorial Fund awards scholarships to area students, we are investing in the life of a person—and that is worth millions."

The BBQ is also known for its giveaway of a bag of Vidalia onions to all those in attendance. "This tradition started as the Strimbu family always brought back Vidalia onions from the South to give to their friends, explained O’Brien."

The event will also feature both silent and live auctions, with many unique items such as utility vehicles, travel packages, Lake Erie walleye fishing trips, sporting event tickets and loges, and assorted jewelry items, just to name a few.

Tickets are $90 and are available by calling John Holliday at 724.699.8869.

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For more information:
Corliss Marketing Communications
Jean A. Corliss-President
330.720.6138
info@corlissmarketing.com

 


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Our Address:
The Strimbu Memorial Fund
P.O. Box 268
Brookfield, OH 44403

THE 2017 STRIMBU MEMORIAL BARBEQUE

Sponsored by First National Bank

DATE: Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017
TIME: 5:00PM
LOCATION:
Yankee Lake Ballroom
Brookfield, OH

Appetizers 5:30-7:00pm · Dinner 6:30-9:00pm
Catered by Jeffrey Chrystal Catering
Entertainment by Southern Detour

Tickets $90 Each

ORDER TICKETS ONLINE HERE

Or contact any SMF board member
Or call 330-448-4046, ext. 134





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