Strimbu Memorial Fund Awards Over $189,000 in Grants in 2023

At its recent annual Gift Giving meeting the Strimbu Memorial Fund Board of Directors voted to disperse over $189,000 in grant allocations to local economic development and charitable organizations during 2023.

  • Leadership Scholarships for high school students
  • American Red Cross-home fire campaign in Trumbull co.
  • Buhl Park
  • Cadence Care Network-Trumbull County
  • Betterment of Valley Fund
  • LIFT-lifting individuals for the trades.
  • Penn Northwest Development
  • St. Vincent De Paul-Training people to become self-sufficient
  • Inspiring Minds
  • Joshua’s Haven-City Mission
  • Prince of Peace
  • Hope Cat-Training Center for Arts and Technology
  • Mercer County Coalition for Drug Awareness-Life skills
  • Building of Hope
  • Vine Work Initiative/Eagles Nest-housing and teaching single mothers life skills
  • Three local individual families in need
  • Salvation Army-Pathway of Hope
  • West Hill Ministries
  • United Way of Mercer County-Success by Six program
  • Meals on Wheels-Shenango Valley &Trumbull county
  • Waterfire
  • The Buhl Community Recreation Center
  • Healthy Hearts & Paws Project
  • Flying High with Horses-veterans and handicapped program
  • Gabba Camp
  • City of Farrell-Shop with a Cop
  • Childrens Rehabilitation Center
  • YWCA of Mahoning County
  • Mahoning Valley Hope Center

Total grants in 2023 totaled $189,750.00.

“The Strimbu Memorial Fund awarded these grants to help local organizations assist those in need, in our community. Our local organizations have established programs that have attained successful results in assisting the less fortunate,” said Bill Strimbu. “We also have supported local economic development and job training initiatives to help lift individual’s standard of living.”

Since its creation in 1990, the Strimbu Memorial Fund has provided over $4.5 million in donations to local economic development, individuals, scholarships and charitable organizations.

“We continue to perpetuate the legacy of Nick Strimbu Jr. of philanthropic giving to assist with the needs of our community,” said President of the Board Jim Grasso. “Now in our 35th year, we still aspire to give a hand up, not a hand out.”

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33rd Annual Strimbu Memorial Fund Awards

The 33rd Annual Strimbu Bar-B-Que was held on May 4th, 2022.

Since its inception in 1990, the Strimbu Memorial Fund has provided over $3.6 million in support of academic scholarships, local economic development, individuals in need and numerous charitable organizations. This year it awarded $37,000 in scholarships to local high school students.

“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. “Although we had to reschedule this year’s event because of the coronavirus, the board of directors felt that it was so very important to continue our mission of assisting area students with a scholarship.”

This year, the fund awarded $2,000 scholarships to 14 local high school seniors and an additional $10,000 scholarship to the overall winner. 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.

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

2022 Scholarship Winners
Carter Burnett
Badger High School
Scholarship sponsored by Miller Livestock
Kaitlyn Carsone
Brookfield High School
Scholarship sponsored by Kirila Family Fund
Sanaa Brodie
Farrell High School
Scholarship sponsored by Ziegler Tire
Camryn Warner
Greenville High School
Scholarship sponsored by Primary Health Network Charitable Foundation
Grace Catalon
Hickory High School
Scholarship sponsored by Matune/Basile Advisors
Emily McNichol
Hubbard High School
Scholarship sponsored by Truck World, Inc.
Jordan Lewis
Kennedy Catholic High School
Scholarship sponsored by National Interstate Insurance
Allison Redman
Lakeview (OH) High School
Scholarship sponsored by Farmers National Bank
Emma Gates
Mathews High School
Scholarship sponsored by Governor Insurance
Halyn Cawthorne
Reynolds High School
Scholarship sponsored by Reynolds Services, Inc.
Jason Stanek
Sharon High School
Scholarship sponsored by JCL Development
Olivia White
Sharpsville High School
Scholarship sponsored by The Grandy Family in memory of Gary “Gus” Grandy
Rachel Varga
Warren JFK High School
Scholarship sponsored by Huntington Bank
Taylor Tomko
West Middlesex High School
Scholarship sponsored by Hill, Barth & King

The overall winner was Kaitlyn Carsone from Brookfield. She received 10,000.00.

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

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Strimbu Memorial Fund Awards $152,000 in Grants

At its recent 33rd Annual Gift Giving meeting the Strimbu Memorial Fund Board of Directors voted to disperse over $152,000 in grant allocations to local economic development and charitable organizations.

  • American Red Cross
  • Buhl Park Corporation
  • New Life Baptist Church/Building of Hope
  • Cadence Care Network
  • Vine Work Initiatives/Eagle’s Nest
  • Hope Center for Arts & Technology (HopeCat)
  • Inspiring Minds
  • Joshua’s Haven
  • Community Foundation – LIFT Program
  • Mercer County Coalition for Drug Awareness
  • Mercer County Mentoring
  • Penn Northwest Development Corporation
  • Prince of Peace
  • Salvation Army
  • Trumbull Mobile Meals
  • United Way of Mercer County
  • Brookfield Police Department
  • Family In Need – Transplant
  • Family In Need – Bereavement

 

“The Strimbu Memorial Fund awarded these grants to help local organizations assist those in need, in our community. Our local organizations have established programs that have attained successful results in assisting the less fortunate,” said Bill Strimbu. “We also have supported local economic development and job training initiatives to help lift individual’s standard of living.”

Since its creation in 1990, the Strimbu Memorial Fund has provided over $4 million in donations to local economic development, individuals, scholarships and charitable organizations.

“We continue to perpetuate the legacy of Nick Strimbu Jr. of philanthropic giving to assist with the needs of our community,” said President of the Board Jim Grasso. “Now in our 33rd year, we still aspire to give a hand up, not a hand out.”

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32nd Annual Strimbu Memorial Fund Awards

The 32nd Annual Strimbu Bar-B-Que was held on May 5th, 2021.

Since its inception in 1990, the Strimbu Memorial Fund has provided over $3.6 million in support of academic scholarships, local economic development, individuals in need and numerous charitable organizations. This year it awarded $37,000 in scholarships to local high school students.

“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. “Although we had to reschedule this year’s event because of the coronavirus, the board of directors felt that it was so very important to continue our mission of assisting area students with a scholarship.”

This year, the fund awarded $2,000 scholarships to 13 local high school seniors and an additional $10,000 scholarship to the overall winner. 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.

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

2021 Scholarship Winners
Analyse Sutton
Badger High School
Scholarship sponsored by Miller Livestock
Constance Devine
Brookfield High School
Scholarship sponsored by Kirila Family Fund
Gary Satterwhite
Farrell High School
Scholarship sponsored by AIM Integrated Logistics
Jacqueline Hittle
Greenville High School
Scholarship sponsored by Primary Health Network Foundation
Gianna Brown
Hickory High School
Scholarship sponsored by Matune/Basile Advisors
Andrew Frank
Hubbard High School
Scholarship sponsored by Truck World, Inc.
Ryan McCarthy
Kennedy Catholic High School
Scholarship sponsored by National Interstate Insurance
Taylor Garvin
Lakeview (OH) High School
Scholarship sponsored by The Whetstone Family & Toyota of Warren
Isabella Spano
Mathews High School
Scholarship sponsored by Governor Insurance
Rebekah Gaber
Reynolds High School
Scholarship sponsored by Reynolds Services, Inc.
Gianna Labbiento
Sharon High School
Scholarship sponsored by JCL Development
Lauren Mehler
Sharpsville High School
Scholarship sponsored by The Grandy Family in memory of Gary “Gus” Grandy
Cameron Hollobaugh
Warren JFK High School
Scholarship sponsored by HUB
Kaiya Garrett
West Middlesex High School
Scholarship sponsored by Mobile Bail Bonds

 

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

 

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Strimbu Memorial Fund Awards $148,500 in Grants

At its recent 32nd Annual Gift Giving meeting the Strimbu Memorial Fund Board of Directors voted to disperse over $148,500 in grant allocations to local economic development and charitable organizations.

Even in the midst of the pandemic, the Strimbu Memorial Fund continued to give a hand up to the following organizations in 2020. We commend them for their service to our community. Grants awarded total nearly $148,500.

  • American Red Cross-Greater Akron & the Mahoning Valley Chapter
  • Building of Hope
  • COVID-19 Grant to Trumbull County
  • Freedom Warrior Charitable Fund
  • Hope Center for Arts & Technology (HopeCat)
  • Inspiring Minds
  • Joshua’s Haven
  • Leadership Scholarships
  • Mercer County Coalition for Drug Awareness
  • Mercer County Mentoring
  • PA/OH Gives
  • Penn Northwest Development Corporation
  • Raw Boxing & Fitness Community Center
  • St. Vincent DePaul Society
  • Salvation Army of Sharon
  • Shenango Valley Meals on Wheels
  • Single Mother with Cancer
  • Trumbull Mobile Meals
  • United Way of Mercer County-Success by Six
  • Vinework Initiatives-Eagle’s Nest

 

“The Strimbu Memorial Fund awarded these grants to assist in these organization’s development efforts and take care of the basic needs of food, shelter and clothing,” said Bill Strimbu. “Their work is extremely important and beneficial to our surrounding communities.”

Also at its Annual Gift Giving meeting, Bernie Carpenter, Harrison Strimbu, Robert Kokor, Jim Grasso, Ron Rice and Bill Strimbu were re-elected to terms ending in 2023.

Since its creation in 1990, the Strimbu Memorial Fund has provided over $3.8 million in donations to local economic development, individuals, scholarships and charitable organizations.

“We continue to perpetuate the legacy of Nick Strimbu Jr. of philanthropic giving to assist with the needs of our community,” said President of the Board Jim Grasso. “Now in our 32nd year, we still aspire to give a hand up, not a hand out.”

Strimbu Memorial Fund board cancels May BBQ

Scholarships will still be awarded

The Strimbu Memorial Fund Board of Directors has announced the cancellation of the 31st Annual Strimbu Memorial Fund Bar-b-Que that had been planned for May 6, due to the outbreak of COVID-19. However, the fund will still award leadership college scholarships to qualified high school seniors from local school districts as it has done at previous bar-b-ques. The next bar-b-que will now be May 5, 2021. Since its inception in 1990, the SMF has provided $3.6 million in scholarships and has supported a variety of economic development and charitable causes.

 

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Strimbu Memorial Fund Distributes $200,000 in Grants

SHARON, PENN. — At its recent 31st Annual Gift Giving meeting the Strimbu Memorial Fund Board of Directors voted to disperse grant allocations to local economic development and charitable organizations approaching $200,000 in annual gifts.

On Dec. 19, individuals representing these non-profits, charitable groups and those organizations involved in economic advancement, gathered at Penn-Northwest Development Corp. in Sharon, Pa., to receive their grants distributed by the Strimbu Memorial Fund Board of Directors.

Grants were awarded to the following organizations:

  • Brookfield Community Park
  • Brookfield Police Dept.
  • Buhl Club
  • Building of Hope
  • Children’s Center of Mercer County
  • Community Library of the Shenango Valley
  • Eagle’s Nest Life Equipping Center
  • EOMAC-Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Guardian’s Nest
  • Inspiring Minds
  • Joshua’s Haven
  • Kinsman American Legion
  • L.I.F.T. (Lifting Individuals for the Trades)
  • Meals on Wheels Shenango Valley
  • Meals on Wheels Trumbull County
  • Mercer County Coalition for Drug Awareness Program
  • Mercer County Mentoring
  • Penn-Northwest Development Corp.
  • Prince of Peace AWESOME Program
  • Shop with a Cop Program—Farrell
  • The American Red Cross, Lake to River Chapter
  • The Hope Center for Arts & Technology
  • The Salvation Army—Sharon
  • United Way of Mercer County—Success by Six Program
  • Valley Shenango Economic Development Corp.
  • Waterfire Sharon
  • West Hill Ministries

 

“The Strimbu Memorial Fund awarded these grants to assist in these organization’s 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, Jim Grasso, president; Gary Hoff, vice president; Frank Krieder, treasurer; and John Matune, secretary; were re-elected to terms ending in 2021. Also re-elected to terms ending in 2022 were Gary Hoff, Frank Krieder, Nancy Lukasko, Spencer Strimbu, Dustin Ghizzoni, Nick Strimbu, Frank Vendemia and Kara Kasula.

Since its creation in 1990, the Strimbu Memorial Fund has provided over $3.6 million in donations to local economic development, individuals, scholarships and charitable organizations. Just this past year, the fund awarded more than $160,000 in such grants and scholarships to local students.

“Now in our 31st year, with the tradition of giving started by the example set by Nick Strimbu Jr. during his lifetime, we continue to perpetuate his legacy of philanthropic giving to assist with the needs of our community,” said President of the Board Jim Grasso. He added: “We aspire to give a hand up, not a hand out.”

The 23th Annual Wild Game Dinner is being planned for Feb. 16, 2020, along with the 31st Annual Strimbu Memorial BBQ set for May 6, 2020. 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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Strimbu continues legacy of hard work, charity; patriarch believed there was no finer place than the Shenango Valley

When Bill Strimbu was a young man, his father, Nick Strimbu Jr., asked him about his plans for the future.

“Like most of us, my goal was to get out of this area,” Bill said.

His father listened, and then gave his son a bit of advice.

“He said, ‘Let me tell you something. I have lived all over country, and I have never found finer people than the people in the Shenango Valley.”

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Our view: Less fortunate reborn with help from Strimbu Memorial Fund

IT STARTED as an idea about doing something to honor a man whose message of giving back inspired his children and grandchildren.

And now, three decades later, the Strimbu Memorial Fund is making a difference for thousands of families across the region.

Each year, the fund’s annual barbecue raises money to support the mission that Nick Strimbu Jr. repeated over and over to his children — give back to and support your community.

It is obvious it is working.

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Tickets on sale for 30th annual Strimbu Memorial Fund barbecue May 1

BROOKFIELD — The Strimbu Memorial Fund’s 30th annual Strimbu Memorial Barbecue will be May 1 at Yankee Lake Ballroom.

The event is a significant fundraiser for the memorial fund, which has provided more than $3.5 million to support academic scholarships, local economic development groups, non-profit organizations and other charitable ventures since its inception in 1990.

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