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.


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,