SUPPORTING NATURE IN TIPP CITY

SUPPORTING NATURE IN TIPP CITY

If you would like to support the dreams of Roger Presley and Warren Miltenberger to keep nature in Tipp City as accessible as possible, please consider a gift to the Warren E. Miltenberger Parkland Fund.

Caring for our natural areas is the role of one Tipp City Foundation endowment fund.  The Warren E. Miltenberger Parkland Fund, founded in 2008, annually partners with the City of Tipp City’s work in the out-of-doors through the upkeep, maintenance, and preservation of public parkland and natural areas.

Recently, grants from this fund have included projects to…
Expand the walking path around City Park with a 180’ addition
Quench the thirst of folks on the go (and their 4-legged pals) by purchasing pet-friendly drinking fountains in Kyle & Canal Lock Parks
Build the Canal Lock Park pavilion and equip it with a picnic table, grill and bike rack
Support equestrian trails with the purchase of an information kiosk, mounting block, hitching rail and other amenities for riders
The Parks Department relies on this partnership to fill in financial gaps for amenities sometimes not in the budget. The Roger Presley Nature Trail is a project the City plans to turn to the Foundation for next.

To support the Warren E. Miltenberger Parkland Fund or learn how the Tipp City Foundation impacts the Tipp City and Bethel communities, please visit www.tippfoundation.org.

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THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
All marketing activities of the Foundation is 100% underwritten by generous sponsors. Please contact us at info@tippfoundation.org for information on how your business or organization can become our partner in philanthropy. 

  • Silver Sponsor – Thrivent Financial (Matt Buehrer)
  • Bronze Sponsors – Advanced Machinery Companies; Dunaway Family Foundation; Dungan & LeFevre; Ever-Green Turf & Landscape; Gibson Law Offices; Monroe Federal Savings and Loan; New Carlisle Federal Savings Bank; Pickrel, Schaeffer and Ebeling; Unity National Bank
  • Friend Sponsors – Captor Corp.; Edward Jones (Neil Nehring); Frings & Bayliff Funeral Home; Minster Bank; RSM US; Turnstone Financial; US Bank

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EMOTIONAL WELLBEING CONTINUES TO ATTRACT GRANTS

EMOTIONAL WELLBEING CONTINUES TO ATTRACT GRANTS

We have a new look! Thanks to Rob Bertke at Bertke Creative for updating our website and to The Troy Foundation for making online donations to the Tipp City Foundation effortless. Check it out here!

For the second straight quarter, grant requests presented to the Tipp City Foundation weighted towards supporting pressing emotional and behavioral health issues.  Two of the grant awards – Hope House and Hope Squad – are new initiatives to the Foundation. As is often the case, the needs within the community outweigh the available dollars to award.

Some of the grant awards listed represent urgent social issues to our region. Opioid addiction services and teen suicide prevention could not be more critical to a healthy community. The Foundation is proud to support those on the front lines addressing these crises.

Ultimately, six organizations were chosen to receive eight awards totaling $17.890.00. The following is a list of recipients, award levels and the impact grants will make.

Bethel Local Schools, $3,850.00, helps send 70 students to Nashville in Spring 2020 to participate in the Nashville Heritage Festival. The visit includes the opportunity to participate in a masterclass with musical clinicians.

Miami County Recovery Council, $3,000.00, defrays operating expenses for Hope House, a residential opiate withdrawal management facility. Located in Troy, it is the only facility of its kind in the Miami Valley.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Miami Valley Region, $1,000.00, aids families as they grapple with their child’s illness during their stay at Dayton Children’s Hospital. Last year, 43 families from the Bethel/Tipp City community benefitted from their support. Services include a bite to eat, a place to do laundry and a private spot for a quick shower…all while staying close to their hospitalized child.

Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, $3,000.00, supports Hope Squad in the high school, promoting mental wellness, hope and a positive environment towards suicide prevention. This peer-based program is the first of its kind in Miami County.

Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, $540.00, buys the middle school’s Academic Quiz Team new buzzer systems for practice and competition. 

Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, $500.00, invites Madcap Puppets to a one-week Artist in Residency program at Nevin Coppock Elementary School. Blending world literature, fine and performing arts and storytelling, kindergarten and 1st graders will have hands-on experiences with an art form dating back to 5th Century BC.

Tippecanoe STEM Education, Inc., $1,000.00, upgrades the high school science department equipment to more closely reflect what students will encounter in college and on the job. Specifically, Vernier LabQuest2 Bluetooth-enabled sensors will now round out the testing lab. 

We Care Arts, $5,000.00, opens the doors for young people with profound physical and developmental disabilities as they participate in Transition to Work and after-school classes. This learning is available year-round in Downtown Tipp City and in Tippecanoe High School during the school year.

The deadline for 4Q grant submissions is December 1. If you would like information about how to apply for a grant, please contact Jim Ranft at (937) 528-2482.

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THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
All marketing activities of the Foundation is 100% underwritten by generous sponsors. Please contact us at info@tippfoundation.org for information on how your business or organization can become our partner in philanthropy. 

  • Silver Sponsor – Thrivent Financial (Matt Buehrer)
  • Bronze Sponsors – Advanced Machinery Companies; Dunaway Family Foundation; Dungan & LeFevre; Ever-Green Turf & Landscape; Gibson Law Offices; Greenville Federal; Monroe Federal Savings and Loan; New Carlisle Federal Savings Bank; Pickrel, Schaeffer and Ebeling; Unity National Bank
  • Friend Sponsors – Captor Corp.; Edward Jones (Neil Nehring); Frings & Bayliff Funeral Home; Minster Bank; RSM US; Turnstone Financial; US Bank

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I’m Not Really Into Those Things!

I’m Not Really Into Those Things!

A few months back, I went to one of those big to-dos. You know the type, one of those events people plan for and talk about for some time. This event was the Diamond Jubilee of the Tipp City Foundation, the anniversary and celebration of a group of individuals originating 75 years earlier, with the sole purpose of creating a great community through a variety of endeavors for many folks whom they’ll probably never know. It happened out at the Willow Tree Inn west of town. 

We’ve all been to events like this in the past, where the speakers ramble on like an auctioneer at farm sale or my 10th grade civics teacher giving a discourse about the three branches of government. The type of night where your mind contemplates the hundreds of other things you could be doing, but only have the time to think about doing them when you’re attending a party. And then there are the buffets, which are usually nothing more than reheated ravioli, cheeses sticks, and a small salad bar. Given these experience at past events, usually I’m quite comfortable sitting in the back listening to those long-winded speakers, having a strong run at the buffet, and then quickly calling it a night.  

When I arrived, it was the typical experience. There were people socializing, engaging in small banter, imbibing in the spirits of adult beverage, all the while surveying the items available on the buffet catered by the Greenfire Bistro.

But this night was different. For starters, the food was good—real good. But even after I observed the enticing shrimp cocktail, which was calling my name like fried chicken at a family reunion, the funniest thing happened. I got a sense of a stronger community. One in which neighbors care for one another, legacy donors instilling support through gifts for future generations, and the common good is the goal of all. I heard some people talking about the new football stadium (the Foundation has supported it with its largest grant ever) and what it will mean to the community. I talked with one man who just retired and is looking forward to spending more time around town. He spoke to me about the great things the Tipp City Foundation is involved with and which he also supports. I even spoke with some people who I hadn’t seen in years, but happily acted like we were old friends.  As the night wound down, I congratulated Matt Buehrer, a local businessman, who was recognized as philanthropist of the year and we had a great conversation.  In fact, it seemed like the night ended all too quickly.

In the end, I found myself staying late to help clean up and stacking folding chairs. This reminded me of why I usually don’t enjoy these events, but it also gave me time to reflect on why this one was special. And that’s because all of us who had been there had gathered together because we had each been touched in one-way or another by the Tipp City Foundation’s generosity.  Whether it is the bike “fix-it” station, doggie fountain on the bike trail, the expanding tree grove in Kyle Park, the senior citizen center by the post office, the Tipp City Foundation truly has touched all of us. In fact, I’m sure it’s touched you too!

In my mind, I am wondering what their plans will be for next year. I sure hope they’ll have some more shrimp cocktail.  I’ve got my calendar open. 

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THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
All marketing activities of the Foundation is 100% underwritten by generous sponsors. Please contact us at info@tippfoundation.org for information on how your business or organization can become our partner in philanthropy. 

  • Silver Sponsor – Thrivent Financial (Matt Buehrer)
  • Bronze Sponsors – Advanced Machinery Companies; Dunaway Family Foundation; Dungan & LeFevre; Ever-Green Turf & Landscape; Gibson Law Offices; Monroe Federal Savings and Loan; New Carlisle Federal Savings Bank; Pickrel, Schaeffer and Ebeling; Unity National Bank
  • Friend Sponsors – Captor Corp.; Edward Jones (Neil Nehring); Frings & Bayliff Funeral Home; Minster Bank; RSM US; Turnstone Financial; US Bank

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IF YOU LISTEN CLOSELY…

IF YOU LISTEN CLOSELY…

I like a nice summer night – relaxing with the windows open and a cool breeze gently swaying the blinds. The kind of night where the crackle of a storm echoes through the radio and the soothing sound of a train whistle reverberates through the valley below. It provides a calming effect that declares all things are good in and around small-town Tipp City.

And speaking of trains, I′ve come to know a man who is weII-versed in trains. In fact, so well-versed that he′s spent his entire life “working on the railroad.′′ His name is Mr. Tim Drake. I got a chance to sit and chat with Tim and his wife Mindy in their cozy kitchen nook recently where they walked me through how their pursuit of a greater picture of community began. l was intrigued and got the sense of a strong bond, not with each other, although that was apparent, but with the community of which they are a part. While their bond with each other started in the late ’60s as childhood sweethearts at Tippecanoe, it culminated in a greater way when they spoke their vows in 1976. It was then that the bond with their beloved community became an active part of the Drake family.

As their story unfolds, I sense a Iot of excitement to the beginning of a worthwhile story, akin to sunflowers in the field rising high to an early morning spring sun. Soon after vows were spoken, Tim began his lengthy career as a civil engineer on the NorfoIk & Western railroad, now known as NorfoIk Southern railroad. Their Iife’s journey quickly took them away from small-town Tipp City with a move to Roanoke, Virginia. This move was the first of many for Tim and Mindy, as they moved eleven times in just over 14 years, spending time in areas such as Roanoke, VA, then Bellevue, OH, on to Portsmouth and Cleveland, OH, next to Atlanta, GA, and then off to Ft. Wayne, IN.

Through the first 14 years, their family grew as well. With the addition of four young ones along the way, this kept the Drake home alive and active. However, after so many moves with their children in tow, Mindy noted that ′’the kids were starting to show some “wear and tear’’ from all the moving. It was now 1990, and as Mindy went on to explain, both she and Tim decided “it was time for some stability in their lives,” with their oldest daughter Jennifer starting 7th grade. That′s when they put down stakes and built their home, where they still reside today, in Tipp City.

When it comes to railroads, Tim has covered a lot of ground. His knowledge of railroad supervision and infrastructure from being a Division Engineer and in charge of 2,500 miIes of tracks and a staff of more than 400 to a responsibility of managing 7,500 empIoyees and 21,000 miIes of track, he′s pretty much done it all. From maintaining a complex web of tracks, bridges, signals, right of ways and everything else in between, he puts the meaning behind “l’ve been working on the railroad.” To put that in perspective, that is the area from Buffalo to Chicago, Detroit to Cincinnati, and ultimately the entire eastern United States east of the Mississippi.

Meanwhile, Mindy, honing her skills as an LPN, began working at the Hyatt Center in Tipp. But her biggest responsibility was raising the children since Tim was often gone. As Tim modestly shares, she’s the “glue that held things together” with his travel schedule being as it was. But this didn’t sIow their vision for a better tomorrow for their community.

While the tracks have taken the children in different directions through the years and with a few of their children moving away, the family stays in close contact. Daughter Jennifer lives in Smithville, Missouri, with her husband and son. Another daughter Jessica lives in PIeasant Hill with her husband and two children. Youngest son Aaron, the “movie star/singer”  lives in St. Petersburg, Florida. And across the street is son Andy who is, as Tim states, his “savior”, handling the day-to-day functions of the Drake’s, as well as assisting with their raiIroad consulting company, known as TDCU.

Tim and Mindy Drake always held a spot in their heart for Tipp City and sought a way to give back, but figuring out the best way to impact the lives of fellow residents took some time. As Tim states, “peopIe are special here” and the thought held by both Tim and Mindy was “how can we give back to this place we have a passion for and love?” They decided to give back through the Tipp City Foundation and reached out to Mike LightIe, the Tipp City Foundation board president at that time. It was here that Tim and Mindy’s gift began to change lives – making broad strides in earIy-testing for peopIe with Parkinson’s and helping identify warning signs that are key to recognizing this terrible disease. The couple feIt that Parkinson’s was not getting the attention it deserved, and after Tim’s dad passed from Parkinson’s, they elevated their desire to help to a much higher level. Through meeting with officials at the state Ievel, along with Jenny Jones, they further strengthened the “Delay the Disease” program, an exercise program aimed with those afflicted with Parkinson′s. That is where they felt was a perfect place to start making an impact. 

With this thinking, the Drake FamiIy Fund was born. As part of this, all funding of enrollment costs towards this program and related testing costs are covered, with more than forty individuaIs last year alone taking advantage of these resources. “We feeI blessed to be able to provide through this commitment to the community.” But their giving doesn′t stop there. Through an innovative outreach, they also support Miami Bucks. This program provides trikes and bikes for special needs children, where bikes are custom made for each individual, thereby making the lives of these sometimes forgotten little ones much easier. But not only that, this outreach aIso bridges the gap for seniors and disabled aduIts, providing for mobility solutions needed to make their lives more fulfilling and rewarding.

Still feeling the need to fund additional outreaches, the Drakes have been involved lateIy with Heart & Soul, a community outreach in Pleasant Hill. This program assists those with the growing financial burdens related to dealing with medical issues. As Tim states, “we′ve seen the need of those type of difficuIties come to the forefront” with their son-in-law, who was recentIy diagnosed with cancer. That’s when Tim and Mindy felt a calling to do something more than what they were doing. Mindy is all too familiar with this disease, as her mother’s life was shortened by cancer. The Drakes′ goal is to eventually bring a similar program to the Tipp City area.

“The heart of our intentions is knowing what it’s Iike to deal with Parkinson’s and someone battling cancer. There are people in our community who are in dire need of help and those diseases test each family’s ability to stay resilient under the pressure.”

So, the next time you hear a train in the distance or are waiting at a railroad crossing, stop and think of the work of Tim who just started out by working on the railroad. Through both he and his wife’s consistent message of always giving back to their community and the feeling of making a difference in the lives of so many, you can do the same. 

In fact, if you listen cIoseIy I think l hear a distant whistIe. Do you? All aboard!

Donate to the Drake Family Fund

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THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
All marketing activities of the Foundation is 100% underwritten by generous sponsors. Please contact us at info@tippfoundation.org for information on how your business or organization can become our partner in philanthropy. 

  • Silver Sponsor – Thrivent Financial (Matt Buehrer)
  • Bronze Sponsors – Advanced Machinery Companies; Dunaway Family Foundation; Dungan & LeFevre; Ever-Green Turf & Landscape; Gibson Law Offices; Monroe Federal Savings and Loan; New Carlisle Federal Savings Bank; Pickrel, Schaeffer and Ebeling; Unity National Bank
  • Friend Sponsors – Captor Corp.; Edward Jones (Neil Nehring); Frings & Bayliff Funeral Home; Minster Bank; RSM US; Turnstone Financial; US Bank

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SCHOLARS BENEFIT FROM LOCAL ENDOWMENTS

SCHOLARS BENEFIT FROM LOCAL ENDOWMENTS

The Tipp City Foundation recently awarded over $28,000 in scholarships. Many scholarships went to graduating high school seniors while $12,000 went to renewable awards from prior years. 

Of the 44 endowment funds within the Foundation, 13 represent scholarships. Often these funds commemorate inspirational values of the scholarship founder; when this is the case, applicants are measured against those standards. Winners are determined through a vetting process led by an independent body of judges. To read more about the stories behind each of the scholarship funds or to apply for future scholarships, visit www.tippfoundation.org.

Graduates from Bethel, Miami East, Tippecanoe, and Troy Schools are represented. Scholarships were distributed during school and organization awards ceremonies.

Lester & Cleon Bowers Family Scholarship – Alivia Bevan

Jeanette C. Gaston Memorial Music Scholarship – Aubrey Beaty

Gilmore Family Scholarship – Leena Vyas

Life is a Journey: Don’t Stop Believing Scholarship – Katherine Castaneda

Katherine G. Lobo Memorial Scholarship – Savannah Koogler

McKee Family Matthew 5:16 Scholarship – Jackson Yeager

Sarah Merritt Memorial Scholarship – Brooke Aselage

John and Louise Miller Memorial Scholarship – Jessica Gilbride

Robert E. Nessle Memorial Scholarship – Abigail Cartwright

Elizabeth Spano Scholarship – Melanie Schall

Tipp City Rotary Club Scholarship – McKenzie Dean, Jessica Gilbride, Leena Vyas

Tipp City Rotary Club Renewal Scholarship – Taylor Haggerty, Evan Hawthorn, Jessica Hemmelgarn, Rachel Herrick, Maddie Loges, Jacob Miller, Kennedy Reeder, Olivia Rust, Merlinda Sewavi, Dylan Shomper, Alexis Turnbull, and Nicholas Wannamaker

Wenzlau Family Scholarship – Shannon Saylors

STAY CONNECTED
We’d love to stay in touch. Stay connected with the Tipp City Foundation by: Following us on Facebook or Instagram
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THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
All marketing activities of the Foundation is 100% underwritten by generous sponsors. Please contact us at info@tippfoundation.org for information on how your business or organization can become our partner in philanthropy. 

  • Silver Sponsor – Thrivent Financial (Matt Buehrer)
  • Bronze Sponsors – Advanced Machinery Companies; Dunaway Family Foundation; Dungan & LeFevre; Ever-Green Turf & Landscape; Gibson Law Offices; Monroe Federal Savings and Loan; New Carlisle Federal Savings Bank; Pickrel, Schaeffer and Ebeling; Unity National Bank
  • Friend Sponsors – Captor Corp.; Edward Jones (Neil Nehring); Frings & Bayliff Funeral Home; Minster Bank; RSM US; Turnstone Financial; US Bank

GOOD NEWS IS WORTH SHARING
Use the links below to share the TIPPing Point with friends and neighbors. Not a subscriber? Sign up here! If there is something you would like to see in future installments, please email news@tippfoundation.org. Your input is welcome and appreciated!