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Coshocton Foundation announces grants

| March 27, 2020

The trustees of the Coshocton Foundation have announced two, $20,000 grants to local organizations providing local citizens and small businesses relief from the economic impact of the COVID-19 virus. The first grant, from the Joseph W., Fred E. and Helen LeRetilley Johnston Fund, was awarded to the United Way of Coshocton County for their COVID-19 emergency response fund.

The United Way Board will administer the granting of funds to local qualifying charitable organizations operating on the front lines in providing local individuals and families with assistance in dealing with the economic challenges presented by them having been ordered to shelter at home.

“Mr. Johnston, a long-time automobile dealership owner in Coshocton, remained throughout his life, a champion of Coshocton County,” said Bob Pell, the foundation’s executive director. “He established not only scholarship funds for local students, but also the largest single bequest of the Coshocton Foundation for the benefit of our community.”

Johnston was named the 1995 winner of the Coshocton Chamber of Commerce esteemed Coshoctonian award.

The second grant, from the Edwin F. Mulligan Endowment Fund, was awarded to the Coshocton Port Authority for their emergency fund. The Port Authority Board will administer the funds in order to assist local small business owners with rent or lease and utility payments, enabling them to meet their obligations at a time when their income is severely restricted due to the concerted efforts to reduce exposure to the COVID-19 virus in our community.

“As CEO of Jones Metal Products, Mr. Mulligan not only provided employment for many local individuals, his community involvement continued to his later years,” Pell said. “He established a fund at the Coshocton Foundation to benefit local aquatic endeavors, to memorialize his late wife Janet, who was a swimmer in the Senior Olympics. That fund continues to this day and has assisted local pools and swim programs. Before his death, he established another fund, which is being used for this endeavor, to benefit the community needs as may be determined by the Coshocton Foundation Trustees.”

Mulligan was named Coshoctonian in 1997.

It is the hope of the Coshocton Foundation Trustees, that in announcing these grants, other community members who are in a position to offer assistance will be encouraged to also contribute to these emergency funds.

The Coshocton Foundation was established in 1966 through the Last Will and Testament of local merchant Adolph Golden and to-date has distributed $8.5 million in grants to community organizations from its unrestricted fund.  In addition, the foundation has 159 restricted funds from which distributions are made for specific purposes. More information about the Coshocton Foundation can be found at www.coshoctonfoundation.org.

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