2017 "Building Momentum" Annual Celebration

The Bexley Community Foundation celebrated its seventh annual gathering and seven years of grant making with over 200 donors, volunteers, grantees and friends on Wednesday, September 27 at The Wells Barn at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The evening focused on community projects and programs funded by the Foundation, a presentation on the new 1908 Society and an announcement of the Jeffrey Mansion Project. Councilman Steve Keyes concluded the program with an original song. This year's recipients of the annual Cornerstone Award for Philanthropy and Service are Susie and Charlie Rath. Susie and Charlie have always been involved in our Bexley Community. At the Foundation, they have opened the Susie and Charlie Rath Creative Arts Fund in memory of Leland S. McClelland and Susie has served on the Bexley Beautification Fund Board of Trustees. Charlie has written, directed and helped produce videos each year for the Foundation as well.

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2016 "Because It's Bexley!" Annual Celebration

The Bexley Community Foundation celebrated its sixth annual gathering and six years of grant making with over 200 donors, volunteers, grantees and friends on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at The Wells Barn at Franklin Park Conservatory. The evening focused on community projects and programs funded by the Foundation and the theme Because it’s Bexley! Highlights from the evening included a performance by The Capitones, an acapella group from Capital University and the announcement of two new funds at the Foundation. The Anne and Sam Powers Fund has been established to promote positive sports experiences for children and youth who participate in school, recreational and other sports programs serving the Bexley community. Also, the establishment of the Bexley Public Library Community Author Series Fund of the Bexley Community Foundation will support an annual Bexley Community Author Series which is an event that brings authors of significance to Bexley to discuss their works and engage our community. The Foundation also announced a grant of $40,000 to the City of Bexley for a new community garden in North Bexley and reviewed other grants funded by the Foundation in 2016 including the 4th of July Celebration, restoration of the Drexel Theatre’s historic marquee, beautification projects and the new Alum Creek Park Athletic Fields. The Cornerstone Award for Philanthropy and Service is given each year to honor current or former Bexley residents who inspire and challenge us by their examples of exceptional service and giving to Bexley and the greater community. This year’s recipients were Peter and Janet Halliday. Pete and Janet were instrumental in starting the Bexley Community Foundation and its predecessor, the Bexley Heritage Fund. Pete served as the Foundation’s first Board Chair and continues as a member of the Board. Janet has been a member of the Grants Committee of the Foundation since its inception until 2015.

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2015 "Simply the Best" Annual Celebration

The Bexley Community Foundation celebrated its fifth annual gathering and five years of grant making with over 200 donors, volunteers, grantees and friends on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at The Columbus Foundation. The evening focused on community projects and programs funded by the Foundation that help make Bexley Simply the Best. Since 2011 the Foundation has invested over $615,000 in the Bexley community through 70 grants to local public entities and nonprofit organizations. Peter and Janet Halliday were the honorary chairs of the event. Pete and Janet were instrumental in starting the Bexley Community Foundation and its predecessor, the Bexley Heritage Fund. The Cornerstone Award for Philanthropy and Service is given each year to honor current or former Bexley residents who inspire and challenge us by their examples of exceptional service and giving to Bexley and the greater community. This year’s recipients were the Yenkin and Brachman Families which trace their Bexley roots to the purchase of the home at 381 South Drexel by Jacob and Mary Yenkin in 1928. Highlights from the evening included the presentation of the US, Ohio and City of Bexley flags by the Bexley Police Honor Guard, funded by a Foundation grant, and the announcement of the establishment of the Susie and Charlie Rath Creative Arts Fund in memory of Susie’s father, Leland S. McClelland. The evening concluded with an original song written by Steve Keyes and sung by Steve, Mayor Kessler and three local high school students. Bexley is "Simply the Best!"

2014 "Thinking About Tomorrow" Annual Celebration

Our fourth annual Fall Campaign Kick-off took place on October 7 at the Columbus Foundation emphasizing our community's bright future and the role of the Bexley Community Foundation in creating Bexley's tomorrow by the investments we make today. Barb and Gary Giller and Susie and Charlie Rath were honorary co-chairs of the event. The Foundation's Cornerstone Award for Philanthropy and Service is given each year at the event to honor current or former Bexley residents who inspire us by their exceptional service and giving to Bexley and the greater community. This year's award went to the members of Peletonia Team Bexley, rather than an individual. The Ohio State University (University Advancement and University Hospital East) was Gold Sponsor of the event.

2013 "Building Our Foundation" Annual Celebration

If you were lucky enough to attend our third annual Fall Campaign kick-off on October 2, you know it was Standing Room Only. The evening’s theme, “There’s Only One Bexley” was a heart-warming, exciting program that made all of us proud to be residents of the only Bexley in the U.S. Honorary chairs for the event were former Mayor David Madison and current Mayor Ben Kessler and his wife, Julie. The Cornerstone Award was given to Beth Grimes-Flood, a long-time supporter of Bexley as well as the greater Columbus community. Audience members heard from Major Grant Recipients, enjoyed amazing videos created by Charlie Rath and even listened to City Council Member Steve Keyes wrap up the program with an upbeat rendition of “Only You.” “There’s Only One Bexley” and the Bexley Community Foundation is proud to be part of our unique city.