ASHTABULA — The Ashtabula County Board of Realtors (ABCOR) presented the Civic Development Corporation (CDC) with the first donation toward Campaign 2020 – Shared Vision: A Community Blueprint.
The $10,000 donation was presented to CDC Executive Director Amanda Tirotta on Sept. 11 by ACBOR leaders.
The Ashtabula County realtors host a golf outing annually and have named CDC the beneficiary for the last three years. In the two previous years the organization donated $5,000 to CDC.
Vicki Miller, event organizer and realtor for Berkshire Hathaway, was committed to doubling the gift in 2019 to kick-off the new campaign.
Campaigns take place every five years to raise money for various capital improvement projects across the county. The 2020 campaign focus is on projects that provide opportunities for families and children to enjoy the natural resources, such as waterways and green space throughout Ashtabula County.
CDC received applications from 19 non-profit organizations from throughout the county.
The CDC board is currently reviewing projects that were submitted to determine which projects will be included in the 2020 campaign and to set the fundraising goal.
Brian Diehl, CDC board member and campaign chairman, said he’s projecting a campaign goal higher than the goal from five years ago.
“There are so many great things happening in our county and CDC is committed to providing capital resources to keep the momentum going,” he said.
Miller said she didn’t realize the impact CDC has on growth in Ashtabula County.
“I encourage everyone to visit the CDC website to see all of the great projects this organization has been a part of,” she said. “The parks, trails and outdoor resources your family uses quite possibly have a connection to CDC.”
The Civic Development Corporation of Ashtabula County is celebrating 60 years of supporting capital improvement projects in the county.
“We want to thank all of our past trustees, board members, donors, and supporters who have kept our organization active in Ashtabula County,” said Steve Varckette, CDC board president. “The future is bright.”