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Gillmor Charitable Foundation Awards 2022 Scholarship

Posted by on May 19, 2022 at 2:25 PM

(TIFFIN, OH) — The Gillmor Charitable Foundation are pleased to announce the recipient of its annual scholarship award.

 Grace Dohanyos

Grace Dohanyos, daughter of Jeff and Shelly Dohanyos, is the recipient of the third annual Gillmor Charitable Foundation Scholarship. Grace will be attending Heidelberg University in the fall, where she plans to study health science. She is a graduate of Hopewell-Loudon High School, where she participated in volleyball, cheer and the school musical, and was a member of S.A.D.D., Spanish Club, and National Honor Society. She also received multiple National Machinery Citizenship awards. Grace has served the local community in various ways, including helping to organize and plan the Serving for Shelbi volleyball game, working the concession stand at athletic events, donating blood, and working at a local soup kitchen.

This marks the third year for the Gillmor Charitable Foundation Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a local high school student who will be attending Tiffin University or Heidelberg University.

Eric J. Willman Appointed Trustee of Gillmor Charitable Foundation Board

Posted by on July 8, 2021 at 7:40 AM

(TIFFIN, OH) — The Gillmor Charitable Foundation is pleased to announce that Eric J. Willman has been appointed to its Board of Trustees. Founded in 1992 in memory of Paul “PM” and Lucy J. Gillmor, the Foundation is committed to funding charitable requests that will positively impact the citizens of Seneca and Sandusky Counties. 

Willman currently serves as a Vice President and Project Management Officer for Old Fort Banking Company, and holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Dayton. He first started working at Old Fort Bank in 2011, and has over 19 years of experience in banking.

 “The Gillmor Charitable Foundation has a long history of charitable contributions that make a meaningful impact on the Seneca and Sandusky County communities, and Eric’s involvement with various community initiatives aligns with this effort,” said Michael C. Spragg, who serves as Chairman of the Foundation Board and President & CEO of The Old Fort Banking Company. “We are pleased to welcome him to the Board, and know he will make worthwhile contributions to its overall mission and vision.”

 Willman’s community and civic involvement currently includes, or has previously included, roles as Board Member, Officer or Volunteer for the following local organizations: Camp Fire NW Ohio, Ritz Theater, Tiffin-Seneca Heritage Festival, Tiffin-Seneca United Way, Ohio Heritage School Days, Kiwanis Club and Foundation of Tiffin, Heidelberg University School of Business, Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce, Tiffin Bicentennial Planning Committee, and various youth and school sports organizations.

 “I am honored at the opportunity to join the Board of Trustees for the Gillmor Charitable Foundation,” said Willman. “As an employee, resident and parent that resides in Seneca County, I am excited to help carry on the tradition of the Gillmor Foundation’s efforts to improve both the lives and communities in which we serve.”


Gillmor Charitable Foundation Awards 2021 Scholarship

Posted by on June 9, 2021 at 9:00 AM

(TIFFIN, OH) — The Gillmor Charitable Foundation is proud to announce the recipient of its 2021 scholarship.

MaKenzie Brooks, daughter of Dustin and Kelli Brooks, is the recipient of the second annual Gillmor Charitable Foundation Scholarship. MaKenzie will be attending Heidelberg University in the fall, where she plans to study psychology. MaKenzie is a graduate of Clyde High School, where she was a member of National Honor Society, Key Club, Science Club, Spanish Club and Teen Leadership Corps. She also actively volunteered in the community, and helped support local initiatives such as Alexa’s Butterflies of Hope, and Clyde Back Door Food Pantry, among others.

This Gillmor Charitable Foundation Scholarship is awarded annually to a local high school student who will be attending Tiffin University or Heidelberg University. 


Old Fort Bank, Gillmor Charitable Foundation Exceed $2M in Charitable Giving

Posted by on November 23, 2020 at 11:20 AM

(TIFFIN, OH) – Old Fort Banking Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gillmor Financial Services Inc., and the Gillmor Charitable Foundation, are proud to announce that together they have surpassed $2 million in charitable donations since 2007.


“Giving back to the communities we serve has been a cornerstone of Old Fort Banking Company’s mission since its founding in 1916,” said Old Fort Banking Company President & CEO Michael C. Spragg. “We are proud to have reached this milestone, and it would not have been possible without the wonderful support of our clients.”


The Bank regularly gives to local causes in all forms, large and small. Since 2007, it has served as a sponsor and donor for numerous initiatives, including local events, charitable auctions, benefits, sports teams, golf outings, and more. Past recipients have included: Tiffin University, Heidelberg University, The Ritz Theatre, Terra Community College, Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership, Hayes Presidential Center, The United Way of Seneca County, Fremont Memorial Hospital Foundation, and several others.


In addition, the Bank has contributed thousands of dollars in scholarship funds through its annual Old Fort Banking Company and Gillmor Foundation Scholarships, which have been awarded to more than 80 local high school seniors since 1994.


The Gillmor Charitable Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting the wellbeing of citizens in Seneca and Sandusky counties, has awarded funding to numerous local organizations, including: YMCA of Bucyrus-Tiffin, Grace Lutheran Church, Pleasant Union Cemetery, SCAT, Fostoria Learning Center, Black Swamp Area Boy Scouts, The American Civil War Museum of Ohio, and many more.


“We have always been firm believers in the power of philanthropy, and what it can do for the health of the communities we serve. In a mutually beneficial relationship, we thrive when those communities are healthy, secure and prosperous,” said Spragg. “While we are very proud to celebrate this milestone, we have already begun looking ahead and will continue our dedication to community support and service, just as we always have.”


GCF Helps Fund Tiffin-Community YMCA Playground Project

Posted by on September 21, 2020 at 11:30 AM

(TIFFIN) – The Gillmor Charitable Foundation is proud to announce a recent donation of $5,000 to the Tiffin Community YMCA Recreation Center, which assisted with funding of a playground for the children at the center’s daycare facility. 

The center had recently moved its daycare program to the YMCA facility from an off-site location, and did not have close access to a playground for children until local donors stepped in. The Gillmor Charitable Foundation, the Tiffin Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Council and the Lowes Heroes Program all helped fund the playground, which was developed on an unused landscaping plot.

In addition to receiving local donations, the project was a true community-wide collaboration as multiple local community leaders and volunteers, including the Tiffin-Columbian football team, stepped in to assist with the installation of the new equipment.

The playground was $25,000 project total, that now provides convenient and fun access to the children of the daycare facility.


Gillmor Foundation Awards Newly-Created Scholarship to Local Student

Posted by on June 22, 2020 at 10:45 AM

(TIFFIN, OH) — The Gillmor Charitable Foundation is proud to announce the recipient of its 2020 scholarship. 

Gillmor Foundation Presents Scholarship to Murissa Drown

Murissa Drown, daughter of David and Monica Kohler, is the recipient of the first annual Gillmor Foundation Scholarship in the amount of $2,500. Drown plans to attend Heidelberg University where she will play softball and major in Early Childhood Education. She is a graduate of Clyde High School, where she was a four-year letterman in softball, a percussionist in concert band, and a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Science Club, and Prepare for Success Club. She also served on the Prom Committee.

 This year, due to COVID-19, the scholarship award to was presented to Drown in in person by Marketing Officer Elizabeth Riggs, who personally delivered awards to the Foundation and Old Fort Bank scholarship winners, and wished them well on their future endeavors.

This is the first year for the Gillmor Charitable Foundation Scholarship.

OFBC, Gillmor Charitable Foundation Donate $10,000 to First Call For Help

Posted by on May 7, 2020 at 10:55 AM

(TIFFIN, OH) — The Old Fort Banking Company and the Gillmor Charitable Foundation are proud to announce their recent donation of $10,000 to First Call for Help (FCFH), a program of Tiffin-Seneca United Way that provides an essential role in maintaining the wellbeing of the Tiffin community and Seneca County.

This is the Bank’s second donation to Tiffin-Seneca United Way in less than a month, after giving $10,000 to the organization’s newly-created COVID-19 Disaster Fund in early April, which is assisting members of the community who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

“We wanted to direct resources that make a meaningful difference to the people who live and work in the communities in which we operate,” said Michael C. Spragg, President & CEO of Old Fort Banking Company, and Chairman of the Gillmor Charitable Foundation. “Knowing that FCFH is there to guide people to the appropriate services where they can find the help they need is crucial. This is especially true during these most unprecedented times.”

FCFH is a safety net service, offering both information and referral as well as financial services to members of the community.

“Its purpose is to help improve the lives of members of our community, regardless of their circumstances or social standing,” said Tiffin-Seneca United Way Executive Director Kari Steele. “Donations made to this agency will directly benefit your friends and neighbors by providing for their varied needs.”

“During this pandemic, we have been doing what we can to meet the needs of those most affected, by assisting with rent and utilities. Unfortunately, there are other needs confronting community members which fall outside the scope of the COVID-19 program. This generous donation is going to assist First Call For Help address some of those issues,” Steele said.

With a history of community giving and philanthropy, Old Fort Bank is devoted to the communities it serves, and proud to help provide assistance during these unchartered times.

“Long before the coronavirus began disrupting our daily lives, Old Fort Bank was already actively helping those who were the most vulnerable, and we will continue to take the steps necessary to support our clients, associates and communities,” said Spragg.