Receiving Dienstberger grants Tuesday evening were, front from left, JoAn Smith, Delphos Rotary; Interim Superintendent Joel Hatfield, Delphos City Schools; Virginia Riffle, Community Health Professionals; Alice Curth, Delphos Senior Citizens, Inc.; Edna Fischer, Delphos Community Christmas Project; and John Nomina, Delphos Stadium Club; and back, Dr. Tom Morris, Delphos Kiwanis; Doug Ditto, Delphos Club and Boy Scouts; Chief Mark Slate, Delphos Police Department; Mike Will, Delphos Baseball/Softball Assoc.; and High School Principal Adam Lee, Delphos St. John’s Schools. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
Receiving Dienstberger grants Tuesday evening were, front from left, JoAn Smith, Delphos Rotary; Interim Superintendent Joel Hatfield, Delphos City Schools; Virginia Riffle, Community Health Professionals; Alice Curth, Delphos Senior Citizens, Inc.; Edna Fischer, Delphos Community Christmas Project; and John Nomina, Delphos Stadium Club; and back, Dr. Tom Morris, Delphos Kiwanis; Doug Ditto, Delphos Club and Boy Scouts; Chief Mark Slate, Delphos Police Department; Mike Will, Delphos Baseball/Softball Assoc.; and High School Principal Adam Lee, Delphos St. John’s Schools. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)

DELPHOS — The Arnold C. Dienstberger Foundation doled out grants to local non-profits Tuesday evening totaled $325,000.

It was the 21st annual distribution of money raised from investments held by the not-for-profit foundation headquartered in Delphos. With Tuesday’s awards, grants have come to more than $5.5 million since 1998.

The Dienstberger Foundation was started with the sale of the Delphos Memorial and Sarah Jane nursing homes by Arnold C. Dienstberger to Vancrest Health Care in Van Wert in 1966. The proceeds were invested and each year since 1998, the foundation has spread the wealth to local charities, organizations and schools. In the first year, the foundation gave away $62,800 in grants.

Foundation trustee Rick Miller presided over the distribution with President John Nomina, Vice President Bill Massa, Treasurer Doug Harter, Secretary Jerry Gilden and Trustees Nick Clark, Loni Miller and Doris Neumeier doling out checks.

This year’s grant recipients include:

Allen County D.A.R.E. — $2,500

Deputy Sgt. Ted Falke accepted the donation and explained the funds would be used for awards, classroom work at both local schools and activities during the annual D.A.R.E. Camp in Delphos during the summer.

Delphos Veterans Council — $2,5o0

Kenny Wagner accepted the funds and announced new modern lighting would be installed at the Veterans Memorial at Fifth and Main streets.

Delphos Jefferson and St. John’s Athletic Boosters — $2,500/$2,500

Jason Grogg of Jefferson and Keith Fischbach of St. John’s accepted this grant and said the money will continue to go toward the upkeep of the community track at Jefferson High School.

Delphos Canal Commission — $5,000

Trustee Tom Miller announced the Canal Museum is working on a Leslie Peltier exhibit and the funds would be used to enhance the new offering.

Delphos Area Chamber of Commerce — $2,500

President Angie Gable said the grant will help pay for the new Christmas decorations making the downtown festive this year. The chamber will own, store and choose when the decorations are installed each year.

Delphos City Schools —$50,000

Interim Superintendent Joel Hatfield said this year’s grant was earmarked for technology upgrades.

Delphos Community Christmas Project — $15,000

Edna Fischer said Tuesday evening that the foundation grant ensures as many local children as possible have a good Christmas.

Community Health Professionals — $6,000

Nursing Supervisor Ashley Crossgrove from Community Health Professionals said the group’s money goes into the Patient Care Fund and it’s used to buy medication and medical equipment for patients whose insurance doesn’t cover it.

Delphos Boy Scouts — $500; Delphos Cub Scouts — $500

Boy Scoutmaster Doug Ditto accepted on behalf of both groups, stating the money would go to the Scouts for awards, camp and other activities.

Delphos Girl Scouts — $500

No on was available to accept the grant.

Delphos Habitat for Humanity — $2,000

Bruce Hilty announced the funds would to toward the 10th Habitat home in Delphos or a repair fund for elderly Delphos residents.

Delphos Police Department — $5,000

Chief Mark Slate said an evidence management system will be purchased for his detective bureau.

Delphos Fire and Rescue — $5,000

Firefighter/Paramedic Levi Probst said the grant will be use to purchase an additional automatic CPR device.

Delphos Museum of Postal History — $5,000

Director Bob Ebbeskotte said existing museum exhibits will be enhanced and items will be brought out of storage for new exhibits.

Delphos Public Library — $7,500

Library Director Kelly Rist said the library will use the grant to upgrade the patron computers.

Delphos Rotary — $12,000

The Rotary uses their grant every year to secure musical groups for the Music in the Park Series held every summer, according to member JoAn Smith.

Delphos Senior Citizens, Inc.— $15,000

Director Alice Curth said this year grant will complete three projects at the center: an awning over the entrance ramp on the west side of the building; a sound system for the activity rooms; and to continue with outreach programs such as the Good To Know lunches, Medicare enrollment and more.

Delphos Canal Days/Delphos Chamber/Delphian Social Club — $41,500

This trio of groups has purchased the old Cintas property at the corner of Main and Fourth streets, which will be used for multiple projects. This year’s grant will help with a concrete pad for the Delphian 3-on-3 tournament and the Canal Days Social Tent and other improvements.

Delphos St. John’s Schools — $50,000

High School Principal Adam Lee said St. John’s will use the money for professional development, technology upgrades and other improvements for the betterment of education.

Delphos Stadium Club — $40,000/Kiwanis Club of Delphos — $40,000

The clubs had joined forces and will construct a new pool house at the Delphos Municipal Swimming Pool.

St. Vincent de Paul Society — $7,500

President Ralph Lauser said the need for assistance with rent, utilities and prescriptions is still evident in the community and funds are also needed to restock the society’s food pantry from time to time.

Delphos Baseball and Softball Assoc. — $2,500

President Mike Will said the funds would be used for new nets in the batting cages, hitting nets for outside the batting cage and a concrete pad for the Pony League.