May 24, 2016
CONNEAUT LAKE — The Dietrich Foundation Conneaut Lake, PA Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation has awarded $5,284, more than doubling the $2,397 in grants made by the fund last year. Grants this year will go to the Conneaut Lake Community Development Committee, Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania and Ice House Park.
William S. Dietrich II, a former steel industry executive who died in 2012, established the fund at The Pittsburgh Foundation to support charitable programs in the community of Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania. This is the third year the fund has awarded grants.
The Conneaut Lake Community Development Committee was awarded $3,199 to purchase audio/visual equipment for the Conneaut Lake Town Hall. The Town Hall was gifted to the residents of Conneaut Lake in December 2014. With the planned upgrades, the Town Hall expects to attract more community-based educational, cultural and charitable programs and gatherings.
The Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania was awarded $500 to cover the cost of scouting supplies and registration fees for scouts in need of financial assistance. The program, which currently serves 18 girls in the Conneaut Lake area, provides training invaluable life skills such as STEM, entrepreneurship and financial literacy, environmental stewardship, leadership and professional development. The award will also fund recruitment materials.
Ice House Park, dedicated in 2009, was awarded $1,585. The park commemorates the ice house industry that lined the southern shore of Conneaut Lake in the early 20th century. The fund designates a portion of its grant making funds each year to South Lake Preserve, which operates the park.