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John H. and Jeanette Vance Charitable Fund

  • EST. 1994

This fund was established by Jeanette Vance in her estate as a memorial to her late husband and herself. Interest accumulated from this fund is distributed as Discretionary or Community Charitable Fund grant awards.

Bob and Karen Vandervaart Charitable Fund

Bob and Karen Vandervaart Charitable Fund

  • EST. 2019

Bob and Karen Vandervaart created a charitable fund to support the causes they care about in Stark County. To them, Stark County is a great place to live and raise a family. Stark County has great communities and schools plus an unmatched quality of people giving back and helping each other out. Bob and Karen are part of that culture and want this fund to provide permanent financial support to local programs. Their fund will eventually become a designated fund and provide yearly support to local programs such as ArtsinStark and United Way of Greater Stark County.

Rudolph R. Vannucci Memorial Fund

  • EST. 2020

A Waynesburg native and US Army veteran, Rudy Vannucci passed away in 2020 following a meaningful 30-year career teaching fourth grade math, science and social studies at Mineral City Elementary School. As part of his estate plans, this charitable fund was created to provide support to St. James Roman Catholic Church in Waynesburg and yearly scholarships to students with strong scholastic aptitude and demonstrated financial need from Sandy Valley High School and Kent State University.

Kenneth K. and Virginia D. Varian Memorial Designated Fund

Kenneth K. and Virginia D. Varian Memorial Designated Fund

  • EST. 2018

The children of Kenneth and Virginia Varian created a charitable fund to honor their parents’ lifelong Christian faith and continual love of learning. In addition to their pride and joy of operating their family-owned Varian Orchards for 50 years, Kenneth and Virginia served their beloved community through countless hours of service. Their legacy will live on through this designated fund, which supports the music and Christian education programs at Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church in East Canton.

Varian-Aiken Charitable Fund

Varian-Aiken Charitable Fund

  • EST. 2016

Longtime Stark Community Foundation board member Nancy Varian and her husband, Reed, established a charitable fund to honor Nancy’s family and Reed’s family and to carry on their tradition of giving back to the community. This fund will eventually be passed down to their sons, Clifford and Scott, to perpetuate their philanthropic legacy.

Bonnie Vazquez Memorial Scholarship Fund

Bonnie Vazquez Memorial Scholarship Fund

  • EST. 2021

Bonnie Vazquez was a passionate and caring nurse who spent her career caring for others in the operating room and later in her husband’s office. During the last stages of her life, she received exceptional care and compassion from the nurses and staff of Altercare of Country Lawn in Navarre. Impressed with their family’s experience at Altercare, Bonnie’s children established a memorial fund to show their appreciation for Altercare and honor their mother’s legacy of nursing. Scholarships in Bonnie’s memory are awarded annually from this fund to help Altercare of Country Lawn employees further their education in healthcare.

Dr. James Violet Memorial Fund

Dr. James Violet Memorial Fund

  • EST. 2020

Named in memory of her husband, Darlene Violet created a charitable fund to support Jim’s passions: medicine and sports. Dr. James Violet practiced orthopedics and sports medicine in Canton for 37 years and was known for being a devoted husband and father, caring surgeon, avid sports fan and traveler. This charitable fund provides scholarship support to students pursuing careers in the medical field and financial support for nonprofit organizations that offer sports, exercise and injury prevention programs.

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