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Annual Meeting/Crystal Ball Postponed until Saturday, March 28.
Diane Ruder, president, announced that due to inclement weather, the Annual Meeting/Crystal Ball scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 21 has been postponed to March 28. The event will still be held at the Oscar Center from 6 to 10 p.m., she said. If you've made a reservation for the event, please change the date on your calendar to March 28.


To enhance and strengthen the quality of life for the citizens of Fairfield, Fairfield Township and surrounding areas by assessing community needs and securing and expanding resources to meet those needs.


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The Crystal Ball -- looking back and looking forward

The Fairfield Community Foundation is celebrating its 15th year on Saturday, February 21 with a gala annual meeting at the Oscar Center. Named the Crystal Ball by organizers, the event will feature a look back at the founding of the Foundation – recognizing and thanking those early founders – and take a look at the present and future of the Foundation.

The evening is scheduled to begin with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m. followed by dinner, dancing and fun. The program will feature recognition of the 2015 Kaleidoscope winner and interviews by Channel 12's Liz Bonis of some of the early founders and grant and scholarship recipients.

Tickets are $50 each. Sponsorships are available. For more information call the Foundation office.  Click here to register.


Scholarship Applications

Each year the Foundation awards more than $100,000 in scholarships to students who reside in Fairfield and Fairfield Township. If you attend Fairfield High School or the Butler County Joint Vocational School, contact your guidance counselor for more information and guidelines for the scholarships. The Joe Nuxhall Scholarships are awarded to students who attend Butler County high schools. You may find out more about those scholarships by visiting the guidance department at the high school you attend. The Fairfield Women Club Scholarship is open to students who reside in Fairfield and Fairfield Township but who are graduating from any high school. Click here to find more information about the Women Club Scholarship and to access the application form.

Grants Awarded to Area Agencies

The Foundation awarded nearly $12,000 to area agencies at its Board meeting in December. You can see that listing by going to the Grants section of the web site.



New Foundation Board Members and Officers Selected

Fred Valerius was recently named chair of the Board of Trustees. He replaces John Brunner who retired from the Board after nine years of service. Other officers include: Steve Smith, vice chair; Kathleen Michitti, secretary; and Michael Delehanty, Treasurer. Bob Jung and Brian Begley were newly appointed to the Board.

Fred Valerius, Board Chair

Ruder Appointed Foundation President


Diane Ruder, CFRE, has been appointed the President of the Fairfield Community Foundation. She has served as Interim President since January 2014. Diane has headed up fundraising, public relations and marketing for various not for profits in Ohio for nearly 30 years.

“I am very excited about working with our Board to help impact our community through the Funds managed by the Foundation,” Diane says.

Women’s Kaleidoscope Fund Quilt raffle

Sally Braun, past president of the Foundation board, has designed and made one of her beautiful quilts for the benefit of the Kaleidoscope Fund, which is a permanent scholarship fund of the Foundation to help women return to school mid-life. Sally even signed her work. Raffle tickets are $20 each, three for $50 and are available at the Foundation office, 513.829.6355.