Lunch In the Park 2017

On June 2, 2017 the Bowling Green Community Foundation helped sponsor the Lunch In the Park put on by the Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Dept.  It was held in the Bowling Green City Park.  Great music,  good food, and a special free ice cream treat was available to everyone that came.

Below are some pictures of the beautiful day in the park!


2016/2017 Scholarship Recipients

2017 President Cal Bowers had the honor on April 26th in presenting two $1,000 scholarships to two very talented young women from Bowling Green High School on behalf of the Bowling Green Community Foundation!   Madison Rothenbuhler and Claire Wells-Jensen both have a bright future!

2017 President Cal Bowers had the honor on April 26th in presenting two $1,000 scholarships to two very talented young women from Bowling Green High School on behalf of the Bowling Green Community Foundation!   Madison Rothenbuhler and Claire Wells-Jensen both have a bright future!


GRANT RECEPTION HELD on January 18, 2017

BG Area Community Band being presented grant check. 

BG Area Community Band being presented grant check. 

Community organizations were given grants earlier this week to bring music, sports, reading and more to Bowling Green. The grants, from the Bowling Green Community Foundation, are intended to help the very young to the very old, and everyone in between.

The annual grant program began after the 1993 BG Leadership class started the foundation in order to help local groups serve the community, explained Cal Bowers, president of the foundation.

“What you’re doing speaks to the vibrancy of our community. You’re at the core of it,” said Bowling Green Mayor Dick Edwards.

This year’s grants total $29,000 for 14 different projects.

“That’s an impact to this community,” Bowers said.

Following is a list of all the projects awarded grants.

  • BG Area Community Bands – $2,250 for a community band festival. “This is our 10th year as a community band. We feel we have become a staple in the community,” said Ardy Gonyer. “We’re very grateful for the support of Bowling Green.” Thom Headley explained the grant will help the band put on a concert with a guest conductor on May 6.
  • BG City Schools – $1,000 for One Book BG literacy program. Two third grade teachers, Jeni Niekamp and Jonelle Semancik explained the grant will help the schools purchase books for every pre-kindergarten through fifth grade student. The reading program unites families and the community around one common book. “It’s created to promote a love of learning,” Semancik said.
  • BG Parks and Recreation Department – $5,000 for the natural obstacle course. Ivan Kovacevic, of the parks and rec department, said the outdoor obstacle course behind the community center has already been the site of the Zombie Mud Run last fall.
  • BG Parks and Recreation Department – $5,000 for waterpark splashpad creature. The splashpad additions help complete the area for the youngest pool users. “They are both really true community projects,” Kovacevic said of the pool and obstacle course.
  • BG Youth Hockey Association – $1,100 for rink system upgrade. The hockey program involves 315 kids, ages 5 to 15, said Jennifer Bowers. “It’s a really big asset for the community,” she said. “It’s a team of people volunteering a lot of hours. The problem is we don’t have enough equipment.” The grant will help replace orange cones and upside-down buckets with real hockey goals.
  • Bobcat Advocates – $1,310 for downtown banners. The Bobcat banner that stretched across the downtown has worn out, so this grant will help with the purchase of six banners to hang on downtown light poles during the school district’s Bobcat Week, said Lee Hakel. The advocates program was created after the school district lost a levy a few years ago. “It really was hard on the teachers and the administrators,” Hakel said. So the advocates group started a program to boost morale in the district.
  • Horizon Youth Theatre – $1,107 for the musical production of “Cinderella.” Since 1997, the youth theater program has worked to put on productions with kids ages 8 to 18. “We are a true community organization,” said Karen Walters. The group is both non-profit and nomad, she said, with productions taking place wherever space is available. The grant will help the troupe produce the musical, “Cinderalla” this spring. “The cost of putting on a musical is quite large,” Walters explained.
  • La Conexion de Wood County – $1,000 for immigration integration through language. The grant will support adult English as a Second Language classes. “We are so appreciative of these funds,” Beatriz Maya said. “Immigrants have built this country,” Maya said, and this program helps local immigrants integrate by learning English. The funds will be used to pay a small stipend to BGSU students who act as instructors, and help with transportation to classes.
  • NAMI Wood County – $1,000 for program extension project. The funds will help pay for staff to be trained for Wellness Recovery Action Plan programs that help people manage mental illnesses. Marc Jensen explained that NAMI’s programs are for people with mental illness and their families. “All of our programs are aimed at recovery,” Jensen said. “There is recovery.”
  • Right Direction Organization Inc. – $2,000 for youth development program. The program uses skateboarding, BMX and scooter sports to teach life skills to kids, according to Don DeBartolomeo. The program offers sports training to kids who often aren’t in any organized athletics, and sets up contests to give them recognition for success. “A lot of these kids have never received an award in their lives,” he said.
  • The Feminist Organization Raising Consciousness – $1,000 for “The Vagina Monologues” at BGSU. The grant will pay for the production of the play on campus.
  • United Way in Wood County – $3,000 for Continuum of Care Wood County web-based housing resource flow chart. The grant will be used to help connect homeless people to local resources. “We’re trying to tackle issues around housing,” said Jamie Brubaker. “If you think there aren’t homeless in this community, think again,” said Sue Clanton.
  • Wood County Historical Museum – $500 for educational outreach for Wood County seniors. Mike McMaster said much of his focus at the historical center has been to educate children, but this program will help him provide educational outreach to senior centers and senior care facilities.
  • Wood Lane Industries – $4,055 for a portable mechanical patient lift. The lift will help transfer people who use wheelchairs without placing strain on the consumers or staff at Wood Lane Industries. The lift is portable and can also be used in the community, said Kent Strange. This will allow consumers to “get out like everybody else gets out,” he said. “The more access, the less stigma.”

Article is being re-posted from BG Independent News - written by Jan Larson McLaughlin on January 22, 2017  

BGCF would like to thank two outgoing trustees

Megan Newlove and Janet Womack have served as trustees on the BGCF board for six years and are now leaving the board.  At the December 2016 board meeting the board president thanked them for their dedicated service to BGCF and it's mission.  Thank you Megan and Janet!

Cal Bowers and Dave Shilling thank Megan Newlove for serving six years as Trustee.  Janet Womack was unable to attend.

Cal Bowers and Dave Shilling thank Megan Newlove for serving six years as Trustee.  Janet Womack was unable to attend.


Cal Bowers was elected President of the BGCF and Kristin Otley is President Elect starting November 2016 through October 2017.  Owen Beck will remain as Treasurer, Brian Craft as Secretary, and Tony Hetrick will be Immediate Past President.  The BGCF would like to welcome three new trustees.  These new three-year term trustee are David Anderson, Emily Dunipace and Delaney Doup.

BGCF participates in "Adopt-A-Door" program at Bowling Green School District

Knowing that a price can't be placed on the safety and security of children and staff in our schools, the BGCF trustees made a motion to donate $400 to purchase two "boots" (door stops) though the "Adopt-A-Door" program at Bowling Green City Schools. 

Cal Bowers, President of BGCF presenting a check to Rhonda Melchi, Treasurer of Bowling Green City Schools.

Cal Bowers, President of BGCF presenting a check to Rhonda Melchi, Treasurer of Bowling Green City Schools.


We are pleased to announce our 2016 grant recipients.  The entire list is under our Grant Seeking tab above.  Our congratulations to these non-profit organizations.


The Bowling Green Community Foundation is now accepting applications from non-profit organizations and school districts within the 43402 and 43403 zip code for its 2016 grant program. Grants will range from $500 to $5000 to support projects to be implemented in calendar year 2017 that enhance the health, welfare and vitality of the Bowling Green community. The application deadline is Oct. 15.

Applications from 501(c)(3) organizations or from smaller programs that fall under the umbrella of 501(c)(3)  organizations will be considered. Further details about the grant process as well as the actual grant application are available via this website or by calling (419) 352-0281 to leave a message for the administrative assistant.

golf scramble 2016

The BGCF had a very successful golf scramble on July 13th at the Stone Ridge Golf Club.  See Annual Golf Outing page on this website for more information.

Lunch in the park 2016

The BGCF sponsored the June 3rd Lunch in the Park at the Bowling Green City Park.  Volunteers helped pass out cake, talked about the organization, and sold raffle tickets for the golf scramble.  Another way the foundation supports Bowling Green.  A good time was held by all!

bowling green high school senior scholarship program 2016

The Bowing Green High School Senior Scholarship Program was held on April 26, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.  Our President, Tony Hetrick, presented $1,000 scholarships each to Megan Swartz and Isabella Eschedor.  Congratulations to both of these students and good luck with your future college plans.


The BGCF Trustees are pleased to announce the plans for the 2016 BGCF Golf Scramble.  The Golf Scramble will be held on July 13, 2016 at Stone Ridge Golf Course.  Please see our flyer in the Annual Golf Outing section of this website or you can click here for more information.

December 2015 Trustee Meeting

  • John Heffernan was present at the December meeting and was awarded a gift recognizing his service to the Board which ended in 2015.  John was a past Trustee, President, and Immediate Past President.  Thank you John!
  • Cal Bowers was elected to the President Elect position.
  • Kevin Cochrane was introduced as a new member of the Trustees.  Kevin has served the Board in the past and we are glad to have him on once again.

Grant Recipient Reception held on January 20, 2016

A grant recipient reception was held on January 20th at the Carter House in Bowling Green.   Pictures of the reception and grant recipients are in the Gallery Section of this website.

2016 Trustees of the Bowling Green Community Foundation

2016 Trustees of the Bowling Green Community Foundation