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March 2013

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In late 2012, CHOPIN Hall was saddened by the death of one of the organization’s founding members, Christine Hauck. In 1983, Christine and fellow community member Pat Lonsway approached Fr. Frank Kehres of St. Michael the Archangel Church to ask for his help in forming a committee of other pastors to set up a location for a food pantry/clothing distribution service. Out of these conversations, CHOPIN

Hall was formed with funding provided by 12 area churches.

During the first year in operation CHOPIN Hall’s operating costs were $6,619 and 478 families were helped throughout the year. Almost 29 years later our agency serves over 3,000 individuals from over 1,00 families each month. Our total expenses for one year top

$130,000

Not only was Christine instrumental in getting this important project off the ground, but she also was an active and dedicated volun- teer for many years. She served as the first president of CHOPIN Hall’s board of directors and volunteered many hours of her time to operate the organization. We are thankful for Christine’s commitment to helping people in need in our community and her vision to make it happen.

Marti Price Executive Director

15th Annual $1 Million Giveaway To Fight Hunger

Due to the generosity of a Rhode Island philanthropist Alan Shawn Feinstein, $1 million will be proportionally shared among hunger fighting agencies based on the donations they receive during March and April.

These donations can include cash, checks and food items (valued at $1 per item or pound). A donation made to CHOPIN Hall during March or April will make you a partner in this successful grassroots campaign to fight hunger.

During the past several years, the Feinstein Challenge has

allowed us to build awareness about hunger and the needs of CHOPIN Hall during a traditionally slow time of the year for donations.

CHOPIN volunteers bag fresh carrots and cherry tomatoes which will be given to clients.

Great Scot to Again Offer Garden Plots to CHOPIN Hall Client

For the second summer, Great Scot will offer garden plots to clients of CHOPIN Hall next to their Broad Avenue store. The size of the plots will decrease from 400 square feet to 200 square feet making them a more manageable size for the gardeners. To get the plots pre- pared for planting, volunteers from the University of Findlay will assist store employees.

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