Hinton Area Foundation Designated Funds


The Animal Control & Welfare Project, Inc. (ACWP) is the “Humane Society” for Summers County. This fund was established in 2003 by the organization’s members to support its mission, which includes finding homes for displaced animals, spaying and neutering animals, investigating animal abuse, establishment of a full service shelter, and public education.

Col. James McCreery Baylor Fund

Col. James McCreery Baylor of Richmond, VA died in 2004. He was a retired senior vice president of A.T. Massey Coal Company, Inc. and a retired US Marine Corps Reserve Colonel. A native of Hinton, he attended Ascension Episcopal Church. He was a graduate of Command and Staff College at Quantico, VA, and also earned Bachelors and Masters degrees in Commerce from the Universities of Virginia and Richmond, respectively. He was a veteran of WWII and the Korean War.Although he left Hinton at a young age, he retained a strong interest in the area. His family and the directors of the Piney Land Company, McCreery Coal Land Company and James T. McCreery Company, on whose boards Mr. Baylor served for over 40 years, have established a fund in the Hinton Area Foundation to honor his memory and his ties to Hinton.

Jean Dressler Beasley Fund

Established by the family and friends of Jean Dressler Beasley, this fund will provide modest grants to organizations and individuals selected by the board of the Hinton Area Foundation. Jean Beasley – accomplished artist, musician, teacher and scholar – decided that her time, energy and creativity could best be spent as a mother to her three daughters. Her principal contributions to community stemmed from her devotion to children and family. She was an ardent advocate for improved schools and student achievement. She was a gubernatorial appointee to the West Virginia Women’s Commission and the West Virginia Humanities Council. She also served as a member of the West Virginia Faculty Merit Foundation. She is remembered as a woman of high integrity, courageous convictions, unaffected humility, and winning personal warmth. Her friends from the West End and Hinton days were friends for life.

Children’s Health Fund

The Will of Lacy Wood left half of his estate to help crippled children. The Foundation has established a committee which receives and assesses requests for aid from the families of children who need medical assistance.

Geraldine and Billy Joe Edwards Youth Activities Fund

Geraldine and Billy Joe Edwards have established the Youth Activities Fund to enhance the opportunities of youth attending James Chapel Church in True, West Virginia.The principal of this fund will remain in perpetuity and contributions are welcomed to increase this fund. Income from the fund will be distributed to the Church annually and will benefit youth who participate in church activities or display an active leadership role.

Graham House Foundation Fund

Tthe Graham House, located at Lowell on Route 3 is the oldest home in Summers County, occupied continuously into the 1980s. James Graham built his home in 1770 from logs hewed from the flats on the Greenbrier River. The original logs and stone chimneys are still intact. To preserve the structure and the history associated with it, the home was purchased by the Graham House Preservation Society, a non-profit, all volunteer organization that is gradually refurbishing the house with period furniture and artifacts. Popular viewing opportunities are in December when the Society recreates Christmas dinners from the 1770s. In 2007 the directors of the Graham House Preservation Society took the step of creating an endowed fund to help insure the future of the house.

Lilly-Wilson Education Fund

Ralph and Patty Wilson had an enormously positive impact in our community after they retired and moved back to Hinton in 1990. Ralph served as President of the Kiwanis, the West Virginia State Water Festival, Hinton Main Street, the Summers County Chamber of Commerce and the Hinton Area Foundation. He was the Treasurer of the Lilly Family Reunion Association. The Wilsons created the Lilly-Wilson Education Fund to honor their parents, Mabel Lilly Lazio, Cecil C. Lilly, Helen Chadwick Wilson and Ralph O. Wilson, Sr. The award benefits the Summers County Teacher of the Year without restriction for its use.

Classes of HHS Making a Difference

Jack A. Holt has taken advantage of the option to transfer a fund to the Hinton Area Foundation to establish this donor-advised fund.With a goal of bettering this special place they call “home,” now and in the future, Mr. Holt and a core group of dedicated individuals will seek to identify important issues and areas of concern within the community. The funds will be used to facilitate improvement in the Hinton area thus securing a stronger, more vibrant community in which to live and to visit.The principal of this fund will remain as long as a need exists and contributions are welcomed to increase this fund.

Morrison Children’s Fund

The income from this fund, created by the Marcella Morrison estate, is used to provide food and clothing for children in need.

Summers County Public Library Fund

The Friends of the Library have had several very successful fund drives, including a challenge drive from the Walker Foundation. It is the largest of our designated funds. The income supports the operations and maintenance of the Summers County Public Library.

Casey M. Jones Post 4500 VFW Fund

This fund was established in 2001 by the veterans to use for community projects.

The Clifford Luther Young Fund

This fund was created when the late Clifford Young made a bequest in his will to allocate monies to help those suffering from diabetes. His wishes were fulfilled by his wife who placed $20,000 with the Foundation for this purpose.

Ziegler and Gunnoe Fund

This fund was created by David Ziegler and Richard Gunnoe. The primary purpose of this fund is to create a program to be administered by a committee of the Hinton Area Foundation to bring special cultural, scientific, artistic and historic programs to Summers County.

Community Impact Fund

The Community Impact Fund was established to provide community funding for health, human services, artistic, public recreation, beautification and other charitable projects. This name of this fund was changed in September 2018 and was originally called the General Endowment Fund.

Thomas Steven Crawford/Oak Grove Cemetery Fund

Thomas Crawford’s great-grandfather, Giles Ballen- gee, donated the property for the Oak Grove Cem- etery, located in Ballengee. Mr. Crawford has now established a fund to help maintain this cemetery. Thomas Crawford, although born with muscular dystrophy, had a career spanning 32 years at Sum- mers County Hospital. In spite of deteriorating health forcing him into an early retirement, he main- tains a cheerful attitude. His inspiration for establish- ing this fund has been the many people who have helped him and his family over the years.

Fox Cemetery Fund

Kula Leadership Fund

The Summers County community has benefitted from the hard work of many people; some who have formal training and experience and others who are just natural leaders and managers. The purpose of this fund is to assist either individuals or groups in the promotion of leadership skills in Summers County. Ted and Cheryl Kula have established this fund to provide resources for the tools, education, and recognition of members of the Summers County community who wish to grow, augment, or demonstrate their skills in management and leadership. Managers are individuals who handle the details of planning, organizing, and coordinating ofprojects; leaders are individuals who influence, inspire, motivate, and bring people and communities together to reach a common goal.

Learning Innovations Fund

Jay Word, Beckley businessman, and his mother Sally Word, created this fund to focus on improving student academic achievement. Originally started as challenge grants, this fund has grown into a vehicle for providing teachers with mini-grants for materials and programs that will supplement their standard class routine. Although the Words currently live in Beckley, their family roots are in Pence Springs. Contributions to this fund are matched dollar for dollar up to $10,000.

Spruce Run Chapel Fund

Veterans Memorial Museum Fund

This fund was created under the leadership of Carl Edwards, a World War II veteran, to support the Veteran’s Memorial Museum in the old Carnegie Library Building on Ballengee Street. The museum is open to the public and contains many interesting artifacts and memorabilia from local veterans.

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