Mid Ohio Drug Prevention Coaltion Fund is established
(Pictured left to right: Jodie Perry, Jessica Hiser, Brady Groves, Tim Hilterman, Bart Ingram, Chelsie Thompson, Joshua Werner and Sherry Branham)
Tim Hilterman has a lot of ideas along with the energy to turn them into reality. One of his ideas occurred to him after he learned during a presentation that drugs were a huge problem in our community. His idea? Organize a half marathon race, raise money and use the proceeds to prevent and combat drug addiction and abuse in this community.
"Our hearts are breaking over the fact that our friends, family and neighbors are being caught up in addiction,” Tim said. "This event was meant to put Mansfield on the map with a great race but also to pull our community together to provide momentum in the fight against drugs.”
Almost 300 runners competed in the first Spherion Mid Ohio 13ER in September. The original goal was to raise $10,000. That goal was shattered.
With a $25,000 check, the race committee recently established an endowed field of interest fund at the Foundation called the Mid Ohio Drug Prevention Coalition Fund; it will make grants in the community to groups and organizations that actively participate in drug prevention.
“CACY is a great example of an agency that is eligible to receive a grant from this fund. It is a grassroots organization that was formed years ago by concerned mothers in the community. Other possible recipients include Mansfield Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program (UMADAOP) and Mental Health and Recovery Services,” said Tim
The committee chose the Foundation because it wanted to ensure the money was utilized in the best way possible.
You can donate to this fund online or by sending a check to the RCF at 181 South Main Street, Mansfield, OH 44902