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13 non-profits will benefit from Fondessy Family Fund
Fondessy passed away in 2009 at age 81.
In 1957, Fondessy served on the Oregon Township Area Study Committee along with 15 other citizens. The group’s purpose was to stop Toledo from annexing Oregon’s industrial section. They believed loss of this industrial tax base would decimate the school system. The group’s efforts spurred township officials to incorporate into the City of Oregon.
Fondessy was 30 at the time and an assistant chemist at Sun Oil. His family also owned the local solid waste facility. In 1982, the family sold its solid waste/refuse hauling business to Waste Management and the landfill to another company which eventually sold it to Envirosafe Services of Ohio. Today, the site is a hazardous waste landfill.
Fondessy then turned his attention to other business interests, world travel and philanthropy. In 1996, he created the Robert L. Fondessy Family Fund to be administered by The Toledo Community Foundation. The foundation received a gift of $500,000 from the Fondessy estate. It is responsible for making annual distributions to these organizations:
• YMCA of Greater Toledo – for operating and capital needs of the East Toledo YMCA;
• Toledo Museum of Art – needs related to TMA’s corporate purpose;
• Oregon City Schools – post-secondary scholarships for Clay High School graduating seniors;
• St. John’s United Church of Christ – operation and enhancement of the Walter A. Fondessy Resource and Media Center; support the Elder Life Community; student aid fund; and senior youth fellowship fund;
• Toledo-Lucas County Public Library – operating and capital needs of the Oregon Branch Library;
• Boy Scouts of America – Erie Shores Council – program support;
• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Ohio – program support;
• Toledo Orchestra Association, Inc. – program support;
• Central Catholic High School – post-secondary scholarships for graduating seniors;
• Cardinal Stritch High School – tuition assistance;
• Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northwest Ohio – program support;
• Volunteers of America – program support;
• Toledo Community Foundation – medical and scientific research for the prevention and cure of AIDS; support for programs/services for the elderly in Northwest Ohio.
The program offers commercial financing as low as four percent with terms up to 15 years for projects that focus on conserving energy and generating savings through equipment retrofits to existing buildings.
Some examples of projects that can be financed include lighting, high efficiency HVAC, building envelop and energy management systems.
For a limited time, free building energy assessments are being offered. Call Markus Rasmus at 419-720-1102.
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