Santa Breakfast on December 4, 2010

The Monroe Area Community Foundation and Kroger are hosting their first Santa Breakfast on Saturday, December 4, from 9-12 am.  Stop in the Primary School cafeteria on Macready Avenue to eat breakfast and participate in several activity stations in the gymnasium and cafeteria.  Breakfast and stations are included in the $5 cover charge.

Don't forget to bring letters to Santa to post in the North Pole Express mailbox.  Listen to story time in the lending library and partake in their craft stations.  Purchase one or more of their popular cocoa kits for yourself or gifts.

Call Gina Miltenberger at 513-623-0874 or John Singleton at 513-478-8112 for more information.  Also visit our website at

Two Local Nonprofit Groups to Sponsor Food Drive

On the same evening as Night at the Movies in the city's community park, two local nonprofit organizations will sponsor a food drive. On June 18, nonperishable human and pet foods will be collected by both the Monroe Area Community Foundation and Catnip & Carrots Animal Bunch. Donated items will then be delivered to the Monroe Church of God pantry.

To find out more about the two nonprofit groups, go to or Call Gina Miltenberger at 513-623-0874 for information about the food drive

MACF Awards 2010 Senior Scholarships

Each year, the Monroe Area Community Foundation presents several scholarships to qualifying graduating seniors at Monroe Local Schools. The MACF does so by utilizing trusts, memorial gifts and designated contributions to build individual funds to make the monies available. This year, the foundation awarded scholarships to the following recipients:

DR. JAMES AND BERTHA ANDERSON FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP awarded to a senior planning to major in a medical field.
Recipient: Benjamin Leahy plans to attend Centre College.
Presenter: Jane Majors, Scholarship Chairperson
Award: $1,000 paid to the college

DR. JAMES A. MACREADY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP awarded to a senior planning to major in a medical field.
Recipient: Rachel Klaiber plans to attend Eastern Kentucky University.
Presenter: John Singleton, MACF Executive Director
Award: $1,000 paid to the college Read more »

MACF Thirteenth Annual Meeting

The Thirteenth Annual Meeting of the Monroe Area Community Foundation was held Thursday, April 15, 2010, in the James Monroe Community Room.

Master of ceremonies was John Singleton, executive director. He introduced three guests: Dr. Elizabeth Lolli, superintendent of Monroe Local Schools; Suzi Rubin, Monroe City Council member and owner, publisher, and editor of the Monroe Observer; and T. Duane Gordon, executive director of Middletown Community Foundation. Mr. Gordon informed the audience that the MCF's umbrella of investments and direction also include those of the Monroe Area Community Foundation. He shared the current financial report received from the investment company indicated there was a 35% increase in value over the previous report. It included a grant for $1000 to the Monroe Optimist Club for promoting the 2009 Christmas on the Plaza event. Mr. Gordon stressed that other grant requests and applications for scholarships from Monroe are welcome. He said there have been previous Monroe recipients of these awards and scholarships from the Middletown Community Foundation. Read more »

Basketball and Lasagna a Success for the Monroe Area Community Foundation

January 30 was a day filled with boys and girls basketball games in the gym, as members of the Monroe Area Community Foundation sold chances for theme baskets in the lobby and NHS high school students served lasagna dinners in the cafeteria.  During half time of the varsity boys game against Valleyview, the winning raffle ticket holders were announced.  The lucky few were:  Go, Play and Eat basket-- Leann Peck; Cofffee and Tea basket--John Singleton; Cincinnati basket--Matt Long; Hornets basket--Don Garver;  Valentines basket--Mindy Bauer; Family basket--Evelyn Muree;  boys' signed basketball--Will DeBord;  girls' signed basketball--Teri Reese.  The contents of the baskets were donated and assembled by the staff at Monroe Local Schools. Read more »

Lasagna Dinner at January 30 Basketball Games

Fans planning to attend the Monroe/Valley View games on Saturday, January 30, can also satisfy their appetites while there.

From 2-7 p.m., the Monroe Area Community Foundation will be sponsoring a lasagna dinner in the high school cafeteria.   Adults can purchase either meat or vegetable lasagna for $7.  This includes a salad, breadstick,  dessert,  and drink.  Pizza will be available for children for $4, which also includes potato chips, dessert, and drink. 

In addition, two basketballs will be raffled during half time of the boys varsity game.   One will be signed by them, while the other includes signatures of all girls varsity players. Read more »

Santa, Photography, Winter Sports, and the New Outlet Mall

What do Santa, photography, winter sports, and the new outlet mall have in common? All are unique features of three raffles to be sold at the Monroe Area Community Foundation's booth at the Christmas on the Plaza festivities. This year, the Santa Visit raffle will be made even more memorable because it includes a free photography package to be provided by Len Kaltman, a professional photographer. Since the holidays coexist with winter sports, the second raffle is for two passes to ALL Monroe games, courtesy of the school's Athletic Department. The third raffle is in the spirit of the season because it's a shopping bag donated by the new outlet mall. The bag is comprised of a mix of gift certificates, discount cards, and specific items from stores. Stop by the foundation's booth on November 21, 2009, to find out what's in it. While there, you may also want to purchase a Monroe Community Cookbook for $10. Read more »

MACF Cookbooks on Sale in Five Monroe Businesses

November is the month to purchase a Monroe community cookbook.  Just like its citizens, some recipes are "tried and true," while others are unique variations of the same or special just on their own.  All 400 plus dishes have been donated by Monroe residents or businesses, including many from the school's elementary students.  The executive chef at the Red Onion restaurant, Gary Henz, also contributed a few recipes, one being the outstanding Rum Runner Shrimp. 

Football Jamboree a Success for Both the Hornets and the MACF

The August 21 Hornet scrimmage against West Carrollton proved to be a winning combination for both the Monroe Area Community Foundation and the Hornet football team, who defeated the Pirates by a 48-0 score.  In coordination with Dave Bauer and the athletic department, all proceeds after expenses were donated to the MACF, which is a nonprofit, 501 (c) 3 charitable organization.  John Singleton and Gina Miltenberger, the foundation's executive director and development chairperson, planned the event and worked at the game, along with foundation members Glen and Jane Majors; Jamie Pierce; Joyce and Elbert Tannreuther; and Ron and JoAnn Tubbs.   Read more »

John Singleton New Executive Director of Monroe Area Community Foundation

The Monroe Area Community Foundation announced the appointment of a new executive director during its quarterly meeting this summer.  John Singleton, the previous athletic director at Monroe Local Schools, was unanimously selected by the MACF's Board of Trustees on July 22.  Mr. Singleton is also a graduate of and former teacher and football coach at Lemon Monroe High School.  "He will certainly be an asset to our organization.  We welcome him as a member of the Foundation," said Trustee Elbert Tannreuther.  The past executive director, Ron Tubbs, added that John brings with him years of  leadership experience and knowledge of the history of Monroe.  Read more »