Nov 17, 2013

Fundraiser to feature local cartoonist, scholarship recipients

GREENVILLE – Local community and political cartoonist Paul Ackley will be on hand Nov. 21 as the Joining Together for Darke County Youth auction kicks off to raise scholarship funds for local students. The event will be held at The Bistro Off Broadway from 7 to 9 p.m.

The auction is a fundraiser for the Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund and is jointly sponsored by The Early Bird, Blue Bag Media, the Bistro and County News Online.

A graduate of the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Paul Ackley has been an active Editorial Cartoonist for over 30 years. In 2009 and 2010, he was awarded ''Best Editorial Cartoonist'' by the Ohio Associated Press. In 2010, he received the Good Citizen Award for his Editorial Cartoons from the Ohio House of Representatives. Ackley also has a drawing displayed in House Speaker John Boehner's Washington D.C. office.

The Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund has provided nearly $40,000 in scholarships to area students since 2009. Recipients have been from seven local school districts. Franklin Monroe’s Jordan Pridemore, the first student to receive a scholarship from SSSF, is a Ball State University graduate currently teaching in Indiana. Kent Holmes, a Greenville High School graduate, will be graduating in the spring, taking only three years to get his communications degree from Ball State. Sam Armstrong, a Mississinawa Valley High School graduate, will be getting his English communications degree at Cedarville University. He recently conducted a writing seminar for aspiring local writers.

All three, along with several other SSSF scholarship recipients, plan to be at the auction to talk about how the scholarship program helped them with their college goals.

SSSF is a 501c3 non-profit established by the Darke County Senior Scribes, a group of senior citizens with a love for writing. The group meets at 9:30 a.m. the fourth Thursday of each month at Heartland of Greenville and writes regularly for the Senior Scribes page published the second and fourth weekend in The Early Bird. Shortly after they started meeting as a group, they became involved in community service and often worked with young people interested in writing. Three years later they decided they wanted to do more…

They started the Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund.

Keith Foutz, Early Bird publisher, Bistro owner Ted Abney and SSSF Committee member Bob Robinson hope community members will take time out of their busy schedules to meet our local talented young people, and check out the variety of cartoons that could be the ideal Christmas gift for one of Ackley’s many followers.

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