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Zonta ABC Funds Local Charities

UPublish story by Karen Brubaker, Zonta ABC Membership Chair

Zonta ABC President and Charity Recipients 5-21-14
Zonta ABC awards funds to community charities: from left, Zonta ABC President Terry Lueck, with Yvette McMillan of Harvest Home, Megan Ward of the Battered Women’s Shelter and Laura Conley of Adult Focus at The University of Akron.

A women’s nonprofit organization has awarded $9,000 in donations, with the majority of the funds presented to local charities.

“It’s great to know that we’re helping women in the community,” said Terry Lueck, president of the Zonta Club of Akron, Barberton & Cuyahoga Falls, as the local recipients shared success stories of women aided by the club’s donations.

Lueck, a professor of communication at The University of Akron, is also the president of the Zonta ABC Foundation, through which the monies were disbursed. The funds were raised by the volunteer group’s efforts that included a “Fashions of ‘Downton Abbey’” luncheon at Fairlawn Country Club in April.

Local charities that received funding:

• Battered Women’s Shelter of Summit & Medina Counties, for a re-documentation program that provides birth certificates and other documents that the women in the shelter need to re-establish their identities;

• Harvest Home, the women’s division of Haven of Rest Ministries, for a prescription drug program that allows the homeless women to have access to their medications;

• Verna Trushel Displaced Homemaker’s Scholarship Fund at The University of Akron for scholarships that support adults seeking a university education.

A portion of the funding was also donated to the parent organization, Zonta International, where it will be used to advance women through projects including the global initiative, “Zonta Says No” to violence against women.

In other business, the club installed its new officers, with Debbie Casanova, retired branch manager of Charter One Bank, to serve as the incoming president and Lana Bascetta, United Disabilities Services, as the vice president.

The Zonta Club of Akron, Barberton & Cuyahoga Falls is a service organization that was chartered on April 25, 1952, as the local chapter of Zonta International, a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. The Zonta ABC Foundation is a 501(c)(3). Further information is available at and


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