Columbia Gas of Ohio Makes Contribution


Dan Creekmur, left, president of Columbia Gas of Ohio, presents a $25,000 contribution for the Dale Hileman Legacy Fund at the Eastern Ohio Development Alliance’s November 13 board meeting. Joining Creekmur for the presentation were Evelyn Hileman, a Fund committee representative, Holly Shelton, Vice President of Donor Services at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, and Jim Schoch, executive director of EODA.

Cambridge, OH – Columbia Gas of Ohio announced a $25,000 contribution to the Dale Hileman Legacy Fund at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) during the Eastern Ohio Development Alliance’s (EODA) November 13 board meeting. The contribution recognized Mr. Hileman’s 40-year career with Columbia Gas of Ohio in Carrolton, Jackson, and, finally, Cambridge. Upon his retirement from Columbia Gas of Ohio, Mr. Hileman and his wife, Evelyn, remained in Cambridge where Mr. Hileman co-founded EODA with Dr. Sam Speck and later served the organization as its executive director.

“By making this contribution, we celebrate Dale’s passionate commitment to eastern Ohio and his 40 years of service to our company,” said Dan Creekmur, president of Columbia Gas of Ohio. “We share Dale’s commitment to this region, and we’re excited that the Dale Hileman Legacy Fund will carry on his work.”

The $25,000 contribution will help the Dale Hileman Legacy Fund promote the same cause Mr. Hileman championed throughout his life, economic development and growth. The Dale Hileman Legacy Fund will support organizations working to promote economic growth within the 16 counties served by EODA, comprising Athens, Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Tuscarawas, and Washington counties.

“So many of us were touched by Dale’s work at EODA and Columbia Gas, which is why EODA established the Fund in his memory at our July 17 meeting,” said Executive Director of EODA, Jim Schoch. “We are so grateful for Columbia Gas’ investment in this Fund so that the Dale Hileman Legacy Fund can truly pay tribute to and carry on the spirit of Dale’s work.”

With its focus and commitment to community and economic development, the Dale Hileman Legacy Fund is a fund at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, whose mission is to create opportunities for Appalachian Ohio’s citizens and communities by inspiring and supporting philanthropy. A central part of this work is to support communities across five areas essential to community and regional quality of life. Called the Pillars of Prosperity, these areas include arts and culture, community and economic development, education, environmental stewardship, and health and human services.

Gifts to the Dale Hileman Legacy Fund are tax deductible and can be made in many ways, including cash, bequests, and life insurance. To mail your donation, please designate the Dale Hileman Legacy Fund and mail to the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, PO Box 456, Nelsonville, OH 45764. Gifts can also be made online at www.AppalachianOhio.org by selecting the Dale Hileman Legacy Fund when donating.

For more information about the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio and ways you can honor the legacy of others making a difference in our region, please visit www.AppalachianOhio.org or call 740.753.1111.

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