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Since its inception in September 2007, the Canton chapter of the Foundation for Community
Betterment has raised more than $80,000 and distributed proceeds to twelve local families
and seven community organizations in need of assistance. Our goal is simple – to better
communities. Whether it is by helping one family in need of direct financial support or funding
a community outreach program, we want our simple actions to create a ripple effect of giving.

The Canton chapter of Community Betterment was busier than ever in 2011, creating more
opportunities to make a difference in the lives of Stark County residents. Our fourth annual
major fundraiser, Rocktoberfest 2011, proved to be another success, raising more than 20,000
for one local family and three nonprofit organizations in our community. We also granted
funds to two immediate-need recipients and established a memorial fund for Ronald Stokes, JR
a previous Rocktoberfest recipient.

Our volunteer base keeps growing, in part because of the variety of volunteer events in which
our Canton chapter participates. Take a look at some of the different ways our volunteers
helped out in 2011 alone:

Organizing a successful book drive for J.R. Coleman Family Services, donating and
collecting items for the Pregnancy Support Center.

Baking birthday cakes for children and mothers throughout the year and adopting a
family at Christmas through Domestic Violence Project, Inc.

Pouring beer for attendees of the music performances at the HOFEF Ribs Burnoff.

Volunteering at Warrior Dash and with Habitat for Humanity.

Running a fun “Lobster Trap” hole-in-one putting green with Bender’s Tavern in
downtown Canton on First Fridays.

Upcoming Events:

Past Events:

Canton Happy Hour- Thursday, June 16 at Gervasi Vineyard

Join the Canton Chapter for a happy hour on Thursday, June 16 from 6-8pm. We will serve free appetizers and announce the 2011 recipients for Rocktoberfest. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery, wine and fellow Canton Chapter members!

Betterment Book Drive

Clean out your bookshelves and help others in our community at the same time! Betterment will be collecting books for the children at J.R. Coleman Family Services during the week of April 10-16, 2011. Bring your new or gently used books (ages birth through teens) to one of the drop-off locations below. Open a whole new world to a child through books!

Join the Canton Chapter on March 29th from 5-7pm for a happy hour featuring guest bartenders Amy Weisbrod, Max Deuble and Mike Abbott- be sure to tip well as all tips will be donated to Betterment.

Canton Holiday Shop Hop!

Join the Canton Chapter on December 9th for a Seasonal Martini and a Holiday Shop Hop! This wonderful event is a benefit for our Immediate Need Fund and will feature several local artists.

Back this year, the Canton Chapter of the Foundation for Community Betterment will be participating in the Canton Recreation Department Sand Volleyball League. Games will be held on Tuesday nights during the months of June and July, beginning at 7pm sharp. If you are interested in joining the team, please contact Amy Weisbrod at 

On May 16th, the Canton Chapter and their families volunteered at the Stark County Humane Society. In addition, the group brought items from the shelters "Spring Wish List" for the animals.


Amy Weisbrod and Ann Rohrbaugh assisted The BeechCreek Botanical Gardens with a visual garden

The beautiful garden created by Betterment volunteers and BeechCreek staff

Two new members joined us for the day.  Thank you Judy Catalano and Donna Wey!

-BeechCreek BGA is a non profit organization (501 (c) 3) in Alliance, Ohio sitting on 164 acres of land.  Go enjoy your day and take a hike, visit the Butterfly House or new Science Center all right there on site.  Visit for more information.

The Canton Chapter of The Foundation for Community Betterment participated in a volunteer project with Canton Calvary Mission's food pantry on March 7, 2009.  Twelve gathered to help shoppers decide on groceries for their families and to make their day a little brighter.  Thank you to all the participants who dedicated their first spring afternoon to creating the ripple effect!

The food pantry stocked by The Canton Calvary Mission


Dwight Rohrbaugh, Steve Ritschard, Karen Ritschard, Ann Rohrbaugh,CCM volunteer/employee and Amy Weisbrod in front showing off an ice cream snack offered to shoppers

Set back is Marie Liebig, wife of David Liebig, a 2008 recipient.  A shopper is enthusiastically greeted by Joanne Peppard, a member of Betterment .

Past Events:

After Hours, June 3, 2010

Outreach Activity at Stark County Humane Society, May 16, 2010

Betterment Book Drive, April 19-23, 2010

After Hours with Betterment Canton Chapter, February 17, 2010

Holiday Outreach at Canton Calvary Mission, November 14, 2009

Rocktoberfest 2009, Septmember 26, 2009

Rocktoberfest 2008, September 27, 2008

Volunteer at Canton Idol with Betterment!, February 15, 2008

Betterment Boo Bash!, October 26, 2007

Betterment Kickoff in Canton, September 18, 2007

Canton Chapter Board of Directors:
Barbara Abbott
Darla Brown

Denise Fedder

Kaley Guiley
Elizabeth Jacob

Chellsea Mastroinne

Sarah Ozar
Kara Wedekamm
Amy Weisbrod
Dave Zingery

Canton Host Committee:
Tara Bender

Elizabeth Degenhard
Char Graham

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