The Northwest State Community College Foundation sponsors the annual Green Carpet Event, which highlights the Making a Difference Award winners and raises money for student scholarships.

“The Making a Difference Award was established in 2010 to honor outstanding community partners. These businesses, organizations and individuals have made significant contributions to the five-county area through employment, service, leadership and more,” said Robbin Wilcox, NSCC director of development. “This award reaches beyond Northwest State itself and is truly about how these community partners have a made a difference in the communities that Northwest State serves.”

Click on any year below to learn more about the event and the Making a Difference Award winners.


It was an evening of laughter, food and fun for nearly 200 guests. The highlight of the evening was the fourth annual Making a Difference Awards, which showcase a local businesses, organization and individual. In addition to the fun and recognition, the event raised over $50,000 for student scholarships at Northwest State.

Organization: Fellowship of Christian Athletes
FCA is part of the Northwest Ohio Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Its ministry focuses on five counties in northwest Ohio and two counties in southeast Michigan. With a small board of directors supported by hundreds of volunteers, FCA challenges coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA is the largest Christian sports organization in world, and its focus is to develop leaders who will make an impact in their school and community. Outside of the schools, FCA has community ministries that reach out to those in need through partnerships with local churches, businesses, parents and volunteers.

Business: Chief Supermarket
Chief Supermarket’s first store opened in 1951 in Defiance, Ohio. Since then, the company has expanded to include thirteen locations across northwest and west central Ohio. Chief’s founders made a commitment that the company would be a community leader; standing for honesty, integrity and fairness. In addition to donating to hundreds of local projects, Chief annually supports seven organizations in company-wide campaigns: The American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Boy Scouts of America, West Ohio Food Bank Check Out for Hunger, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Neighbors in Need, Christmas for Kids and Toys for Tots.

Individual: Pamela Hayman-Weaner
Pamela Hayman-Weaner has touched the lives of countless people through her work at Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO) and the Family Justice Centers of Northwest Ohio. In 1993, Hayman-Weaner was the driving force behind the formation of the Defiance County Domestic Violence Taskforce. In addition to improving criminal justice response to domestic violence victims, she, LAWO and the taskforce led the effort in creating the Family Justice Centers of Northwest Ohio. The Family Justice Center provides immediate care and help for victims of domestic violence in six local counties. Hayman-Weaner’s efforts with the Justice Center resulted in not only a state-wide initiative, but also a national model for communities to provide comprehensive services to victims and their families. As part of her work for LAWO, Hayman-Weaner provides training and instruction to law enforcement, social workers, healthcare professionals, attorneys and other advocates for victims of domestic violence, the poor and the abused.

All proceeds from the Green Carpet Event benefit student scholarships. Sponsors of the evening included:

  • Rupp Seeds
  • Sauder Woodworking Company
  • Altenloh, Brink & Co. US, Inc.
  • Archbold Container Corporation
  • Archbold Equipment Company
  • Bryan Metals,
  • Campbell Soup Company
  • D&R Continuous Improvement
  • METZGERS Printing + Mailing
  • Reifel Industries, Inc.
  • Shultz Huber & Associates
  • SJS Investment Consulting, Inc.
  • Spangler Candy Company
  • The State Bank & Trust Company
  • Sandra K. Barber
  • Current Office Solutions
  • Farmers & Merchants State Bank
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • Gordon Food Services, Huntington Bank
  • Keller Logistics Group, Inc.
  • Mercy Defiance Hospital & Mercy Defiance Clinic
  • ProMedica Defiance Regional Hospital
  • Sauder Manufacturing Company
  • Swanton Welding & Machining Co, Inc.