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.

2014

This event would not have been possible without the generosity of guests and businesses from throughout northwest Ohio. Thank you for your financial support and for investing in our students. The event raised nearly $50,000 for student scholarships. Click here to view a photo gallery of the evening’s festivities.

Organization: Wauseon Rotary Club
Service above self is the motto that rotarians around the world live by, and it is something the members of the Wauseon Rotary Club put into action. Founded in 1962, the Wauseon Rotary Club consists of men and women who work to support and improve the local community. The Wauseon club has set the tone in northwest Ohio as outstanding fundraisers, willing project partners and dedicated volunteers who can successfully complete major service projects. The club’s largest project to date is Dorothy B. Biddle Park, a 78-acre recreational park in Wauseon containing baseball and softball fields,basketball and volleyball courts, soccer fields and a football field. Starting with a $1.25 million donation from Dorothy Biddle, the Wauseon Rotary Club raised an additional $1.7 million dollars to make the park a reality. In addition to local projects, the club has made an impact abroad through partnerships with Rotary International’s End Polio Now campaign and the Archbold Rotary Club’s Haiti water project.

Business: Rupp Seeds
For three generations, Rupp Seeds has been helping farm families feed their friends and neighbors at home and around the world. This family-owned business, headquartered outside of Wauseon, Ohio, was founded in 1946 by Sylvan Rupp. The company got its start selling corn seed, soybean, wheat and oat varieties to local farmers. In 1985, with Sylvan’s son Roger at the helm, the company expanded into the vegetable seed market. Rupp Seeds now offers numerous varieties of specially-bred seeds that cater to smaller growers. In addition to the local market, Rupp has customers throughout the United States, Canada, South America, Europe and Africa, which they maintain by offering quality products and customer service. Rupp Seeds is committed to supporting communities both locally and afar, donating corn to Africa, giving vegetables to area senior centers and supporting local FFA, music and arts programs.

Individual: John Wilson
Many have said that John Wilson does not know a stranger,and with his extensive list of volunteer work and professional achievements, it is easy to see why. His passion for education has been displayed in many forms; first as a teacher and later in administrative roles at both Four County Career Center and what was then Northwest Technical College. John has touched countless lives through his work in Gideons International and the Bill Glass Champions for Life prison ministry. He is a decorated veteran of the U.S. National Guard, a consultant for numerous international companies and deacon and chairman for his church. No matter the task, there is a common theme to everything John does, and that is reaching out to people and making a positive impact in their lives.

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

  • Rupp Seeds, Inc.
  • Sauder Woodworking Company
  • Archbold Equipment Company
  • Automatic Feed Company
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • Mercy Defiance Hospital & Mercy Defiance Clinic
  • Shultz Huber & Associates
  • SJS Investment Consulting, Inc.
  • Spangler Candy Company
  • State Bank
  • Altenloh, Brinck & Co. U.S., Inc.
  • The Black Lantern, Ltd.
  • D&R Continuous Improvement
  • Farmers & Merchants State Bank
  • First Federal Bank
  • German Mutual Insurance Company
  • Gordon Food Service
  • Haas Door Company
  • Huntington Bank
  • METZGERS Printing + Mailing
  • Parkview Physicians Group
  • ProMedica Defiance Regional Hospital
  • Sandra K. Barber
  • Sauder Manufacturing Company
  • Swanton Welding & Machining Company, Inc.

2013

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. Click here to view a photo gallery from the evening.

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.

2012

The 2012 Green Carpet Event recognized three worthy Making a Difference Award winners and raised more than $40,000 for student scholarships.

Organization: Henry County Hospital
Henry County Hospital has been a fixture in the community since it opened its doors in 1982. Since that time, the hospital has nearly doubled in size, but never has it wavered in its commitment to the community. HCH’s vision is to improve the health of the community by being the best place for patients to receive care, for employees to work, and for physicians to practice medicine. Its dedication to this vision is clear by the numerous awards and accolades it has received over the last several years. These awards include the BEST 100 places to work from Modern Healthcare magazine, and the 2011 Overall Top Performer Hospital in Inpatient Care Services. In the community, HCH has actively supported events such as Family Fitness Night, Henry County Kidz Fest, and Relay for Life. The hospital also has a history of securing grants and funding programs that provide additional healthcare opportunities to underinsured individuals in the community.

Business: Campbell Soup Company
It’s amazing what soup can do, not only when creating a delicious meal, but also when it comes to supporting the local economy. Campbell Soup Company, located in Napoleon, Ohio, has long been a supporter of the communities in northwest Ohio. In addition to employing between 1,200 and 1,400 local workers, the plant also purchases 60 percent of its produce from Ohio farmers. From carrots to greens, over 16,000 tons of vegetables used at Campbell Soup per year come from local farmers. In addition to its support of the local economy, Campbell Soup Company has made generous contributions to various charities and foundations. Locally, employees at the plant pulled together and collected over $50,000 for the United Way of Henry County and $70,000 for Relay for Life. Nationally, the company has been recognized for launching a $10 million initiative to reduce childhood obesity.

Individual: Judge Steven R. Bird
The Honorable Steven R. Bird has served as judge of the Williams County Juvenile and Probate Court since 1997. He has been active in the Ohio Association of Juvenile and Family Court Judges where he served two terms on the Board of Trustees. Judge Bird has been recognized by his peers as being committed to bettering the community in his work as a volunteer; in his compassionate treatment of youth and families during the course of his work as a juvenile court judge; and in his passionate pursuit of improved programming and collaboration within the system of care in Williams County. Judge Bird is actively involved in his church, both youth and adult ministries and prison ministry. He is a founding board member of Community Advocates for Healthy Families and, in 2008, convened the Williams County Summit on Children.

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

  • Campbell Soup Company
  • Rupp Seeds
  • Sauder Woodworking Company
  • Archbold Container Corporation
  • Archbold Equipment Company
  • METZGERS Printing + Mailing
  • SJS Investment Consulting, Inc.
  • Spangler Candy Company
  • Altenloh, Brinck & Company, U.S., Inc.
  • D&R Continuous Improvement Systems
  • German Mutual Insurance Company
  • Gordon Food Services
  • ProMedica Defiance Regional Hospital
  • Sandra K. Barber
  • Swanton Welding & Machining Company, Inc.
  • The State Bank and Trust Company

2011

In addition to the Making a Difference Awards, silent auction and gourmet food stations, guests enjoyed a comedy and magic show by Dick Stoner, illusionist. The evening raised more than $30,000 for student scholarships at NSCC.

Organization: Sara’s Garden
Sara’s Garden is a non-profit organization that began as the result of a tragedy and has grown to become an invaluable resource for families throughout northwest Ohio and beyond. On March 15, 2002, Sara Joy Rychener gave birth to a son, Jackson David. Hours after delivery, Sara passed away from unknown causes and Jackson was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Unwilling to accept the grim predictions about what Jackson would not be, his father and grandparents began seeking alternative treatments for him. After extensive research efforts, the family discovered the healing benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy and conductive education, both treatments that they now offer through the services of Sara’s Garden. As a result of their dedication, Sara’s Garden has been able to help families who are emotionally, physically and financially strained during their own quest for the treatment of loved ones.

Business: Farmers & Merchants State Bank
The Farmers & Merchants State Bank has been committed to the growth of northwest Ohio since its inception in 1897. Although Fulton County has always been home for F&M headquarters, the bank began expanding its presence in 1973. Over the past 38 years, F&M has expanded its operations to include 19 offices in Williams, Henry, Defiance, Lucas and Wood Counties in Ohio, and DeKalb and Steuben Counties in Indiana. Throughout its 114 years of successful growth, Farmers & Merchants State Bank has continued its commitment to providing quality customer service and effectively supplying the right products to meet the financial needs of individuals, farmers, businesses and industries. In addition to its banking services, F&M has also devoted over $100,000 annually to donate back to the communities it serves. This philanthropic spirit is shared by the bank’s 270 employees who live, work, shop and volunteer in their own communities.

Individual: Dean Spangler
Dean Spangler currently serves as chairman and CEO of Spangler Candy Company in Bryan, Ohio. Representing the third generation of Spanglers to lead the company, Dean has an impressive background in leadership and business management. A graduate of Michigan State University, Dean began his career in public accounting with Arthur Andersen & Company’s Cleveland office. Prior to his appointment as head of Spangler Candy, he served for ten years as president of Boren Brick in North Carolina. Dean has been active throughout his career in various community, civic, and national industry organizations. He is a past president and past board member of the Bryan Chamber of Commerce, past board member at Orchard Hills Country Club, past vice chair of the Bryan Economic Growth Council, and chairman of the board of the Bryan Area Foundation. In 2001, Dean was recognized as northwest Ohio’s Entrepreneur of the Year and was also a finalist for the national award.

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

  • Archbold Container Corporation
  • Farmers & Merchants State Bank
  • Rupp Seeds
  • Sauder Woodworking Company
  • METZGERS Printing + Mailing
  • Spangler Candy Company
  • SJS Investment Counseling, Inc.
  • Archbold Equipment Company
  • Current Office Solutions
  • Defiance Clinic and Mercy Hospital of Defiance
  • German Mutual Insurance Company
  • The State Bank and Trust Company