Pay It Forward MADE Awards $17,500 to 25 Businesses

(May 11, 2020 - Mason, OH) The Mason Deerfield Chamber Community Development Corporation (MADECDC) has awarded $17,500 in Pay it Forward MADE grants to local businesses who applied for the first round of local relief in the Mason-Deerfield region. The funding for the grants was raised by residents and business owners who contributed to a crowdfunding campaign from April 14 – April 29. The campaign has remained open for contributions and has raised an additional $16,000 since April 30. To date, the campaign has raised over $33,000 through 162 contributions. Contributions are currently ranging from $10 - $10,000 and continue to come in daily.

All 25 businesses that applied for funding in the first round were awarded funds. The grants ranged from $250 - $1,000 to assist businesses as they maintain or restart operations. Grant amounts were determined by a volunteer selection committee of Mason and Deerfield area business and community leaders. The businesses who applied for funding employ 145 people in the Mason-Deerfield region and have a total average annual payroll of $3.2 million. The total amount of relief requested was $152,000. Eighteen of the businesses who applied are located in Mason, and seven of the businesses who applied are located in Deerfield Township.

“We are so grateful to the Mason-Deerfield community for their generosity,” stated Michael Trebour of Frutta Bowls in Deerfield. “We needed to create a sneeze guard barrier to put at our register for when we are able to open, so this definitely helps us get that going. We can't thank you all enough for this. It really is a huge help.”

“During this time of great uncertainty and even fear, the Mason Deerfield Chamber and CDC have been an absolute powerhouse of positivity and help to area businesses, giving us a lot of hope and guidance to get through this crisis,” stated Charlie Andrews, owner of Badges Drum Shop in Mason. “Thank you for leading, problem solving, and going above and beyond.”

The MADECDC will re-open the grant application window May 12 - May 15, for a second round of Pay It Forward MADE grants. Exhibiting the true spirit of the Pay It Forward MADE Program, three businesses who were initially awarded grants in round one, have elected to contribute those funds back to the Pay It Forward Fund. That puts the funding pool for round two at $18,000, with the maximum individual grant award set at $1,000. Following is how one of those “pay it forward” businesses described their decision:

“While things are going to be difficult, I think that there are other businesses in our community that may need the grant money to keep the doors open, so please put those monies offered to my business back into your program to help someone else that may have a need greater than my own,” stated an award recipient of the program who is also a Mason resident of 35 years. “We all want everyone to come out of this. We need a thriving local business community to maintain the character and charm that makes this region so special. I find it almost self-serving to put my name to an attitude that is shared by many of the business owners that I know.”

To apply for the program, visit

Not all businesses who received awards are featured here.

Complete list of program donors through May 10 listed here:

R.E. Middleton Construction United2Support Shine Like Sable Foundation Timbelo, Inc. Randall & Gina Kuvin Tyler & Erica Buckner Scott & Joy Bennett Kevin & Marsha Wise Dee Schuessler Joyanna Blank Gensuite, LLC Bill & Kathy Kinane Alex & Sherry Taylor John & Debbie Kramer Jim & Linda Spaeth Craig & Jamie Natorp Mark Bulgar Scott & Sarah McClain Bill & Christina Keim Dr, George Sehi Ashley & Beth Chance Dave & Janet Nelson Bob & Carrie Monley Mark & Nicole Haake Heartlinks by Allison Steve & Gina Sanders Bryan & Barbara Hogan Nick & Anna Bogan David & Julie Yost Dennis & Sandy Bogan Diana Nelson Dave & Kelly Moushey Jim & Danita Enouen Jonathan & Michelle Cooper Greg & Amy Moser Prashant & Shyamala Jagtap Steve & Heather McKee Dr. DeAnn Hurtado Julie Ilg Peter & Carol Harrison Dick & Jane Yost Don & Pat Williams Olav & Chantale Bergset Roger & Jackie Wilson Ron & Paula Herman The Goddard School on Reading Rd. Julius & Julie Montgomery Demming Bass Ian Liddell Ryan & Amy Cleary Peg & Greg Elfers Patti & John Mulkie Preeti & Steve Sullivan Brian & Brittany Garlock Mike & Betty Emmons Jeff & Mona Day Christa & Eric Bishop Rob & Amy Middleton Jill Kandell Nathan & Whitney Decker Sailaja Chintalapalli Charles & Natalie Galvin Jeff & Tracey Carson Andria Shrock Shorten & Ryan Funeral Home Michael Ryan Bryan & Casey Moran Matt & Carrie Steele Chris & Barbie Champ Vito & Laura Peraino Trish Simmons Dr. David Berring John & Barbara Spaeth Josh & Holly Styrcula Joe Patrick Ben & Lisa Thamann Tom & Bonnie Collins Mark Andrea Mike & Julie Wielonski Todd & Jenna Hudson Robin & Charlie Maxim Craig & Nancy Hoon Lina Patel Nancy Wagner Bill McBrayer Tim, Barb & O'Brien Family TJ Honerlaw Patrick & Jackie Quigley Amit Shukla Mark & Amy Lortz Kevin Baas Mike & Melinda Kelly Tim & Richelle Traut Julie Altherr Mark Allen Susan Chace Sara & Ettore Mosca Lisa Hockett Brielle Maynor Scot Lahrmer Shawn & Sarah Skidmore Amy Lang Whitney Westrich Kristopher & Kelly Cathcart Shannon & Kristy Faulkner Chris Centofanti Doug & Jenni Grandstaff Emily Van Cleve Pete & Cyndie Mychalishyn Kathy Popovich The Crociata Family Tricia & Bill Mormon Courtney Allen Dr. Gail Kist-Kline Judy Marten Tim & Mary Senff Virginia Neal Bill DeLong Crystal Maag Kirsten & Gene Lupinski Jessica Vick Amy Connor Ron & Linda Prater Robin & Phil McCluggage Amy Mercer Zach Jenkins Geoffrey & Ashley Struggles David Lee Swati Bhowmik Meredith & Tim Raffel Mark & Mary-Ellen Theisen Melissa Akin Michael & Katie DePompei Karthik Raghavan Ian & Lindsey Hummel Kamak Sharma Doug & Sharon King Sandra Lettie Tracy Athan Karen Hudson Mark & Adria Haines Jeanette Cha Michelle Sloan Alicia Farbstein Aimee Neal Christopher Hubbard Laura Contreras Michelle Kling Joan Hill Sebastian & Michelle Di Loreto Tarot Mark Cramer Keith & Amber Ayers Diane & Jeff Altherr Nicole Rogers Aaron Reid Kavita Datta Rich & Judy Cox

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