Arriving in Parkersburg in 1942, Lilian and Leo Levey devoted themselves to their family, their work, and their community. In 1950, both began working with Sid's Furniture Mart in downtown Parkersburg, with Leo serving for forty years as company president and Lilian as company auditor, until retirement. As Leo was a former PACF Board Member, the couple created the Lilian and Leo Levey Fund to support the Foundation's Annual Meeting celebration.

The Levey's only daughter, Sarajane Avidon, was a 1959 Parkersburg High School graduate and a talented actress, artist and musician. A founding member of the Chicago Shakespeare Theater and published author, Sarajane passed away in Chicago after a long struggle with cancer. To commemorate Sarajane's lifetime of interest and service to the arts, the "Sarajane (Levey) Avidon Fund for the Arts" was formed by Sarajane's family, husband, Dick Simpson; brothers, Michael and Andrew; and children August and Kate Donley, and two grandchildren.

This fund ensures that Sarajane's love of the arts is fondly remembered forever by citizens of her hometown as arts groups benefit in perpetuity from her fund's grants.