More than 300 members of the community and faculty of Marietta College gathered Thursday evening for the College's Founders Day celebration. The College, celebrating its 185th birthday, has been an integral part of the Mid-Ohio Valley community. During the celebration, Marietta College recognized faculty, staff, and community members for their partnership and collaboration with the College. Marian Clowes, Parkersburg Area Community Foundation's Associate Director for Community Leadership received a Linsley Community Partner Award for her continued partnership and advocacy of the College's Nonprofits LEAD program.

Nonprofits LEAD works to build a strong, sustainable nonprofit community in the Mid-Ohio Valley in which every organization can effectively and efficiently achieve its mission. By working in partnership with other area funders, Nonprofits LEAD's vision that every nonprofit will have the tools, resources, knowledge, and support they need to meet the needs of their community is coming to fruition.

"One of the Foundation priorities is to strengthen the nonprofit sector in our region; there is no better way to do that than by supporting Nonprofits LEAD," said Marian Clowes. "Nonprofits LEAD's programs, services, and technical support are highly impactful for nonprofits, and it has been great to partner with Nonprofits LEAD and to support their work."

Photo caption: Marian Clowes (center) is presented the Linsley Community Partner Award from representatives of Marietta College.