VAN WERT, Ohio – The Marsh Foundation held their alumni reunion and 100-year anniversary celebration September 16 and 17. The weekend began with an alumni dinner and program on Friday evening. On Saturday, campus was open for a myriad of fun activities, tours and demonstrations highlighting the many strengths of the organiza
Established more than 100 years ago by George H. Marsh’s last will and testament, The Marsh has spent a century serving children and families. Established as a children’s home and orphanage, the campus has served more than 2,514 children in those years. The impact the Marsh family has had is far-reaching and the organization looked at the 100th anniversary as an opportunity to thank the community that has supported their mission for the past century.
“At The Marsh Foundation, we do not stand isolated. We rely on many in the community to be successful. We are very grateful for the generous support of the Van Wert community,” said Kim Mullins, executive director of Child and Family Services at The Marsh. “In addition to thanking the community, we also wanted to take this opportunity
to educate individuals about the services and programming we offer,” she said.
Saturday featured open fishing at the pond, facepainting, horse program demonstrations, open houses and tours, inflatables, a book signing by author Tori Hope Petersen, food trucks, corn hole, a concert featuring Denver and the Mile High Orchestra, fireworks and more.
“Our goal was to have something for everyone,” said executive secretary and treasurer Jeff Grothouse. “We wanted the weekend to be spectacular and we feel that it was,” he added. The concert in the Bagley auditorium was well attended and enjoyed by many. The boisterous fireworks display was a fantastic conclusion to a meaningful weekend.
“We are honored to be continuing the work and legacy of George Marsh and his family,” said director of education and school principal Robbie Breese. “We couldn’t do what we do without the dedicated support of our staff and the continued generosity of our community. We are so thankful that so many people came out to support us and enjoy our 100-year celebration.”
Photo caption: Hundreds of people visited The Marsh campus and for the alumni reunion and 100-year celebration.