ForeverDads announces new Board President Jason L. Wilhelm

New Board President has high ambitions for solidifying the permanence of ForeverDads in our community.

ZANESVILLE, OH – ForeverDads, a regional community based non-profit that provides programming and connects them to resources for fathers and families, is pleased to announce its new Board President for 2018.

Jason Wilhelm has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2014 and now is stepping into the role of President.

Jason is excited to take on this role. “With the help of an amazing wife, I am a father to four fantastic children. As a forever dad, I want to have a positive ...

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Tribute to Fatherhood 2018

Reserve Seating

Thursday • March 8, 2018 • 6pm

North Terrace Church of Christ

Come join families, friends, and community leaders in an evening to celebrate the Legacy of Fatherhood as we honor local fathers who are devoted to their families and committed to our communities. Included as part of our annual meeting, is the award presentation to volunteers who have made a difference in ForeverDads this past year.

Check our Tribute page for updates on honorees and our sponsorship information.

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Honoree Spotlight: Dr. Nick A. Sarap

Dr. Nick A. Sarap was born and raised in Steubenville, Ohio, son of Ann and Nick Sarap. Nick learned the value of hard work from his father. Because there was no money for higher education Nick started his own business at age 16. He would get up very early every morning in the summer, drive 40 miles to Pittsburgh to the railroad Produce Yards and buy fresh produce. He would than sell the produce door to door in his hometown. Nick made enough money to pay for both his college and medical school education.

Nick attended Bethany College, played on the baseball ...

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Honoree Spotlight: Ed Bowman

Ed Bowman was born in Zanesville to James and Sylvia Bowman. He graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas High School. After high school, he was drafted into the Army and served his country in the Korean War.

Upon returning from Korea, Ed married Ruth Harmon. Soon after he began working for the US Postal service. Ruth and Ed then started a family that eventually grew to five children. Ed also has six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

In 1964 Ed was asked to coach the St. Thomas 8th grade basketball team. Ed’s coaching ...

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Honoree Spotlight: James Adornetto

James L. (Jimmy) Adornetto is the son of Sicilian immigrants Phillip and Catherine Adornetto. He was born in Zanesville, Ohio. Jimmy is a lifelong member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. He attended St. Thomas Elementary school and graduated from Bishop Rosecrans. Jimmy was married to Connie with whom he shares one son, Adrian. Following their separation, Jimmy shared many memories with the late Jody Spencer. Adrian and wife Erika, and her two children Jase and Gabriella Grandstaff, have welcomed son Enzo James and daughter Giada Catherine Adornetto into their extended family. Jimmy

Jimmy got his first taste of entrepreneurship ...

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Honoree Spotlight: Ron Spiker

Ron Spiker was a quiet man who showed his passion and caring through his actions more so than through his words. Ron was dedicated to his family, his church, his community and his farm.

Ron was the son of Mabel and the late Stewart Spiker. He was born in Akron, moved to Muskingum County as a young child and graduated from John Glenn High School. Ron received his Bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics and a Master’s degree in agribusiness from The Ohio State University. After graduation he began working for Farm Credit Services until ...

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Honoree Spotlight: Dr. Raymond D. Watiker

Dr. Raymond D. Watiker was born in Zanesville, Ohio, to the late Albert and Lora Watiker. Dr. Watiker graduated from Zanesville High School and was a proud member of the Army Reserves. Dr. Watiker completed his undergraduate studies at Ohio University and went on to earn his Doctor of Dental Surgery from The Ohio State University.

Dr. Watiker opened his first practice in Cincinnati, Ohio for two years. Then in 1970, Dr. Watiker and his family relocated to their hometown of Zanesville. Almost 50 years later, Dr. Watiker’s practice remains a pillar in the community ...

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Literacy Changes Lives – an interview with Steve Stewart

Our own Steve Stewart was recently interviewed by ProLiteracy to speak about Everybody Loves F.R.E.D and the work we're doing with Literacy Development for Fathers and Families in Muskingum County.

Watch Literacy Changes Lives (2 min video)

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Sixth Annual ForeverDads Tribute to Fatherhood to be held Thursday, March 9 at North Terrace Church of Christ

Five local fathers to be honored during annual fundraising event

ZANESVILLE, OH – ForeverDads, a regional non-profit that provides programming and resources to fathers and families, is hosting its annual fundraising celebration. The event celebrates the Legacy of Fatherhood, honoring Robert Bumpus, Carroll Fink, James Gaiters, Michael Lutz and Hugh Maxwell, for their devotion to being a dad and commitment to their community.

Advanced general reserved seating at the event is $35, which includes dinner. Limited table sponsorships are also available.

Burl Lemon, Executive Director of ForeverDads is enthusiastic about the event, in its sixth year. “The Tribute to Fatherhood is ...

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