Locals to be honored during MLK celebration
Two locals are to be honored as the Peacemaker Award winners with their work with homelessness this year during the annual Tiffin-Seneca Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Community Celebration.
Tiffin-Seneca United Way Director Patricia DeMonte and former Tiffin Mayor James Boroff will be honored with the award during the program at 7:15 p.m. Jan. 20 at Faith United Methodist Church, 75 N. Sandusky St.
“When we were discussing themes for the event, we wondered what Dr. King would say today,” Gene Chintala, member of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Community Celebration committee, said.
Chintala said one topic is on poverty in today’s society and the changes since the 1963, “I have a Dream” speech.
“We looked at what was being done in Tiffin and recalled that former mayor Boroff started an effort to address the issue and DeMonte, through the United Way had worked with the city to address the homeless issue,” Chintala said, on choosing the Peacemaker honorees this year.
Since their work, the community now has the shelter, The Morrison House and other community efforts to help those in need.
Since August 2000 DeMonte has served as the executive director of the Tiffin-Seneca United Way where she has been involved in fundraising, donor relations, extensive grant writing, annual gift campaign, business management, community building with non-profit agencies, community engagement, special events planning and execution. She has over 26 years of experience in nonprofit management.
DeMonte has a bachelor of science in business administration from the University of Phoenix. She also attended Pensacola Jr. College, majoring in Accounting while working towards her Associates degree.
Former Executive Director of the Seneca County Agency Transportation (SCAT), DeMonte was instrumental in designing and developing the non-profit agency with the coordinated transportation system that serves the residents of Seneca County with their critical transportation needs.
DeMonte is very active in the community, serving on several boards and organizations including the Seneca County Council of Homelessness (formerly the Community Task Force).
Also being honored is Boroff who was born and raised in Tiffin. He graduated from Columbian High School and, upon receiving his bachelor degree from Heidelberg University (College), spent two years in Washington, D.C. working as a Scientific and Technical Photographer for the F.B.I.
Returning to Tiffin, he started his own commercial photography and graphic arts business which he ran successfully for almost 35 years. During that time, He and his wife, Bonnie, published a weekly newspaper, “The Open Market” for almost 20 years.
Boroff also served on Tiffin City Council for eight years and was later elected mayor. Since leaving office, he is now in his ninth year as a substitute teacher in the elementary grades in the Tiffin City School District.
Boroff also is a supply minister for the Presbyterian Church serving various congregations throughout northwest Ohio on a weekly basis.
Throughout his career, Jim has been active on dozens of local boards, commissions and service organizations.
The keynote speaker for the event is to be Jason Daniels, president and CEO of JAYRAMON, LLC, a consulting firm focusing on philanthropy and management.
The program will also include the award-winning essays read by local school children and a performance by the Tiffin University Gospel Choir.
The 7:15 p.m. program is free and open to the public, but those wishing to attend the dinner, must make reservations to attend.
The dinner is to take place at 6 p.m. on Jan. 20 at the church in the Fellowship Hall, 75 N. Sandusky St.
To make a reservation for dinner, call (419) 448-2207 Thursday.
The cost of the dinner is $20 for adults and $5 for children 4-10 years old.