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Farrah Cooperider named 2017 Utica Difference Maker

August 17, 2017

NEWARK, Ohio – Farrah Cooperider doesn’t know the meaning of rest when it comes to volunteering for good causes. Because of her selflessness and willingness to regularly support no less than six organizations, The Park National Bank (Park) has honored her as the 2017 Utica Community Difference Maker.

The award was presented during a celebration breakfast today at Utica United Methodist Church, where John Rodeniser won a special raffle and selected the Utica Area Foundation to receive $200 from Park.

As a volunteer for the past 12 years with Utica LaSertoma, Cooperider has worked the food and drink stands and parking for the annual Utica Ice Cream Festival, which raises money for the community at large. She volunteered to handle the trash as well so the organization could put more money toward its fundraising. She also is an advisor for the LaSertoma Volunteers Youth Group, whose students help others in the community in need.

She cooks all the food and handles the setup, tear-down and gift shopping for the North Fork Newton Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization Breakfast with Santa fundraiser. She is treasurer for the McKean High School baseball team and runs the concession stand, helps with field maintenance and handles the annual pancake fundraiser. She helps run the gymnasium concession stand for other sports, too. Cooperider also is a board member for the North Fork Local School District.

For the past eight years Cooperider has collected raffle prizes and supplies food and drinks to participants in the Maci Randall Memorial Golf Outing, which offers school trip scholarships to children in need. Cooperider selected the Maci Randall Memorial Foundation to receive $500 as part of her Difference Maker award.

Cooperider’s friend since junior high school, Angela Woodrow, wrote in her nomination that “Farrah is not only a great asset to the community and the schools but a wonderful asset to many people. She is one person that you can put all your trust in and always get the same in return.”

Park sought nominations from community members to identify the neighbors who go the extra mile to make a positive difference in other’s lives and in Utica. Past winners include Bill and Jane Simmons, Bruce Hissong, Ron Hiltner and John Rodeniser.

“What Farrah has shown is how much better off all these organizations are thanks to her time and passion,” said Lori Tabler, manager of Park’s Utica banking office. “She truly wants to help others and believes in supporting organizations that ensure the next generation will thrive.”

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