honored for philanthropy in Appalachia
IRONTON -- When it comes to giving back to his
community, W. Guy Spriggs
is quite a guy.Spriggs
, an Ashland resident and an Ironton native, has been named an outstanding philanthropist by the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio
.The award was presented during a luncheon earlier this month in Zanesville.
For the past five years, Spriggs
has donated more than $250,000 to community projects in the Tri-State.One year, the donation was some $400,000.
"I,ve been extremely blessed," Spriggs
said."I,m trying to share my blessings.It,s important to try to help out those who really need help in this community.There,s a lot of need here.There are a lot of people out there who go to bed hungry or who can,t read."Spriggs
learned the lesson about giving back to the community from his
parents."The Spriggs family has always tried to be an important part of their community," he
was nominated for the award by Mary Witten Wiseman, president of the Foundation for the Tri-State Community.
"They were looking for people from Appalachian Ohio who made a difference in the Appalachian Ohio region," she
The purpose of the philanthropic recognition luncheon which honored 10 people from the 29-county region in Appalachian Ohio is to try to promote giving back to the community, she
While the area covers a third of the counties in the state, it,s home to only 14 percent of the state population and holds less than 2 percent of the state,s charitable assets.Spriggs, a former principal at Spriggs Distributing in Ironton, Eagle Distributing in Ashland and Eagle Distributing in Huntington, is "semi-retired now."He is a past president of the Ironton City Schools Foundation and chairman of the Ohio University-Southern capital campaign.He
has supported a number of different projects and organizations in the Tri-State as chairman of the Guy Spriggs Charitable Trust
"Someone told me that if you want to build a better America, start by building better Americans," Spriggs
said."I believe in programs that teach people values and respect."
In 2000, Spriggs
established a scholarship program at Marshall University
, Shawnee State University
, Ohio University-Southern
and Ashland Community
and Technical College
for the children of local law enforcement officers and firefighters.