Cornerstone Award recipient
Resident's giving nature has lasting impact
Giving just comes naturally for Beth Grimes-Flood.
Her two children have long since graduated from Bexley High School and have moved out of state to start successful families and careers of their own.
Her husband died in 2004.
But it's Bexley, where she has lived for the past 30 years, that she still calls home.
Grimes-Flood gives in many ways. She gives of her time and her talents, and has established a leadership fund with the Bexley Education Foundation in order to help high school students realize their undiscovered leadership skills.
Even though she no longer has children in Bexley's schools, she remains dedicated to their success -- and for that love and dedication, she is being recognized.
The Bexley Community Foundation recently selected Grimes-Flood as this year's recipient of its Cornerstone Award for Philanthropy and Service.
She also recently was named the recipient of the Central Ohio Planned Giving Council's Leave a Legacy Award.
"This community has given me so much, I want to stay here and be a part of its continued growth," said Grimes-Flood. "It's all about giving back -- that's what philanthropy means to me."
Over the years, Grimes-Flood said she's seen multiple generations before her give of their time and talents. They served as role models for her, as she admired their dedication.
Susan Quintenz, chairwoman of the Bexley Community Foundation, said Grimes-Flood's strong and persistent dedication to the Bexley community made her a natural for the Cornerstone Award.
"Beth always asks the same question before committing to Bexley causes," Quintenz said. " 'Is it good for Bexley?' If so, she willingly adds her name and becomes a partner. From donating funds to improve the plant material on Delmar Avenue to opening her house -- twice -- for the Bexley House and Garden Tour, to leaving planned gifts to both the Bexley Community Foundation and the Bexley Education Foundation, Beth is an unparalleled advocate for the entire Bexley community."
The Bexley Community Foundation established the Cornerstone Award in 2011 to honor current and former Bexley residents for their philanthropy and service to Bexley.
Grimes-Flood was nominated for the Leave a Legacy Award by the Bexley Education Foundation in recognition of her commitment to promoting planned gifts.
"Beth Grimes-Flood is a woman of quiet determination who focuses on helping children, advancing education and supporting the arts," said Pam Glasgow, executive director of the Bexley Education Foundation. "She is a tremendous asset to our community."
Grimes-Flood speaks humbly about her service to community, saying she is just doing what she loves to do. In fact, her husband used to joke and ask her if she could ever just be a part of a project or organization -- instead of leading it.
"I am just grateful I have the time to give," she said.
Grimes-Flood's list of volunteer commitments, both to the broader Columbus community and to Bexley, is long. She is a past president of the Women's Board of the Columbus Museum of Art, a member of the ProMusica Sustaining Board, a 20-year volunteer with the Childhood League and a member of Nationwide Children's Hospital Twig 3.
Closer to home, Grimes-Flood also served as a past president of the Maryland Avenue Elementary PTO, helped to lead a Bexley City School district levy campaign, was an early supporter of the Bexley Community Foundation and has led various fundraising efforts for the Bexley Education Foundation.
Following the death of her husband, Howard "Pete" Grimes, in 2004, Grimes-Flood and her two sons, William and Michael, established the Pete Grimes "Just Do It" Fund with the Bexley Education Foundation. The endowment supports an annual leadership program for Bexley High School sophomores and juniors, now in its ninth year.
To date, around 200 students have completed the course, which Grimes-Flood tries to attend each year.
"I thought (my husband) was a good role model and it would be a good tribute to him," she said.
Grimes-Flood was scheduled to receive the Cornerstone Award Oct. 2, and the Leave a Legacy Award on Nov. 26.