Amelita Mirolo may not be a household name in Upper Arlington, but her legacy looks to forever change the future of the community.

Amelita Mirolo may not be a household name in Upper Arlington, but her legacy looks to forever change the future of the community.

The Mirolo Charitable Foundation, formed by Mirolo in 1993, has donated $150,000 to the Upper Arlington Community Foundation's barn-raising project. The historical barn, which will be called the Amelita Mirolo Barn, will be erected at Sunny 95 Park beginning Sept. 26.

Paul Bloomfield, a trustee of Mirolo's will and foundation, said Mirolo, who passed away in 2006, dedicated her life to philanthropy and was active in the arts, education, medicine and her church.

During her life, Mirolo gave more than $1-mllion to both the Pontifical College Josephinum on North High Street and to her local parish, St. Agatha, in Upper Arlington.

She was a first-generation American who was born to Italian immigrants in Grandview. Her parents owned the Ardit Mosaic-Tile & Marble Company, which Amelita and her brother Peter ran together until 1983, when Peter died.

Mirolo continued to run the company until 1991, when she sold the business and retired.

Bloomfield said he thought the community foundation's barn project would be a perfect fit for the Mirolo Charitable Foundation.

"She lived a great deal of her life in Arlington," he said. "She loved the community and the arts, and we thought it would be a great fit."

He said he found out about the project this spring and decided to investigate how to become involved with the barn, which will be used as an all-season facility for city and community events.

"We thought it would be a good place to focus," Bloomfield said.

Debbie Phillips Bower, chair of the Upper Arlington Community Foundation, said her organization was pleased to receive the gift from the Mirolo Charitable Foundation.

"We were looking for a signature gift," she said. "This just put it all into go mode."

In addition to the $150,000 gift from the Mirolo Charitable Foundation, the Northwest Kiwanis Club donated $100,000 and many community members have donated thousands of dollars, Bower said.

Barn project coordinator Suzanne Kull said the foundation still is looking to raise about $230,000 for the barn facility, which is expected to cost about $800,000.

The foundation has received the go-ahead from the city of Upper Arlington with a $600,000 loan for the project.

Kull said those interested in donating to the project can donate online through PayPal at the foundation's website,

Those interested also can contact Kull directly at 614-457-7688.

The foundation currently is selling wooden pegs, which can be inscribed and will be used to build the Amelita Mirolo Barn in September.

Bower said she is so excited that Mirolo had the vision to provide for her community.

"I was born and raised in Upper Arlington and never had the opportunity to know of the Mirolos," she said. "The one very clear fact is they started a foundation, and their foresight was amazing. She had lived here and was a quiet participant in Upper Arlington."

She said the barn encompasses history, arts and a sense of community.

"It's what Upper Arlington is all about."

Bower said Mirolo's name and gift will forever live on through the barn project.

"People in the community will certainly recognize the name because it will forever and always be the name of the barn," she said.