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Kingwood Center

Annual Report: 2014

 

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Annual Report, 2014

For the last six years Kingwood has been on a new trajectory. We understand that our future depends on more income diversity, and a more market oriented approach to offering Mr. King’s estate, a place where the joys, appreciation and knowledge of gardens, gardening and associated interests can be cultivated. We need to earn and raise more money to support our mission while making more efficient and targeted use of the resources we have. We have made steady progress on all counts, but 2014 brought some vital advances.

Our earned income rose 11% over 2013 to $264,051; our endowment income increased by 6% to $750,000, but our contributions and grants increased by 1,780% to $610,635!

With the generous gifts we have initiated some vital planning. Terra Design Studios of Pittsburgh has assembled a team of advisors to guide Kingwood through a master planning process that should prove vital in guiding us along our new path of providing better more profound experiences for our visitors while bolstering the long-term viability of Kingwood Center. The planning is expected to be completed in July of 2015.

Our operating expenses for 2014 were $1,014,896 which was comfortably below the $1,020,005 budget. Capital and special operating expenses took initial advantage of some restricted gifts to venture $9,343 over budget and spend $81,593. Our net operating assets increased from $164,951 in 2013 to $758,193 at the end of 2014.

We were very saddened by the death of long time Kingwood employee, Charles Applegate. Charles was the embodiment of Kingwood horticulture. As Charles continued working through his seventies and into his eighties others gradually assumed responsibility for his daily duties, but it is hard to imagine anyone replacing his infectious love of gardening.

Our fourth Great Pumpkin Glow was a smash hit. Expanded to two days the event attracted almost 7,000 visitors and earned Kingwood Center over $24,000. It was a maximum effort of every resource we could garner from staff to volunteers to hired policemen to cooperative Mansfield School administrators, to contributors and sponsors and on and on.

We are very grateful to all of our supporters, but special mention should be made of those who have given us $1,000 or more over the past year.

DONATIONS:

James R. Borden: $463,261

James and Johanna Bodiford: $100,000

Michael McKinley: $5,000

Ohio Daylily Society: $2,500 for the Applegate Memorial Fund

William B. Sharp & the Sharp Family Foundation: $2,000

Therm-O-Disc: $1,000

GRANTS:

Richland County Foundation Designated Funds:

                Rex E. & Marjorie Sue Collins Fund: $2,204

                William & Katherine Jane McCarrick Fund: $3,129

                Rowland & Delight Patricia Poth Fund: $8,516

                Sara & Eugene Goin Donor Advised Fund: $3,000

                Kingwood Center Fund: $15,000

                Fran & Warren Rupp Donor Advised Fund: $6,300 for a summer and a winter intern

Marian Bonte Fund of the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay: $1,074

 

Corporate Sponsorships:

Med Central Hospital: $1,500 for our Kingwood 5K Run

Century Link: $2,500 for the Great Pumpkin Glow

 

MEMBERSHIPS @ the $1,000 level:

Ephraim Bacquet

John & Mimi Fernyak

Tom & Lola Riester

Dan & Sue Phallen

Nancy Porter

Richard & Helen Taylor

Robert and Sandra Baxter

History

Dedication CeremonyBuilt in 1926 for Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kelley King, the 47-acre estate opened as a public garden in 1953, one year after Mr. King's death. Mr. King, who was married and divorced twice, never had children. He left most of his estate to the private foundation that continues to operate Kingwood Center today. Mr. King made his fortune in Mansfield, Ohio working with the Ohio Brass Company. Hired as the company's first electrical engineer in 1893, he led Ohio Brass into new ventures, particularly the manufacture of electrical fittings for railroads and trolleys. Mr. King eventually became President and Chairman of the Board of Ohio Brass.

Contact

Kingwood Center
900 Park Ave. West
Mansfield, OH 44906

419-522-0211 *see appropriate extensions below, by department.



Business Hours are Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For specific information, please email one of the following departments:

General Visitor Services information - Bonnie Gross - Ext. 108  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Group Tour information - Lisa Duckworth - Ext. 106  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Weddings & Rentals information - Lisa Duckworth - Ext. 106  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

General Greenhouse information - Doug Schuster - Ext. 111  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Horticultural information - Bill Collins - Ext. 103 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Or Chuck Gleaves - Ext. 104  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Administrative Information - Chuck Gleaves - Ext. 104  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Mansion

The King home was designed by prominent Cleveland architect Clarence Mack, who made a career of building fashionable homes in Lakewood and Shaker Heights, Ohio and in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Displaced by the Great Depression, Mack began a second successful career in 1935 designing residences in and around Palm Beach, Florida. Today the King home is used, as Mr. King directed, to house a horticultural library and the administrative offices of Kingwood Center. Much of the main floor, however, is on display in a manner similar to its original arrangement with many of Mr. King's furnishings.

King home mansion

 

Staff

Name Position Ext. E-mail
Chuck Gleaves Director 104 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Juli Baker Administrative Assistant 107 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Lorin Martin Superintendent of Maintenance 116 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dan Johnson Maintenance 117  
Bonnie Gross Visitor Services Manager 108 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Lisa Duckworth Event Coordinator 106 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ryan Feasel Support Staff Coordinator 122 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Martha Lytle Housekeeper 102

 

Bill Collins Head Gardener 103 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Shawn McClain Grounds Superintendent 120 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tim James Gardener 115 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Karen Miller Gardener 124 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Glenna Sheaffer Gardener 121 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Greg George Groundskeeper    
Doug Schuster Greenhouse Manager  111  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mona Kneuss Greenhouse Production Coordinator 112 mThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
       

Employment Opportunities

Founded in 1952, Kingwood Center in Mansfield Ohio, is a cultural and educational center with special emphasis on ornamental horticulture and gardening.


Kingwood Center
is currently accepting applications for the following positions:

  • Seasonal, Visitor Services Support Staff. To view a job description please click here.  Please mail all related correspondences ATTN: Bonnie Gross or contact her for more information via email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via phone @ 419-522-0211 ext. 108
  • Seasonal, Greenhouse Sales Associate.  To view a job description please click here.  Please mail all related correspondences ATTN: Doug Schuster or contact him for more information via email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via phone @ 419-522-0211 ext. 111
  • Seasonal, Grounds Position(s). To view a job description please click here.  Please mail all related correspondences ATTN: Shawn McClain or contact him for more information via email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via phone @ 419-522-0211 ext.120

Please note that all applications will be kept on record for 90 days.

Download an Application Please note that applications are only accepted for currently advertised job openings.

Thank you for your interest in Kingwood Center!