Hanson honored today in Mt. Sterling

Stanley Hanson will be honored Wednesday evening, June 10, in Mt. Sterling.

The former Mount Sterling resident, an alumnus of Mt. Sterling High School, is a retired businessman who has given back to his hometown.

Those who have benefited from Hanson’s generosity will roll out the red carpet at the Mt. Sterling Community Center from 6 to 8 p.m. A ceremony is slated for 7 p.m.

Over the years, Hanson’s generosity helped a number of organizations in the community.

Matt Mason, athletic director of Madison-Plains Local Schools, estimated Hanson has given $100,000 to support school projects.

Mason said his department struggles to be self-supporting. Ticket revenues from athletic events are down, forcing additional fundraising events.

Hanson offered to match dollar-for-dollar any money raised by events such as the 5k run/walk in Mount Sterling in April.

“It helps to motivate people for every dollar you donate, there’s a match,” Mason said. “For a school our size, to have a gentleman on board such as him, it’s a tremendous thing.”

Hanson also established the Hanson Family Memorial Scholarship Fund with $50,000. This year, Connor Cooley was the recipient of a $4,000 scholarship from the fund. Last year, Brooke Ames won the same amount.

Hanson’s donations purchased new junior high football uniforms and impact sensors for varsity football helmets.

Hanson filled a funding gap at the Mt. Sterling Public Library when a tax levy failed, according to library director Chris Siscoe.

His donation of $50,000 “allowed us to make repairs to the building, so we didn’t have to take money away from materials and library hours,” Siscoe said.

Hanson also contributed $25,000 toward operation of the library’s bookmobile.

“Without it, we couldn’t continue it,” Siscoe said.

Hanson has provided a scholarship for Madison-Plains students’ book expenses at the library, according to Melissa Reece of the library’s “friends” group.

From an initial donation of $10,000, Reece said her organization has awarded $500 in Marjorie Hanson Book Scholarships annually.

Hanson also lent financial support to the Mt. Sterling Community Center and the Golden Eagle Youth Sports Association.

Dean Shipley can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1617, on Facebook at Dean Shipley or via Twitter @DeanAShipley.