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‘That job was a blessing’: Audrey Cimino, founder of the Community Foundation of Carroll County, celebrated for her service

Audrey Cimino, left, executive director of the Community Foundation of Carroll County is recognized by Maryland Army National Guard Major General Linda Singh during Saturday's rededication ceremony at Ellsworth Cemetery May 26, 2018. The historic Ellsworth Cemetery in Westminster was created December 21, 1876 by by six Black Union Army veterans to provide a burial place "for the colored residents of Westminster, Maryland."
Audrey Cimino, left, executive director of the Community Foundation of Carroll County is recognized by Maryland Army National Guard Major General Linda Singh during Saturday's rededication ceremony at Ellsworth Cemetery May 26, 2018. The historic Ellsworth Cemetery in Westminster was created December 21, 1876 by by six Black Union Army veterans to provide a burial place "for the colored residents of Westminster, Maryland." (Dylan Slagle / Carroll County Times)

The Community Foundation of Carroll County celebrated its founder, Audrey Cimino, and her 25-year legacy of service to the community last weekend.

Cimino, 78, led the foundation from 1994 to 2020, growing it from humble beginnings in the offices of Carroll County Bank and Trust Company. Today the CFCC has more than $8 million dollars in assets and supports over 320 causes and scholarships.

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Her retirement was announced last year, but the celebration of her career was postponed because of COVID-19 concerns. Jaclyn Mathias assumed the role as director in April 2020. The organization celebrated Cimino’s career with an event last Sunday.

William Gering, board president of the foundation, said the celebration was “very well attended,” with around 130 guests.

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“She got to talk with a lot of people she’s worked with over the years,” he said, such as former board members and employees.

Gering mentioned Cimino worked for him at Carroll County Bank years ago and when a request came to start the foundation, he knew she was the person who could “get it up and running in a short period of time.”

“That job was a blessing,” Cimino said before the Sunday celebration, adding she brought her experiences as a banker, lawyer, mother of a large family and singer with her every day.

“I never felt I worked a day in my life after getting that job … I think I got as much out of it as anybody,” she said.

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Cimino now spends her free time working on the committee for the historic Ellsworth Cemetery.

The Community Foundation of Carroll County is an umbrella organization which uses philanthropy to maintain and enhance the quality of life in the community, according to its website. The foundation receives, invests and distributes funds for charitable, cultural and educational purposes, having helped make numerous scholarships and funds a reality over the years.

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