Donating to the Festival

Though the University makes a significant contribution in terms of the services and space it provides to our program, and the school registration fee generates part of the money needed to meet the operating expenses that such a large undertaking entails, the Festival depends upon the generosity of the many firms, institutions, and individuals who help us with those expenses and who provide the prizes that are an important incentive to its continuing success. The Festival Committee is grateful to those supporters and solicits the support of others who appreciate the Festival’s impact upon our community. You are invited to contribute to any or all of the following funds, each of which directly benefits the Festival.

English Festival Restricted Gifts

Contributions to this fund are used to provide cash and other prizes, and to pay for normal costs of the Festival, including printing, mailing, travel, and staffing. This fund is the general operating budget for each year’s Festival.

YSU Thomas and Carol Gay Memorial Lecturer Endowment

Created upon the death of Dr. Carol Gay on December 18, 1985, the Carol Gay Memorial Lecturer Fund was established by her husband, Professor Thomas Gay. Upon the retirement of Professor Thomas Gay from YSU in 1994, the fund was renamed the Thomas and Carol Gay English Festival Lecturer Fund. The Festival Committee added “Memorial” upon the death of Prof. Gay on July 7, 2000. Thomas and Carol Gay were the founders of the English Festival and served as its first two chairs. Each year the fund sponsors the Festival’s featured author-lecturer, a prominent writer of books for young people, who is invited to talk to students, teachers, librarians, and parents in sessions throughout the day and who is identified as the Thomas and Carol Gay Lecturer.

YSU Candace Gay Memorial Endowment

Established in 1978 by Professors Thomas and Carol Gay in memory of their thirteen-year-old daughter, Candace McIntyre Gay, this Fund supports the Candace Gay Memorial Essay Contest. The winners of this contest exhibit distinctive writing ability. More than $2,500 in prizes is distributed each year.

YSU James A. Houck Memorial Endowment

The English Festival Committee created this fund in memory of Professor James A. Houck, a founding member of the English Festival committee. This fund supports special Festival events and activities that are unique from year to year, but in most cases, the fund sponsors a "James A. Houck Lecturer" who delivers presentations to students and adults at the Festival.

YSU Jeremy Salvner Memorial English Festival Endowment

This fund was established in 2015 by Dr. Gary Salvner, Emeritus Professor of English and longtime chair of the YSU English Festival, along with his wife, Kathy, and son, Matthew, in memory of their late son and brother, Jeremy. Jeremy, who died unexpectedly at the age of 29 on June 14, 2005, was a lover of music--any music. And so a plan was made to honor students at the Festival who submit original musical compositions based on the English Festival books in his memory.

YSU English Festival Endowment

The English Festival Committee created this fund during its 35th year to celebrate the 100,000th student attending the three-day Festival. This fund was established so that the Festival may continue to be an area attraction for middle and high school students for years to come. Through the generosity of the estate of David S. and Helga Ives as well as other distinguished donors, this fund met its initial goal, and the Committee appreciates future support of the Festival to keep costs low for participants.

All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Checks should be made out to YSU Foundation and designated for the YSU English Festival.
Send checks to the following address:

The YSU Foundation
655 Wick Avenue
Youngstown, OH 44502


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