Lorain County Community College has named the grand room of the John A. Spitzer Conference Center the “Reaser Grand Room” to honor the outstanding dedication and generosity of the Dan and Mila Reaser family.
“It is admirable that the Reaser’s have placed a priority on giving back and are solidifying this value through the next generation. As the community’s college, we rely heavily on the support of those living within Lorain County – both philanthropically as well as those who volunteer their time and advocacy,” said LCCC President Marcia Ballinger, Ph.D.
The Reaser family has donated a legacy-level gift that will directly support the recently established Roy and Bobbi Church Visionary Leadership Institute. The LCCC Foundation established the Institute as a way to honor retired LCCC President Emeritus Roy Church, Ed.D., who led the College for nearly 30 years.
“Mila and I established the Dan and Mila Reaser Family Foundation so that as a family, we can positively impact the citizens of Lorain County for years to come,” Dan Reaser said. “This foundation will give Danny and Shannon a means to continue their philanthropic goals.”
The family acknowledges Dan’s parents Cec and Joan Reaser as inspirations for the creation of the Dan and Mila Reaser Family Foundation, he said.
Dan, Mila and Danny are all LCCC alums and Shannon is currently working on her associate degree in entrepreneurship. Dan and Mila developed and owned American Hood Systems in 1982. The company designed, manufactured and sold ventilation systems for the commercial cooking industry. They sold the company in spring of this year.
When the family’s love of hunting, fishing and the outdoors brought an opportunity to take their hobby worldwide and make it their latest business endeavor, they created “The Outdoor Option,” a television show that depicts a real American family “making memories together that last a lifetime.”
Finding a way to continue the family’s support of LCCC, a very unique collaboration was created involving broadcast media and Arts and Humanities student interns from LCCC that created real world experiences in television post-production work to enhance their classroom learning.
In addition to Dan’s service on the Lorain County Community College Foundation Board of Directors, he has also served as president of the Educational Endowment Board at Elyria Catholic High School, and chairman of the City of Elyria Civil Service Commission. He founded and chaired the “Friends of Little League North” which provided for the relocation and construction of the Little League North baseball complex.