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ZANESVILLE -- Randy Coconis will receive the Dick

Published: January 22, 2011 11:00 PM

ZANESVILLE -- Randy Coconis will receive the Dick Johnson Civic Leadership Award at the Muskingum County Community Foundation's 26th Anniversary Groundhog Day celebration Jan. 28.The purpose of the award is threefold: to recognize the achievements of the recipients, to honor the leadership of Dick Johnson, and to encourage others to strive to be future recipients of the award.To be eligible for the award, an individual must be an outstanding entrepreneur, a civic leader, and a philanthropist who has had a positive effect upon Muskingum County.Recognizing that all of these qualities are rare in one person, the Community Foundation selects only one individual each year who best represents the civic leadership exemplified by Dick Johnson.The recipient of the Johnson Award will be honored for his many accomplishments as a leading furniture retailer. These include recipient of Ohio's "Furniture Retailer of the Year" award, service as treasurer of the Ohio Home Furnishings Association, and a Board member of the National Home Furnishings Association (a 13,000 member organization), and a Board member of Furniture First (the nation's largest furniture buying organization).Under his leadership, Coconis Furniture has grown from six employees to sixty employees and has become one of Ohio's largest independent furniture retailers. Coconis is a well-known and respected leader in the furniture industry.His community leadership achievements are long-standing and significant. They include 15 years as a volunteer fireman for the South Zanesville Fire Department and service as a South Zanesville Village Councilman for eight years.A 25-year member of the Zanesville Sertoma Club, he served as its president and chairman and also received the Sertoman of the Year Award. He currently serves on the Board of the Muskingum Valley Red Cross, is a 15-year member of the Genesis Pro Am Golf Committee, and is founder and co-chairman of the "Tee it Up for Autism" Golf Tournament held each June at the Zanesville Country Club. He also has been a member of FFA for 20 years.His philanthropic spirit is evident in his past service as a trustee of the Muskingum County Community Foundation and the founder of the Coconis Family Endowment Fund, a component fund of the Community Foundation. His foundation work also includes sponsorship of the Kevin Martin Youth Foundation three-point program.His furniture business has provided him with unique opportunities to give to the community through donations of mattresses to the Red Cross for local fire and flood victims and tons of cardboard to Goodwill Industries for recycling revenue.In addition to his major achievements in philanthropy, Coconis has provided assistance to non-profit organizations, schools, and athletic programs. He joins the following previous recipients of the Dick Johnson Civic Leadership Award: 2000, Dick Johnson; 2001, Jack Downing; 2002, Norma (Dorbie) Larrick; 2003, Carroll Fink; 2004, John Matesich; 2005, Robert Kessler; 2006, William F. Randles; 2007, Robert and Leona Fellers; 2008, Robert D. Goodrich II; 2009, Dan Hennessey; and 210, Dick McClelland. Reservations for the Community Foundation's Groundhog Day Celebration from 5 to 9 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Zane State College/OUZ Campus Center can be made by e-mail to giving@mccf.org.

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