Dorothy Dittemore | In My Own Words

When I stop and think about how fortunate I am in an economy that is uncertain, I am always reminded of how our community is so supportive. I am very dedicated to this community, not only as a business owner, but also as a resident.

When I stop and think about how fortunate I am in an economy that is uncertain, I am always reminded of how our community is so supportive. I am very dedicated to this community, not only as a business owner, but also as a resident.

I see myself donating my time to whatever organization needs me and my academy. I see my business, Young Chef’s Academy in Jackson Township, as a steppingstone to achieve much success.

One of my favorite things I coordinate is the Cookies for Troops project through Young Chefs. We bake and ship 5,000 cookies and send them to the troops in Iraq.

Last year’s event turned into a very emotional day for me. I met and fell in love with all of the Gold Star families in our area who lost their children in the war.

I try to give back to this community because I care, and it makes me feel wonderful to give back. I love feeling needed by everyone. I do everything from my heart, and my passion is tremendous. I always try to have a loving message in everything that I do, whether collecting canned foods for hurricane victims or donating time and money to help unwanted animals find a home.

I’m a giver by nature and enjoy volunteering my energies to this community. I feel that all of my successes and the reason that I do what I do are because of all the people in this community who have been so wonderful and generous to me. It’s time for me to not only show my gratitude, but to put my money where my mouth is and give back to our community.

I have two children, Joey, 13, and Reilly, 9. I’ve been married to my husband, Troy, for 14 years. I have lived in Jackson Township for 11 years and have been blessed with many friends. I can’t see raising my children anywhere else.

MORE ABOUT DOROTHY DITTEMORE
Who: Dorothy Lucarelli Dittemore

What: Owner of Young Chefs Academy, 7186 Fulton Dr. NW, Suite 103, Jackson Township. (330) 833-9710; youngchefsacademy.com or dotdittemore@sbcglobal.net.

Education: University of Toledo, 1985 to 1990

Community Boards: Jackson-Belden Chamber of Commerce

Other: Produced and shipped 5,000 cookies to the soldiers in Iraq with the help of the Academy; won an award from the Daughters of the American Revolution; received a certificate of appreciation from the 2nd Combined Arms, 69th Armor Regiment FOB Rustamiyah, Iraq; raised money for the Cancer Walk and Adopt-A-Pet; participated in the Taste of Home show for the past two years; participated in the Heath Warner 5K family walk and memorial run; partnered with a Community Christmas and donated a tree to help families in Stark County; held many fundraisers to help raise money for local schools; completed our “2nd Tour of Duty,” shipping 6,500 cookies and other items of need to our soldiers in Iraq.

Where to buy

The Repository
Select Rite Aid Stores
Spee-D Foods
Buehler's Fresh Foods
Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations
Aultman Hospital Gift Shop
Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop
Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace
Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations
News Depot
Avenue Arts Marketplace
Yum Yum Tree Alliance
Grapes in a Glass