The Phil & Sonia Hass Teachers’ Fund is a Field of Interest fund created in 2021 to support Pleasant Local Schools, the district in which Phil and Sonia live. The couple are both native Marionites who love sports, travel, and cycling.
Sonia is a graduate of Ridgedale. She made her career at Whirlpool and was a dedicated employee for 39 years until her retirement.
Phil attended Pleasant schools for all12 years. After graduation, he earned an associate’s degree in mechanical engineering from Columbus Technical Insitute, now Columbus State. After employment at Marion Dresser and Galion Dresser, he started a 30-year commute to Mount Vernon and worked for16 years at Cooper Energy Service and 14 years at Ariel Corporation, wearing many hats–supervisory, CNC programmer, methods engineering and supply chain.
The couple has lived in Pleasant school district for 39 years and enjoy following local athletics. Wishing to promote both sports and academics, they created this Teachers’ Fund so local teachers would not have to reach into their own pockets for needed school supplies. This fund makes annual awards as part of Marion Community Foundation’s TEACH Grants Program
They are also the creators of the Phil & Sonia Haas Palace Theatre Fund, Phil & Sonia Haas Historical Society Fund, and the Phil & Sonia Haas Pleasant Athletic Boosters Fund, to support other community causes they care about.