You only have one chance to celebrate a milestone and being Here for Good for twenty-five years certainly qualifies. Thus, the Board of Directors decided to do something unusual – authorize a fundraising campaign for the Foundation.
The Foundation does not normally raise monies for itself. Our focus has been (and always will be) to support the fundraising efforts of nonprofits in our community. Connecting fundholders and philanthropists with worthy causes and organizations is at the core of our mission. But this fundraising campaign is a little different.
The goal of the campaign is to raise $1,500,000. Most of the donations will be directed to The Fund for Luzerne County while some will be set aside as an endowment for the Foundation’s new home at 34 North River Street in Wilkes-Barre. The Fund for Luzerne County is an unrestricted fund – this is the fund from which the Board of Directors directs grants to nonprofits in the community. By increasing the fund, more monies will flow into our community.
We want to thank The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation for their sponsorship of the $25,000 grant. You will also hear the names of people, companies, and funds who have sponsored grants which, combined with an anonymous donor’s matching gift, are for $10,000. The total amount of grants presented at the 25thAnniversary Celebration is $275,000.
Anniversary events have also been sponsored. In particular, we thank Century 21 Smith Hourigan Group for sponsoring the 25thAnniversary Celebration Dinner. Panzitta Enterprises sponsored the Foundations’ Open House while Bill and Sandi Williams Fund and Jack Williams Tires and Auto Centers sponsored the Rusty Flack Society Mid-Winter Gathering. First Federal Charitable Foundation is hosting a representative from each nonprofit grantee at the dinner and members of the Youth Advisory Committee. UGI is the sponsor for the next three years of the annual Msgr. McGowan Golf Tournament.
Naming Opportunities at the Foundation’s new home in Wilkes-Barre brought in an additional $180,000. Pride Mobility has sponsored the CEO office while Power Engineering Corporation has its name on the COO’s office. The Allan M. Kluger Boardroom was donated by grateful friends, and the Berkshire meeting room is sponsored by Berkshire Asset Management. A welcoming reception area was given by PNC and the soon to be created outdoor garden by Allen and Mary Erwine and Erwine Home Health and Hospice.
Every gift means more for the community. We are grateful to these donors and all the fundholders, board members, community members and others who have also contributed.
To make a donation to The Fund for Luzerne County just click here. Thank you!