CAN DO Community Foundation Holds 25th Annual Meeting, Celebrates at Ferrwood


The CAN DO Community Foundation marked its 25th anniversary with a celebration Friday at Ferrwood Music Camp. The Annual Meeting was held in conjunction with the 50th anniversary since the music camp was first held at Ferrwood. The event included a blessing and dedication of the historic marker commemorating the camp as a National Register of Historical Places property. It was followed by an open-air concert that featured performances by the student musicians.

The Foundation has spent many years overseeing the restoration of Ferrwood. Thanks to the support of the community; donated labor and materials; contributions from individuals, businesses, foundations and unions; and various grants, the foundation is successful in its continuing effort of restoring the local landmark located in Drums.

Historic Marker to be Dedicated at Ferrwood Music Camp

 A historic marker commemorating the Ferrwood Music Camp being selected for the National Register of Historic Places will be dedicated on Friday, July 14 at the music camp in Drums. The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places that have been deemed worthy of preservation.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony which will begin at 4:45 p.m. when the Reverend Anthony Generose and the Reverend Earl Roberts will conduct a brief ceremony to bless the bronze marker. The dedication will be part of a 25th anniversary celebration for the CAN DO Community Foundation, a major supporter of the music camp.

CAN DO Community Foundation holds Board of Directors meeting

The CAN DO Community Foundation recently held its Board of Directors meeting at the Freeland YMCA and got a first-hand look at the restoration and improvements that have been made to the building’s façade as a result of the foundation’s involvement. The Freeland community requested the foundation’s assistance and over the past few years, the foundation has worked with the Freeland YMCA, to secure funding for the restoration of the façade and the support of a youth after school program.

Four Penn State Hazleton students receive CAN DO Community Foundation Scholarship

Penn State Hazleton students Aaron Kacyon, Devon Dercole, Brittney Saccketti and Bernardo Becerra each recently received a CAN DO Community Foundation Scholarship in recognition of the foundation’s annual support of local college students.

Kacyon is a senior majoring in information sciences and technology. He is the son of Sherry and Brian Kacyon, Fern Glen.Dercole is a first-year student studying developmental psychology and pre-medicine. She is a graduate of Hazleton Area High School and the daughter of Andrea Dercole and Mario Dercole, Hazleton. She works as a caregiver at a local childcare center. Saccketti will receive her degree in business with a concentration in marketing and management in May. She is a graduate of Hazleton Area High School and is the daughter of Patricia and Albert Saccketti, Freeland. Becerra is a sophomore accounting major, He is the son of Sandy Peirce and a graduate of Solanco High School in Lancaster County.

The CAN DO Community Foundation Scholarship honors and recognizes outstanding academic achievement by an undergraduate student enrolled at the Hazleton campus of Penn State University. It is awarded annually at the Highacres Society Dinner. The scholarship is specifically designated for a student from Greater Hazleton. Full- and part-time students who have attained high academic achievement at the end of their second semester are considered for the award. Continuing education students receive special consideration.

CAN DO Foundation Annual Fund Drive Reaches Goal

The CAN DO Community Foundation has met its goal for the 2016 Annual Fund Drive, announced Chairman Earl C. Berger.

In noting the conclusion of the Annual Fund Drive, Berger expressed his heartfelt appreciation in sharing this accomplishment to the community of Greater Hazleton, saying, “Thanks to you, the foundation has reached its goal. While I have the privilege of announcing this achievement, it took many generous donors to reach the lofty goal.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, thank you for your investment which allows the foundation to continue to work on projects related to our mission of conservation, preservation and reclamation,” Berger said. “I trust that you will agree that your investment is focused on projects that strengthen our community’s character. Again, thank you for your interest and generosity.”