Earl C. Berger has accepted the chairmanship of the 2016 annual fund drive for the CAN DO Community Foundation. The foundation is privileged to have Earl lead this campaign for the sixth consecutive year. Earl is well recognized in the region and has a long list of civic and philanthropic accomplishments stated Gary F. Lamont, president.
He will be assisted by the following committee chairpersons and committee members Matthew B. Bayzick, Eugene M. Dougherty, Dr. Terrance M. Eyerly, Dr. Anthony Falvello, George R. Hludzik, Mark Imbriaco, Elaine Judd, Gary F. Lamont, Robert J. Moisey, E. Richard Moore, W. Kevin O’Donnell, Donald M. Pachence, John Patton, Lonnie Polli, E. Thomas Sandrock, Krista Schneider, John J. Spevak, Chris Stamatopoulos and Nancy Stasko.
A goal of the CAN DO Planning Committee more than 25 years ago was to establish an affiliate organization to support worthwhile projects that would enhance the quality of life in Greater Hazleton. In 1992, the CAN DO Community Foundation was founded as the organization to carry out CAN DO’s intention. This organization, initially funded with seed money from CAN DO, has grown through the generosity of donors to its annual fund drive along with donations of real estate and bequeathed endowments.
The Foundation leverages these funds through the application of funding through other foundations and governmental programs. The Foundation created a unique model to carry out its mission of “Conservation, Preservation and Reclamation CPR – Breathing New life into the Community.” The Foundation partners or “adopts” a project with nonprofit organizations to support a focused project that meets its mission. Scholarships have also been endowed.
Seven local high sophomores were honored as members of the 2016 Junior Leadership of Hazleton graduating class. The students received a scholarship to attend Junior Leadership as recipients of the Edgar L. Dessen Community Scholarship Award.
The CAN DO Community Foundation awarded Brittney Saccketti a scholarship as part of the foundation’s annual scholarship program.
Saccketti is a senior business major at Penn State Hazleton. A 2011 Hazleton Area High School graduate, she is the daughter of Patricia and Albert Saccketti, Freeland, and is employed part time.
The CAN DO Community Foundation Scholarship was established in 2004 with the objective of supporting students in advancing their educational goals. The foundation aims to nurture young individuals to give back to their community as members in their respective fields and to establish their civic interests.
The CAN DO Community Foundation awarded one of its annual scholarships to Marielle Lithgow of Hazleton as the foundation furthers its objective to help college students advance their educational goals.
Lithgow is a sophomore information sciences and technology major at Penn State Hazleton. She is the daughter of Mario Lithgow and Clariza Madera, Hazleton, and a member of the Hazleton Area High School Class of 2014.
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.
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