Hotel Fauchère Emergency Relief Fund for Puerto Rico and Mexico Raises Over $6,300

Pike County area residents opened their hearts and checkbooks to support disaster relief efforts following a hurricane in Puerto Rico and earthquake in Mexico earlier this fall. The Greater Pike Community Foundation’s Hotel Fauchère Emergency Relief Fund, established by Hotel Fauchère employees and management received donations exceeding $6300 in a little over one month.

The Emergency Fund was established as a pass-through fund of the Greater Pike Community Foundation with 100% of proceeds being donated to relief efforts in the affected areas.

“We are pleased to support Salud y Acupuntura para el Pueblo, a grass roots health care organization on the frontlines of relief efforts in Puerto Rico, and Global Giving Mexico Earthquake Relief Fund, to each receive half of the funds raised”, said Xavier Morales, the Hotel Fauchère’s maître d’hotel, and a native of Puerto Rico, who coordinated the company’s effort.

Photo of the Hotel Fauchere Milford PA.
The Hotel Fauchère.

The funds were raised when Hotel Fauchère’s Executive Chef, Michael Glatz, who lived in Vieques, Puerto Rico, for many years, created an arroz con pollo special—both Puerto Rican-style and Mexican-style—and 100% of the entrée price was donated to the fund. The hotel’s front of house staff promoted the special to guests with a display of Mexican and Puerto Rican flags. In addition, donations were sent directly to Greater Pike by those who heard about the effort and wanted to help.

“I’m very proud of our entire team and grateful to our guests for supporting this effort,” said Sean Strub, the hotel’s owner who also serves on the board of directors of the Greater Pike Community Foundation. “At this time of year, when we reflect and give thanks for all our good fortune, it is appropriate to reach out and help those who have suffered such terrible disasters.”

The Greater Pike Community Foundation was created to enable generous individuals, families and local businesses to maximize their charitable support through organized, targeted, long-term community philanthropy. The Foundation provides a permanent and personal way to give back to the region we love and have worked so hard to nurture and maintain.

For more information about establishing a fund in memory of a loved one, or to discuss how to realize your charitable goals for the future, please email Jim Pedranti or call 570-296-6959. You can also browse our website and Facebook page.

4th Annual Dinner

At its 4th Annual Dinner, the Greater Pike Community Foundation presented the Richard L. Snyder Business Leadership Award to Lewis J. Critelli, President of Wayne Bank, and the Barbara J. Buchanan Community Service Award for demonstrating philanthropic leadership to Richard and Rebecca Lindsey.

As part of the award, each honoree was able to designate a $1,000 mini-grant from Greater Pike to a local non-profit organization of their choice. Mr. Critelli directed his grant to the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Food Pantry in Dingmans Ferry; the Lindseys directed theirs to the Good Shepherd Child Care Center in Milford.

The dinner was held October 4, 2017, at the Walpack Inn, and enjoyed attendance of 170 guests, a 20% increase over the previous year. The 2018 dinner will be held on Wednesday, October 3, at a venue to be determined. For information, or to volunteer on the dinner committee, please email Jenni Hamill.

Click below to view videos featuring our annual dinner honorees.

 

GPCF Receives Hometown Star Award

Business leaders from around the area gathered at Silver Birches on Lake Wallenpaupack on November 3rd, 2017, to celebrate success at the Pike County Chamber of Commerce’s “Chamber of Champion Awards” dinner. Greater Pike Community Foundation (GPCF) was honored to receive the 2017 Organization Hometown Star Award for enabling generous individuals, families and local businesses to maximize their charitable support through organized, targeted community philanthropy.

Photo of GPCF President James Pedranti accepting the Hometown Star Award from the Pike County Chamber of Commerce.James Pedranti, Chair of the GPCF Board accepted the award on behalf of the Foundation stating, “This is a great time to be on the Board of the Greater Pike Community Foundation. We are growing and the community is increasingly aware of our vision for the future in creating a permanent collection of funds for the long-term benefit of the greater Pike area.  As our slogan says, we are ‘For Good.  Forever’.”

Hotel Fauchere Establishes Emergency Relief Fund For Puerto Rico And Mexico

After natural disasters decimated communities and resources in Mexico and Puerto Rico last month, the Greater Pike Community Foundation established the Hotel Fauchère Emergency Relief Fund in collaboration with the management and employees of the hotel. The Foundation will distribute 100% of relief fund contributions to charitable organizations offering help in impacted areas.

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The Hotel Fauchère.

The earthquakes in Mexico and hurricanes in Puerto Rico directly affected the families of several hotel employees. Xavier Morales, Hotel Fauchère’s maître d’hôtel and a native of Puerto Rico, said, “Our guests and the community have been generous and supportive, which means a lot to Pike Countians who have strong connections to Puerto Rico.”

Sean Strub, the hotel’s owner and a member of the Greater Pike Community Foundation Board of Directors, said, “I am proud that Greater Pike was able to respond quickly and generously, setting up a pass-through fund so donors can receive a tax deduction and we could, in our small way, contribute to relief efforts.”

The Foundation will accept donations to the Hotel Fauchère Emergency Relief Fund through October 31, 2017. After that time, specific beneficiaries will be posted to the Greater Pike Community Foundation website. We look forward to sharing additional information about how people from the Greater Pike region have made a real difference for local recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and Mexico.

Please consider a tax deductible donation today. Pay online by credit card via PayPal, or mail your contribution to: GPCF, Hotel Fauchère Emergency Relief Fund, PO Box 992, Milford, PA 18337.

Richard L. Snyder Fund Provides $52,500 to Local Non-Profits

Dick Snyder, a local businessman and philanthropist who died in 2014, was one of the strongest supporters of non-profit organizations in Pike County.  This summer, the Greater Pike Community Foundation continued Dick’s legacy of community support with $52,500 in grants to 27 local non-profit organizations from the Richard L. Snyder Fund.

The donor designated fund was created at the Greater Pike Community Foundation by a distribution from a charitable trust created during Dick’s lifetime and distributed following his death to support the causes and charities he cared about most.  Greater Pike received a record number of applications for Richard L. Snyder Fund grants this year. After a thorough review process by the Foundation’s grants committee, and approval by the Foundation’s board, the following grants were awarded:

Preservation and Civic Engagement: Historic Preservation Trust of Pike County; Milford Enhancement Committee; Milford Community House; Milford Garden Club; Milford Shade Tree Commission; Brodhead Watershed; Lacawac Sanctuary; Pike County Historical Society.

Photo of the Black Bear Film Festival receiving a gift from the the Richard L. Snyder Fund.
The Black Bear Film Festival is one of the local non-profits that received a donation from the Richard L. Snyder Fund. Pictured, L-R, are: Black Bear Film Festival Executive Director Bob Keiber; Greater Pike Community Foundation Board members Maryanne Monte, Jim Pedranti, Joann Kalish; and BBFF Fundraising Chair Will Voelkel.

Cultural: Barryville Arts Association; Black Bear Film Festival; Kindred Spirits; Milford Farmer’s Market; Milford Music Festival; Milford Readers & Writers Festival; Tri-State Chorale; Winter Lights Festival; Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC); Peters Valley School of Craft.

Human Services: Holy Trinity Food Pantry & Habitat for Humanity of Pike County; Pike County Alliance for Prevention Programs; East Stroudsburg Salvation Army; SERO Project; Triversity Center (formerly Upper Delaware GLBT Center); Safe Haven of Pike County; Lambda Legal Defense and Education’s HIV Law Project; Genuine Alternatives in Therapy (GAIT).

The lasting power of Dick’s thoughtful planning is evident in the work this funding, which is awarded annually, will make possible.

The Greater Pike Community Foundation (GPCF) was created to enable generous individuals, families and local businesses to maximize their charitable support through organized, targeted, long-term community philanthropy. The Foundation provides a permanent and personal way to give back to the region we love and have worked so hard to nurture and maintain.

Those interested in learning more about how to establish a fund at Greater Pike are encouraged to get in touch with any Greater Pike board member or contact Jim Pedranti, board chair by email or at 570-296-6959 or visit our website or Facebook page.