Hotel Fauchere Establishes Emergency Relief Fund For Puerto Rico And Mexico

The Hotel Fauchère Emergency Relief Fund has been established by the management and employees of the Hotel Fauchère, after natural disasters last month decimated communities and resources in Mexico and Puerto Rico.  The earthquake in Mexico and hurricane in Puerto Rico directly affected the families of several employees of the hotel.

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

Since September 22, 100% of the price of Bar Louis’ arroz con pollo dish, made in either a Mexican or Puerto Rican style, will be donated to the fund.  Donations can also be made directly, payable to Greater Pike Community Foundation and marked for “Hotel Fauchère Emergency Relief Fund” and sent to POB 992, Milford PA 18337

The Emergency Fund is a pass-through fund, with 100% of the money raised donated to relief efforts in Puerto Rico and Mexico.  The fund has already raised $3,000 and the arroz con pollo entrée special will continue through October 13.

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. It took a week for me to find out my family was safe, but many others still haven’t made contact with their families.”

Sean Strub, the hotel’s owner, a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Pike Community Foundation, 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.”

Hotel Fauchère, as a symbol of support, has been flying a Puerto Rican flag and a Mexican flag from the hotel’s front porch.

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.

Local Resident Donates to the Pike County Public Library And the United Way

The Greater Pike Community Foundation is pleased to present donations totaling $9,266 to the Pike County Public Library (PCPL) and the Pike County United Way on behalf of The Jane R. Goldstein Memorial Fund and the generosity of Dr. Henry R. Goldstein.

Photo of The Jane R. Goldstein Memorial Fund gift to the Pike County Public Library.
Kirk Mackey, President PCPL; Dr. Henry Goldstein; Rose Chiocchi, PCPL Executive Director; James Pedranti, GPCF President; and Jenni Hamill, GPCF Executive Director. Photo by Peter Becker of the News Eagle.

“There is, perhaps, no better return on an investment than witnessing the profound difference a gift can make within one’s local community and knowing that these results have permanence and will benefit future generations,” said Jenni Hamill, Executive Director of Greater Pike.

“I am pleased to support these two worthy community organizations in memory of my wife Jane and I appreciate the role that the Greater Pike Community Foundation played in helping me to fulfill my charitable intent” stated Goldstein.  Goldstein established a donor designated fund with the Foundation in 2015, in memory of his wife Jane who was a longtime supporter of the local library and the Greater Pike community.

Rose Chiocchi, PCPL’s Executive Director stated, “The money that we receive today will be used to grow our collection of books and other materials, as well as new shelving in the Milford branch. I know that I can speak on behalf of the library board and employees when I say that we are very thankful to the Goldstein family for their unwavering support of the library over the years.”

Photo of the United Way receiving a donation from the Greater Pike Community Foundation.
Dr. Henry Goldstein; Jody Bernathy, Executive Director United Way; Matthew Osterberg, President, United Way; James Pedranti, GPCF President; Kelly Gaughan, Vice-President, United Way; Penney Luhrs and Jill Gamboni, Board Members, United Way; and Jenni Hamill, CPCF Executive Director. Photo by Peter Becker of the News Eagle.

“It is the generosity of residents like Dr. Goldstein that makes Pike County so special,” said Matt Osterberg, President of the United Way of Pike County. “The funds he has donated will aid the United Way of Pike County in providing for those in need. Our mission is to alleviate hunger and homelessness and his generosity will benefit all the food pantries in Pike County. The United Way would also like to thank the Greater Pike Community Foundation for their assistance.”

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. 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 contact Jim Pedranti by email or at 570-296-6959 or visit our website.

2017 Mini-Grant Recipients from Barbara J. Buchanan Fund

Greater Pike Community Foundation announced the award of six mini-grants to local organizations. Funding for these programs comes from the Barbara J. Buchanan Fund, a donor-advised fund established through the Foundation in 2014.

“We are grateful to Barbara for her generosity and for the foresight in establishing a philanthropic vehicle that will benefit the community she loves for years to come. Our Board members were very inspired by all proposals and thankful for the opportunity to learn of so many worthy causes and programs that benefit our area” said Jim Pedranti, Greater Pike’s Board Chair.

2017 Mini-Grant Recipients

Photo of the Great Pike Community Foundation Board announcing 2017 mini grant recipients.
Bottom row, left to right: Jenni Hamill, Executive Director of the Greater Pike Community Foundation (GPCF); Mikki Weiss, President/CEO of the TBD Support Network, Inc.; Maryanne Monte, Board Member of the Good Shepherd Child Care Center, Inc.
Middle row, left to right: James Pierce, Pike County Hands of Hope; Jill Gamboni, Pike County Alliance for Prevention Program; Kayla Bolger, Safe Haven of Pike County; Jason Ohliger, Board Member of GPCF.
Top row, left to right: Davis Chant, Board Member of GPCF; Jay Tucker, Board Member of the Good Shepherd Child Care Center, Inc.; Linda Pinto, Milford Garden Club; Lara Ann Dodsworth, Board Member of the GPCF.

Milford Garden Club – This grant will fund the installation of an irrigation system and raised beds at the Milford Garden Club Community Garden. This installation will increase the production of vegetables by 50% to the benefit of the Ecumenical Food Pantry.

Pike County Alliance for Prevention Programs – This grant will provide the community and local emergency management services with Naxolene training and kits. Naloxone is a medication used to block the effects of opioids, especially in overdose.

Hands of Hope – This grant will enable this organization to aid Pike County homeless and near-homeless people by offering temporary shelter and/or facilitating families to attain affordable housing.

Safe Haven – This grant will fund weekly wellness programs for the residents of Pike County that will move participants towards the direction of meaningful independence.

Tick Borne Disease Support Network – Funds for this project will provide educational resource materials and support services to help those afflicted with tick borne diseases.

Good Shepherd Child Care Center– This grant will fund an outdoor science classroom or “pop-up” field station on the property where children can learn about our local eco-systems in a hands-on manner.

Barbara Buchanan stated, “Congratulations to our recipients. I am pleased to be giving to six organizations whose aims and goals are most commendable and worthy of this support.”

Greater Pike Community Foundation’s slogan is “For Good, Forever.” Greater Pike was established to provide a personal and permanent way for individuals, families and local businesses to support the region we love and have worked so hard to nurture and maintain. Greater Pike enables donors to maximize their charitable support by making tax deductible gifts which are held in a donor fund and distributed over time to the charitable causes designated by each donor.

Visit our website to learn more about the Greater Pike Community Foundation and how to establish a donor fund to support local programs and non-profit organizations that are most important to each individual donor.

EITC Funds Connect Businesses to Students

Photo of Greater Pike Community Foundation receiving $10,000 from Wayne Bank and $5,000 from The Dime Bank in PA Educational Improvement Tax Credit EITC funds to enhance educationally advanced curriculum at the Delaware Valley and East Stroudsburg Area School Districts.
Pictured, left to right: Dr. John Bell, DVSD Superintendent; Derek Bellinger, Assistant Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer, Wayne Bank; Amy L. Burke, Assistant Vice President Branch Manager, The Dime Bank; Deb Unflat, Vice President of Marketing, The Dime Bank; Jeffrey David Stocker, Director of ART; Jenni Hamill, Executive Director of Greater Pike Community Foundation; Lewis Critelli, President, Wayne Bank; MaryAlice Petzinger, Vice President and Regional Manager, Wayne Bank; Dr. Gina Vitacco-Vives, DVSD Director of Curriculum & Technology; Dr. Peg Schaffer, DVSC Director of Elementary Education.

The Greater Pike Community Foundation (GPCF) recently received $10,000 from Wayne Bank and $5,000 from The Dime Bank in PA Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) funds to enhance educationally advanced curriculum at the Delaware Valley (DVSD) and East Stroudsburg Area School (ESASD) Districts. As an approved Educational Improvement Organization (EIO), Greater Pike is able to connect eligible EITC businesses with targeted educational programs within our public schools that are worthy of funding and support.

Photo of Greater Pike Community Foundation receiving $10,000 in PA Educational Improvement Tax Credit funds from Wayne Bank.
Pictured, left to right: Ronn Bradley, School Board Chair, East Stroudsburg Area School District (ESASD); Audrey Bailey-Hocker, Board Member of the Greater Pike Community Foundation; Heather Piperato, Principal, JT Lambert Intermediate School; Lewis Critelli, President, Wayne Bank; Dr. William Riker, Superintendent, ESASD; and Ryan Loughren, Spanish Teacher and Eco-Action Advisor, JT Lambert Intermediate School.

Through the PA Department of Community and Economic Development’s EITC program, Greater Pike yearly provides significant funding for innovative educational programming enhancements in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math at both DVSD and ESASD. In 2016-2017 the funding will support academically advanced science-based programs utilizing digital microscopes, a summer science camp, and the development of nature trails and an outdoor classroom.

Executive Director Jenni Hamill of Greater Pike said, “The Greater Pike Community Foundation greatly values our partnership with the Wayne and Dime Banks and the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). Working together through the EITC program we are able to make an important contribution to the students in our area and help prepare them for successful futures. A worthy COMMUNITY endeavor!”