Mini-Grants Awarded from the Barbara J. Buchanan Fund

The Greater Pike Community Foundation announced the winners of five $1,000 ‘mini-grants’ for not-for-profit organizations in the greater Pike County area.

Funding for the program comes from the Barbara J. Buchanan Fund at the Greater Pike Community Foundation, a donor-directed fund established in 2014.

“We are grateful to Barbara for her generosity. Not only will these grants provide much-needed funds to non-profits in our community, but it also was the first time we as a foundation have gone through a competitive application process. So it was an important exercise for the foundation as well,” said Jim Pedranti, who serves as board chair for the Greater Pike Community Foundation.

The Greater Pike Community Foundation announced the winners of five $1,000 mini-grants for not-for-profit organizations. This is a photo of a check presentation to Safe Haven of Pike County.
L-R: Dave Beever, Executive Director, Safe Haven; Jim Pedranti, GPCF Board Chair; Barbara Buchanan, GPCF Board Member; and Karen Kontizas, President, Safe Haven Board.

Grants have been awarded to the following organizations:

Barbara Buchanan stated, “Congratulations. I am pleased to be giving to five organizations whose aims and goals are most commendable and worthy of this monetary gift.”

Greater Pike Community Foundation’s slogan is “For good, forever.” The foundation was recently established to enable generous individuals, families and local businesses to maximize their charitable support through organized, targeted community philanthropy.

There is, perhaps, no better return on an investment than witnessing the profound difference a gift can make within one’s local community—in the lives of friends and neighbors—and knowing that these results have permanence and will benefit future generations.

The Foundation provides that permanent and personal way to give back to the region so many of us love and have worked so hard to nurture and maintain.

Gifts to the foundation, or the establishment of a donor-directed fund, will provide support to those local programs and non-profit organizations that are most important to the donor.

RIP Tom Hoff

Tom Hoff was a caring, compassionate person who was devoted to Milford, PA. He gave his time, intelligence, and support to many projects; and as a founding member of the Greater Pike Community Foundation, he earned our respect, our friendship, and our admiration. He will be sorely missed.

Photo of Tom Hoff, a founding member of the Greater Pike Community Foundation.
Tom Hoff
1936 – 2015

Thomas Warner Hoff, age 79 of Milford, Pennsylvania, formerly of Mahwah, N.J. for 29 years, passed away on January 23, 2015. Tom was born in Montclair, NJ, the son of Irvin W. Hoff and Ann Warner Hoff.

Tom married Jean Leonard on August 23, 1958 in Wilmington, DE.

Tom graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where he received a B.A. in 1957 and an M.A. in economic and marketing in 1959. He joined Roche Laboratories as a sales representation in 1959 and worked his way up the company to become Vice-President of Advertising and Promotion. He worked for the company for 36 years.

Upon retiring in 1995, Tom and Jean moved to Milford, PA where Tom became involved in many community activities and projects. He is the founder of the Twin Lakes Conservancy in Shohola, PA. where he owned a family home on Twin Lakes. As a member of the Preservation Trust of Pike County he helped establish two historic districts – the commercial district and the residential district. Tom was a dedicated member of the Milford Enhancement Committee and he and Jean hosted the Annual Welcome Party on their property.

Tom served on the Milford Water Authority for 15 years and was elected Vice-Chairman. He helped organize the authority and to secure grants to upgrade the system.

Tom encouraged his Aunt Dorothy Warner to make a contribution to the Pike County Public Library, which resulted in the new Dorothy Warner Building. Tom was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Milford.

Tom is survived by his wife Jean, daughter Karen Hoff Myers-Lucas and husband Bill of Atlanta, GA, and son Thomas Warner Hoff, Jr. and wife Erika of Maplecrest, NY and grandchildren Thomas and Laura Myers of Atlanta, GA.

A Memorial Service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Milford on February 7, 2015 at 11 AM. No flowers please. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pike County Public Library, 119 West Harford Street, Milford, PA. Arrangements by Stroyan Funeral Home, 405 West Harford St., Milford, PA.

RIP Richard Snyder

Dick Snyder was Pike County’s greatest supporter, an individual whose contribution and leadership was exceptional. Active in a number of conservation, cultural, historic preservation and civic organizations, Dick was a founding member of the board of the Greater Pike Community Foundation.

Photo of Richard L. Snyder
Richard L. Snyder
June 24, 1940 – November 14, 2014

Born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and raised on a nearby dairy farm, Richard L. Snyder graduated Big Spring high school in 1957 after attending a one-room schoolhouse from kindergarten through eighth grade. He received his Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, from Penn State in 1961. A certified public accountant, he served in various executive management positions until 1991 when he retired from Philip Morris International where he was executive vice president, Europe-Middle East-Africa.

He was universally regarded as a man of gentleness, integrity, tremendous appreciation for and love of natural beauty, generosity and an exceptional commitment to community. After his retirement, he maintained his Sutton Place apartment in New York, but lived primarily in Milford, Pennsylvania, where in 1985 he had purchased Foster Hill Farm, initially as a weekend retreat.

Dick wanted to keep the property as a working farm but wasn’t interested in the usual farm livestock, noting that he had his fill of milking cows when he was a child. Instead, he became a well-known llama breeder, active in the Pennsylvania Llama & Alpaca Association, serving as its president, and a nationally prominent leader in the llama breeding industry. Many of his herd, which at one time numbered more than 100, are prizewinners; an entire wall of the llama barn at his farm is covered with scores of ribbons and awards from llama competitions.  Each July, Dick sponsored an Open Barn Day when visitors can visit the farm and walk among the llamas as well as enjoy the horticulture on the 70-acre organic farm, which also supplies Milford’s Hotel Fauchère, which Dick co-owns, with superior organic produce and eggs from free-roaming chickens.

Dick was active in a number of conservation, cultural, historic preservation and civic organizations. He served on the boards of the Pinchot Institute for Conservation (1998-2004), Pike County Conservation District, Historic Preservation Trust of Pike County (since 2003) and American Readers Theatre. One of his most visible community endeavors began in 1997 when he founded, and since chaired, the Milford Enhancement Committee (MEC), whose goal is to make Milford a better place in which to live, visit and do business. Over the course of 17 years, the MEC has raised and invested more than $6 million in improving Milford’s streetscapes and public spaces to make them safer, more attractive and more pedestrian friendly. In the several years prior to his death, he was active in helping to launch the Greater Pike Community Foundation.

It was through the Milford Enhancement Committee work that Dick met Sean Strub and formed a partnership to acquire and improve strategic properties in Milford and to publish Milford Magazine, a monthly periodical highlighting the region. In 2001, they acquired the Hotel Fauchère, the area’s most famous hostelry, which had been closed for 25 years after having been operated for 124 by Fauchère family. After five years and a meticulous historic restoration, the landmark building reopened to wide critical acclaim, including being named by Conde Nast as one of the top five new hotels in the U.S. in 2007.  Now a member of Relais & Chateaux, the hotel complex includes two restaurants, a patisserie, day spa and soon-to-open corporate meeting facility.

In addition to the Hotel Fauchère, Dick co-owns the Historic Milford Schoolhouse and owns Milford Professional Park and Sawkill Business Center, all in Pike County, Pennsylvania. He has served on numerous corporate boards, including the Norwood Financial Corp. (Wayne Bank) from 2000 to 2012, Gutenberg, Inc. since 2001 and Universal Publishing.

One of Dick’s long-term philanthropic commitments was to the fight against Multiple Sclerosis, inspired by his sister Carol’s struggle with the disease.  He became active in MS work in 1977, served on the board of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) from 1981 to 2002 and then, until his death, served as an Honorary Life Director.  At various times he served as treasurer and chairman of the Finance Committee, secretary, chairman of the Research and Medical Programs Committee and as board chair from 1994 to 1998. From 1997 to 2002 he served on the Board of the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation, London, England.

While a New York resident, Snyder served on the board of the Sutton Area Community Association, as board member and President of the Philippine-American Chamber of Commerce (1986-1987) and as a board member and Vice Chair of the New York Urban League.  He was the former President of the Sutton Area Community Fund.

Most of Dick’s professional career was with Philip Morris Companies, Inc., where he served in several capacities, including as VP Administration & Finance (1975), VP and Controller (1979), Sr. VP Administration, International (1981), Executive VP Asia/Australia, International (1984), Sr. VP Human Resources & Administration (1987) and as Executive VP, Europe/Middle East/Africa (1991).

Prior to joining Philip Morris, he was the Corporate Treasurer, then CFO of Wheelabrator-Frye (1970-1975), Comptroller, then Treasurer of Bell Equipment/Alcorn Combustion (1964-1970) and with Price Waterhouse Coopers (1961-1964). He was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the N.Y. State Society of CPAs.

He was the recipient of many honors and awards, including the Penn State University Alumni Achievement Award, 1980, and just recently, the Big Spring Bulldog Foundation Award.

He is survived by a large family of loving friends, including several cousins and a brother.

The Greater Pike Community Foundation is planning a memorial event in the spring. Memorial gifts may be made to:


*the Greater Pike Community Foundation through PayPal (via the Donate link below) or to:

GPCF, PO Box 992, Milford PA 18337

*the Milford Enhancement Committee through PayPal  (via the Donate link below) or to:

MEC, PO Box 1172, Milford PA 18337

*If sending your gift by mail, please download and print this PDF donation form, and enclose it with your check.

*If making your gift via PayPal using the Donate button below, please click on “Add special instructions” on the 2nd page of the PayPal checkout process, and note the organization (GPCF or MEC) through which you wish to make your gift.

For more information contact:

Greater Pike Community Foundation

PO Box 992

Milford PA 18337

PH: 570-296-6959


Foundation Hosts First Barbara J. Buchanan Award Dinner

The first annual Barbara J. Buchanan Community Service Award dinner and ceremony was held at Skytop Lodge on September 26, 2014.  This award will annually recognize and honor Pike County residents who exemplify the spirit of giving back to our community. Honorees will receive $1,000 to donate to the charity of their choice.

On Friday, September 26, more than 150 friends, family and elected officials gathered at Skytop Lodge for the first Annual Barbara J. Buchanan Community Service Award dinner. The award was named in her honor because of Barbara’s extraordinary commitment to public service and gift giving.

Photo at the Barbara J. Buchanan Service Award Dinner.
L-R: GPCF Chair Jim Pedranti, Honoree Barbara J. Buchanan, and Luzerne Foundation President & CEO Charles Barber.

James Pedranti, Chairman of the Foundation’s Board, emceed the event including a video tribute to Barbara, proclamations from elected officials and the presentation of a $1,000 check, in Barbara’s name, to Julia Quinlan to support the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice. Pedranti stated, “The Barbara J. Buchanan Community Service Award will be presented annually to recognize a Pike County resident who, like Barbara, exemplifies the spirit of giving back to our community. This award dinner will be the Foundation’s way of saying thanks.”

In her remarks accepting the award, Barbara emphasized the need to live up to one’s potential and encouraged future generations to follow her example. In short, Barbara concluded that she was overwhelmed by the honor.

The Greater Pike Community Foundation was established to provide a person and permanent way to give back to the region we love and have worked so hard to nurture and maintain. Barbara Buchanan embodies the Foundation’s mission. She (and her late husband Ted) settled in Milford in 1985 after years of volunteerism that spanned the globe.

Photo at the Barbara J. Buchanan Service Award Dinner.
Barbara J. Buchanan, center, celebrated this honor with family members.

Her time and treasure in the interest of Pike County is unprecedented. Her imprint is on organizations from the American Cancer Society to the united Way and the Center for the Developmentally Disabled, from the Milford Enhancement Committee to the Milford Garden Club, from Grey Towers to the Mount Laurel Center for the Performing Arts, from the Pike County Chamber of Commerce to the Pike County Historical Society. And the list goes on.

Because of her extraordinary commitment to public service and gift giving, the Greater Pike Community Foundation has established the Barbara J. Buchanan Community Service Award to annually recognize those Pike County residents who exemplify the spirit of giving back to our community. In addition to recognition, annual recipients will receive $1,000 for the charity of their choice.

Watch a video about Barbara’s leadership in volunteering and philanthropic work in Pike County:

To nominate a 2015 honoree for the Barbara J. Buchanan Community Service Award, please complete this online form. Or, for more information about the award, call 570-296-6959.

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Photos courtesy MilfordNow.

Promoting Excellence for NonProfits

The Greater Pike Community Foundation, in conjunction with the Pike County Public Library, hosted several workshops for board members and staff of non-profit organizations.

Logo for Pike County Public Library.On September 22, 2014 a four-hour workshop provided tools and guidelines for maintaining standards of excellence. Specific strategies were outlined to help non-profit leaders and Board management to avoid risks and maximize opportunities for their organizations. It was conducted by Kurt R. Bauman, MBA, and Executive Director of the Nonprofit & Community Assistance Center (NCAC), and Division Manager, Community Services, NEPA Alliance.

Logo for Seeds Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support Wayne County, PA.“Find it – Fix It! A Home Energy Efficiency Workshop” was also presented by SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) of Northeastern PA. SEEDS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting a renewable energy infrastructure and sustainable living. Professionals discussed energy savings projects, find energy leaks, and fix them. PPL and Orange and Rockland Utilities also participated.