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.

Photo of the Hotel Fauchere Milford PA.
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.

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.