The CAN DO Community Foundation held its annual meeting and observed a moment of silence in memory of attorney and Board Member Henry Giuliani, who had recently passed away.
At the meeting, President Gary F. Lamont recognized the members of the board, volunteers and the community and CAN DO for their contribution of time, talent and resources to the foundation during the past year.
Accomplishments of the year were highlighted.
Lynn Ferry, a graduating senior, received the prestigious Penn State Hazleton Frank Kostas Award for stellar grades and service. Ferry is a recipient of the CAN DO Foundation scholarship at Penn State Hazleton.
Attendees learned the progress that continues with the restoration of the Ferrwood Music Camp. The foundation “adopted” the camp and was instrumental in getting Ferrwood on the National Register of Historic Places and seeking funding for the restoration of the former “Fresh Air Camp” to meet historic preservation standards. The camp is operated by the Greater Hazleton Philharmonic Society and plays an important role in music education and appreciation for area youth. The foundation has been successful assisting the society in preserving the camp.
Lamont said the Leadership Hazleton Class raised funds to restore the unique outdoor benches, provide signage and make other improvements to Ferrwood. The Keystone Job Corps Center, under the guidance of Matt Waltman, assisted in the bench refurbishing.
Lamont also thanked the entire CAN DO staff for their assistance and noted the roles of Nancy Stasko and Pat Gendler in their day-to-day efforts in the administrative and fiscal responsibilities of the foundation.
The CAN DO Community Foundation continues to grow its assets and the endowment has grown from numerous sources including the donation of real estate, individual and corporate gifts, memorial donations, foundations and investment income. The foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of CAN DO and supports worthwhile community projects making a difference and improving the greater Hazleton community. The foundation’s mission is to select projects that will benefit from conservation, preservation and reclamation of distressed landscape and historic and other locally significant buildings.
The following were elected as directors of the board: Matthew B. Bayzick; Earl C. Berger; Paul Cerula; Joseph M. DeBias; Edgar L. Dessen, M.D.; Eugene M. Dougherty; Terrance M. Eyerly, D.C.; Arthur A. Krause; Gary F. Lamont; Robert J. Moisey; E. Richard Moore; Herbert D. Nash; Kevin O’Donnell; Donald M. Pachence; E. Thomas Sandrock; John J. Spevak; Arthur D. Sweeney; and John H. Wright Jr.
Officers elected were: Lamont, president; Bayzick, vice president; Eyerly, secretary; Pachence, treasurer; O’Donnell, assistant treasurer; and Nancy R. Stasko, assistant secretary.