For several years, the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation has partnered with the Bob Perks Fund by awarding CCCF Grant Program funding so the Bob Perks Fund can provide financial assistance through gift cards to Clearfield County residents undergoing cancer treatment.
Recently Marjann Young, Bob Perks Fund Development Coordinator and Mark McCracken, Executive Director of the Charitable Foundation met with Bob Berg who is a recent recipient of assistance from the Bob Perks Fund.
Mr. Berg recently lost his flooring business due to the economic downturn brought on by the COVID pandemic. While he was struggling to deal with the financial hardship, he was diagnosed with lung cancer.
Mr. Berg has been a person who always donated numerous hours to raise funds for local charities and but now he was the person who needed help.
Ms. Young learned about Mr. Berg’s situation and met with him to explain the mission of the Bob Perks Fund the assistance they could provide for him while he is undergoing cancer treatments.
As part of their assistance to Mr. Berg, the Bob Perks Fund has provided him with a gift card purchased using grant funding from the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation. With the assistance provided by the Bob Perks Fund and the support of his family and friends, Mr. Berg is able to fight his battle with cancer and concentrate on his recovery.
Ms. Young said “the Bob Perks Fund is appreciative of the support from the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation and thanks everyone involved that provides funding for the grant program”.
Mr. McCracken stated “we are pleased to work in partnership with the Bob Perks Fund so they can assist people like Mr. Berg. We also wish Mr. Berg good luck and a speedy recovery”.
The Clearfield County Charitable Foundation is ready to accept applications for the 2021 CCCF Grant Program. Last year, the grant program awarded over $20,000 to projects that benefited communities across Clearfield County and, since inception, has awarded over $122,000 in total funding.
After the applications are submitted, the CCCF Grant Committee will review and score the applications, then make recommendations to the CCCF Board of Directors who will award the grants during their October board meeting.
For 2021, the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation Board of Directors is encouraging community groups to submit applications that will have a real impact on communities. The Charitable Foundation specifically encourages projects that will have a positive impact on the youth in our communities and like to see participation from groups that have never applied before.
CCCF Executive Director Mark McCracken said “The CCCF grant program has funded some worthy projects in recent years and we want to continue helping with community projects all over Clearfield County.
“The goal for the grants is to make an impact that will meet specific needs and provide solutions that will make our communities better. The CCCF Board and our Grant Committee is very interested in seeing new and innovative ideas submitted for consideration”.
To be eligible for a grant award, applying agencies/organizations must provide services in local communities and to citizens of Clearfield County. Priority is given to projects that have potential for long-term impact, support the county’s overall needs, do not duplicate other services and will aid residents not currently being served.
Grant funding will not be awarded to cover ongoing operational costs for any organization.
The grants are funded by the Charitable Foundation’s Community Fund along with several individual endowment funds that were set up in the name of certain individuals interested in helping their communities and projects across the county.
Additionally, the CCL Donor Designated Fund was established for projects in Clearfield Borough, Curwensville Borough and Lawrence Township and the Sara Jane Mattern Fund was established by the Mattern estate to fund annual grants to four specific organizations in Osceola Mills.
For those interested in supporting the Charitable Foundation Grant Program or any of our endowment or scholarship funds, contributions may be made at the website http://clearfieldcharitablefoundation.org. Online donations are processed through a secure Paypal account.
Donations can also be mailed to: Clearfield County Charitable Foundation, P.O. Box 1442, Clearfield PA 16830 – please designate on the check memo line the fund you would like your donation credited to.
We also welcome inquiries from those interested in establishing endowment or scholarship funds to benefit local communities and organizations.
Cultural Resources Inc., of DuBois and the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation are pleased to announce the creation of the Reitz Theater Performing Arts Scholarship.
Plans are for the first scholarship to be awarded in the spring of 2022 to a DuBois area graduating senior who has participated in a theatrical event at the Reitz Theater with special consideration given to a student who is pursuing a career in the arts.
Joe Sensor of the Cultural Resources board stated “It has been the goal of CRI for several years to create a scholarship that would recognize the theatrical talents of our local young people and hopefully assist them in realizing their dreams of pursuing a career in the arts or a related field. The youth that participate in productions and workshops at the Reitz Theater are a huge reason for why we exist and have been successful for the past 29 years in our local community. This is a wonderful way to recognize that reality, and to give back to this very important demographic.”
The possibility of fulfilling the dream to create a performing arts scholarship came to the forefront earlier this year when Mark McCracken, the executive director of the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation, paid a site visit to the Reitz Theater to review a project for which the Charitable Foundation had provided grant funding for.
During the visit, McCracken discussed with Cultural Resources board members Joe Sensor, Judy Smith and Debbie Wirths other services the Charitable Foundation provides that could be beneficial, not only to the Reitz Theater, but to the DuBois community as well.
It was out of these initial discussions that the Cultural Resources Board of Directors decided that partnering with the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation would be the way to get the scholarship fund up and running.
McCracken stated “Community organizations like Cultural Resources and the Reitz Theater are the kind of organizations we like to be involved with.This new scholarship fits perfectly into our portfolio of scholarship funds and we are looking forward to working with the Cultural Resources Board to grow the value of the scholarship fund so multiple scholarships can be awarded in future years.”
Sensor and McCracken shared “We envision this scholarship fund will become an important award for future graduates in the Tri-County area and will be a way that the area community can recognize and encourage young people with special interest in the arts.”
Those interested in supporting the Reitz Theater Performing Arts Scholarship can do so online at www.clearfieldcharitablefoundation.org by clicking ONLINE DONATION TO A SCHOLARSHIP FUND, then selecting the DONATE button specific to the CRI / Reitz Theater Performing Arts Scholarship which will take you to a secure PayPal donation site to process a credit card donation. Also, donations by check can be mailed to Clearfield County Charitable Foundation, PO Box 1442, Clearfield PA 16830. Checks should be made payable to Clearfield County Charitable Foundation with Reitz Theater Performing Arts Scholarship noted in the memo line.
All donations are tax deductible and the Charitable Foundation is a registered 501c3 charitable organization.
The Clearfield County Charitable Foundation, along with the scholarship committees representing 24 different scholarship funds including the Clearfield Education Foundation, are pleased to announce the award of over $50,000 in scholarships for the year 2021.
In announcing the scholarship awards, CCCF Executive Director Mark McCracken stated “the scholarships listed below are awarded to an outstanding group of young people representing the graduating Class of 2021 from many local and area high schools.
“Several of our scholarships were established to honor the memory of some exceptional people, and it is the hope that the scholarship recipients will carry on the legacy of the people named on their scholarships. The Clearfield County Charitable Foundation congratulates all the recipients and wishes them success with their post high school education.”
Valarie Dixon, Acting Director of Clearfield Campus of Lock Haven University noted “the Clearfield Education Foundation(CEF) is awarding over $14,000.00 this fall, and almost $30,000 for the year, to LHU Clearfield campus students. The Clearfield campus is thankful to the CEF for their invaluable contributions to the success of the campus”.
New this year to the CCCF scholarship list is the Harry W. Rowles Memorial Scholarship awarded by the Golden Bison Alumni Association.
Early in 2021, the Charitable Foundation was notified by the Harry W. Rowles Charitable Trust in Chamberburg PA that funding was allocated to establish a memorial scholarship in honor of Mr. Rowles who was a graduate of Clearfield Area High School. The Golden Bison Alumni Association agreed to award the annual Harry W. Rowles Memorial Scholarship in addition to the annual scholarships already awarded by the Golden Bison Alumni Association.
With the addition of the Harry W. Rowles Scholarship, the Golden Bison were able to award $7,000 in scholarships for 2021.
The Clearfield County Charitable Foundation is pleased to announce the following 2021 scholarship recipients chosen by the individual scholarship fund committees. CAHS Class of ’62 Scholarship: Jason Stanko – Clearfield High School, CAHS Class of ’75 Scholarship Fund: Seth Visnofsky – Clearfield High School,
Cunningham Scholarship: Christina McGinnis – Clearfield High School, Meghan E. Deininger Scholarship Fund: Dana L. Heltzel – Central High School and Gabriella A. Finn – Bellwood Antis High School, DuBois Rotary Club Scholarships: Brockway High School: Sydney Manno, Benjamin Glasl, Noah Bash, Morgan Lindemuth, Dubois High School: Lakin Smith, Kaylee George, Anna Wingard, Taylor Smith,
Eileen C. Withey Memorial Scholarship: Chasey Howell – Curwensville High School, Gerald Read Memorial Scholarship: Jason Stanko – Clearfield High School, Golden Bison Alumni Association Scholarship: Katelyn Hullihen, Megan Durandetta, Matthew Bailor, Christina McGinnis
Harry W. Rowles Memorial Scholarship presented by the Golden Bison Alumni Association: Hunter Dixon, Seth Visnofsky, Ethan Yarger, Kenneth McMillen Endowment Scholarship: Joscelyn Narehood – Clearfield High School, Marsha Novey Memorial Scholarship: Joscelyn Narehood – Clearfield High School, T-Harp / Taylor Harpster Memorial Scholarship: Kyle Henry Reese and Abigail Lonjin – Philipsburg Osceola High School
Additionally, the Clearfield Education Foundation Scholarships for LHU Clearfield Campus Students are awarded as follows: Belin Family: Derek Strouse, Elijah Williams, Morgan Glace, CNB : Curtis Caldwell, Kristen Chew, Judith Peale Strattan Memorial: Derek Strouse, Samantha Bromley, Elijah Williams, Emma Morlock, Philip Rowles, Miranda Warner, Judith Riley Hale Memorial: Morgan Glace, Jennifer Gardner
Kurtz Brothers: Erica Linsenbigler, Grace Young, Ashley Folmer, Penn Highlands Clearfield: Samantha Bromley, Emily White, Alexandra Smith, Olivia Sager, Riverview Bank: John Arnold, and Spring Only: Carl Dawes, Woodward Pharmacy / City Drug: Nora Campbell, Jacey Williams, Jessicarain Griffith.
The Clearfield County Charitable Foundation recently provided a $1,000 grant to assist in the purchase of a digital piano, pedal board, stand and amplifier for use at the Reitz Theater. The new equipment replaces old, outdated equipment which not working properly. Cultural Resources Inc. board members Joe Sensor, Judy Smith and Deb Wirth said the equipment will not only be used during performances at the Reitz Theater, but will also be used to provide lessons and training during future children’s programs at the facility. Additionally, the equipment can be moved to other locations where events are being held to promote the arts and theater in the DuBois community. The board members also gave a tour of the Reitz Theater to CCCF Executive Director Mark McCracken and explained their plans for 2021. While events at the facility have been cancelled due to COVID restrictions for the past year, this downtime has allowed some renovations to be done inside the theater. Once the renovations are completed, plans are for two plays in the fall of 2021 and planning is underway for a Kids Art Camp to be conducted over the summer months. Sensor explained “In 2019, we sold over 5,000 tickets for our performances and we are hoping to achieve similar numbers once we get back into production with our 2 fall performances”. Both Smith and Wirth said they are hoping the renovations will bring more events to the theater and the facility will continue to be a valued asset in the DuBois community. McCracken said “the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation is impressed with the efforts of Cultural Resources Inc and the Reitz Theater to bring arts and entertainment to the community. “The CCCF Board and Grant Committee fund projects that will better communities and especially enjoy supporting projects that will benefit the youth”. The Charitable Foundation will be doing another round of community project grants in 2021 and will be looking for viable projects to fund. Anyone interested in information about the CCCF Foundation can request information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Clearfield County Charitable Foundation recently opened a satellite office in the City of DuBois inside the NCPA Launchbox facility, 2 East Long Avenue in downtown DuBois. The Charitable Foundation will have use of the office space every Wednesday.
Charitable Foundation Executive Director Mark McCracken explained that opening the satellite office in DuBois will give the Charitable Foundation a physical presence in the DuBois area that will help strengthen the relationship with funds already established for the DuBois community along with recruiting new endowment and scholarship funds that will enhance DuBois and surrounding communities.
McCracken will be working at the DuBois satellite office most Wednesdays and the Charitable Foundation Board is planning to hold at least 1 quarterly board meeting per year at the location. Brad Lashinsky, Director of NCPA Launchbox said “we welcome the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation to the Launchbox and wish them much success with their endeavors in the DuBois area”.
The opening of the DuBois satellite office continues the growth strategy of the Charitable Foundation Board of Directors that started with the January of 2020 hiring of McCracken as Executive Director along with the opening of a business office located at the Rear of 236 East Market Street in Clearfield.
McCracken said “like everyone else, the Charitable Foundation was hampered throughout 2020 by limitations brought on by the COVID19 restrictions, but we were able to follow through with the board’s long range plan to grow the organization while providing needed support to communities, projects and individuals throughout Clearfield County”.
From the end of 2019 through March 18th of 2021, the market value of all funds established with the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation grew from $6,475,000 to $8,965,000. Over the 5 year period from March 1st, 2016 to March of 2021, the Charitable Foundation has awarded a total of 969,335.84 in the form of charitable and scholarship benefits.
During 2020, the Charitable Foundation awarded $20,245 in community project grants, over $42,000 in scholarships to 33 students and made 2 separate distributions of $3,900 and $4,800 to food banks operating in Clearfield County.
The Charitable Foundation Board also announces the recent addition of Jamie Straub to the Charitable Foundation Board of Directors to represent the DuBois area.
Ms. Straub joined the board in January and brings a wealth of experience from her position as Vice President – Sr. Corporate Banker – Commercial Solutions with First Commonwealth Bank in DuBois along with her service on many other community boards.
McCracken said “we are pleased to have Ms. Straub join the Charitable Foundation board and she will offer key input to the board, not only in regards to the DuBois area, but to our efforts across all of Clearfield County”.
The Clearfield County Charitable Foundation was formed in November of 2004 and now has 47 endowment and scholarship funds valued at over $8.9 million. The Charitable Foundation is registered with both the IRS as a 501(C) 3 tax exempt organization and with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of State as a charitable organization.
Donations to any Clearfield County Charitable Foundation fund are tax deductible. Anyone interested in establishing a fund with the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation or making a donation to any of our funds should visit www.clearfieldcharitablefoundation.org or call 814-592-7331 to schedule a meeting.
The Clearfield County Charitable Foundation recently released $6,800 from the Basic Needs Fund to food banks serving communities across all of Clearfield County.
Receiving funding will be the food banks operated by Central PA Community Action in Clearfield, Curwensville, Philipsburg, Burnside/Mahaffey, Westover, Houtzdale, Osceola Mills, Karthaus, West Branch/Allport, and the DuBois Ministerium Food Pantry and DuBois Salvation Army. Additional organizations getting funds are Salvation Army in Clearfield, Living Bread Ministries, the Anti-Hunger Program operated by the Moshannon Valley YMCA that services communities in the Philipsburg-Osceola, West Branch and Moshannon Valley areas, and the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging meal programs.
New this year to the funding list is the Lightner Food Bank serving Coalport/Irvona and surrounding areas that is operated by CenClear.
Recently CCCF Board Member John Harpster and CCCF Executive Director Mark McCracken met with YMCA Branch Director Mel Curtis to review the work they are doing with the Anti-Hunger Program in Clearfield County. Mr. Curtis reported the YMCA has recently completed several Farmer’s to Families food distributions in both Clearfield and Centre counties with one at the Clearfield Driving Park that distributed 400 food boxes.
Each 30-50 pound box contained produce, cheese, liquid eggs, meat and a gallon of milk. In total, the Farmer’s to Families distribution events held in recent weeks in both counties has seen over 6,400 food boxes distributed to families. Mr. Curtis noted that the Anti-Hunger Program has seen an increase in participants over the last year attributing a lot of the increase to COVID-19 impacts on the economy.
CCCF Executive Director Mark McCracken said “the Charitable Foundation is grateful for the work all the area food banks are doing to help families”.
CCCF Board Member John Harpster noted “members of the CCCF board all agree that we want funds collected in our Basic Needs Fund to help the needy and releasing these funds to area food banks will have a direct impact”.
Anyone interested in donating to the Basic Needs Fund to help with future distributions to local food banks, please visit our website at www.clearfieldcharitablefoundation.org. There is a DONATE NOW link for the Basic Needs Fund on the main web page for secure online donations or, donations may be mailed to Clearfield County Charitable Foundation, PO Box 1442, Clearfield PA 16830.
The Clearfield County Charitable Foundation recently awarded CenClear $1,250 from the CCCF 2020 Community Grant Program to help fund the Lightner Food Bank Program that helps families in the communities of Coalport, Irvona and Beccaria Township.
In accepting the grant check, Sean Rockmore, the Family and Community Partnership Coordinator for CenClear said “The Coalport Food Bank is made possible with contributions from the John Lightner Trust Fund. The funds support assistance to low-income families in Beccaria Township and the boroughs of Coalport and Irvona”. Mr. Rockmore went on to explain “The grant funding from the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation will allow CenClear to purchase food-only gift cards for $25.00 each from the local grocery store Leyo’s who we are partnering with in this endeavor. The gift cards are paired with a box of non-perishable grocery items donated by the CenClear Food Bank”. Charitable Foundation Executive Director Mark McCracken stated “There is a great need for food bank services in the Coalport / Irvona area and it is encouraging to see the collaborative efforts by CenClear, the Lightner Trust and Leyo’s market to meet this need. The CCCF Grant Committee reviewed the grant application submitted by CenClear and was pleased to award funds to this important program that helps families in the communities of Coalport, Irvona and the surrounding Beccaria Township”. Mr. Rockmore reported so far the food bank is serving 20 families a month in the designated communities and mentioned that CenClear continues to seek additional financial support to supplement the funding from the Lightner Fund. Mr. Rockmore also recognized the work the food bank staff at CenClear does to help him prepare the food boxes and gave special recognition to Leyo’s for their support of the project.
The Clearfield YMCA was awarded a 2020 CCCF grant to purchase additional equipment for use in the youth gymnastics program. Pictured are Brian McDonald – Program/Aquatics Director at the YMCA, Don Herres – Executive Director of the YMCA and Mark McCracken – Executive Director of the CCCF.
The Clearfield County Charitable Foundation received 31 grant applications for the 2020 CCCF Grant Program from various groups and organizations representing communities across Clearfield County.
The CCCF Grant Committee did a complete review and scoring of all the submitted applications and presented a detailed report with recommendations to the Charitable Foundation Board who approved the following grant awards:
Pentz Run Youth Services, DuBois PA – $1,000
Young People Who Care, Frenchville PA – $1,000
Cen-Clear, Bigler PA – $1,250
Good Samaritan Center Clearfield PA – $1,500
Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund – $1,000
Grampian Lions Club, Grampian PA – $1,000
Clearfield Chamber of Commerce, Clearfield PA – $2,500
Catholic Charities Adoption Services, DuBois PA – $1,000
Clearfield County Cancer Support Inc., Curwensville PA – $2,000
Cultural Resources Inc, DuBois PA – $1,000
Clearfield YMCA, Clearfield PA – $820
Lawrence Township Fire Company #1, Clearfield PA – $480
Clearfield Skate Park, Clearfield PA – $445.
The following awards were made from the Sara Jane Mattern Fund to the following 4 organizations in the borough of Osceola Mills: Columbia Fire Company – $1,312.50, Osceola Mills United Methodist Church – $1312.50, Osceola Mills Community Library – $1,312.50 and Osceola Mills Historical Foundation – $1,312.50.
The Sara Jane Mattern Fund was established by Ms. Mattern’s estate to provide annual funding to the 4 listed organizations.
The grant awards listed above represent $10,695 from the CCCF Community Fund, $4,300 from the Kurtz Clearfield, Lawrence Township and Curwensville Fund and $5,250 from the Sara Jane Mattern fund for a total distribution of $20,245 to help people and communities all over Clearfield County.
Of the funds from the CCCF Community Fund, $1,377 came from a contribution made by Visit Clearfield County from the proceeds of the Chainsaw Carvers Event they sponsored in June. The $1,377 donation was made possible through the generosity of the 4 carvers that participated in the event, Doug Ryan, Ray “Knotty Ray” Good, Todd Gladfelter and Mark Mann.
On behalf of the Charitable Foundation Board and Grant Review Committee, Charitable Foundation Executive Director Mark McCracken said “The awarded grants went to some fine community-based organizations and include projects that will benefit many people with specific needs.
“Several of the projects will benefit area youths while others address needs for people with medical issues. There are also specific projects to establish a much-needed food bank in the Coalport / Irvona area along with a project to purchase and install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in homes that don’t have them”.
McCracken added “We also had some great organizations with viable projects that did not make the cut for funding this year, but we would encourage them to resubmit next year”.
Since 2006, the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation’s grant program has awarded over $120,000 to projects in communities across Clearfield County.
Anyone who would like to contribute to help fund grants next year can do so by sending contributions to the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation, PO Box 1442, Clearfield PA 16830 by designating the donation to go to the Community Fund, the Kurtz CLC Donor Designated Fund or the Sara Jane Mattern Fund.