Giving back!

Hi, everyone.

Last night was our Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation, and our theme was “giving back.” We used the quote from Winston Churchill, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Now I’ve always believed that you need to give back to your community, and I see that demonstrated all over our town. I pointed out some of the examples last night, and I’d like to share them in this blog.

I mentioned first the Bradford City Water Authority, and the courageous act that those men performed on the night of February 23rd in -20 degree weather and 2 feet of water. They truly gave back to their community to get our water back in service.

The campaign drive for United Way of the Bradford Area had another successful year, and they will be able to help many organizations throughout the community thanks to everyone’s generous support!

George Duke, the owner of Zippo Manufacturing Company, donated the funds to remodel the upstairs of City Hall, because he wants our citizens and visitors to be proud of our city hall. Thank you, George Duke, for believing in Bradford.

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford just completed their capital campaign and exceeded their goal, raising a total of $20 million dollars. How exciting is that?

Destinations Bradford is one of the best examples of giving back, and Becky Plummer exemplifies that best. Her organization offers a hand up, not just a hand out, by offering educational and spiritual opportunities to those in need.

Now, as I said last night I could go on and on about the giving in our community, but it would take all day to list them.

I would like to close with a quote from my good friend Bob Esch from American Refining Group, “If we were to organize a parade in recognition of all those who give, there would be just a few to view the parade.” So I would encourage all you to come and join in that parade!

See you next Friday!



  1. Thank you for the kind words. I have been blessed and fortunate to have had the opportunities and experiences in my life to have brought me to this place in my life. I have to admit, Destinations has become the community’s organization. It is supported with physical donations, financially and with volunteers to keep this place running. Thank you for all that you do to help support, encourage and grow Bradford’s business community!

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