By Karen Blackledge
The Danville News
DANVILLE — The Danville Area Red Cross will honor Randy May for volunteering in the community for many years.
A Danville native and resident of the Danville area, May will receive the Robert N. Pursel Distinguished Service Award on Nov. 9.
Reservations are required and due by Oct. 25. Call the Red Cross at 570-275-1441.
The event, known as Holiday Happenings 2013, begins at 6 p.m. with appetizers, cocktails and a silent charity auction followed by dinner and dessert at 7:30 p.m. in The Pine Barn Inn.
The night will include a charity auction including art, vacation, getaways, jewelry, fine dining, gift certificates and more donated by local businesses. The cost is $90 per person with proceeds benefiting the Danville Area Red Cross. Donations are being accepted in honor of May.
“It’s a great honor coming from your community but that is not why I do these things,” said May of volunteering.
He was honored by the Danville Alumni Association in 2011 with a Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a founding member of the association formed in 2004.
The alumni association will be able to present a scholarship to a graduating Danville senior in 2014. The association also prepares a newsletter and has a data base of more than 8,000 people.
Its big event is an annual luncheon and awards ceremony to be held Oct. 19.
May’s most recent volunteering has centered on the Danville Area Community Foundation of which he is a founding member. The foundation chairman for eight years, he said the foundation has raised more than $4.5 million since its founding in 1999.
May holds a business degree from Bloomsburg University. He taught school in Adams and Huntington counties and worked for a certified public accountant firm in Lebanon.
After that, he went to work for Fleetwood Enterprises and Deluxe Homes where his territory included Berwick, Harrisburg and Michigan for about seven years.
He founded Pinebrook Homes, based in Danville, in 1978 and sold the business in 2000.
His volunteer service includes serving on the Geisinger Development Committee, organizing an All-American night ceremony and reception for Dr. Dick Deitrick and Randy Sidler, commissioning a bronze bust of sports fan Johnny Lahout and presenting it to the Danville Area School District, serving as co-chairman of the Whitey McCloskey recognition dinner, co-chairman of the roast for Dr. Henry Hood, as chairman of the Jay Livziey Wall of Fame reception, former chairman of the building committee of Frosty Valley Country Club, on the board of the Bloomsburg University Husky Club and board president in 1987, Bloomsburg University College of Business advisory board, a founding member of the Bloomsburg University Foundation Board and a founding member of the board of the Hemlock Sewer Cooperative.
He also built Santa’s cottage and donated it to the borough of Danville in 1986, sponsored Arbor Day programs in Danville schools from 1983 through 2001, established the school district’s Wall of Fame, developed and introduced bi-weekly mortgage to local banks in 1983, negotiated with the Robbins family for the J. Manley Robbins Trail deeded to Montour County, served as chairman of the building committee for The Gate House, was on the trail bridge committee and Montour County Recreation Association board, was co-chairman of the “burn the mortgage campaign” of the Danville Area Community Center and served as church council president of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and on the council of Trinity Lutheran Church.
He and his wife Karen have a daughter, Kristin Mikita, and four grandchildren.