The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

The Valley

October 7, 2013

Bernard Bredbenner, Sr. Establishes Field of Interest Fund with the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania

— WILLIAMSPORT — The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania, FCFP, announces that Bernard Bredbenner Sr., of Williamsport, has established a $100,000 field of interest endowed fund to support youth programs and projects in Columbia, Lycoming and Montour counties. The fund is named in honor of Bredbenner and in memory of his late wife, Eva, who passed away in 2011.  

Bredbenner was the recipient of new wealth as a result of a gas lease through his hunting camp. The Bredbenner’s had long been champions of helping children reach their full potential. Some of the organizations they, and along with their son, have supported include the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital, Camp Victory, STEP and Hope Enterprises. The couple spent many years traveling and have visited every continent at least once; but central Pennsylvania was always home.

The decision to do something for the community was an easy one. Bredbenner said; “I know there are children in need everywhere, but if I can start where I live and make a difference — and, if everyone did the same — imagine, the future of our communities would be much brighter. It is my hope that others will follow our charitable passion and learn more about the Community Foundation and create their own legacy.”

The next step was to determine how to leave the legacy that he and his wife were passionate about. His attorney, Bob Wayne, was aware of the services the Foundation had to offer and made the introduction.  

Atty. Bob Wayne said; “It’s my responsibility to help my clients realize their philanthropic passion. The Foundation made the process easy for Mr. Bredbenner. They were a valuable resource in addressing his charitable priorities. I get satisfaction in seeing my clients’ charitable dreams come to fruition and know that the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania is a leader in community philanthropy in helping them to accomplish those dreams.”  

“We are grateful to Bernard Bredbenner for his gift and the impact it will have. The legacy of Bernard and Eva will enrich and enhance the lives of children in our region, forever. The Foundation is honored to help realize their dreams;” said Jennifer D. Wilson, president & CEO of FCFP.

The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania works regionally and locally to bring together people, partners and places to grow local giving and investment, strengthen area organizations and results, and take on the critical issues and efforts needed to build vibrant communities and a thriving north central Pennsylvania region.  

Anyone wishing to create a fund to support their favorite non-profit organization in perpetuity may do so by contacting the Community Foundation at (570) 321-1500 or (866) 901-2372.  


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