Philanthropy’s Far-reaching Effects

Bright Future

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Joyce Ritenour Fairman ’76, left, and Beverly Fairman ’77 share their family’s excitement in revitalizing downtown Punxsutawney.

“I really care about my hometown,” Beverly said. A $1.9 million gift in memory of Alan Fairman ’76 (Joyce’s husband and Beverly’s brother) and Roy Fairman (Beverly’s father) will help renovate the J.R. Eberhart Building, visible in the background. “Alan created a foundation before he passed away,” Joyce said. “He wanted to support projects that would benefit the Punxsutawney area. This project was a perfect fit.” Ron Fairman, Alan and Beverly’s brother, also made possible the family’s gift. Other recent gifts include $50,000 from the Borough of Punxsutawney and a gift-in-kind, valued at $71,500, of the Eberhart Building itself (renamed the Fairman Centre) from the Punxsutawney Regional Development Corporation. The women hold an artist’s rendering of the renovated building.

A number of endowments, scholarship funds, and significant gifts were made to the university in recent months. They include those listed below.

Gifts to existing scholarships and endowments included:

  • A gift of $10,000 from Todd Abraham ’88 and Lori Miller Abraham ’88 to the Abraham Family Business Endowed Scholarship
  • A gift of $11,500 from the Harrisburg Area IUP Alumni Chapter to the IUP Alumni Harrisburg Chapter Scholarship
  • A gift of $7,000 from the Punxsutawney Area College Trust to the Punxsutawney Campus fund
  • A gift of $10,000 from Royal Oil and Gas Corporation to the Carl E. Patchin Distinguished Achiever Business Scholarship
  • A gift of $105,000 from the Juniata Foundation to the Robert E. Cook Honors College Achievement Fund and an additional gift shortly thereafter, also from the Juniata Foundation and also designated to the RECHC Achievement Fund, in the amount of $95,000

Bequest gifts included:

  • A gift of $10,000 from the estate of Pamela Beck ’93, which remains undesignated pending recommendation

Newly established Endowed Scholarships included:

  • A pledge of $15,000 from Donald Gill ’62 and Lorna Gill to establish the Frank Cignetti Football Endowment

Other Significant Gifts/Pledges included:

  • A gift of $5,000 from Diamond Drug, Inc., and a gift of $5,000 from First Commonwealth Bank, both to the College of Health and Human Services to sponsor the Diabetes Symposium
  • A gift of $7,000 from the Dominion Foundation to the Summer Honors Arts Residency Experience (SHARE)