2015 Funds

Check out all of our new named funds from 2015 and read about the people who have created their legacies through the Community Foundation.

Barbara F. Appell Fund for York County.

Barbara F. Appell Fund for York County
Established: 2015

When Barbara Appell passed away in 2014, her father, Louis Appell Jr., asked that memorial gifts be directed to the Community Foundation's Fund for York County. He was so inspired by the outpouring of support that when he added his own memorial gift, he was able to create the Barbara F. Appell Fund for York County as a permanent way to honor his daughter. Barbara was a kind, caring person who loved animals, nature, and gardening, was musically talented, and was a willing and generous donor to a wide variety of charitable causes. Mr. Appell, who has been a longtime friend and supporter of the Community Foundation and its mission, believed Barbara's appreciation of everything life had to offer would be reflected well by a fund that could address important community issues as they change over time.
Bruce Bartels and Romana Li Fund for York County.

Bruce Bartels and Romana Li Fund for York County
Established: 2015

Bruce Bartels and Romana Li are both very active in the community. Over the years, they have given selflessly of their time and talents, particularly through their service on numerous local boards. Bruce and Romana both learned about the Community Foundation through their varied board service, and decided to create the Bruce Bartels and Romana Li Fund for York County. According to Bruce, "The Fund for York County will be in the best position to adjust funding to changing priorities over time." They love the idea of a fund dedicated to improving York County and are glad the Foundation provides a "formal, reliable vehicle" for people to give back in support of improvement efforts.
Angela N. Dobrinoff-Blake Charitable Fund.

Angela N. Dobrinoff-Blake Charitable Fund
Established: 2015

Kurt Blake created this fund in memory of his wife, Angela Nicole Dobrinoff-Blake, who passed away in 2015 at the age of 50, just shy of the couple's 19th anniversary. Angie loved the beach and tropical flowers and had a larger-than-life attitude to match her heart of gold. She was a practicing attorney in the York area until her children, a son and daughter, were born, and then she continued in the field of Family Mediation. She enjoyed attending and being involved with her children's sporting events and school activities.

Angela brought joy to all she met, and her friends and family wanted to keep that spirit alive. Angela fought cancer for 13 years but her spirit continues to live on with the families and children who benefit from the services this fund provides. The Fund benefits Junior Achievement, where Angela volunteered, and Olivia's House, which helps families, including the Blakes, work through the grieving process after losing a loved one.
Jane Conover and Steven Izzo Fund for York County
Established: 2015

Jeff & Pam Gay Community Fund.

Jeff & Pam Gay Community Fund
Established: 2015

Robert Gordon Fund.

Robert Gordon Fund
Established: 2015

Robert Gordon has travelled all over the world, but he says there really is no place like home, which is why he created the Robert Gordon Fund to support local organizations. This fund, which benefits the York County Literacy Council, Creative York, and York Town Craft Guild, follows Robert's appreciation of art and the arts community, although he claims no talent himself. Many in the community know Robert because he opens his home once a year to artists so they can use the large wood kiln in his backyard.

Robert is grateful to his professional advisor, Steve Klunk, for introducing him to the Community Foundation. "YCCF does a great job of stewarding funds," Robert said, "which makes giving to the Foundation an easy charitable option."
Randy and Laura Gross Fund for York County
Established: 2015

Heidler Family Fund.

Heidler Family Fund
Established: 2015

Henry and Dorrie Leader Fund.

Henry and Dorrie Leader Fund
Established: 2015

Henry Leader had a profound influence on life in York County. In addition to helping create the law firm Stock and Leader in 1952, he was an avid supporter of downtown revitalization through his involvement with the Redevelopment Authority and he helped start a million-dollar campaign for York Little Theatre. But he and his wife Dorrie were perhaps best-known for being champions of education for York City students. As founding board members of York City Dollars For Scholars (YCDFS), they were instrumental in creating the YCDFS scholarship awards program. The Henry and Dorrie Leader Fund was created through Henry's estate through a gift of his retirement plan. The fund will support the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, the church Henry and Dorrie both loved.
Dick and Shelva Mains Fund
Established: 2015

Nat and Jo Newman Family Scholarship Fund.

Nat and Jo Newman Family Scholarship Fund
Established: 2015

Upon Howard Newman's retirement, his company honored him with a gift to the charity of his choice. When Howard gifted the funds to York City Dollars for Scholars, the organization then created the Nat and Jo Newman Family Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation in honor of Howard's parents. Howard then gave his own gift to the fund to bring it up to the required level for awarding scholarships. Howard's family used to own Jack's clothing store in York, and Howard was a York High graduate, so although Howard no longer lives in York, it was important to him to give back to the community where he grew up.
Michael and Eloise Newsome Scholarship Fund.

Michael and Eloise Newsome Scholarship Fund
Established: 2015

Michael and Eloise Newsome know that everyone needs help at some point in their lives. They created the Michael and Eloise Newsome Scholarship Fund because they understand that affording college is an obstacle so many young people face today. The Newsomes each received similar scholarships while in college that helped pay for tuition, books, and incidentals. "We came from humble beginnings," explained Michael, "and understand these types of needs of students beginning their college years." Michael and Eloise have given annually to York City Dollars for Scholars for many years so they decided to establish a perpetual fund at YCCF. "This is our way of saying thank you to those who helped us," said Eloise.
Tom and Joan Norris Fund for York County.

Tom and Joan Norris Fund for York County
Established: 2015

York County Community Foundation created the Tom and Joan Norris Fund for York County when it honored the couple at its 2015 Donor Appreciation Event. Glatfelter, where Tom had worked and served as president for many years, generously gave the lead gift to the fund. Nearly 150 people came out to honor Tom and Joan, two pillars of our community and longtime friends of the Community Foundation. Tom refused to make it all about them, though. "We want to recognize the work of York County Community Foundation, and their dedication to the needs of our community," he said in typical humble fashion.
John and Maria Polli Family Fund.

John and Maria Polli Family Fund
Established: 2015

John and Maria Polli created their family fund after they sold their school bus company, and decided to support school children in districts that used their bus company. They are particularly concerned with children in grades 4-8 who need better nutrition, access to good healthcare, and even things as simple as clothing. According to John, they had two "lightbulb moments" when thinking about their fund: an angel tree in Starbucks one Christmas and a middle school sporting event where many children did not have adequate footwear. Those two moments gave them pause as they wondered why they only helped those in need at Christmas, and how could children learn when they didn't have the basics? Their fund allows them to grant to multiple school districts and agencies where the need is greatest. Their sons, Adam and Nicholas, are successor advisors.
Social Impact Investment Fund
Established: 2015

We've heard from city planning experts such as Chris Leinberger about the importance of a vital downtown for the economic health of our county. That's why York County Community Foundation made downtown revitalization a strategic priority. Recognizing the need for capital to make projects work, we recently created the Social Impact Investment Fund to support economic development in communities. This fund focuses on mission- related investing and supporting large-scale strategic projects that can be transformative. This fund is just one more way the Community Foundation is leading the charge to create a vibrant York County, and we hope you will join us.
David J. Stickler Memorial Scholarship Fund.

David J. Stickler Memorial Scholarship Fund
Established: 2015

Theresa Stickler created this fund in honor of her husband, David, who passed away unexpectedly in 2013. According to Teresa, David was a man who "went out and happened to things." That phrase is very important to Teresa; it is part of a longer quote from Leonardo da Vinci that David had written on the family's "quote wall" in their kitchen that she feels truly embodied the kind of man David was.

Between serving as a Life Group Leader at LCBC Church, coaching and organizing for Eastern Knights Lacrosse, serving on youth mission trips with Shared Pew Missions, working at NRG Energy as Director of Innovation Technology, and being the "all-around best dad and a wonderful husband of 26 years," Theresa shared that David happened to things in a big way. "His accomplishments are many, and he believed in living and working with excellence, always looking for ways to improve," she said.

The David J. Stickler Memorial Scholarship Fund of York County Community Foundation will provide an annual scholarship for an Eastern York High School graduating senior who has an interest in STEM fields as well as an outstanding record of community service.
Dan and Trudy Waltersdorff Fund for York County
Established: 2015

Dan and Trudy Waltersdorff love seeing the rebirth of downtown. Dan, a board director at the Community Foundation, was born in Spring Grove but visited downtown often and he's very excited to see the City's revitalization and experience all it has to offer. When Dan and Trudy decided to create their permanent legacy, they chose the Community Foundation's Fund for York County because it matched their desire to have their charitable giving meet current and future community needs. "We recognize the changing needs of the community," said Dan, "and this fund will fulfill our charitable intentions long after we're gone, not just in York City but also county wide."
Philip D. and Sally E. Winand Charitable Fund.

Philip D. and Sally E. Winand Charitable Fund
Established: 2015

Phil Winand and his wife, Sally, loved travelling for vacations and mission trips, but they always returned home to Hanover. After the unexpected death of his wife in 2014, Phil wanted to honor their shared love of their hometown. Phil, a retired Hanover pharmacist, created the Philip D. and Sally E. Winand Charitable Fund at YCCF. The fund will forever support Hanover's greatest needs, and will also support York Hospital's nursing department in memory of Sally, who had a lengthy and fulfilling nursing career. Phil's legacy, and including YCCF in his will, ensures the things that mattered to them most will be supported forever.
Wolf Inaugural Fund.

Wolf Inaugural Fund
Established: 2015

York City African-American Educators Endowment Fund.

York City African-American Educators Endowment Fund
Established: 2015

Five retired African-American colleagues from the York City School District - Eloise Newsome, Deborah Ritter-Grant, Deloris Penn, Carmen Lambert, and Wanda Dorm - often thought about the students they left behind when they retired. They understood the challenges many York City students face, the unfairness of the hand they were dealt, and the continuing struggle they encounter to achieve the education required to compete in an ever-broadening economy.

These five dedicated women retired with a great amount of pride in their work and a tremendous sense of accomplishment, but one thing was missing - a real legacy. So they decided to take action. They reached out to 100 African-American educators from the York City School District as well as several African-American alums of William Penn High School, asking for support. With the tremendous support they received, they were able to create the York City African-American Educators Endowment Fund, a scholarship fund through York City Dollars For Scholars.

This scholarship is open to second year college students at accredited colleges, universities, vocational or trade schools. This will truly be a legacy from York City minority educators to York City students that will last forever.
York Suburban Class of 1962 Fund.

York Suburban Class of 1962 Fund
Established: 2015

The York Suburban High School Class of 1962 is the first class to create a named scholarship through the York Suburban Dollars for Scholars program.

Bill Cooley, one of the 170 members of the class, said the classmates have been funding a $500 "half scholarship" over the past 16 years, as well as building another fund to raise the $25,000 necessary to create the named fund. That goal was accomplished this year. The renewable scholarship will be presented for the first time in May 2016.

Stephanie Sullivan, President of the York Suburban Dollars for Scholars, was thrilled by the Class of 1962?s contribution. She encouraged other classes to follow the lead of the Class of 1962.

Formed in 1998, York Suburban Dollars for Scholars grants have supported 110 students with $337,500. These renewable scholarships - such as the one created by the Class of 1962 - allow Dollars for Scholars to support York Suburban High School graduates over their full college career.

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