Annual Schuster Day

March 09, 2017


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In 1998, William Schuster, founder of Warren Radio, established an endowment fund to annually benefit 13 of his favorite nonprofits. Since then, The Erie Community Foundation has grown his fund, and this year, these nonprofits will receive grants totaling $51,103. Schuster Day is an annual event honoring Bill’s generosity and celebrating the grants made to his specified nonprofits.

“Bill is a great example of what thoughtful estate planning can lead to,” said Mike Batchelor, president of The Erie Community Foundation. “Every year, his favorite nonprofits receive a percentage of the endowment he established with us nearly 20 years ago.”

Nonprofit2017 Grant
American Red Cross$2,401.84
Community Country Day School$4,752.58
Erie Art Museum$4,752.58
Erie Playhouse$1,175.37
Erie Zoological Society$1,175.37
Hospice of Erie$4,752.58
Humane Society of Northwestern PA$2,401.84
Junior Philharmonic$9,505.16
Lake Erie Ballet/Erie Civic Ballet$4,752.58
Stairways Behavioral Health$4,752.58
The Sight Center of NWPA$1,175.37
United Way of Erie County$4,752.58
Visiting Nurse Association$4,752.58

More specifically, the grants will be used as follows:

American Red Cross will purchase shelter supplies.                

Community Country Day School will purchase supplies for its art classroom.

Erie Art Museum will support ongoing operations and programs of the museum, as well as maintenance of exterior spaces and grounds.

Erie Playhouse will continue its outreach programming with the Barber National Institute and expand its program collaboration with the Achievement Center.

Erie Zoological Society will support the newly constructed Maleno Adventure Woods. This woodland themed play space will provide exciting new ways for children to explore nature at the Erie Zoo.

Hospice of Erie will support nurse education and computer system upgrades.

Humane Society of Northwest PA will use its grant to help support its special needs animal program.

Junior Philharmonic will support ongoing operational costs and new programs.

Lake Erie Ballet/Erie Civic Ballet will use its grant to support the summer program and school outreach to increase student enrollment.

Stairways Behavioral Health will support programming carried out at Bloom Collaborative.

The Sight Center of NWPA will support an after school and summer program for blind children that will reinforce the skills and experience necessary to cope with blindness in a sighted world.

United Way of Erie County will support the Tocqueville Award recognition event.

Visiting Nurse Association will continue providing home health and hospice care.