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About the Foundation
Established in 2001 as a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization, The Main Line Chamber Foundation is dedicated to their mission of (1) awarding scholarships to local volunteer firefighters and EMTs, (2) supporting area high school juniors attending PA Free Enterprise Week summer camp, and (3) assisting members’ employees participating in the Chamber’s Leadership Main Line program.
To date, the Foundation has awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships to deserving Main Line recipients. The Foundation's funding has come primarily from The Main Line Run event held each year in September.
The Main Line Chamber Foundation, 2017 Volunteer Firefighter/EMT Scholarship Awards
In 2005, The Main Line Chamber Foundation initiated a four-part project to address issues that impact on the recruitment and recognition of volunteer firefighters and EMT’s and the funding of the volunteer fire companies and emergency medical services in the region. This effort is a continuation of a class project undertaken by the Chamber’s Leadership Main Line Class of 2004, which highlighted the need for better public awareness of the serious challenges facing volunteer fire and emergency medical services in the region.
The Main Line Chamber Foundation was pleased to award the 2015 scholarships to 24 firefighter/EMT scholarship recipients representing volunteer fire companies serving the Main Line. The majority of them are working, going to school, and committed to serving as a volunteer firefighter with their local fire company. Most of the award recipients have a family member who is also a firefighter. It is truly an honor to present these outstanding young firefighters and EMTs with a scholarship award towards their college education.
The Volunteer Firefighter/EMT Scholarship program began in 2006 with $6,000. In 2007, this program awarded $14,500. The increase in 2008 awards to $23,000 was due to a fundraiser hosted by Turnaround Management Association (TMA) to honor the memory of Lower Merion firefighter Thomas J. Hays. In 2009 the program was able to award $17,500 in scholarship awards to deserving recipients. In 2010 the Foundation awarded $18,000 in scholarships, $24,500 in 2011, $30,000 in 2012 and $39,000 in 2013. Thanks to the tireless efforts of our volunteers and the community in 2014 & 2015 the program was able to award a record amount of nearly $45,000 in scholarships.
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Please join us in saluting and recognizing our 2016 volunteer firefighter/EMT scholarship recipients:
$5,000 Thomas J. Hays Memorial Scholarships:
Albert Brawn, Berwyn Fire Company
Aaron Miller, Narberth Ambulance
2016 Scholarship Honorees:
Francis Alvare, Oakmont Fire Co & Marple Twp. Ambulance
Padraig (Paddy) Black, Merion Fire Company
Severina Butera-Addesso, Oakmont Fire
Joseph Certo, Newtown Square Fire
Mark Christake, Oakmont Fire
Jason Everlof, Newtown Square Fire
Niklaas Fowler, Manoa Fire Company
Nicole Harnwell, Llanerch Fire Company
Daniel Ikeda, Narberth Ambulance
William King, Berwyn Fire Company
Drew Kopicki, Pennwynne Fire & Narberth Ambulance
Amber Lubker, Malvern Fire Company
Ethan Mazer, Pennwynne Fire Company
Kerry McCans, Narberth Ambulance
Brysen McMullin, Merion Fire Company
Vincent Miller, Berwyn Fire Company
Ryan Peterson, Berwyn Fire Company
Elizabeth Prather, Radnor Fire Company
Andrew Ritter, Berwyn Fire Company
Stephen Sabol, Bryn Mawr Fire Company
Lauren Sauers, Narberth Ambulance
Matthew Speers, Oakmont Fire Company
Ryan Sweeney, Brookline Fire Company
Joseph Treadway, Radnor Fire Company
Neil Vaughn, Malvern Fire Company
Brennon Verges, Merion Fire Company
John Zabinski, Berwyn Fire Company
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The Volunteer Firefighter/EMT Scholarship Program is designed to provide recognition for this important group of dedicated community servants who are part of the 17 volunteer fire companies serving the Main Line. With generous community support, The Main Line Chamber Foundation Volunteer Firefighter/EMT Scholarship program will continue to grow and provide support, recognition, and honor to the young firefighters serving our communities.
If you would like to contribute to the Volunteer Firefighter/EMT Scholarship Program or for additional information, please contact The Main Line Chamber Foundation at 610-687-6232.
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