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$1 MILLION DOLLAR FOUNDATION GRANT FUNDS NEW ROBERT H. SPITZ AQUATICS CENTER AT SCRANTON JCC

06.11.21

The Robert H. Spitz Foundation, administered by the Scranton Area Community Foundation hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, June 10, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. inside the Jewish Community Center of Scranton (601 Jefferson Avenue, Scranton) to celebrate the Scranton JCC’s new Robert H. Spitz Aquatics Center. The complete refurbishment of the Aquatics Center was made possible in large part by a $1 million dollar grant made by the Robert H. Spitz Foundation. The ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony took place inside the Scranton JCC.

Board leadership, staff, and membership from the Scranton JCC; trustees from the Robert H. Spitz Foundation; and representatives from the Scranton Area Community Foundation—who administer the Robert H. Spitz Foundation—hosted the ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony.

Photo: (left to right): Harris Cutler, JCC of Scranton Past Board President, Laura Ducceschi, Scranton Area Community Foundation President and CEO and Administrator of the Robert H. Spitz Foundation, Frank McGrath, Robert H. Spitz Foundation Trustee, Jacob Nogi, Esq., Robert H. Spitz Foundation Trustee, Dan Cardonick, JCC of Scranton Executive Director, and Jennifer Novak, JCC of Scranton Current Board President.

The Robert H. Spitz Foundation is a tax-exempt, private foundation and supports initiatives and programs serving the residents of Lackawanna County and Northeastern Pennsylvania. Formed in 2015 through the estate of Mr. Spitz, the Robert H. Spitz Foundation supports an array of projects and programs that improve the Northeastern Pennsylvania region. To date, the Robert H. Spitz Foundation has provided over $3 million in funding to the community. Additionally, this summer, the Foundation will distribute a round of grant funding aimed at foundation priority areas, including veterans and veterans’ services and programs; Jewish culture, history, and programs; animal welfare; and programs that break the cycle of poverty, through its annual grant cycle.

Born in Scranton, Mr. Spitz was a 1955 graduate of Scranton Central High School and the University of Miami, Florida. Mr. Spitz had been employed by the U.S. Department of Labor and was also the owner of several local Arby’s restaurants.

The Scranton Area Community Foundation has served as administrator of the Robert H. Spitz Foundation since 2016. Laura Ducceschi, President and CEO of the Scranton Area Community Foundation states, “Legacy is about making an impact that is both meaningful and long lasting, and The Robert H. Spitz Foundation is philanthropic legacy in action in Northeastern PA. We are fortunate that the Foundation supports such important projects and services in our communities.”

“The JCC is proud to officially name our renovated swimming pool, the Robert H. Spitz Aquatics Center. Thanks to a generous $1 million grant from the Robert H. Spitz Foundation, we now have a top-notch aquatics facility to continue to promote wellness, water safety & swim instruction for youth & families,” stated Scranton JCC’s Executive Director, Dan Cardonick.

The Scranton Area Community Foundation has been working to enhance the quality of life for people across the Northeastern Pennsylvania region over the past 66 years, serving the community as a steward, a grantmaker, a charitable resource, and a catalyst for change and growth. The Foundation leads various initiatives including Women in Philanthropy, the Center for Community Leadership and Nonprofit Excellence, NEPA Moves, and the NEPA Animal Welfare Collaborative. Additionally, the Foundation hosts and facilitates #NEPAGives, a one-day online giving event annually in June, and the NEPA Learning Conference, which brings in locally and nationally recognized speakers. The Scranton Area Community Foundation is a public 501c3 community foundation with assets of more than $50 million and more than 215 charitable funds. The Scranton Area Community Foundation serves as the administrator to the Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation and the Robert H. Spitz Foundation. Through its foundation management services offered to other private and public foundations, the Scranton Area Community Foundation additionally manages assets of more than $31 million. More information about the Scranton Area Community Foundation can be found at www.safdn.org.

The Jewish Community of Scranton (Scranton JCC) is a center for family, health, wellness, and educational programs encouraging family togetherness and personal growth while building community. Offering fitness facilities, child care and preschool programs, camp, exercise classes and a variety of recreational and educational programs for youth, adults, and older adults, membership is open to all and all are welcome.


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