Announcing the Second Annual GOAL Magazine Golf Outing benefiting the Greater Latrobe Partners in Education Foundation. The Outing will take place on May 5, 2017 with net-proceeds to be granted to the Autistic Support, Learning Support and Life Skills Classrooms of the Greater Latrobe School District. The event will include a 2-person scramble, boxed lunch, awards reception, and dinner following the golf at Ligonier Country Club. For more information visit: planmygolfevent.com/30218-Goal
Get ready to GLOW BIGGER, BETTER, BRIGHTER!
April 29, 2017
We are excited to announce that on April 29, 2017, the second annual GLOW Run, sponsored in part by the Latrobe Skating Center, will be held at the Greater Latrobe Senior High Athletic Complex to benefit the Greater Latrobe Partners in Education Foundation (GLPIEF). This fundraiser, collaboratively planned and coordinated by PTO volunteers representing all three Greater Latrobe Elementary Schools– Baggaley, Latrobe and Mountain View. The inaugural event had over 700 participants and raised over $13,000 for the GLPIEF.
Registration is $20/runner. Registration fee includes t-shirt, after party admission, and unlimited photo downloads. Great new and exciting ideas for 2017 – including FOOD TRUCKS!
Visit http://glsdglowrun.weebly.com/ for complete information and to register!
Written by: Doc Giffin, Assistant to the President- Arnold Palmer Enterprises
Arnold Palmer’s remarkable and wondrous golf career had its roots in Western Pennsylvania while he was growing up at Latrobe Country Club and competing on the golf team at Latrobe High School. Young Arnie learned early on how to handle stardom as he led the Wildcats to sectional championships and at the same time consecutive WPIAL and PIAA individual championships. He had his first golf club in his hands when he was only three years old. His father, Milfred (Deacon) Palmer, the golf professional and grounds superintendent at Latrobe Country Club, cut down a set of clubs to fit him and showed him how to hold them. He told him: “That’s the right grip. Don’t change it. Hit the ball hard. Go find it and hit it hard again. Don’t let anybody fool with or change your swing.” Obviously, father gave son the right advice. Arnie was breaking 100 when he was just eight years old and got his first tastes of competitive golf when he was 12, playing in junior events around the Greater Pittsburgh area. That and his constant practice at the country club prepared him for his days wearing the orange and black of Latrobe High School. What may have been critical to everything that followed was what happened his freshman year. Besides his golf, like most boys those days, Arnie played football and baseball. Although he wasn’t very big, he was good enough to letter as a halfback and defensive tackle on the junior high football team. Naturally, he went out for football when he began senior high, but the coach, Bill Yates, wouldn’t give him a uniform. Too small, he told him. This was a bitter disappointment for Arnie, but may have been the best thing that could have happened to him—and for Bill Yates, who also was the golf coach. Deacon Palmer was not very sympathetic when Arnie told him about it. In fact, he said: “You shouldn’t be playing football away. If you really want to play golf, stick to that.” In what proved to be a real understatement, in its preview of the 1944 season, The High Post, the student newspaper, labeled Arnie first among golf team newcomers who “show promise.” He immediately became the No. 1 man and in his first high school match shot 71, defeating Bill Danko, Jeannette high’s top player. Over the next four seasons, he led Latrobe to four consecutive sectional championships and deep into the WPIAL playoffs, in one match during his senior year shooting a brilliant 31. Individually, Arnie pulled off a rare feat his last two years of high school. He won the WPIAL and PIAA (State) championship back to back. The 1946 victories earned him his first trip to a national junior tournament and he advanced all the way to the championship match before bowing out. The summer following the 1947 high school double, he won his first of two straight West Penn Junior titles and, even more impressive, the first of five West Penn Amateur championships, the area’s most prestigious non-pro event. At the time, he was the youngest winner ever. With those sparkling credentials, he headed toward his brilliant collegiate career at Wake Forest College and the greater glory that was to come.
In 2012, Greater Latrobe embarked on a major, comprehensive Capital Campaign under the leadership of Ray (Class of ’63) and Pam Mt. Joy. The Campaign would seek philanthropic support for Academics, Arts and Athletics. The Greater Latrobe Partners in Education Foundation was established to lead the effort. The GLPIEF reached their A+ Campaign goal of $5M from the generosity of over 600 donors.
Please read the following statement from the pittsburghgives.org website:
The Pittsburgh Foundation’s Day of Giving program, which in its six years of operation has raised more than $40 million for worthy nonprofits through a combination of individual donations and generous match pooling, has now been forced to suspend operation of today’s event.
The decision was made this afternoon after the national online fundraising firm’s technology platform used by 54 participating community foundations across the country had technical problems that severely disrupted the ability of tens of thousands of donors to complete transactions on coordinating organizations’ websites such as our PittsburghGives.org portal.
We were on track in the first few hours to raise $1.5 million until the technical issues occurred. To resume that enthusiasm, we are committing to re-schedule another Day of Giving for the region, which includes Butler, Allegheny and Westmoreland counties, with an underlying online donation platform that we trust. And we will provide an additional $100,000 in incentives to the $100,000 already in place for today’s event. We also want to assure all participants who were able to make donations today that they will be honored and apply to the incentive pool that has been in place.
While we very much regret having to suspend our participation, we recognize that we need to be able to maintain the high standards of performance and donor experience that we know nonprofits and those they support expect in this annual event. It is for that reason that we are the first among participating foundations to pull out of the event.
While we could not repair on our own what happened with the computer operation of Kimbia, the Austin-based online fundraising and crowdfunding firm that provides the online platform for Give Local America and the Day of Giving, we certainly have the ability now to stop a malfunctioning process and work to make it right for our region.
We understand the frustration that Pittsburgh area nonprofits and their donors are feeling with this disruption, and we’re sure that the scores of other organizations across the country coordinating through the fundraising firm are feeling it as well. We look forward to re-scheduling this event as soon as possible to provide our region with a charitable online donation experience that is worthy of the record-setting generous spirit of all the people and organizations that participate in this event.
Support the GLPIEF on the DAY OF GIVING – May 3rd. Donations between $25 and $1,000 will be partially matched by the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County and its donors (up to $50,000). All donations must be made online on May 3, 2015 between 8am and midnight in order to qualify for the match. Only Visa, Mastercard and American Express credit cards are accepted. Click here to donate on May 3rd. If you wish to direct your donation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the Day of Giving, please visit www.westmorelandgives.org.
The Greater Latrobe Partners in Education Foundation (GLPIEF) is pleased to announce that the A+ Campaign led by Co-Chair’s Ray & Pam Mt. Joy, has reached its fundraising goal of $5 million in pledged contributions. “The campaign has helped to strengthen excellence in the Academics, Arts and Athletics programs of the Greater Latrobe School District,” said Mr. Mt. Joy. He stated that the positive community response has been extremely encouraging and that he and the Board are looking forward to continuing to work with the community and alumni in future projects.
The GLPIEF was formed in 2012 as an independent non-profit organization to provide philanthropic opportunities for individuals, organizations and businesses that could enhance the support of students in the Greater Latrobe School District. The major initiatives achieved by the Foundation include cutting edge technology integration in classrooms K through 12, assisting with the development of a model athletic and wellness complex at the Junior/Senior High School campus and the renovation of the Junior High School entrance and its modern creative art corridor.
In order to continue the support for students of the District, GLPIEF has recently established the Planned Giving Program, 1881 Legacy Circle. The Foundation to date has been able to attract several gifts as it seeks to endow scholarship funds and unrestricted endowed funds. The Planned Giving Program along with the Annual Fund Campaign will provide the Foundation with the opportunity to support exceptional educational initiatives well into the future. With the success of the A+ Campaign, Foundation Board President Jessica Urbanik stated, “We are thinking not only of what our students need today but also how we can support teaching innovation, scholarships, technology, academic, STEM and arts initiatives and other creative opportunities that will position Greater Latrobe for educational excellence for many years to come.”
Judith A. Swigart, Superintendent of Greater Latrobe School District, is pleased that the Greater Latrobe community has recognized the important role it can play and the impact it can have in the schools through the work of the Foundation. “We are the trusted leaders for educating our young people and we take seriously the responsibility to keep pace with the needs of our community as our students compete in a highly competitive global society. We are thrilled to have and value the GLPIEF as a partner in supporting a world-class public school district for our next generation of citizens,” stated Mrs. Swigart.
“The A+ Campaign has provided the impetus for the GLPIEF to be able to engage and encourage the Greater Latrobe community to invest in one of its greatest assets to produce well rounded proficient lifelong learners”, remarked Mrs. Urbanik.
GLPIEF and the Greater Latrobe School District dedicates the all-purpose Graham-Sobota Field by the Greater Latrobe Junior High School.
The field is used daily by Junior High students in physical education classes. It includes softball and baseball fields, pitching and batting/golf driving cages as well as a larger field area that allows for football, soccer, lacrosse and field hockey practices. The Graham-Sobota Field was designed to accommodate as many field sports as possible and can host several teams of student athletes at once.
The GLPIEF and GLSD are grateful to Diane Graham Sobota, class of 1963, for her generosity and leadership to the A+ Campaign. GLPIEF and GLSD are pleased to name this facility in honor of her and in memory of her late father, Clarence P. Graham, and her late husband, Edward F. Sobota. On October 9, 2015 a new scoreboard and a pillar with bronze plaque were unveiled near the field.
The A+ Campaign is a major, comprehensive capital campaign seeking philanthropic support for the 3 A’s: Academics, Athletics & Arts. This campaign has pledged equal financial support in each of the three A’s. GLPIEF believes these projects are improving the lives of students, faculty and ultimately benefit the Greater Latrobe community. The Academics goal is to create GLOBAL classrooms throughout the School District and continue to update technology in the classroom. The Athletics goal assisted with the development of the facilities on the junior/senior high campus to promote health & wellness for students and the Greater Latrobe community. The Arts goal allowed for a Junior High School Renovation to build an Arts Corridor and improve building security.
The Foundation’s mission is to ensure the highest level of educational innovation by supporting GLSD students and staff with community involvement in a partnership of lifetime learning through philanthropic and volunteer opportunities. The GLPIEF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by a volunteer board of directors. To learn more contact Jessica Golden, Director of Development, at 724-539-4220.