Erie PA Community gifted $100 million

Posted By on November 13, 2007

ErieIf you live in the city of Erie Pennsylvania (pop 102,000), or the surrounding county (pop 280,000), you will soon be seeing a significant donation being put to use through community based charities. A recent anonymous donation will benefit some 46 charities distributed through the Erie Community Foundation. A wealthy Community Foundation ‘friend,’ who wants to remain anonymous, has donated a $100,000,000 (that’s 100 million dollars) to the Erie community; this should make a significant impact on the community and people in need of charitable services in the area. What an incredible gift to a community.

The director of the foundation Mike Batchelor has been delivering the news to each of the charities doing work in Erie and committing the one or two million a piece to each, like the homeless shelter, women’s center, food bank, group for the blind as well as universities. Although people in the community would like to know who has given such a generous gift, some believe prying to find out who the donor is would not be honoring the anonymous wishes.

About Erie Pennsylvania:
The city has a population of about 102,000 and the entire county is 280,000. It was once an iron and steel town located in the northwest corner of the state on Lake Erie between Cleveland, Ohio and Buffalo, New York. Industry develop from machinery, plastics, paper and furniture as with manufacturing in the U.S., many have moved overseas while other just try to survive. There was a large paper mill which employed 2,000 people for decades but it shut down in 2002 after more than 100 years in business. The city has a growing service industry and has tried to remake itself as a tourist destination with a new slots casino. But its poverty rate is about 19 percent, or twice the national average, median household income is $31,196, versus $48,451 nationally, and as of 2006, it had an estimated 400 homeless people.


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