Blaneys create endowment to boost Fayette 4-H programs

January 05, 2006

University Park, Pa. -- An initiative to provide a consistent base of private-sector financial support for Fayette County 4-H youth development programs has begun with a $100,000 gift to Penn State Cooperative Extension from Chalk Hill residents Carolyn Eberly Blaney and W. Gerald Blaney. The gift, which creates the Blaney Family 4-H Program Endowment for Fayette County, was made in memory of Catherine Blaney, Gerald Blaney's mother and longtime 4-H volunteer in the county.

Penn State Cooperative Extension administers Pennsylvania 4-H, which includes Fayette County. 4-H aims to help youth between the ages of 8 and 19 become self-directed, productive and contributing members of a diverse society.

"This endowment will give Fayette 4-H programs their first guaranteed source of income, funds that we can count on from one year to the next," said Cathy Brady, the county's 4-H coordinator. "This kind of support means that we can develop long-term plans that could help us reach as many as 3,000 to 4,000 4-H youth each year in all of the county's 4-H program initiatives."

Income from the Blaney Family Endowment could be used for such purposes as acquiring educational materials, staffing support, and expanding in-school enrichment programs that include such diverse subjects as leadership and life skills, entomology and nature, and nutrition and fitness.

Carolyn and Gerald Blaney have been generous supporters of educational programs in Pennsylvania and West Virginia for many years. Carolyn Blaney, a West Virginia University graduate, is manager of the Eberly Foundation and a trustee of the Eberly Family Charitable Trust, which have supported such Penn State units as the Eberly College of Science, the University Libraries, and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Gerald Blaney is a retired oil and natural gas industry executive and a distinguished World War II veteran.

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