First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania to host dinner for scholar-athletes with Hines Ward

The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania (FCFP) will recognize two outstanding student athletes (one male, one female) from each Lycoming County High School and the two local colleges at a private dinner with Hines Ward on Thursday, February 25.  The dinner is part of FCFP’s centennial surprise a “Winning Combination”.

The students selected are top scholar-athletes with strong leadership skills and considered role model representatives of their schools by teachers and fellow students.  Hines Ward was a top scholar-athlete in both football and baseball.

“FCFP is proud to celebrate theses special athletes at our area high schools and colleges.  In addition to teaching the values found through teamwork, discipline and adversity, organized sports provide tremendous opportunities that develop leadership skills.  The Foundation is excited to create a winning combination with Lycoming County’s top scholar athletes and Hines Ward,” said Jennifer D. Wilson, FCFP President.

The student honorees include: Heather Merrifield, East Lycoming School District; Trey Smith, East Lycoming School District; Levi Lorson, Jersey Shore Area School District; Sophie Severino, Jersey Shore Area School District; Justin Wood, Loyalsock Township School District; Kayla Gee, Loyalsock Township School District; Dylan Gordon, Montgomery Area School District; Lexis Forrestal, Montgomery Area School District; Keith Batkowski, Montoursville Area School District; Nicole Weisser, Montoursville Area School District; Cameron Good, Muncy School District; Haley Gyurina, Muncy School District; Alana Stugart, South Williamsport School District; Brady Sahm, South Williamsport School District; Baylie Gerrity, St. John Neumann Regional Academy; Nate Rainey, St. John Neumann Regional Academy; Chloe Jennings, Williamsport Area School District; Jerah Reeves, Williamsport Area School District; Bree Nishibun, Lycoming College; Ryan Umpleby, Lycoming College; Jordan Courter, Pennsylvania College of Technology; and Laquinn Thompson, Pennsylvania College of Technology;

Ward will offer a presentation on overcoming adversity on Thursday, February 25, 2016 beginning at 7:30 pm at Lycoming College in the Keiper Recreation Center, 700 College Place, Williamsport, PA.  The event is free to the public, compliments of FCFP and in partnership with Lycoming College. 

1000 free tickets will be available at the event beginning at 5:00 pm.  Doors open at 6:00 pm.  All guests must be seated by 7:15 pm.  Every attendee must have a ticket regardless of age.  Tickets provide general seating in the assigned section.  Seating is on a first come basis.

2016 marks FCFP’s centennial year.  As part of the centennial celebration, FCFP will unveil monthly surprise events throughout the year that will be free to the public.  In January, FCFP was “On the Go” providing 850 complimentary River Valley Transit bus passes to the community.  More information on upcoming events can be obtained at 

The Foundation’s organizational mission is to improve the quality of life in north central Pennsylvania through community leadership, the promotion of philanthropy, the strengthening of nonprofit impact and the perpetual stewardship of charitable assets.  2016 promises to provide opportunities to achieve success in all of those areas as FCFP continues creating powerful communities through passionate giving®.  

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