Community Awards Recognize Several for Supporting Education

The BCCC Foundation honored Linda McCann, the Bucks County Foundation, Bob and Lore Eichfeld, and Charles Bender.

The Bucks County Community College Foundation presented its Community Awards Thursday, March 20, at the Newtown campus. The honors were given during the 6th Annual Bucks Community Breakfast and Awards, sponsored by Comcast.

The awards acknowledged the efforts and support of Linda McCann, director of Library Services; the Bucks County Foundation; Bob and Lore Eichfeld; and Charles Bender, Esq.

“The awards recognize outstanding achievement by individuals, foundations, and corporations that are making a difference in the areas of education, community, partnership, and volunteerism,” said Philip Wursta, president of the BCCC Foundation Board of Directors. “The Foundation is proud to recognize the great partners in our community who go above and beyond, and really make Bucks County Community College a very special place.”

Honored were:

Education Category: Linda McCann, BCCC Director of Library Services.

Along with her colleagues in the Library and the BCCC Foundation, the Library Endowment has raised over $90,000 since McCann’s tenure began, as she was a key player in the effort. Shortly after coming Bucks, McCann reenergized the dormant “Friends of the Library” group which now holds annual fundraising events, most of them at her home.  McCann is a great advocate for the college, and participates in almost all of the BCCC Foundation’s fundraising events.

Community Category: The Bucks County Foundation.

The Bucks County Foundation is a charitable trust created to serve Bucks County and the people who live here. The Foundation helps individuals who love this community and want to support it in perpetuity by establishing a named fund, leaving a bequest in a will, or purchasing a charitable gift annuity. The Happ-Grover Trust of the Bucks County Foundation was established in 1980 to benefit Central Bucks School District area students who choose to attend Delaware Valley College or Bucks County Community College.  More than 75 BCCC students receive financial assistance every year through this trust, which this past year surpassed $1,000,000 in funding through Happ Grover Scholarships. 

Partnership Category: Bob and Lore Eichfeld.

Bob and Lore Eichfeld hosted a fundraising event in their home for about 50 people last year that resulted in over $48,000 raised for the Gateway to Economic Self-Sufficiency Scholarship. The husband and wife have been very strong advocates of the college, its partnership with the Bucks County Opportunity Council, and its Associate Degree Nursing program. They were first introduced to the college by Foundation board member Charles Bender at the Community Awards Breakfast in 2011. As a result of this introduction, the couple started a nursing scholarship at BCCC through their family foundation. Lore Eichfeld, a former nurse, has been intimately involved in supporting one of our nursing students who is also an opportunity council client.

Volunteer Category: Charles Bender, Esq.

Bender is a very active member of the BCCC Foundation’s Board of Directors and its Allocations, Golf, and Planned Giving committees. He not only participates in, and donates to, many events, but also brings many partners to the college. He is personally responsible for dozens of sponsorships and gifts to college events. He also brings expertise, curiosity, and a great sense of humor to every Foundation meeting and event that he attends.  

The Bucks Community Breakfast and Awards, sponsored by Comcast, featured comments from College President Dr. Stephanie Shanblatt, BCCC Foundation Board President Philip Wursta, Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, and Brian Jeter, Sr.,  Director of Government Affairs at Comcast.  

Also attending were Bucks County Commissioners Robert Loughery and Diane Ellis-Marseglia.  Executives and members of the Bucks County business community in attendance also heard from student Deana Marie Abbott, single mom who shared her inspiring story about how a scholarship from the BCCC Foundation helped her go to college and turn her life around.

The BCCC Foundation was established in 1982 as a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) educational trust to provide expanded resources for the college’s growth and development. Foundation funds support instructional resources, campus facilities, scholarships and awards, cultural activities and special college projects. To learn more, visit www.bucks.edu/foundation, call 215-968-8224 or email foundation@bucks.edu.

Pictured are (from left) Bucks County Commissioner Rob Loughery; BCCC Foundation Board President Philip Wursta; Charles Bender, Esq., recipient of the Volunteer Category Award; Lore and Robert Eichfeld, who received the Partnership Category Award; Grace Deon, representing the Bucks County Foundation, recipient of the Community Category Award; Linda McCann, the college’s Director of Library Services, who received the Education Category Award; and Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick.

Jean Dolan
Assistant Director, Public Relations
215-968-8094/8093