The Community’s Foundation (TCF) this week hosted its 18th Annual Recognition Reception at the Springhaven Club, handing out more than $100,000 in scholarships to deserving local student.

At the same time, the foundation made a little news of its own, naming a new executive director.

Board Chair Richard Raup, announced the leadership transition, with Heather Hassel-Finnegan assuming the position of executive director of TCF. Outgoing Executive Director Kurt Slenn will remain on the staff, assuming the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO), after 13 successful years at the helm.

Speaking to Finnegan from the podium, Raup shared “under your stewardship and leadership, our organization … will soar to even greater heights.” Slenn also weighed in, saying “Heather was an actual sustainability expert in her prior career with Sightlines LLC. Sustainability is critical to small, local non-profits."

In a way, Hassel-Finnegan is returning to her roots - she was a tabbed for a scholarship as a TCF Scholar back in 2002, the very first year of the organization's highly competitive college scholarship program.

"We see this as the Circle of Life – where the individuals we serve ultimately assume the leadership of our organization," Raupp said.

With its inception in 2002, the Annual TCF Recognition Reception represents an opportunity to highlight and congratulate the newest crop of TCF Scholars. The TCF Allied Health Scholarship program has awarded more than $2.3 million to 273 students over 18 years. TCF Scholars are named for life and represent an elite network of conscientious and motivated individuals living and working as health care providers in Delaware County. More than 80 percent of TCF Scholars have remained in the Allied Health field after graduation and three-quarters have returned home to provide excellent care to the Greater Philadelphia Area.

Newly revealed at the Recognition Reception, TCF Scholars will have the ability to continuously engage with the Foundation to progress to TCF Fellows and ultimately TCF Leaders over the course of their careers.

In addition to the more than $100,000 in Allied Health Scholarships awarded to local students, three prestigious honors were announced at the banquet. TCF named Mark and Laura Sperratore of Sperr’s Fuel Oil & Heating as Extraordinary Philanthropist(s) of the Year; Susan Garrison of The Center Foundation as recipient of the Community Impact Award; and The Breathing Room Foundation as TCF’s Extraordinary Organization of the Year. Each awardee epitomizes the Foundation’s core values of community collaboration, philanthropy, and volunteerism.

TCF showcases its scope of work in Delaware County at the Annual Recognition Reception, which in 2018 reached 118 organizations via various grant programs and 2,268 individuals via special events, educational programs, and scholarship programs. TCF also used this opportunity to announce the addition of two new Community Advised Funds to its portfolio of charitable endeavors benefiting Delaware County. The Margaret Lindgren Fund will provide support to single mothers who have experienced financial hardship due to loss of a loved one or illness within the family, and Project W, a women’s giving circle that will support non-profits serving women and families across Delaware County with more than $25,000 in funding during its inaugural year.

One attendee noted “I was so impressed and humbled by the sheer scale of TCF’s work in the community. This is a large network of people who help with their time – and resources. It is very inspiring and makes me eager to give back.”

Primary sponsors of the event include PNC Bank, Barsz Gowie Amon & Fultz, Martin’s Lawn Service, Tycor Benefit Administrators, and TD Bank. In addition, Asana Hospice and Palliative Care is sponsoring one TCF Allied Health Scholar, and the Wilbur C. and Betty Lea Henderson Foundation is sponsoring all six of the TCF Allied Health Scholars who plan to pursue a nursing career.

More than 200 members of the Delaware County Community joined together for an evening of fellowship, celebration, and recognition at the Spring Haven Club in Nether Providence.

The Community’s Foundation (TCF) is a Springfield-based organization that awards scholarships, funds grants, and provides a variety of community solutions.

Visit the TCF website to learn more about the scholarship process at

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