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YMCA Receives Gift Supporting Thorpe Scholarship Fund

August 24, 2018

YMCA Receives Gift Supporting Thorpe Scholarship Fund

The Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA received an endowment gift in April after the passing of JoAnne Thorpe supporting the Stephen and JoAnne Thorpe Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund was originally established by JoAnne Thorpe in honor of her late husband, Stephen. The memorial scholarship, now honoring both Stephen and JoAnne, is designed to allow one boy and one girl camper to attend YMCA Camp Kresge each year in perpetuity. JoAnne and Stephen were both natives of the Wyoming Valley and spent their careers as school teachers in New Jersey before returning to the Wyoming Valley to retire. They valued education and the impact summer learning has on students’ academic success. Low-income campers will benefit from this summer camp experience opportunity. From left, are Jim Thomas, executive director, Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, and Joseph Sabol, executor of the Thorpe estate.

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