Donor Stories

From Harness Maker to Modern Day Philanthropist

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January
29

Harness maker Levi Newsome, Jr. died in 1967. This year, he purchased 36 new patient recliners for UPMC Northwest. Born in 1881 in Oil City, Levi Jr. was the son of Levi Newsome, Sr. and Mary Newsome. Levi Sr. was …

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Marge Hajduk Gives to Remember

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August
31

Mary “Marge” Hajduk is grateful for many things. Her four children and four grandchildren, her Oil City home, and two decades as principal of St. Stephens School immediately come to mind, as do the fifty years of marriage she shared …

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Woods & River Coffee Serves a Cup of Caring

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August
17

Erin Wanninger and Marcy Hall know what it means to run a coffee shop in a small town. They also know what it means for a small-town coffee shop to give back. Woods & River Coffee is a trail-friendly coffee …

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For the Merkels, Giving is a Family Affair

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July
27

For over a decade, Greg and Sarah Merkel have been proud to call Venango County their home. Greg, an attorney with Dale Woodard Gent McFate Law Firm, and Sarah, a senior associate with an environmental consulting firm, keep busy raising …

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Dr. McCandless Carries on Family Legacy of Care

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July
13

For over a century, the McCandless family has provided medical care for the people of Venango County. Now retired, David McCandless, MD is continuing this legacy through his support for the Northwest Hospital Foundation. He first became acquainted with the …

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A Stroke Can Happen at Any Age: Lyvia’s Story

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May
16

Adjusting to life with a newborn typically entails parents welcoming their new family member while also trying to get enough sleep, managing late-night feedings, and often balancing working full-time. That is what life was like when Leigh-Anne and Matthew Williams …

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Ashley Sheffer, Growing With Her Community

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March
12

Ashley Sheffer might be a young professional, but she is a seasoned veteran when it comes to making a difference in Venango County. Ashley, one of the younger members of the Northwest Hospital Foundation Corporation Board, started making an impact …

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