CLARION, Pa. — Matt Lerch, Executive Vice President and Branch Office Manager of the Clarion branch of Janney Montgomery Scott, recently met with Karen Hazlett, Director of the Cook Forest Sawmill Center for the Arts, and donated a check for $750 to the center.
“This sponsorship of the Sawmill Center certainly is representative of our family giving back to the community,” said Lerch.
Lerch’s father, Orv Lerch, was the consultant in the original funding for the center’s Verna Leith Theater as he had known Verna throughout the years and her yearning to build such a venue.
Through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, the theater was built and fulfilled Verna’s dream.
“When I was a young teenager I participated in a summer pottery course, visited festivals and special events as well as attended several theater productions,” said Matt Lerch. “Recently, our children observed the French and Indian War Reenactment at the Sawmill that left a lasting impression on us all.”
“We are very fortunate to have the Sawmill facilities so close to Clarion and Karen working as the Director retaining and expanding the services there.”
The donation will benefit the ongoing operations of the Cook Forest Sawmill Center for the Arts.
Cook Forest Sawmill Center for the Arts is located at 170 Theatre Lane, Cooksburg, Pa.
Janney’s Clarion office is located at 162 S 2nd Avenue, Applewood Center, Clarion, Pa.
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