United Way News
It is with great sadness that we share the news of the recent passing of Robert W. Grantier, a valued Lycoming County United Way Board Member and volunteer. Bob had been a board member since 2012, was an active campaign volunteer, and was a member of the LCUW Expansion Committee, as well as the Community Building Committee. He was honored in 2013 as the recipient of a Valiant Volunteer award.
A lifelong educator, Bob retired as the Loyalsock Township Superintendent in April 2014.
Private services were held at the convenience of the family. A memorial service is being planned for a later date.
The family has suggested that those wishing to make contributions in Bob’s memory may do so to the Lycoming County United Way, the Troy Area School District Foundation, the Loyalsock Township School District Lancer Foundation or the Boy Scouts of America.
May 1, 2015
Williamsport Country Club
Food and drinks served throughout the evening, with simulated horse racing, and live, silent and Chinese auctions held throughout the night.
All proceeds benefit the Lycoming County United Way 2015-2016 annual campaign.
By reservation only. Please contact the LCUW office if interested in attending.
Lycoming County United Way has named its 2014 Douglas C. Dickey Humanitarian Award recipient. The award – the organization’s highest volunteer honor – will be presented to Robert L. Shangraw at its April 16 annual dinner.
Named in honor of Douglas C. Dickey, a past LCUW president lost in the crash of TWA Flight 800, the award is presented to an individual whose dedication, commitment, and outstanding leadership have made a significant contribution to the welfare of Lycoming County. The award was first presented in 1947 as the Lycoming United Way Award and was renamed in 1997 to honor Dickey’s memory and his contributions to the local United Way.
Shangraw becomes the 69th honoree selected.
“The Douglas C. Dickey Humanitarian Award is the highest volunteer honor bestowed by Lycoming County United Way,” said Scott N. Lowery, LCUW Executive Director. “Selection criteria includes an individual’s volunteer service to Lycoming County United Way, the Program Partners we serve, and Lycoming County non-profit organizations, as well as involvement in community endeavors.”
An alumnus of Lycoming College, Shangraw graduated in 1958. In 2004, he became an honorary degree recipient from Lycoming College, Doctor of Laws.
He began his professional career at Bell Telephone of Pennsylvania, where he remained from 1955 through 1961 as a communications consultant and, later, a sales supervisor.
Shangraw spent the latter part of his career climbing the ranks at Merrill Lynch as a financial consultant, assistant vice president, vice president and first vice president of investments, a role from which he retired in August 2001.
His memberships include the Lycoming County United Way Tocqueville Society and the Williamsport Country Club. He had previously served as a board member of the Ross Club.
Shangraw’s civic responsibilities are numerous, holding positions with the following: Lycoming College Board of Trustees, Chairman Emeritus; Lycoming College Capital Campaign, Chair 1986 and 1990; Lycoming Business-Education Coalition Member; Williamsport Hospital Board Member; Children’s Development Center Capital Campaign, Chairman; Capital Campaign, Little League Baseball; Lycoming County Capital Campaign, Hiawatha; Lycoming County Capital Campaign Review Committee; Williamsport-Lycoming Foundation, Past President and Advisory Board Member; Williamsport Area Community College Building Authority, Chairman; Williamsport Area Join School Authority, Chairman; Jersey Shore YMCA, Capital Campaign Advisor; Treasure Lake Church, Capital Campaign Advisor; River Valley Regional YMCA, Capital Campaign Advisor; and Susquehanna Health, Capital Campaign Advisor.
“Lycoming County United Way recognizes that Bob’s activities have benefited many of the same programs supported by our organization, including the Children’s Development Center and Jersey Shore YMCA, as well as others such as Susquehanna Health, Lycoming College, Williamsport Area School District and Little League Baseball, Inc., all of which make positive impacts on the community,” Lowery said.
Shangraw and his wife, Charlene, are the parents of David, Douglas, Susan Bennett, Nancy DeSanto, James Maynard, Rob Maynard and Brenda Bragonier.
Shangraw will receive the Dickey Award from Dr. Oscar W. Knade, Jr., the 2013 LCUW honoree.
LCUW’s Adrienne Wertz, center, Director of Resource Development and Communications, recently attended the grant reception of First Community Foundation Partnership. She is seen with Frank Pellegrino, vice chair of First Community Foundation… Partnership, and Grace Mahon, member of the Southern Tier Regional Advisory Board, as well as FCFP. Thank you, FCFP, for your support of Lycoming County United Way through gifts from the Louise Goodman, Helena Davis and LaRue Thompson grants.