Giving Back To The Communities

Bruno and Lena Degol have always felt it was important to give back to their local community. Even in the early years of business, they supported local community organizations, such as little league, the local volunteer fire company, and others. As their company prospered, the DeGol family looked for ways to help other local institutions in need of financial assistance or simply a helping hand. Because the DeGols always felt that education was of such vital importance, they made contributions to several area schools. Finally, as they saw these contributions continue to grow within the community in which they did business they established the Bruno and Lena DeGol Family Foundation in 1994. The foundation donated $2 million to Saint Francis College's capital campaign, enabling the school to build a new gymnasium.

Many others have benefited from the foundation as well, the DeGols were a major contributor for the construction of a new community center in Gallitzin, Bruno DeGol's hometown, where they also contributed to significant capital and infrastructure improvements throughout the borough. The family has made several donations to local church parishes and their dioceses for building improvements and renovations. Each year the DeGol Family Foundation hosts a trip for a child through the Make A Wish foundation, and it has helped provide computer equipment and educational materials for local elementary and secondary schools. The DeGol family has also contributed to their local Easter Seals chapter for the purchase of equipment.

Although the DeGols had focused on making donations to established institutions, increasingly they have directed their attention to specific cases in which illness and other hardships have created difficult situations for local individuals. Bruno and Lena DeGol feel it is just one more way they can provide assistance and support to their local communities in time of need. As their business endeavors continue to thrive in the twenty first century, the DeGol family's commitment to philanthropy grows ever stronger, a vital expression of their gratitude to those central Pennsylvania communities who support them.

A special thank you to the employees of the DeGol Organization

The DeGol Family would like to express their sincere appreciation for the efforts of our dedicated employees, on behalf of the foundation. Over the years, they have raised many thousands of dollars. These funds are distributed, per employee recommendations, to local and regional charities.