Corry Community Foundation

History

Corry Community Foundation officially began in 2000 when 16 local families stepped forward with $500 donations.

Their donations helped realize the Corry community’s longstanding wish to have a charitable fund to benefit the community and its residents. The citizens who made those initial $500 donations were largely by the vision of A. Bruce and Arlene Smith.

Prior to his death in 1975, A. Bruce Smith, determined that he wanted to make his substantial estate a lasting gift to the people of Corry who had been his employees, neighbors, and friends. He established the A. Bruce and Arlene Smith Fund under the auspices of the Erie Community Foundation with the provision that all revenue would benefit the residents of Corry directly.

When his wife Arlene passed away in 1986, she also left her estate to Corry. However, it was her wish that local residents control the allocation of funds. As a result, the Arlene H. Smith Charitable Foundation was established as an independent entity with a four-person board.

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