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MILFORD - Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Henry R. Goldstein, the legacy of his late wife Jane, who was a longtime supporter of the greater Pike County area and the Pike County Public Library, is being carried on. He established a fund through the Greater Pike Community Foundation in 2015, to be able to give donations for nonprofit causes seeking the best for the quality of life enjoyed in this area.
A recent donation from this fund, totaling $9,266, was equally recently between the Pike County Public Library and the United Way of Pike County. A special presentation was made to these groups at the Pike County Commissioners’ meeting, July 19th.

The Greater Pike Community Foundation fosters philanthropy by making it possible for individuals, families and local businesses to maximize their charitable support. The Foundation does this with organized, targeted and long-term giving.
“There is, perhaps. no better return or investment than witnessing the profound difference a gift can make within one’s local community and knowing that these results have permanence and will benefit future generations,” said Jenni Hamill, Executive Director of the Foundation.

Jane R. Goldstein’s legacy

Dr. Goldstein was present for the ceremony. In his prepared remarks, he shared, “I am pleased to support these two worthy community organizations in memory of my wife Jane and I appreciate the role that the Greater Pike Community Foundation played in helping me to fulfill my charitable intent.”

Jane R. (Schoenfeld) Goldstein passed away February 17, 2011 at the age of 64. She resided in Milford, where she was past president of the Friends of Pike County Public Library as well as Milford Garden Club. She was a native of Brooklyn, NY. She was survived by both her husband and her daughter Julie.

The book store at the Pike County Public Library, which opened in 2013, is named in her honor (Jane R. Goldstein Friends Book Store).

The Jane Goldstein Endowment Fund was established in 2015 by Dr. Goldstein, to provide a source of ongoing support for the Pike County Public Library. It started with a check for $500 that was presented to the library, with the remaining amount of the endowment invested through the Greater Pike Community Foundation. Annual withdrawals from the invested capital will help support going library operations.

Dr. Goldstein is an ophthalmologist, practicing in Port Jervis, NY.

Well appreciated

Representatives of the two organizations benefitting from the gift issued statements of appreciation.

“The money that we receive today will be used to grow our collection of books and other materials, as well as new shelving in the Milford branch,” said Rose Chiocchi, Pike County Public Library Executive Director. “I know that I can speak on behalf of the library board and employees when I say that we are very thankful to the Goldstein family for their unwavering support of the library over the years.”
Matt Osterberg, President of the United Way of Pike County, said, “It is the generosity of residents like Dr. Goldstein that makes Pike County so special. The funds he has donated will aid the United Way of Pike County in providing for those in need. Our mission is to alleviate hunger and homelessness and his generosity will benefit all the food pantries in Pike County. The United Way would also like to thank the Greater Pike Community Foundation for their assistance.”

How to make a difference

Donors to the Greater Pike Community Foundation establish a fund and provide the initial capital assets. These funds go to support the charitable causes or community needs of the donor’s choice. The Foundation in turn utilizes professionals to manage the assets so that they will grow and provide maximum tax benefit and flexibility in the donor’s charitable giving. The donor is not faced with the legal paperwork, time and expenses that would be associated with creating one’s own foundation.

Greater Pike Community Foundation was incorporated in late 2012.
For more information about establishing a fund in memory of a loved one, or how to achieve one’s future charitable goals, contact James Predanti at info@greaterpike.org or by calling 570-296-6959. Also visit their website at www.greaterpike.org.