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January 30, 2023

Left to right: Vanessa Philbert, CEO CAP; Reverend Butcher, Jr.; Darryl Gordon, Vice President, High Companies; Lisa Parker; Robin Stauffer, Executive Director, High Foundation; Joshua Hunter, CACC Director

35th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast

Essence of Humanity Award Winners Announced

We were honored to attend the 35th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast at Millersville University. Thank you to @cap_lanc and the team at Crispus Attucks Community Center for gathering the Lancaster community in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s extraordinary legacy and inspiring Lancaster to strive toward values of equity, inclusion, and service.

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January 30, 2023

Power Packs Project truck

High Foundation Funds New Truck for Power Packs Project

The Power Packs Project empowers families with the education and ingredients to create nutritional meals so that their children may go to school fed and ready to learn. A $55,000 grant from High Foundation made it possible for the Power Packs Project to purchase a 20-foot box truck to assist with large volume pick ups and distributions of fresh, nutritious foods to partner schools and affiliates.

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January 30, 2023

Bill Odoms demonstrates CPR

Saving lives with the Peyton Walker Foundation

As we've learned from recent news, sudden cardiac arrest can happen at any time. Our community partner, the Peyton Walker Foundation, is raising awareness about it and the importance of knowing CPR and having AED machines close by to save lives.

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January 30, 2023

S. Dale High and Robin Stauffer on set at WGAL

High Foundation and Community Partners Talk about Change in Ownership Impact

WGAL Program focuses on our Higher Purpose

S. Dale High, Robin Stauffer and several of our community partners sat down with Susan Shapiro from WGAL to discuss what the High companies change of ownership to High Foundation means for the community.

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July 22, 2022

L-R: Leah Campbell, Michael Rogers, Keller Dillman

High Foundation Announces 2022 Scholarship Winners

High Foundation recently presented scholarship awards to Keller Dillman and Michael Rogers of Lancaster and Leah Campbell of Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania, children of co-workers of the High companies. The students have been awarded $20,000 scholarships, which provide $5,000 per year for four years.

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Tom Baldridge and Hilda Shirk
April 25, 2022

Thomas T. Baldrige and Hilda Shirk, Ph.D., MSW

High Foundation announces election of new Board members

High Foundation recently announced the election of two new members to its Board of Trustees. 

Thomas T. Baldrige – Mr. Baldrige is President and CEO of the Lancaster Chamber, an organization with over 1,400 members. He has held this position since 2000. Mr. Baldrige is a graduate of Ithaca College and received the designation of Certified Chamber Executive in 2008 from the American Chamber of Commerce Executives.

Hilda Shirk, Ph.D., MSW – Dr. Shirk retired from a career of service and leadership within nonprofit organizations, most recently as President and CEO of Union Community Care (formerly known as Lancaster Health Center), a Federally Qualified Health Center providing medical care, dental care, behavioral health, and social support to over 34,000 patients throughout Lancaster and Lebanon Counties.

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Elizabeth Ford and Ron Ford
March 17, 2022

Elizabeth Ford and Ron Ford

Ron Ford, Elizabeth Ford recognized with the Essence of Humanity Award

Siblings Ron Ford and Elizabeth Ford were recognized with the Essence of Humanity Award at this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast Experience benefitting Crispus Attucks Community Center in downtown Lancaster. Both Ron and Elizabeth grew up in Lancaster. Ron is a former Lancaster County Commissioner with a political career spanning from 1975 to 2003, and his involvement in the community continues today. Elizabeth retired in 2009 as an Early Care and Education Director for First 5 Alameda County in San Leandra, California, before returning to Lancaster in 2010. She has been the organizing force behind the 7th Ward Oral History Project, an effort to capture the vibrancy of the community in which she grew to maturity.

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Suzanne High, Vice-Chair, High Foundation
March 03, 2022

Suzanne High, Vice-Chair, High Foundation, speaks during ownership transfer press announcement. Photo: LNP

High Industries transfers its $570 million business to charitable foundation

From LancasterOnline

In a move that will send a company’s profits to community programs, S. Dale High and his family have transferred their shares of High Industries to the High Foundation, the organizations announced Wednesday.  

This means the foundation will receive the profits as well as control of the East Lampeter Township-based company. It will send more than $5 million annually to the foundation for programs that address poverty and build up communities where the multi-state company does business including Lancaster County, central Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, and Florida. 

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High Industries Ownership Transitions to High Foundation
March 02, 2022

Left to right: Mike Shirk, CEO, High companies; Suzanne High, Vice Chair, High Foundation; Robin Stauffer, Executive Director, High Foundation; and Dean Glick, Director, High Family Office.

Envisioning a Higher Purpose, High Family Transfers Ownership of High Industries to High Foundation

Corporate profits will sustain the communities where High co‚Äźworkers live and work for generations

When the $65 million High Foundation Fund was established at Lancaster County Community Foundation last fall, it was truly extraordinary. That was just the beginning of S. Dale High’s innovative plan to sustain his legacy of using business and philanthropy to contribute to the greater good of the community.

Today, S. Dale High and the High Family announce the transfer of family ownership of High Industries to High Foundation. This new structure, making High Foundation a major stakeholder of High Industries, will result in millions of dollars of profits being invested into the Lancaster community and other communities where High Industries provides economic investment and employment.

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