BASD to Received Red Feather Award

The United Way of the Bradford Area will honor the Bradford Area School District with the Red Feather volunteer award at a luncheon on Wednesday, April 29th, officials announced today.

“The School District has been – and continues to be – an asset to the United Way in several facets,” said Executive Director Mandi Wilton Davis. “Aside from the financial contributions made by faculty and staff (which increased more than 50% over last year’s totals), the District works hard at every level to implement a knowledge of our community within our students, and promotes heavily the notion of giving back.

“Additionally, we have been fortunate to work closely with students through the Ambassador Program, as well as Service League activities,” said Davis.

The Red Feather award was implemented to honor outstanding individuals and/or businesses who have made an impact on United Way, and the local community as a whole, through their day-to-day selfless attitude and commitment to exemplify the organization’s mission of enhancing the quality of life in the greater Bradford area.

“From a committee standpoint, members of our Board of Directors dissected the ‘meaning’ of the Red Feather, and could list several ways in which the School District was applicable,” said Davis. “We want to adequately express our appreciation to everyone within the District for their support of the local United Way, and we’re proud to be able to honor them this way.”

Assistant Superintendent, Sam Johnson, said, “It is a great honor to receive the Red Feather and to be associated with the outstanding individuals and businesses who previously received this award.”

This year marks the 90th anniversary of the local United Way, with the celebration to kick-off at Red Feather and continue throughout the rest of the year.

“It’s quite an accomplishment for our organization to be acknowledging such a milestone,” said Davis. “I know throughout our community there are several great organizations who have been around as long, or longer, than we have, which is a true testament to the great work that was started decades ago, and which has evolved into what we do today.”

The Red Feather luncheon will be held in the Mukaiyama University Room at the University of Pittsburgh Bradford, beginning at 12:00 pm. The cost is $25 per person, and reservations may be made through April 22nd by calling Mandi Wilton Davis at 368-6181 or emailing

Steve Jackson to be Honored

YMCA of the Twin Tiers’ Regional Executive Director, Steve Jackson, has been announced as the 2015 recipient of the Excellence in Representation Award, according to local United Way officials.

“Steve really personifies this award,” said Executive Director Mandi Wilton Davis. “In the few years that he has been with our local YMCA, he has embraced the partnership that exists between a funded agency and the United Way, and he has worked diligently to expand relationships throughout the community to better provide for those in need.”

The Excellence in Representation award was created to recognize an outstanding agency representative who best exemplifies United Way’s mission within their own organization, who participates in the annual campaign, and possesses a working knowledge of United Way and how it benefits the various programs and services in the community.

“The Bradford community is a true representation of how public, private and government entities can share resources to strengthen the overall economic impact. We are stronger when working together,” said Jackson.

Jackson was named the Branch Manager of the Bradford YMCA in 2011. With the recent merger of Bradford, Olean and Wellsville into the YMCA of the Twin Tiers, he was promoted to Regional Executive Director in 2014. He and his wife, Erin, reside in Bradford with their son, Carter, and daughter, Kendyl.

The Excellence in Representation award will be given at the United Way’s annual Red Feather Volunteer recognition luncheon on April 29th. Reservations may be made by calling the United Way office.