Francie Ambuske to Receive Red Feather

The United Way of the Bradford Area will honor Francie Ambuske with the Red Feather volunteer award at a luncheon on Thursday, May 5th, officials announced today.

“Francie began her volunteer efforts for the local United Way back in the 1980’s; she was a member of the Board of Directors (representing the VNA), created the annul Business Blitz (in 1983), and was the first female campaign chair, heading the 1986-1987 appeal,” said Executive Director Mandi Wilton Davis.  “She was also one of the eight co-chairs to lead the 2015 campaign, and she has continued to promote employee giving at Bradford Regional Medical Center,” said Executive Director Mandi Wilton Davis.

“But, she has served as a mentor for staff, board and volunteers.  It is her love of fundraising, philanthropy and community spirit that she willingly shares with us, and the impact of that is far-reaching,” Davis said.

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.

“United Way has always been dear to my heart,” said Ambuske.  “I remember the Red Feather approach as a young girl.  So many wonderful services that reach out to benefit the entire community are helped by United Way.  We are very lucky to be a community served this way.”

Ambuske has been the Director of Development for the Bradford Hospital Foundation since its inception in 1989.  She lives in Bradford with her husband, Greg.  They have three children and seven grandchildren.

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 $20 per person, and reservations may be made through April 27th by calling the office at 368-6181 or emailing

Tim To Receive Excellence In Representation Award

CASA of McKean County’s Executive Director, Kristen Tim, has been announced as the 2016 recipient of the Excellence in Representation Award, according to United Way Director Mandi Wilton Davis.

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.

“Although CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) has been a funded agency for just two years, in that time Kristen has been a true collaborator – not just with the United Way, but with so many other local organizations.  But, for us (the UWBA) specifically, she has been a leader and advocate, and the knowledge and expertise she has shared on our behalf is really immeasurable,” said Davis.  “Our county is so fortunate to have someone of Kristen’s caliber leading one of the most impactful organizations available to our residents.”

“When our family moved to McKean County in June of 2013 we really had no idea what path we would take, but we knew we were in the right place.  While we are not “from” here, McKean County and Bradford have become our home and it is a privilege to be able to serve our community in this capacity, in collaboration with many other caring individuals, providers, and agencies like the United Way.”

Tim was named the Executive Director of CASA of McKean County in 2014.  Prior to being hired as the sole staff member, she served on the program’s Planning and Steering Committees in 2013 and was a CASA Volunteer in Lehigh County from 2008 to 2011.

She and her husband, John, reside in Bradford with their sons, Jack and Dale.

The Excellence in Representation award will be given at the United Way’s annual Red Feather Volunteer recognition luncheon on May 5th.  Reservations may be made by calling the United Way office.