Dr. Jim Evans To Receive Red Feather Award

The United Way of the Bradford Area will honor Dr. Jim Evans with the Red Feather volunteer award at a luncheon on Thursday, May 4th, officials announced today.

“Dr. Evans served on the United Way’s Board of Directors for eight years, during which time he was very active in the RFP (Request for Proposal) process and special events.  He was also integral in the transition to the Bradford office managing the Smethport Campaign for United Way,” said Executive Director Mandi Wilton Davis.

“He also has been responsible for the internal solicitation of faculty and staff at the University for the annual campaign, having raised over $100,000 in the past 10 years to benefit McKean County.”

Davis said that Dr. Evans continues to be a mentor for staff, board and volunteers.

“He was the first person I called when discussions first started for our office to manage the Port Allegany Campaign for United Way last year.  His knowledge and passion for what we do – and could be doing – as an organization are appreciated so greatly.  We’re proud to be able to honor Dr. Evans this year.”

The impact of Dr. Evans’ philanthropic efforts in our community are far-reaching.  He has served as a past-member and past-President of the Board of Directors for Futures Rehabilitation Center and The Guidance Center, and a founding member of the Board for the Bradford Ecumenical Home, Inc. and The Friendship Table – all of which have been funded agencies of the UWBA.  And, he has been a member of the Bradford Rotary Club for more than four decades, and Chair of the Rotary Foundation Committee for over 25 years.

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.

Dr. Evans is a native of New Kensington, Pennsylvania, and a graduate of New Kensington High School, Grove City College, and the University of Pittsburgh. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force, having served on active duty as an officer in the Strategic Air Command (SAC) in the early 1970s. Residing in Bradford and serving as Vice President and Dean of Student

Affairs at Pitt-Bradford for the past 41 years, he is married to Dr. Lisa M. Fiorentino, Associate Professor of Nursing and Director of the Center for Rural Health Practice at Pitt-Bradford.

According to Evans, “The United Way of the Bradford Area is an outstanding example of ‘neighbors helping neighbors’.  It is remarkable that a community the size of Bradford continues to raise significant sums each and every year, allowing the United Way to provide vital non-profit organizations with the financial support they need to benefit our citizens in so many ways.  I believe strongly in the mission and goals of United Way, and I am truly honored to receive this award on behalf of all those, past and present, who support the United Way of the Bradford Area.”

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 $30 per person, with sponsorship opportunities also available at various levels.  Reservations may be made through April 24th by calling the office at 368-6181 or emailing admin@uwbanews.org.