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