Recently, the Elk County Community Foundation (ECCF) leadership had the opportunity to visit the St. Boniface pre-school. The Community Foundation provided a $68,819 grant this year for the school and for tuition assistance for the students attending the Montessori based pre-school program. In addition, ECCF granted another $34,369 to St. Boniface Church for their Faith Formation programs. These grants were made from the Frank and Josephine Sicheri Family Fund, a designated fund administered by the Foundation.
In 2017 ECCF received an estate gift from the Zita Sicheri. Zita donated a good portion of her assets to the Community Foundation to establish the fund, in honor of her parents. The fund was designated for the sole purpose of support to the St. Boniface Catholic Church and School in her community. This fund will provide an annual gift to the church and the school, along with a donation for tuition assistance for students attending the school.
Zita was a very private person. The written announcement in the press of Zita’s passing was short but her life was long. In the quietness of dying, she gave herself and her possessions back to God. Her and her sisters’ years of labor and frugality will greatly impact catholic education for the St. Boniface parishioners and students whose lives will be touched by her generosity. Zita was born in Toby, the daughter of Frank and Josephine DiPre Sicheri.
The Elk County Community Foundation has been helping individuals and families realize their charitable goals for over 20 years. Through the Foundation, donors can create funds to support causes they care about. It’s like having your own private foundation – but a lot easier. Funds can be started with just a minimal donation. Most can be set up in just one meeting, and your gifts are tax deductible. To find out more, call the Elk County Community Foundation at 834-2125 or visit their website at www.elkcountyfoundation.org.