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John S. Thalenfeld

John S. Thalenfeld, a long-time friend and donor of The Luzerne Foundation, passed away on Sunday, February 4, 2024.  Born in Queens, New York, in 1956, John Thalenfeld worked his way up the ranks at Trion Industries, first in 1972 as a packer, to President and CEO. Being the son of David Thalenfeld, John learned first-hand experience working in the family’s five and dime store as a child, and later working directly under his father at the newly formed Trion Industries.

John was devoted to his family and to his community, serving on numerous charitable boards – most notably at the Family Service Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania. His intelligence, “can do” mentality and generosity made a difference in our community as he was named as the Philanthropist of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals and honored by numerous nonprofits.

Donations to this fund will go to support the charities and causes that John held near to his heart.

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5th ANNUAL NEPA GIVES RAISES OVER $1.23 MILLION IN 24 HOURS The fifth annual NEPA Gives which took place on June 6th and 7th, 2024, raised $1,229,151 for 241 local nonprofit organizations and charitable causes across Northeastern Pennsylvania in just 24 hours. The Scranton Area Community Foundation hosted the region’s largest giving event in partnership with The Luzerne Foundation, Wayne County Community Foundation, Greater Pike Community Foundation, Carbon County Community Foundation, Community Foundation of Monroe County, Posture Interactive, and other community sponsors to raise awareness about the critical work nonprofit organizations carry out across the region and to help charitable organizations raise much-needed funds. Nearly 7,000 donors generously supported NEPA Gives, which was also generously supported by numerous sponsors, including the Moses Taylor Foundation, Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Neighborly, Lamar Advertising Company, Schwartz Mack Foundation, Women in Philanthropy, NEPA Animal Welfare Collaborative, William G McGowan, Minooka Subaru, and many others. ... See MoreSee Less
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Oh! say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave, O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave! The Luzerne Foundation is proud to display our Founders Flagpole on #FlagDay ... See MoreSee Less
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Being in the community for the community is what we are all about here at the Luzerne Foundation. Today, The Luzerne Foundation partnered with the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce by sponsoring the June Red Carpet Breakfast at the Hazleton Active Adult CenterThe Foundation had the honor of introducing Luzerne County Manager Romilda Crocamo who provided an update on the County.Visit Luzerne County ... See MoreSee Less
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📣NEW FUND ALERT 📣The Flowing River Fund honors Sr. Barbara Craig by supporting the most vulnerable in our community, living out the values of mercy, service, justice, and hospitality. Make a difference by supporting this compassionate fund.💐To participate in the community impact efforts of Sr. Barbara's legacy, visit www.luzfdn.org/donations/flowing-river-fund/ #CommunitySupport #Mercy #Justice" ... See MoreSee Less
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