The family of Sue Gill Riley have always admired the community’s support and compassion of his late sister Ellen “Sue” Susan Gill Riley. Sue, a 1953 graduate of Cochranton High School, suffered a significant hearing loss as a small child. She nevertheless became a majorette in the CHS band and managed the Iris Theatre popcorn and candy concession during her high school career. Sue always had a kind word and a smile for everyone.
To show gratitude for the help and support that Sue received from the Cochranton community, Sue’s family have established a fund for Cochranton Elementary students. The Cochranton Elementary principal may draw from the growth on the Sue Gill Riley Fund, as determined by the Crawford Heritage Community Foundation, for any purpose that enhances educational opportunities for any student with hearing impairments, learning impairments and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder.
The Crawford Heritage Community Foundation is dedicated to making Crawford County a better place to live, learn, work and raise a family. The Foundation helps people make the most of their philanthropy by giving to endowed funds. Grant awards are made from these funds to support the causes donors care about as well as worthwhile programs selected by the Foundation. The Foundation manages more than 100 funds, which benefit more than 100 different organizations, scholarships and charitable purposes. They make grants totaling more than $600,000 each year. More than $10 million has been awarded since the organization was established in 1998. For more information about making a gift or seeking grant support for a project, write the Crawford Heritage Community Foundation, PO Box 933, Meadville, PA 16335, phone (814) 336-5206 or visit them online at www.crawfordheritage.org.