Friday, August 07, 2020

Rusty Ely Endowment Established

April 16, 2018: Montrose, PA: Many local citizens fondly recall talented landscaper and stone mason Rusty Ely who passed away in March 2017. His remarkable work adorns many locations in northeastern Pennsylvania and beyond and those fortunate enough to have a Rusty Ely wall or patio possess something of distinction that will last for generations. Rusty was a hard worker and fine craftsman with a reputation for his big heart and winning smile. He was involved with many local organizations and activities, but his family always came first.Rusty Ely photo

To honor his memory Rusty’s family has established the Russell Ely Memorial Endowment with The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains. This permanent charitable endowment will provide support to the Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center for its general purposes to continue to provide for the education and opportunities of students and adults from Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties. Rusty’s legacy of craftsmanship will live on in the graduates of the Technology Center, a sentiment that would most certainly please him.

Additional donations have already been provided by Quality Deer Management Association and the National Wild Turkey Federation, two organizations that benefited from Rusty’s influence. Also, a portion of the proceeds from this past year’s annual pie sale in memory of Alayna Ely (Rusty’s niece), which has become a community endeavor, has also been generously donated by the Guy David Ely family. To honor Rusty and to help future generations of Technology Center students, donations to the Russell Ely Memorial Endowment may be sent to The Community Foundation at 270 Lake Avenue Montrose, PA 18801 or made online at Rusty would be pleased.

Community Foundation on the Air



The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains would like to thank Montrose radio station WPEL for interviewing Foundation President, Peter Quigg, about our college scholarship program. This spring we are providing $152,000 in college assistance from 70 scholarships for students attending schools in four counties. You can listen to the two-part interview on WPEL this Saturday, the 17th, and next Saturday, the 24th, on 800 AM or 96.5 FM at 7:05 AM and 12:05 PM or stream the stations at

Community Foundation Remembers Forrest VanCott

forrestvancottThe Community Foundation mourns the recent passing of our good friend Forrest VanCott. Along with his brother Cooper, Forrest has been instrumental over the years for the landscaping at our renovated office. Together they have provided the outward symbol of permanent stone terraces and ever-blooming gardens that reflect our work of lasting legacies and perennial support of charitable endeavors. Their teamwork will be admired by many of our visitors for generations to come. It seems fitting that among our endowments is a college scholarship in memory of their father Kermit. Our thoughts are with Forrest’s wife and children and his entire family.


Please click here to view his obituary.


Julie Bush Capwell Memorial Fund 4th Annual Food Drive

4th Annual Food Drive poster 2 2 10 2018

Breakfast for Life 2018


The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains administers the Cindi Conaty Memorial Scholarship Fund and is pleased to help spread the word of this annual event.

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