Brockway, PA – Two Brockway graduates who started successful businesses after school are giving back to the foundation that helped them.

Fred Barefield is a true artisan who immediately jump-started a woodworking business after he graduated high school. He is coming to showcase his work and auction off some furniture to support the Brockway Education Foundation.

Brockway Education Foundation Executive Director Lisa Rutherford says fundraisers and galas like the one coming up on April 28 are vital to helping the Foundation support as many students as possible.

Listen as Lisa Rutherford talks about some specific ways the money is used.

The Foundation helped Barefield and fellow recent-graduate Bill Porrin purchase equipment for their businesses.  It also provided additional tools and equipment in their Brockway shop classes, helping the young men hone their craft.

Barefield makes furniture, and Porrin makes custom-ordered pens. Both will have displays at the Foundation Gala at 6:30 p.m. on April 28 at the Il Villagio Social Room.

The event will have hot and cold hor d’oeuvres, entertainment, a silent auction including the work from the graduates, basket raffles, and a 50/50 drawing. The fundraiser gala will help the Foundation continue to provide the same services Bearfield and Porrin used.

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Fred Barefield Brockway

Artisan and Brockway graduate Fred Barefield jump-started a woodworking business after graduating. He will be auctioning off pieces of furniture for the Brockway Education Foundation.

Bill Porrin Brockway

Recent Brockway graduate Bill Porrin uses some of the equipment he was given to create custom-made pens.

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