Boy Scouts honor local philanthropist

IOANNIS PASHAKIS/Sun-Gazette Frank Pellegrino is honored by The Susquehanna Council Boy Scouts of America as the 2017 Distinguished Citizen of the Year at Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall.

The Boy Scouts of America Susquehanna Council held their annual 2017 Distinguished Citizen of the Year award at the Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall Friday night.

The Distinguished Citizen of the Year award is the Susquehanna Council’s opportunity to honor an individual in the community they feel exemplifies what the scouts stand for.

“Why do we do this? To generate some funds yes, but also to recognize community leaders for what they are doing and how they are supporting scouting and the community in general which is a very positive thing,” said Jon L. Brennan, scout executive and CEO of the Susquehanna Council.

This year’s honoree was Frank Pellegrino, a local philanthropist, a board member of the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania, a member of the Lycoming College Board of Trustees and a committee member for the Gathering of Eagles.

“Frank has been very supportive of the Boy Scouts over the years,” Brennan said. “We are very proud of what Frank has done for the community and we are very proud that we had the opportunity to recognize Frank.”

During the reception, all of the speakers commented on Frank Pellegrino’s selflessness in doing what he can to help the community. His brother, Steve Pellegrino, gave a teary-eyed cheers as he introduced the award.

“Our grandfather had a small piece of land in Old Lycoming Township and he deemed it was important to donate that to the scouts for their use,” Steve Pellegrino said. “This precedent of helping others and in particular the scouts, is the way that Frank Pellegrino so generously continues today. Frank is committed to his faith, his community, to his friends and as we well know, his family.”

Frank Pellegrino thanked his brother for the introduction, the Susquehanna Council, and Lycoming College for providing the Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall.

“I thank God every day for the blessings and grace that He has bestowed on me and as I look out today, you are those blessings,” Frank Pellegrino said. “Thank you for your friendship, love and support and know that you are in my prayers daily. Know that I am most appreciative and grateful for this honor.”