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Penn Foundation to Present Adventures in Excellence Award to Sanford A. Alderfer, Founder of Sanford Alderfer Companies

Sanford AlderferPenn Foundation has named Sanford A. Alderfer, founder of Sanford Alderfer Companies, as the recipient of its 11th annual Adventures in Excellence Award. Mr. Alderfer will receive his award during Penn Foundation’s Autumn Event fundraiser on Tuesday, September 30,2014 at 7:30 pm at Calvary Church (820 Route 113, Souderton).

Recipients of Penn Foundation’s Adventures in Excellence Award are generous people known for their outstanding leadership in encouraging others to maximize their God-given potential and their commitment to supporting our community’s charitable needs through words, work and contributions.

Sanford has long been a leader in both business and our community. After graduating from Reisch Auction School in Mason City, Iowa, he founded Sanford Alderfer Companies in 1960 on the slogan “People Serving People,” which remains in place today. Sanford served on the board of Rockhill Mennonite Community, Spruce Lake Retreat, Souderton Mennonite Homes, Christopher Dock Mennonite High School, and spent 36 years on the board of Harleysville Savings Bank.  He remains faithfully involved in various aspects of congregational life at Salford Mennonite Church in Harleysville.   It is because of Sanford’s steadfast commitment and service to our community that Penn Foundation is honored to award him the Adventures in Excellence Award this year.

Penn Foundation’s annual Autumn Event will feature an evening of conversation and song with legendary singer and author Judy Collins, and Vernon H. Kratz, MD, Penn Foundation psychiatrist, will receive the inaugural Penn Foundation Service Award. 6abc Action News AnchorEva Pilgrim will serve as the evening’s emcee. A Silent Auction will kick off the evening at 5:30 pm. Tickets are $20 or four for $60. To purchase tickets, visit or call 267.404.5937.

Autumn Event has become Penn Foundation's signature fundraiser and one the community highly anticipates year after year. Last year, more than 700 people attended Autumn Event and even more are expected this year. Proceeds from this event benefit Penn Foundation’s Commonwealth Fund, which helps the organization provide compassionate, responsive, and innovative care to over 10,000 individuals each year.


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