Paul Hanson passed away this year, but area nonprofits and a graduating Olean High School student received the familiar Hanson family support this year thanks to funds established at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation by Paul and his wife, Betty.
Before Paul’s passing in April of this year, Paul and Betty established a number of endowment funds at CRCF to benefit the community, including the Paul and Betty Hanson Career/Technical Scholarship, the Paul and Betty Hanson Fund and the Paul and Mary Janowicz Fund, which memorializes Betty’s late parents.
The Paul and Betty Hanson Career/Technical Scholarship, is awarded annually to one or two graduating Olean High School students pursuing a post-secondary career or technical education at a trade or technical school.
A 1968 graduate of Olean High School, Paul worked for many years at Valley Tire Co. as a service technician.
Brittany Willmart of Olean High School received this year’s $1,000 scholarship. She will study veterinary technology and biology and Medaille College.
The Hansons also established the Paul and Betty Hanson Fund, which makes annual grants to Mercy Flight of WNY, Town of Olean Fire Department, Olean General Hospital Foundation and Olean Public Library.
The fund made possible grants of $196 each to these three organizations this year.
“Paul was one of those particularly special, caring people you meet in a lifetime,” said CRCF Executive Director Karen Niemic Buchheit. “Paul and Betty selflessly gave back to the community, and in working with them it was clearly decision a made out of love for the area and what it stands for.
“Thanks to the endowments they established together, area nonprofits and students like Brittany Willmart will feel that Hanson love and support for years to come.”
Donations can be made to the Paul and Betty Hanson Career/Technical Scholarship Fund and the Paul and Betty Hanson Fund at CRCF, 301 North Union St., Suite 203, or online at cattfoundtion.org.
Established in 1994, the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation is growing good by connecting donors to the causes they care about most in the region. Grants from the foundation support many areas, including education, scholarships, health care, the arts, community development, human service, and youth development. To learn more, call (716) 301-CRCF (2723), email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit online at www.cattfoundation.org. CRCF is also on Facebook (facebook.com/cattfoundation) and Twitter (@CattFoundation).