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Poor Richard’s Charitable Trust
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Wyncote Foundation
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  • Kevin M. Hepler, MD
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  • Stephen R. Hughes
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  • Irv Hurwitz
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  • Lynda Hutton
  • Sharon Hyde
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  • Nick Jones
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  • Margot Kane
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  • J. Kennedy
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  • Harold G. Kohn
  • Susan T. Koch
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  • Howard Kolus
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  • Nina B. Korsh
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  • Ian Krantz
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  • Kalyan S. Krishnan
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  • Kevin Kuhn
  • Jennifer Kuhns
  • Steven Kuloszewski
  • Kathryn Labrum, Esq.
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  • John Lambert
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  • Marianne Larkin
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  • Cindy Lawn
  • Patricia Leach
  • Irwin Lederstein
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  • Edward Lewkowicz
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  • Nancy Lloyd
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  • Nancy Lyons
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  • Ed Mahon
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  • Meg Martin & Peter Cox
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  • Judith Mastrian
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  • Joseph Mazur
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  • Blaine McCleary
  • Fletcher McClellan
  • Mary McComsey
  • Nina McCullough
  • Tim McDaniel
  • Ann McEnery
  • Elizabeth A. McGee
  • Claudia C. McGill
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  • Michele McGovern
  • James McGowan
  • Thomas McHugh
  • Chantal McKay
  • John & Sharon McNamara
  • Elaine McNamee
  • Evie McNiff
  • K. Melton
  • Keith G. Melville
  • Jules J. Mermelstein
  • Rosalyn Metzger
  • Larry Miller
  • Michael Miller Jr.
  • Myles Miller
  • Neil Millheim
  • Ed Mitchell
  • Jennifer & Dave Mittereder
  • Mike Molesevich
  • Kevin Moll
  • Joseph & Elaine Molnar
  • Jacqueline Monturano
  • Lee Mooney
  • Ryan Morden
  • Michael Morgan
  • Judy Morneweck
  • Jackie Morrill
  • Jackie Morrill & Mike Donahue
  • Bruce Morris & Colleen Gallagher
  • Ted & Barbara Morse
  • Gordon Mott
  • P.F. Moyer
  • Toni Moyer
  • William Mulherin
  • Charlotte & John Mulvihill
  • Holly Myers
  • Jonathan Naser
  • Kenneth R. Nealon
  • Steve Neas
  • James Neff
  • B. Nelson
  • M. Noel
  • Maria Centenera Nonemaker
  • Steve Noone
  • Marty O’Brien
  • Robert O’Donnell
  • Gerald O’Hara
  • Maddi O’Neill
  • Kari Orchard
  • Lynda Orfanelli
  • Ellen M. Ormond
  • Jesse N. Otto
  • Dennis Owens
  • Ronald Ozio
  • William Paci
  • David & Roxanne Palmer
  • Leanora Paniccia
  • J. Parsons
  • Meaghan, Alok & Sachin Pattani
  • Jan Paul
  • Lydia Pecker
  • Mark Pecker
  • Ann Pehle
  • Anne Peniazek
  • Amy L. Perez
  • Richel Perretti
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  • Dawn Petrosky
  • Roberta Petusky
  • Priscilla Fox Pfizenmayer
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  • Rick Piper
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  • Noah Price
  • Lois Prytherch
  • Harry Rambo
  • J. Randolph
  • Theresa M. Rang
  • Mark Raymond
  • Luke Reed
  • Brenda Reigle
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  • Philip Reilly
  • Gloria Reisman
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  • Stacy Richards
  • Ralph Riedel
  • Eric Riese
  • David Robertson
  • Edward T. Rodgers
  • Peter & Joanne Rohana
  • Lou Romito
  • Mary Catherine Roper
  • Larry Rose
  • Jeremy C. Rosenbaum, Esq.
  • Susan Rosenberg
  • Tina Rosenberg
  • David R. Ross
  • Marc Ross
  • Mark Roth
  • Lynn Fryman Rothman & Michael Rothman, MD
  • Robert Ruff Jr.
  • William Ruffley
  • Edwin Rund
  • Gary Ryan
  • Jyotin Sachdev
  • Benedict X. Saia
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  • Merle Salkin
  • Patrick Sanaghan
  • Nicholas Sanders
  • John Sandy
  • C. Sarnoski
  • Robert & Judith Schachner
  • Laurie Scheid
  • Gary & Dode Scheimer
  • Leslie Schlessinger
  • Paul Schmitt
  • Peter Schnabel
  • Jennifer Schnore
  • Carl Schoenberg & Susan York
  • Douglas Schofield
  • Paul Schraeder
  • Susan Schrand
  • Barbara Scott
  • Robert & Mary Ellen Scott
  • Anthony J. Seigafuse
  • Paul & Kathleen Selbst
  • Pat Sellers
  • Bradley Seltzer
  • Kristin Senecal
  • John Senko
  • V. Sethi
  • Milton Shapiro
  • David S. Share
  • Michael Sheketoff
  • Peter Shelly
  • Tom & Amy Sherry
  • Kimberley Shore
  • Barry Shutt
  • Darrin Silbaugh
  • Alan Silberman
  • Ira Silberman & Marilyn Kutler
  • Claudia H. Siegel
  • Heather Simmons
  • Josh Singer
  • Emily Skopov
  • Ellen L. Sleeter
  • Carol L. Smith
  • Michael Smith
  • Robert Smith
  • Sallie K. Smith
  • Tieshka Smith
  • Lucas Smolcic Larson
  • Judith E. Smullen
  • Mariana Sorensen
  • Susan Spaziani & John Williamson
  • Michael Sperger
  • Anthony Spisto
  • Christopher Spratt
  • Joseph Stefens
  • Norman St. Amour
  • Lenore M. Steinmetz
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  • Pamela Stetor
  • Bob Stewart
  • John Stickel
  • Harriet Stone
  • Thomas Stone
  • Peter Stork
  • Carol Stowell
  • Nicole Stranko
  • Betram Strieb
  • John Stuart
  • Rebecca & Collin Stuart
  • John Suierveld
  • Sean P. Sullivan
  • Burnetta Swartz
  • Jeffrey Sweet
  • Marian Szmyd
  • Ardith Talbott
  • John Tampanello
  • Barbara J. Taylor
  • Paul Teese
  • Freda Tepfer
  • Elise Thomas
  • R. Thomas
  • Donald Thompson
  • Roger Thompson
  • Irene Tierney
  • M. Tillger
  • JJ Tiziou
  • Coxey Toogood
  • Charles Topper
  • Karen Hale Toth
  • Thomas L. Toth
  • Debbie Trudeau
  • Margaret Turcich
  • Cynthia Tyler
  • Walter C. Uhler
  • Walter & Esther Underhill
  • Elizabeth Useem
  • Jane Valdes-Dapena
  • Heather Valudes
  • Harold Vandegrift
  • Dennis Verona
  • Robert F. Vickery
  • Joseph C. Vignola
  • Fred Vodde
  • Fritz Walker
  • Russ Walker
  • John Wall
  • T. Walmer
  • Frank D. Walsh
  • Hannah Walsh
  • Diane M. Ward
  • Karen Weaver
  • Nathaniel Webb
  • Koert Wehberg, Esq.
  • Patricia Weidenhamer
  • Debra Weiner
  • Raymond Weinmann Jr.
  • C. Wentzel
  • Gerald F. Werkheiser
  • Judy Wertheimer
  • Thomas Whalen
  • L. Whelan
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  • Kathleen F. Weidner
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  • Richard Williams
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  • Len & Joyce Wilson
  • A. Withrow
  • Deborah Wolfe
  • George Wolff
  • Kathryn Wolfson
  • Margaret Wren
  • Francis Wynne
  • Tom Wyse
  • Dr. Bob Yapsuga
  • Tracy Yeomans
  • Berwood Yost
  • Donald B. Young Jr.
  • Jerry Young
  • Karen Young
  • Rick Young
  • Sherley Young
  • Deborah Zateeny
  • Leonard Zawistowski Jr.
  • Matt Zencey
  • Paul Zieger
  • Liz Zimmerman
  • Michelle Zimmerman
  • Rebekah Zimmerman
  • Gerald Zubkoff