North East Community Foundation

Ted Miller Awarded 2013 Lake & Smith Award

Jan 26, 2014 | Posted in News

The North East Community Foundation honored local iconic coach Ted Miller at its Annual Meeting on May 30, 2013 by presenting him with the Lake & Smith Award for Excellence in Community Service. The community foundation presents this award annually to a local individual or non-profit organization who demonstrates a consistent commitment to the people of North East.

Along with the award, the Community Foundation recognized the 37 area non-profits that received a total of $138,248 in grants during 2012. These grants included more than $62,000 raised by the Foundation for 4 N.I.N.E. Thrift Store in response to their devastating fire in June 2012. Special support for this fund was supplied by GE and Mercyhurst/North East.

A crowd of more than 100 friends, family and athletes gathered to honor Coach Miller, who is known throughout Pennsylvania as the legendary long-distance running coach for the Grape Pickers. Throughout his 50-year career, he has coached region, district, and state champions, the newest being 2013 Pennsylvania Gold Medal Miler, Ryan Smathers.

Coach Miller was introduced by his daughter, Michelle, who presented a heartfelt tribute to her father. She shared a number of family stories that gave the audience a deeper appreciation for Coach Miller’s commitment to his athletes, his community and, most importantly, his family.

The Lake & Smith Award for Excellence in Community Services was named in honor of long-time North East residents Ernest Lake and the late Gerri Smith. Mr. Lake and Mrs. Smith were instrumental in the establishment of the Foundation and each served as trustees of the group. Past recipients of the Lake & Smith Award include: Mr. & Mrs. Robert Miller, Vicki Stetson, Community Nursing Services of North East, the North East Food Pantry, and Mercyhurst University, the North East Campus.

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