FR Panther Foundation

Our Mission
The mission of the Franklin Regional Panther Foundation, Inc. is to ensure the highest level of educational innovation supporting students, faculty, and staff with community involvement in a partnership of lifetime learning in academics, arts, and athletics.

The FR Panther Foundation is grateful for any support you are able to give. Over the years, the time, financial donations, and resources of generous residents, businesses, and organizations in our community have done more than sustain us; they have helped us grow. We look upon our donors and volunteers as true partners in our success.

Financial contributions to the Foundation are tax-deductible. Unless anonymity is requested, all donors receive a public "thank you" on the Foundation website. Financial contributions can take several forms.

1) Cash or check sent to our office:
Franklin Regional Panther Foundation, Inc.
Executive Director
3210 School Road
Murrysville, PA 15668

Click here to print a donation form.
2.) Credit/Debit Card:
Click the following link to make a donation using one of the following credit cards: Mastercard, Visa, American Express, or Debit Card.
3.) Appreciated Securities:

If you own stock that has appreciated over the years, you could avoid the capital gains tax and protect your cash flow by donating these securities directly to a charitable organization. You also can use these assets to make a donation while still protecting an income stream for yourself or your beneficiaries (e.g., through a charitable remainder trust). For this type of financial contribution, a donor can deduct up to 30% of his or her adjusted gross income in the year of the gift. Any excess can be carried over for up to five years.

4.) Amazon Smile:

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the FR Panther Foundation whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same Amazon Prime benefits. Click on the link below to start shopping now!

Click HERE to use Amazon Smile program to support the FR Panther Foundation.

5.) United Way:
September is the kick-off for many companies’ United Way donation campaigns. The FR Panther Foundation is a designated 501(c)3 non-profit organization that can be the recipient of your United Way donation! Please consider designating us as your Donor Choice Agency by using the following United Way code: 90000400
6. Day of Giving:
The FR Panther Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 organization for the annual Day of Giving. to learn more about how you can make your gift to the FR Panther Foundation on the Day of Giving.

Confidential inquiries may be made to the Executive Director, 724-327-5456 x7619

Robin Pynos

(Franklin Regional School District)
Executive Director

Charles Hergenroeder
(Hergenroeder Rega & Sommer)


Herb Yingling
(Franklin Regional School Board)
Vice President

Regis Synan
(Tinker & Sons/Municipality of Murrysville)

Tarah Kurimsky

(Swarovski Jewelry Independent Sales)

Gary Bowser, Sr.
(Bowser Automotive)

Bob Brooks
(Pennsylvania State Representative)

Dino DePaulo

(Buncher Company)


Craig H. Fusting
(Meadowink/Dedicated Nursing Associates)


Ed Little
(Forbes Hospital Foundation)

Adam Long
(Long & Long, LLC)

Dr. Gennaro R. Piraino, Jr.

(Franklin Regional School District)
Director/Superintendent of Schools

Erik Rettger
(Mike Rettger Foundation)


Tabitha Riggio


Mark Rubino, MD
(Forbes Hospital/Allegheny Health Network)

Barbara Vankirk
(IQ Inc.)

Franklin Regional School District Ex Officio (non-voting members)
Jon Perry - Finance
Zach Kessler - Athletics
Gina Wages/Donna Wolf - Board Secretary

Mark C. Turnley, CPA (Auditor)

The FR Panther Foundation proudly hosts a number of events and fundraisers during the year. The goal of these events is to create partnerships with local businesses and individuals across the region and to raise funds to support the Foundation's Innovation Grants program and to provide additional financial support to Franklin Regional School District in the areas of academics, athletics, art, and citizenship. The following are the annual events that we host:

Scoreboard Sponsor Recognition Event


To honor and recognize our sponsors who generously support the Foundation through advertisements on the electronic scoreboards in Panther Stadium, the pool, and in our high school gymnasiums.

Scoreboard Sponsors (Stadium)

Scoreboard Sponsors (Natatorium)

Scoreboard Sponsors (Gymnasium)

Festival of the Arts


A show featuring fine and performing arts. The event showcases visual art produced by FR students at all grade levels with musical and vocal performances from FR's talented musicians, singers, dancers, and actors. The evening features an array of food and drink, basket raffles and a professional art auction.

Festival Sponsors/Donations

Driving Excellence: Golf Invitational


A golf invitational held at Meadowink Golf Course that hosts 100 golfers. The shotgun start gives way to 18 holes of golf, lunch, and a delicious steak dinner cookout. Players have the chance to compete for prizes in several contests, bid on auction items, and participate in drawings and raffles.

Bi-annually, the FR Panther Foundation awards Innovation Grants to FR educators and coaches who build a strong case for a unique, innovative program that will help take learning and athletic ability to a new level of excellence. If you are interested in applying for an Innovation Grant for one of the FR schools, please download the following guidelines and grant application.


Spitzer Toyota presents sponsor check to FR Panther Foundation  Spitzer Toyota Monroeville

Spitzer Toyota Monroeville Innovation Grant - Round 6

Grant Period: November 4 - 22, 2019






Project Lead the Way - $40K

Dr. Bobbi Watt Geer, President of the FR Panther Foundation presents a $40K check to FR School Board President Dr. Larry Borland for Project Lead the Way.


The Franklin Regional Panther Foundation honored Franklin Regional School District with a $40,000 grant to be used for Project Lead the Way (PLTW). The funds will be used to purchase needed equipment for the program including an Epilog Mini24 50-Watt Laser Engraver, a BOFA Fume Extractor (used with the Mini24), a Roland BN-20 Printer/Cutter, and an Our Demo Roland LEF – 12 UV Printer.

PLTW is a K-12 educational program that engages students in hands-on learning experiences in multiple subject pathways including Engineering, Biomedical Sciences, and Computer Science. The pathways provide students with skills that are in demand and provides experiences in exploring real-world challenges. Students learn technical skills through their work, but also learn 21st Century skills such as problem-solving, collaboration, communication, and creativity.

FRSD will implement PLTW during the 2017-18 school year in order to provide rigorous hands-on learning environments in the three pathways. It will also support a K-12 vertical articulation of subject-specific skills as well as support 21st Century skill development. PLTW provides a model program to jump-start a technology education program in the District, expand a Computer Science program, and implement a Biomedical Sciences program.


2017 Innovation Grants 

STREAM Forward - Newlonsburg Elementary School $11K

Innovation Grant 1


Project: STREAM Forward

Grades: 3-5  School: Newlonsburg Elementary   Subject: STREAM

No. Students Impacted: 130

Description: Newlonsburg Elementary teachers will pilot STREAM Forward with hopes of implementing the program across all FR elementary schools. STREAM Forward will impact all students in grades 3-5 and build upon their understanding of science, technology, research, engineering, art, and mathematics by encouraging students to be competitive in the economic and global society. Teachers will form a committee and create a course catalog. Students will participate in the STREAM Forward classes and projects. A culminating STREAM Forward Expo will be held to showcase student work.

Wireless pH Probes for Acid/Base Titration - FRSH -  $592

Innovation Grant 2Project: Wireless pH Probes for Acid/Base Titration

Grades: 11-12  School: FRSH   Subject: AP Chemistry

No. Students Impacted: 65 

Description: AP Chemistry students at FRSH already perform acid/base titrations as part of the “Aspirin Synthesis and Analysis” culminating project. Wireless pH probes, used in combination with Chromebooks will give students additional insight into pH changes during titration. Students would also have a better understanding of the importance of acid/base indicator selection as they witness color changes associated with the indicators corresponding to shifts.


Dancing with the Panthers - SPRING 2021
Dancing with the Panthers - Spring 2021
Dancing with the Panthers Poster
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The following link provides audited financial information on the FR Panther Foundation.

Please click on the link below to view the Foundation's Annual Report.

Annual Report Cover
Annual Report 2016-17.pdf