FR Panther Foundation

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 for "Check" 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. Visit 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


Communications/Event Support

Tina Gillen - Director of Innovation & Communication

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 provide additional financial support to Franklin Regional School District in the areas of academics, athletics, art, and citizenship. 

Driving Excellence: Golf Invitational (Spring, 2021)
A golf invitational held annually at Meadowink Golf Course that hosts 110 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 and participate in drawings and raffles.
Scoreboard Sponsor Recognition (Spring 2022)
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)

Bi-annually, the FR Panther Foundation awards Innovation Grants to Franklin Regional educators and coaches who build a strong case for a unique, innovative program that will promote learning and take athletic ability to a new level of excellence. Anyone interested in applying for an Innovation Grant for one of Franklin Regional's schools may download the following information:


CLICK HERE for an OVERVIEW of the Innovation Grant Program


CLICK HERE for the Innovation Grant GUIDELINES


CLICK HERE for the Innovation Grant APPLICATION





SPRING 2022  
FALL 2021  
FR Robotics Workshop @ Newlonsburg $10,000
SPRING 2020  
MS Entrance SIG  $2,953.27
FR Panther Shop Mobile Kiosk   $6,898.00
FALL 2019  
Lark & Owl Mini PCK   $1,835.00
Making a Difference in the Library   $5,000.00
PadCaster Morning Announcements $1,599.99
SPRING 2019  
What Are You Eating? $1,702.00
D.A.C.E.    $1,270.64
Wonder Women Workshop $1,115.80
21st Century Strength & Conditioning  $4,558.00
FALL 2018  
HTC VIVE Virtual Reality  $6,318.08
Padcasting  $1,299.99
Black Light Laser Fitness $1,360.00
SPRING 2018  
FR Panther Shop  $12,929.96
FALL 2017  
STREAM Forward  $11,000.00
AP Chemistry PH Probes  $592.00