Rick and Jessy Rodgers have received the first Susan C. and Gerald C. Eckert Service and Philanthropy Award at Millersville University. This award is given for service and philanthropy in advancing the mission of public higher education.
The Rodgers, who are long-time volunteers and donors in the Lancaster area, own Rodgers & Associates financial advisers in Lancaster. They were given the award at an event this spring on campus.
“I understand that a key concept in Susan and Jerry creating the award was to inspire others to give back to their communities,” said Rick Rodgers. “This ties in perfectly with Millersville University’s mission statement which says in part “aspiration is to create a culture of philanthropy within our campus community—ensuring that students, faculty and staff alike, recognize the value their time, talent and treasure can have for a sustainable community.”
The Rodgers announced that this year’s endowment proceeds will be directed to the Arts Smarts Camps at the Ware Center, Millersville University Lancaster, directed by Barry Kornhauser. The program is designed to inspire kids from kindergarten to 8th grade, by encouraging artistic expression through the arts.
“We’d like to thank Susan and Jerry for establishing the Eckert Philanthropic Endowment,” said Dr. Aminta Breaux, vice president of advancement. “The endowment will ensure that future generations will recognize the value of philanthropy and the impact it can have on our community.”
The award recipients were chosen by Dr. John Anderson, president; Dr. Breaux and Mike Warfel, chairman of the Council of Trustees.
“There are many deserving individuals and organizations in our community. We are humbled to be chosen for this honor,” said Rodgers.