A new endowment
funded by its namesake will ensure the upkeep of the Bromeley Family Theater.
Pitt-Bradford received the $250,000
gift from the Pembroke Foundation and Jean H. and Thomas R. Bromeley and their
children, Pamela B. and Donald J. Fredeen, and Amy B. and Daniel P. McCune, for
the maintenance of the university’s theater, which is also named for the
The Pembroke Foundation is a family
foundation originally established by Jean Bromeley’s parents, Corliss R. and
Mary S. Hostetler.
“It’s a lovely facility,” Thomas
Bromeley said of the theater. “I think it is a good idea to develop a fund that
can maintain and help keep it first class. It’s very easy to postpone
maintenance when budgets are tight.”
The Bromeley Family Theater is a
500-seat theater that opened in 2004 and has hosted performances ranging from
intimate opera recitals to the Russian National Ballet Theatre.
The Bromeley family has a long
history of involvement in the university, beginning with its founding in 1963.
Thomas Bromeley and his father, Robert Bromeley, were among the local business
people who worked with then-University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Edward
Litchfield to raise the original funds for the university’s campus in Bradford.
“For three generations, the extended
Bromeley family has been incredibly generous to Pitt-Bradford, sharing its time
and expertise with the university as well as making significant gifts,” said Dr.Livingston Alexander, president of Pitt-Bradford. “The most recent gift ensures
the theater will be maintained and improved into the future for the benefit of
The university is in the midst of a $17.5million campaign in honor of its 50th anniversary later this year.
The campaign includes a goal of $600,000 for its arts endowment to support
additional programming and ensure the facility’s status as state-of-the-art.
For more information on the
endowment or campaign, contact Jill Ballard, executive director and managing
director of the Bradford Educational Foundation at (814)362-5091 or firstname.lastname@example.org.