(ERIE, N.Y. - WICU/WSEE/CW) –Thursday afternoon, several Erie nonprofits received an annual boost in grant funding.


The boost is part of "Schuster Day”, a 21-year tradition which was started by Founder of Warren Radio William Schuster.

 This year, twelve organizations received over $48,000.

The presentation took place at Gannon’s Schuster Gallery, which is named after Schuster.

Every year, the money is raised through Schuster’s endowment fund, which is ran by the Erie Community Foundation.

The money is then donated in grant form to Schuster’s favorite organizations.

“What we saw today was the breadth and depth of the things they [Schuster] cared about. “said Vice President of Philanthropic Services for the Erie Community Foundation Susannah Weis Frigon “Their fund supports the arts, it supports healthcare it supports animal well-being, it's really a privilege for us."

Here’s the breakdown of funding:

American Red Cross: $2,488

Community Country Day School: $4,922

Erie Art Museum: $4,922

Erie Playhouse: $1,217

Erie Zoological Society: $1,217

Hospice of Erie: $4,922

Humane Society of Northwestern PA: $2,488

Junior Philharmonic: $9,844

Stairways Behavioral Health: $4,922

The Sight Center of NWPA: $1,217

United Way of Erie County: $4,922

Visiting Nurse Association: $4,922