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Boselli Family Makes Major Gift to the Bradford County Regional Arts Council Sayre Building Project


The family of late BCRAC Board Member Dr. Bruce Boselli donates $45,000 to help fund the Sayre Theatre Building Project.

January 25, 2016 (TOWANDA, PA) – The Bradford County Regional Arts Council is pleased and honored to announce a $45,000 gift from the family of the late Dr. Bruce Boselli, a former BCRAC board member and longtime benefactor of the organization.  The gift was made to the Sayre Theatre Building Project, a two-phase project aimed at replacing the theatre marquee and repointing the brick on the 101-year-old building. 

The Boselli Family’s generous donation brings the BCRAC closer to funding the project and has allowed the organization to move forward with the manufacturing phase of the marquee itself.  A plaque will be placed on the building recognizing Dr. Boselli’s years of support to the BCRAC and Sayre Theatre, and his family’s generosity. 

Dr. Boselli served on the BCRAC Board of Directors from 1995 until 2014 when he, “with great regrets in doing so” stepped down from his service on the board to address health issues. While a member of the board, he served as board secretary and chaired the Personnel committee and the Fundraising committee.

“Bruce was a generous, warm hearted man who cared greatly about the arts and his community” said BCRAC Board President Linda J. Nickerson.  “His tireless commitment to his community and the BCRAC board of directors will always be remembered.” 

The Sayre Theatre, first opened on December 31, 1914, is one of the three historic theatres owned and operated by the Bradford County Regional Arts Council.  The original marquee was removed during the spring of 2015 following an evaluation that determined that it was no longer structurally sound.  BCRAC has been raising funds to replace the marquee since that time. 

Phase I of the project, replacing the iconic marquee, with a price tag of nearly $200,000, fits into one of the three pillars of the council’s mission – to preserve Bradford County’s historic theatres. The second phase of the project addresses the repointing issues common to many century-old buildings as the mortar between the individual bricks begins to decay and loosen, necessitating the repair work.  The re-pointing phase is expected to exceed $160,000.

“From the start of the Sayre Building Project, Dr. Boselli was poised to help with fundraising efforts.  He was anxious for the public phase to begin so he could to push up his sleeves and assist in the effort to raise the funds from within the Valley community that he so dearly served and loved,” according to BCRAC Executive Director Elaine A. Poost.  “It was with very heavy hearts that we received the news of his passing as we had kicked off the community fundraising phase. His was an enthusiasm and an approach to life that always left a smile on your face.” The Boselli family expressed the hope that their donation will inspire other members of the community to support the Sayre Theatre building project.

Dr. Boselli was born on July 21, 1932, in Jersey City, New Jersey and graduated from Cornell University and the Cornell Medical College in New York City.  A veteran of the Army Medical Corps, Dr. Boselli went on to work at the University of Vermont Medical center, before relocating to Athens, PA and a position at the Guthrie Clinic.  Over his 28-year career, he founded and, until his retirement in 1992, chaired the hematology and oncology department. Dr. Boselli is survived by his wife, Shirlee, five children and six grandchildren. This gift in remembrance of their husband, father, and grandfather stands in testimony to the tremendous heart of this man and the legacy he leaves in their hearts, the Valley community and the countless lives he touched.

Donations to the Sayre Theatre Marquee and Building project can be sent in honor of Dr. Boselli to the Bradford County Regional Arts Council at 601 Main St., Towanda, PA 18848. 

Established in 1976, the BCRAC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building and supporting a thriving regional arts community by advocating for the Arts, cultivating quality arts programming and preserving Bradford County’s historic theatres as venues for performances, community events and movies.