The 4th annual Egypt Park Christmas party was held on December 12, 2014. The first annual Al Fortna Award was given to Lisa Pavone. It was truly special to have the inaugural award presented by Al’s son, Alex Fortna. Lisa is a well-deserved recipient of the Al Fortna Award. Lisa ran the snack stand better than it has ever been run. She helped institute new policies and procedures that made it run smoothly and produce a very nice profit for the park. Lisa also was very helpful during baseball signups for both the spring and fall baseball seasons. And Lisa also found time to cheer on her children, who participate in the baseball program. Well done Lisa! Al Fortna would be very proud of you!
The Christmas party was very successful. Santa Claus visited the children, arriving on the Egypt Fire Company fire truck. Everyone enjoyed pizza, the “sock game,” christmas trivia and musical chairs. Thank you all for coming!
On July 1, 2014, the Egypt Memorial Park lost beloved board member Allen Fortna.
Words cannot express what Al Fortna meant to our park and our community. He was a true friend who spent countless hours helping at park events. If you attended Curt Simmons Days, fish fries, car washes, baseball signups, or any other park event, you no doubt had contact with Al.
Al’s son, Alex Fortna, was very active in the park’s sports programs. Even after Alex grew up and moved on to Penn State, Al remained committed to the Egypt Memorial Park. At our board meetings, we could always rely on Al to bring sensible insight and ideas to any issue being discussed. Al Fortna was a giver who always thought about what was best for the children of our community. He will be greatly missed but never forgotten.
Our Volunteer of the Year Award, started in 2012, will now be known as The Al Fortna Award. The award, which now has even greater meaning, will be presented at our annual Christmas Party. Memorial donations received in his memory will be used to purchase something Al would have loved – a new piece of playground equipment.