The Legacy of Bob Dunham

Dunham Family Foundation gives back to the community

 

by Sheilah Y. Prevost & Lauren Gooch - October 27, 2020

Robert Nickerson Dunham, well-known and highly respected Wellsboro businessman and owner of Dunham’s Furniture store, has bequeathed a generous legacy to Wellsboro and Tioga County in his will by establishing The Dunham Family Foundation. The Dunham Family Foundation is created with the broad purpose to benefit religious, charitable, scientific, literary, and educational organizations within the geographic areas of the Borough of Wellsboro and Townships of Charleston and Delmar.

The Foundation is a testament to Bob’s generosity and his lifelong love for Wellsboro. He established the Foundation in honor of his grandparents, Roy J. and Fannie Treat Dunham; his parents, Frank L. and Mercedes N. Dunham and his brothers, R. James Dunham II and John F. Dunham.

Ellen Dunham Bryant chairs the Foundation. Ann Dunham Rawson, R. James Dunham, III, R. Lowell Coolidge, Eugene Seelye and Sheilah Y. Prevost are trustees.

When Bob’s nieces, Ellen Dunham Bryant and Ann Dunham Rawson, found out about this Foundation after his death in 2017, they were very surprised, but in a good way!

“We were very touched because it’s something that he was uniquely situated to do because he didn’t have any children of his own and was able to use what he had been able to use in his lifetime to benefit others,” Ellen said.

Those who knew Bob appreciated that he was a talented and accomplished musician who shared his talents with the community and area churches throughout his life. Many did not know, however, that he was also deeply committed to helping homeless in the area and that he quietly gave to various area homelessness initiatives. In addition, Bob anonymously helped many in need with gifts of furniture and other household goods. He also really enjoyed horses and other animals. While the scope of the Foundation is broad, the trustees will give special consideration to those causes that Bob championed.

“Our family business has been here for 115 years,” said Ann, “so it’s a great opportunity for us as a family to be able to thank the community, but also keep his legacy alive for the things he held dear.”

The Foundation is set up to provide funds for many years, and this is the first year they are able to make disbursements. The deadline for this year is November 6, 2020. To qualify, applicants must be a 501c3 organization in the Borough of Wellsboro or Townships of Charleston and Delmar. As stated previously, the scope of the foundation is broad, but special consideration will be given to those causes to which Bob was committed. Applications are available at the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce, located at 114 Main St. Wellsboro, PA. You may either submit the application to Holly Young, Wealth Management Group, C&N Bank (90 Main Street, Wellsboro, PA), or to the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce.

Credits:

Videography: Ethan Chabala

Video Editing: Andrew Moore

Writing: Sheilah Y. Prevost & Lauren Gooch

Anchor: Lauren Gooch

 

Produced by Vogt Media

Funded by Dunham’s Dept Store, Penn Wells Hotel / Lodge

< Current Stories >

 

See More Current Stories

 

Fill your stockings at Pop's Culture Shoppe

December 2, 2020

 

News & Weather with Lauren Gooch

December 1, 2020

 

The holidays aren't always a happy reminder for everyone...

December 1, 2020

 

News & Weather with Lauren Gooch

November 30, 2020

 

Stay on target...for good!

November 30, 2020

 

A special message from the Laurel Health Centers

November 27, 2020

 

Home Page 6.0 & Home Page Extras - coming soon!

November 26, 2020

 

Tioga County COVID-19 Task Force Weekly Update

November 25, 2020

 

Shop Home For the Holidays

November 25, 2020

 

The Eaton Calendar - Update

November 24, 2020

 

UPMC Expert Offers Hope for the Holidays

November 24, 2020

 

Interior designer Tabitha shares holiday decor tips!

November 24, 2020

 

Behind the scenes of Bethany's windows

November 23, 2020

 

Highlights from the past week's broadcasts!

November 21, 2020

 

Changing lives, one family at a time

November 20, 2020

 

What are you afraid of?

November 19, 2020

 

White House Coronavirus Task Force Issues Statement

November 18, 2020

 

Rhonda finds a great gift idea from our Vault!

November 17, 2020

 

UPMC in the Susquehanna Region, discusses the symptoms of the flu, a cold, and COVID-19

November 16, 2020

 

Highlights from the past week's broadcasts!

November 14, 2020

 

Task Force update with Nobles, Owlett & Coolidge

November 13, 2020

 

Welcome to the beautiful, charming 33 Meade Street

November 13, 2020

 

How Stress Impacts Diabetes

November 12, 2020

 

COVID-19 Update with Jim Nobles

November 11, 2020

 

Looking back at Veteran's Day, observed in 2018

November 11, 2020

 

We take another trip back into the Vault in honor of our vets

November 10, 2020

 

Servicemen & woman share stories at tribute event

November 9, 2020

 

Highlights from the past week's broadcasts!

November 7, 2020

 

Lady Mounties win 5th straight volleyball championship

November 6, 2020

 

Prime location with gorgeous views & huge garage

November 5, 2020

 
 

Load More Stories