Al Boscov a 'humanitarian' who helped many in need

READING, Pa. - Kevin K. Murphy, the president of the Berks County Community Foundation, issued the following statement upon the death of Albert Boscov on Friday:

"While Albert was well-known as a retailer and a driving force behind several projects in downtown Reading, he should be equally remembered for his work as a humanitarian. He helped – actually helped, and not just allowed – organizations to hold food and clothing drives, bake sales, and other events at his stores. He established a 'Friends Helping Friends' program for nonprofits to sell coupons for his stores, with all ticket sales going directly to the nonprofits.

"He gave financial support to many causes, including the Penn State Berks Thun Library and Genesius Theatre, and he even performed for Genesius as Tevye from Fiddler on the Roof.

"His philanthropic spirit is why he was named in 1993 as recipient of the Thun Award, which honors those dedicated to improving the quality of life in Berks County. He was a friend, mentor and supporter for a generation of community leaders.

"Albert will be greatly missed, and our thoughts are with Eunice and his family."

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