Thank you for your interest in donating to the Class of 1969 Scholarship Fund. In honor of their 50th Reunion, the Class of 1969 wanted to give back to their alma mater and created an award to be presented to a graduating senior. The Class of 1969 award will be given to a student who is heavily involved in community service and is an ‘unsung hero/heroine’ of his or her community.
The Class is doing this in the spirit and memory of their classmate “Big Tom” Mitchell. Big Tom dedicated his life to serving others. He helped countless organizations and individuals over the years, beginning with his role as Santa Claus in downtown Phoenixville, which he played for 41 years. He donated his time as Santa, asking for donations to local charities in lieu of personal compensation.
When Tom saw a need, he tried to fill it. Over the years he created or supported programs at St. Ann’s Church, St. Mary’s Shelter, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, and the Phoenixville Youth Wrestling League. He enjoyed Kiwanis and Knights of Columbus activities, calling bingo, making pancakes and setting up special events.
For Big Tom, his greatest accomplishment was the added Christmas spirit through the Christmas lights, parade and Santa house. He had a vision, commitment, and brought others together to reach the goal.
Even after retirement, Tom developed his own non-profit called Costumes for a Cause, providing high quality character costumes to local organizations and schools for fundraising events. He served on the Diversity in Action committee as a board member and started the Multicultural Festival.
Big Tom was a servant of Phoenixville. He believed that serving others was his work. He would be honored to know that his mission will continue through another Phoenixville Area High School graduate.
- To make a donation by check, please make it payable to Phoenixville Community Education Foundation and indicate “Class of 1969,” in the memo field, and mail it to: PCEF, P.O. Box 348, Phoenixville, PA 19460
- To make a donation by credit card, please use our secure online donation form below.
Again, thank you for your generosity and willingness to pay it forward to the next generation.