When former Adelphoi Board Chair Ralph Liberatore heard about the addition of the new activities program at Adelphoi, he knew it was a perfect way to honor his late wife, Donna. Known for her compassion, Donna had a history of helping others, especially children.Donna passed away last year after a long, courageous battle with liver disease. In addition to her husband, she is survived by three children, Craig Liberatore, Sharie Rodriguez, Stacie Hartman.
Donna was the foundation of her family. There wasn’t anything that she wouldn’t do for them including taking care of Stacie after a serious car accident left her with a traumatic brain injury and hospitalized for eight months.
“Donna was there every single day, helping Stacie get out of bed, keeping her active, making sure she was able to get where she needed to be. She completely dedicated herself to Stacie’s care. Donna helped Stacie gain a quality of life. Without her, Stacie would not be alive today,” said Ralph.
In her memory, the Donna Liberatore Activities Fund was created to support the new activities program at Adelphoi.
This special fund will support various activities, including basketball and volleyball tournaments, concerts, karaoke, and movie nights. We hope to offer community service activities and educational opportunities as well as access to the arts for our youth in residential care. Donna was passionate about the arts and loved to paint and attend art classes as a member of the Greensburg/Latrobe Art Center. She also ran her own interior design business.
Adelphoi recognizes the importance of providing therapeutic recreational opportunities and interactive learning experiences to youth in placement. Recreation and leisure activities strengthen and reinforce family bonds, increase self-confidence, and positively impact physical and mental health. Many of the activities take place inside Adelphoi’s new Youth and Family Center, which features a stage and multi-purpose auditorium for events and student-driven artistic performances, as well as dedicated rooms to provide art and music therapy as part of a growing curriculum for at-risk youth.
Through the generosity of more than 70 individual donors to date, The Donna Liberatore Activities Fund has already purchased recreation and leisure equipment, as well as art supplies that will enhance the scope of the program. The Fund has also supported various on-campus and off-campus activities.