Philadelphia, PA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 07/26/2018 -- Thackray Crane Rental, Inc. is pleased to announce the first recipient of the Walter J. Thackray Scholarship at The Philadelphia Foundation, one of the country's oldest and the Greater Philadelphia region's largest community foundation. This scholarship has been created in fond memory of the company's co-founder and family patriarch, Walter J. Thackray, who passed away in 2010. It is the company's intention to foster his legacy of philanthropy and charitable giving through awarding this scholarship to a deserving recipient.
The scholarship committee has awarded a scholarship to Wayne, PA resident Evan Cain, who is a recent graduate of Conestoga High School's Senior Class of 2018. An accepted student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES,) Cain intends to pursue a Bachelor's degree in Crop Sciences. This innovative major—in which plant genetics, biotechnology, business, data science, crop production and sustainability are brought together—is internationally recognized for utilizing the latest advancements in science and technology to improve food and fuel production most efficiently.
Crediting his grandmother for fostering his initial passion in all things agricultural-related, Cain envisions a future ultimately working with an organization dedicated to easing world hunger. "I think my part in this may be at a genetic level, helping to design new plants and crops that are more efficient and that can feed more people regardless of the soil conditions," Cain said.
Thackray Crane Rental, Inc. enthusiastically decided to partner with The Philadelphia Foundation to administer the scholarship due to the organization's commitment to improving the quality of life in Greater Philadelphia. Since 1918, The Philadelphia Foundation has built, managed and distributed philanthropic resources effectively – including more than 50 scholarship funds, such as the Walter J. Thackray Scholarship, that are awarded to 300 individuals each year.
Thackray Crane Rental, Inc. co-founders, Walter and Anna (nee Cassalia) Thackray maintained an undeniable work ethic while building their company and diversifying its construction services over time, all while raising their six children. As the region's largest continuously family owned and operated crane rental company, its motto of "faith, family and country" is what truly distinguishes it from other crane rental companies. Being family owned and operated, the company continues to maintain hands-on relationships with both customers and the community overall.
About Thackray Crane Rental, Inc.
As a family owned and operated company, Thackray Crane Rental, Inc. has been providing, operating and maintaining an entire fleet of high-capacity cranes since 1947. Headquartered in Northeast Philadelphia, the company provides their valued customers with a multitude of services to complete a project safely and efficiently. Their fleet includes heavy haul tractors, cherry pickers, boom trucks, forklifts, lulls and mobile hydraulic cranes. Customers can request transport, rigging, or rent storage, equipment and cranes for any project in a variety of industries including construction, heating and air conditioning, power generation, petrochemical, communications and road construction. Thackray Crane Rental, Inc. is recognized as a top 100 crane company in the United States, based on overall crane lifting capacity. For more information, please visit thackraycrane.com.
About The Philadelphia Foundation
Founded in 1918, The Philadelphia Foundation (TPF) strengthens the economic, social and civic vitality of Greater Philadelphia. TPF grows effective philanthropic investment, connects individuals and institutions across sectors and geography, and advances civic initiatives through partnerships and collaboration. A publicly supported foundation, TPF manages more than 900 charitable funds established by its donors and makes over 1,000 grants and scholarship awards each year. To learn more, visit www.philafound.org.
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