Fayette County’s Newest Philanthropists

Graduating from our very own Uniontown High School last year, Madison and Brooke Bertovich were named Fayette County’s Newest Philanthropists. The dinner was held on October 4 at the Summit Inn, which was when they officially got their new title. This was just three years after their cousin, Jim John of Uniontown earned the title during the very first competition. The twins won the title after raising $14,000, which in return got matched by the Community Foundation of Fayette County for a total of $28,000.

Their cousin, Matthew Ryan John, who died in 2014 was the inspiration for it all. He died of an accidental drug interaction which motivated the sisters to inspire and inform others about the dangers of drugs. For their senior project, the twins held a 5k race on the Sheepskin trail, which made approximately $12,079. That money went towards the Matthew Ryan John Memorial fund that Jim John established in memory of his brother. The foundation helps support educational programs about drugs, addiction, and destructive decision making.

After the dinner, the twins thanked their cousin Jim John for introducing them to this program and also all of the people that helped their 5k go as succesfully as planned. Brooke and Madison would still like to raise more money to help other families. The Bertovich twins told Herald Standard, “As we reflect on these precious memories, we all need to think about the families that have dealt with and who are going to experience this heartache and anger.”

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