New Castle News

April 11, 2014

Mooney named as recipient of Butz Humanitarian award

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Anna Mary Mooney, a volunteer for several community organizations, will receive the 2014 Butz Humanitarian Award.

Mooney will be honored at a dinner April 22 at The Villa in Shenango Township. She is the 15th person to receive the award, named after the original recipient, Jack Butz, who was known not only as a florist in downtown New Castle, but also as a community-minded individual active in a variety of civic organizations.

Along with the presentation of the Butz award, the dinner features the awarding of scholarships for Lawrence County seniors who have demonstrated community service and academic achievements.

This year’s student finalists and their high schools are: Rachael Baker, Laurel; Rachael Thiele, Lawrence County Career and Technical Center; Hunter Kline, Lincoln; Mackenzie Moon, Mohawk; Kristen Friday, Neshannock; Erin O’Connor, New Castle; Rachel Reamer, Shenango; Christina Noble, Union; and Kassandra Thomas, Wilmington.

The first-place student receives a $5,000 scholarship. All students are guaranteed to receive at least $500 by being a finalist.

The scholarship fund was founded by Butz in 2002. It continues to grow as individuals make gifts in memory of Butz and in honor of the humanitarian award winners.

Contributions in any amount are being accepted. Checks can be made out to the Pittsburgh Foundation and mailed to the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, 138 W. Washington St., New Castle, Pa. 16101. Donations can also be made online by going to

Tickets to attend this year’s dinner are $50 per person and are available at the chamber until April 18. Tickets also may be reserved online at the website above.

More information is available by contacting the chamber at (724) 654-5593 or

Other recipients of the Butz Humanitarian Award are: J. Fred Rentz, Dr. Wilbur Flannery, Genevieve Marino, Tom and Barb Robinson, Robert Del Signore, Lester Hauschild, Marvin Lebby, Joe Seminara, Frank Moses, Carol Kennaday, Alice Otto, Dr. Dennis Nebel and Steve Caldararo.