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Bratton to receive President's Medal

on February 21, 2011 3:00 AM

Edward K. Bratton, of Indiana, will receive the 2011 President's Medal of Distinction from David Werner, interim president of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, at the 2011 Leader's Circle event March 24.

Bratton will be recognized for public service.

The President's Medal of Distinction is the highest non-degree award presented by IUP.

It was established in 1985 to honor citizens of the state and region whose contributions in the areas of professional achievement or public service are of national significance or whose contributions are of special significance to the university.

"IUP is very proud to honor Mr. Bratton with this award," Werner said. "He has supported IUP in so many ways, from student scholarships to support for projects and programs that benefit both the university and community. He is a true humanitarian who cares deeply about his community and this university. It will be my pleasure to thank him in this formal way for his lifetime of service."

Well-known for his support of community initiatives, Bratton has been honored with several prestigious awards for his service, including the Male Civic Leader of the Year award in 2002 for a lifetime of service to the community and the 2001 William Penn Distinguished Citizenship Award from the Penn's Woods Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Chestnut Ridge District. In recognition of this honor, the Penn's Woods Council established a Camp Seph Mack summer camp scholarship in Bratton's name.

He also received the American Cancer Society Excalibur Award in 2002 and 2004, which recognizes community leaders and donors for exceptional generosity to the American Cancer Society. The annual Grocers Fight Cancer event at Giant Eagle has raised nearly $500,000 for cancer research and treatment. Bratton is owner of the local Giant Eagle, in White Township.

He and his wife, Joanne, are the parents of two children, Melinda and Timothy.

Information on the Leader's Circle event, including reservation deadline and ticket costs, can be found in the Gazette's Salute to Community Service special publication on March 11.

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