The Delaware Community Foundation created the new Anthony J. Penna Fund to honor Anthony J. Penna.

Penna was 17 when he died in a late-September car accident. A junior at Archmere Academy, Penna sang the national anthem before Phillies and Harlem Globetrotter games; performed at a gala dinner for Catholic Charities; and was a member of the choirs at Archmere, Saint Edmond’s Academy and St. Joseph’s on the Brandywine Catholic Church.

In the few weeks since the Penna family established the fund, the community donated more than $75,000. The money was initially earmarked for music programs at Saint Edmond’s and Archmere, but the response has made it possible for the Pennas to broaden the fund’s purpose to support fine arts programs throughout the Wilmington area.

“With funding for fine arts always in jeopardy, we wanted a way to support the programs that helped shape our son to be the fine young man he was,” said Penna’s mother, Melanie. “It is important for us to do this as so many of the surrounding schools reached out to us in support following the accident. This is evidence of the strong, faith-based community in which we live.”

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