DABC presents donation to Gospel Hill flag fund

The Downtown Altoona Business Community (DABC) has made a donation to the Gospel Hill Flag Fund administered by the Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation in John Kazmaier’s memory, honoring his lifelong commitment to the city.

“Contributing to the Gospel Hill Flag Fund is a fitting way to honor Mr. Kazmaier for his lifelong support of downtown Altoona,” explained Suzanne Pelton, vice president of the DABC.

“The Gospel Hill flag is iconic, and it is a symbol we want to keep flying for decades to come. Thanks to his vision, many members of our organization are locating in a downtown poised for re-birth,” Pelton said.

Kazmaier was the city’s “biggest cheerleader,” according to Jodi Cessna, executive director of the Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation, which Kazmaier helped found in 1994.

Kazmaier was chairman of the foundation’s board when he died on Jan. 9.

According to the CPCF website, Kazmaier was a force behind the development of the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art and the flag on Gospel Hill.

He financially supported or served the Blair County Arts Foundation,

the Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Altoona Economic Development Corporation (GAEDC) and many others.

He is given credit for Penn State Altoona’s downtown expansion.