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Friends of Raystown Lake receives pontoon boat from Energy Transfer

Courtesy photo Chris Koop (second from right) from Energy Transfer presents to Ron Rabena, president Friends of Raystown Lake, the keys and the pontoon boat for the Friends’ local nonprofit educational, research, search and rescue, fish stocking, lake cleanup and other uses. Other supporters of the Friends are also shown.

HESSTON — On Sept. 23, the Friends of Raystown Lake, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting and preserving the natural and recreational resources of Raystown Lake, received the donation of a pontoon boat from Energy Transfer.

Energy Transfer is one of the largest and most diversified energy logistics companies in the country, with approximately 3,000 miles of pipeline infrastructure and gathering systems located in Pennsylvania.

The company donated the boat, as well as a trailer, upon the completion of its recent pipeline construction activity at the lake.

“Energy Transfer has been a great community partner throughout its construction at Raystown Lake, and this donation is just one example,” said Ron Rabena, president of the Friends of Raystown Lake.

“This boat will allow us to enhance our activity on the lake as we work to protect these important environmental resources, including during our including our annual Raystown Lake cleanup event.”

In addition to assisting the Friends of Raystown Lake in its work, the donation of the boat and trailer are also intended to support future endeavors of Juniata College Field Station and the Marklesburg Fire Department.

“It was a pleasure working with the Friends of Raystown Lake during our pipeline construction, and now that we’ve completed our activity in the area, we wanted to give back to this organization and others who work tirelessly to protect the beautiful resources at the lake,” said Chris Koop, lead specialist, public affairs at Energy Transfer.

“We are honored to offer this small token of our appreciation to the community, and we applaud the Friends’ commitment to resource protection, environmental education and recreational improvement.”

The Friends of Raystown Lake’s primary focus is the responsible stewardship of the natural and recreational resources of Raystown Lake.

They are actively involved in environmental education, resource protection and enhancement, and recreational improvement.

The Friends of Raystown Lake is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Beginning in 1988 as the Raystown Lake Clean-Up Committee, it incorporated as The Friends of Raystown Lake organization in 1996.

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