Gov. Tom Wolf in Johnstown

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf points to the blighted Conrad Building behind him during a press conference to promote his Restore Pennnsylvania initiative at 1 Pasquerilla Plaza on Wednesday, February 6, 2019.

Gov. Tom Wolf is scheduled to join the lineup of speakers for the Harry E. Mangle Memorial Dinner Thursday in Johnstown. 

The annual event to benefit the Boy Scouts’ Laurel Highland Council will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center. A reception begins at 5:30 p.m. 

Wolf’s participation was announced on Wednesday by Michelle Brenneman, council field director.

“We are expecting him to attend,” Brenneman said in a telephone interview late Wednesday. 

Wolf will help the scouts honor Johnstown Mayor Frank Janakovic, the council’s Distinguished Citizen for 2020, Brenneman said.

In addition to his role in city government, Janakovic helped found Alternative Community Resources Program in 1989 and currently serves as its executive director.

Previously, the Laurel Highlands Council announced businessman, producer and actor Terry Fossum will be keynote speaker for the dinner. 

Fossum grew up in McAllen, Texas, when it was one of the poorest cities in the country. He credits the Boy Scouts of America for giving him a chance to overcome the barriers he faced in the town at Mexico border, which had a serious gang problem.

After attaining the rank of Eagle Scout, Fossum graduated from Texas A&M University. He went on to a distinguished career as an Air Force officer before starting the internationally successful Global Marketing Group.

Fossum said his scouting experience has served him in business and in his entertainment career as a producer and actor. His credits include an appearance on “Kicking and Screaming” reality show.

Cost of the dinner is $150. Registration is required and is available by contacting Brenneman at 814-242-1311 or by email at michele.brenneman@scouting.org.

Randy Griffith is a multimedia reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at 532-5057. Follow him on Twitter @PhotoGriffer57.

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