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Joe Milharcic

Executive Director at The Woodlands Foundation


EDUCATION: Purdue University

Milharcic has been named executive director of the Woodlands Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults with disability and chronic illness.


Woodlands Foundation to host Woodlands Day

North Journal

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Woodlands Day, an annual open house and celebration of family fun, is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 30 at The Woodlands.

This is a free, public event at the Bradford Woods campus that features games, an adaptive zip-line, archery, golf on the Woodlands golf course, swimming in the indoor pool, food, refreshments and prizes. (more…)

Camps Cater to Strengths of Kids with Special Needs

Mar 31, 2016 10:26AM, Published by Hilary Daninhirsch, North Hills Monthly

The Woodlands in Wexford sits on 52 acres and is a resort-style camp that caters to people of all ages who are living with disabilities and chronic illnesses.

“The number one reason people come to the Woodlands is for socialization and recreation, and to improve and increase their independence in doing these things,” said Director of Programs Jesse Solomon. “That’s what sets us apart—we focus all of our activity goals on complete independence


Jersey Mike’s sale to benefit Woodland Foundation

North Journal
Sunday, March 27, 2016

The Woodlands Foundation in Marshall has joined with Jersey Mike’s Subs restaurants for the sixth annual March “Month of Giving” fundraising campaign.  During March, customers can donate to the Woodlands Foundation at the Cranberry and McKnight Road locations of Jersey Mike’s.  The campaign will culminate March 30, when local Jersey Mike’s restaurants will donate 100 percent of the day’s sales.

Greenville Symphony Orchestra to Feature Woodlands’ Participant Composition

Woodlands participant, George Casselberry was among the composers to be featured on the May 9th spring concert presented by the Greenville Symphony Orchestra. “Woodlands Music”, co-written by  Casselberry and Grammy award winning orchestra, Lucas Richman, was programmed alongside the works of Beethoven and Mussorgski’s in addition to other classical and popular music.


Woodlands Music Coordinator Receives PSO Paul Ross Award

The Woodlands is pleased to announce that Music Coordinator, Kory Antonacci is the 2015 recipient of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Paul Ross Award. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra named the award for the late Paul Ross, recognizing individuals exhibiting excellence in education and community engagement.  Paul began playing the violin at age 11, graduated from Westinghouse High school in Pittsburgh and later attended Carnegie Mellon University pursing a degree in Music.  Ross credited the instruction he received through Pittsburgh Public Schools music programs and teachers for outstanding training that enabled him join the PSO violin section in 1965. His dedication to reaching and inspiring children through music education led the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to create an annual award in Ross’ name, recognizing these traits in other individuals. (more…)

Woodlands Development Coordinator presents ‘Harnessing the power of volunteerism in the workplace’ in United Way eXchange Series

The Woodlands is pleased be represented in the first installment of the United Way’s 2015 eXchange Speaker Series on January 29, 6:00pm at The Kelly Strayhorn Theatre in East Liberty. Woodlands Development Coordinator, Special Events, Catie Cohn, will present ‘Harnessing the power of volunteerism in the workplace’.  Cohn speaks on her experiences in partnering with volunteers through The Woodlands, “Since I started managing the Woodlands Corporate Volunteer Program, which hosted over 600 volunteers in 2014, I have witnessed first-hand the positive results of volunteerism in the workplace. I am thrilled about the upcoming opportunity to share my perspective about the importance of volunteering, team-building volunteering with co-workers, and the personal growth that occurs when volunteering.”


Woodlands to host annual DIVAS runway show

Wexford, PA  –  The Woodlands will host its annual DIVAS weekend January 30th through 31st, 2015 at its 32 acre campus in Wexford.  The goal of the Woodlands DIVAS weekend is to promote self-confidence, inner beauty, and diversity for young women ages 8 to 24 with disability or chronic illness.  During the “girls-only” sleepover weekend, each participant receives a hair and makeup make-over, the opportunity to craft their own pageant sash, fashion headshots, and runway coaching.  Unlike a beauty pageant, the program is non-competitive, focusing on displays of personality, humor, and empowerment.