The seventeen-year-old Archmere student who tragically died in a September automobile accident will be remembered through a new charitable fund established in his name, with a focus on supporting music and fine arts programs at the schools he attended and other organizations in the Wilmington area.
At Archmere Academy, Penna was known as a talented and passionate singer.
He 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 has donated more than $75,000, outpacing expectations.
The money was initially earmarked for music programs at Saint Edmond’s and Archmere, but according to the DCF, the overwhelming 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.”
For more information, contact the Delaware Community Foundation at https://delcf.org/donations/penna/ or 302-571-8004.