Faros of Tuscan Brands Honored

January 10, 2014

Staff Photo by Doug Robinson Erin Daley, Second Vice President Salem Boys and Girls Club (center), presents Samantha and Joe Faro with the Jeremiah Milbank Society Award

by Doug Robinson

Joe Faro has had a lifetime relationship with the Boys and Girls Club.  As a youth, he spent many days at the local Boys and Girls Club.

Today, many years later, he and his family have continued that relationship.  The difference today is that he has become a pinnacle leader within the Boys and Girls Club Organization; offering his time, talents and philanthropy.

The Salem Boys and Girls Club honored Joe and his wife Samantha by awarding them the first Jeremiah Milbank Society Award because of Joe’s personal and financial commitment to the Salem Boys and Girls Club.

“The Jeremiah Milbank Society is an elite group of individuals dedicated to supporting their local Boys & Girls Clubs,” states the Jeremiah Milbank Society.

As reported in the December 20, 2013, edition of the Salem Community Patriot: “Jeremiah Milbank (1887-1972) was a man of remarkable accomplishments as a businessman, financier, and philanthropist.  Milbank led efforts to eradicate diphtheria and organized the International Committee for the Study of Infantile Paralysis in 1928.  Because of Milbank’s active interest in a cure for polio, President Franklin Roosevelt asked him to chair the organization that was the forerunner of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis.

“A lifelong believer in volunteerism, Jeremiah Milbank helped President Herbert Hoover develop the Boys & Girls Club national organization that provides support services for clubs serving disadvantaged youth.  He served as treasurer of the national organization for more than 25 years.

“Throughout his lifetime, Milbank gave a fortune to help those in need.  Yet he never sought monuments or memorials.  He believed that wealth not used to help others was wealth wasted.  One instrument of that belief is The JM Foundation, which continues the ideals of free enterprise and entrepreneurship that guided Milbank’s own philanthropy.  Since its founding in 1924, the foundation has provided more than one hundred million in today’s dollars to foster self-sufficiency, personal responsibility and private initiative.

“Jeremiah Milbank was a humble man who inspired greatness in others.  His truest legacy has been his children, and their children, who continue to support causes that were close to his heart.  His son, Jeremiah Milbank Jr., was recruited by President Herbert Hoover to join the Board of Governors for the national organization where he became a guiding force in shaping the Boys & Girls Club Movement.  In turn, Jeremiah Jr. passed on his passion for serving youth to his own children.  Today, Jeremiah Milbank III serves on the national Board of Governors.

“Jeremiah Milbank gave of himself generously.  His extraordinary and lifelong concern for youth and those less fortunate has changed the lives of millions and is the inspiration for The Jeremiah Milbank Society.”

Joe Faro commented, “At the Salem Boys and Girls Club, kids can be kids.  Kids have a safe environment where they are taught how to make good decisions.  Lifetime decisions.  The Salem Boys and Girls Club is a very special place and we are fortunate to be able to be a partner with them.”