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Marv Woodall gives Herald readers a challenge


In response to rising operating costs and the continuing challenges of today’s media landscape, Doylestown businessman and philanthropist Marv Woodall has pledged a matching grant of $25,000 to encourage readers of the Bucks County Herald to set up recurring, monthly donations to fund the paper’s award-winning, nonprofit newsroom.

“For over 20 years the Bucks County Herald has provided a free public service that is vital to the health of our community and American democracy,” said Woodall, who also serves on the Herald Foundation’s board of directors. “I hope that readers who benefit from this service will seriously consider donating $10 a month, which is about what it costs the Herald to produce a paper for each of its readers.”

Woodall is executive chairman of the board of directors at Thrombolex Inc., a New Britain Borough-based developer and distributor of catheters.

“Marv’s generous pledge gets our new Sustaining Membership drive off to a great start,” said Ann Meredith, executive director of the Bucks County Herald Foundation. “We are hoping that many Herald readers will be inspired to join our community of supporters who make monthly, recurring donations and will safeguard the future of local journalism in our community.”

The Bucks County Herald Foundation was founded in 2020 when the Wingert family donated its ownership of the Bucks County Herald to form a nonprofit news organization. Since then, it has relied on reader donations and grants to help keep the paper free and thriving. Bridget Wingert, the Herald’s editor from 2002 to 2022, serves as president of the foundation’s seven-member board of directors.

The foundation’s Sustaining Membership drive runs from July 6 to Aug. 11. To become a Sustaining Member or make a one-time donation, visit the Bucks County Herald Foundation’s website:, or call 215-794-1096 during normal business hours.

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