Former resident makes $100K donation to Warner Film Center
NEW CASTLE, PA — Jerry Kern, President of the non-profit Warner Film Center, today announced a sizable real property donation from former New Castle Resident, Jack Oberleitner, his wife Marian, and business associate Keith Staffan. The Oberleitners are residents of Centerville, Ohio. Staffan lives in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The $100,000 donation is from their shared charitable trust. “We have always thought New Castle had a great deal to be proud of,” Oberleitner said. “My father, the late New Castle Fire Chief, John L. Oberleitner, and his family loved this community. From a very early age I was made aware of many of the great accomplishments of my home town, including the building of the first Warner Brothers theatre, the Cascade Picture Palace. This venture led to the creation of an entertainment empire. And it all started here in New Castle.
“We hope the Warner Film Center will be around for years as a lasting tribute to everyone who made New Castle what it was and can be again. The project is a powerful stimulus to the rebirth of downtown New Castle and we are proud to be a part of it.” Kern commented, “We have been working for many years to bring this project to reality. This contribution helps bring this long-envisioned dream to reality.” Oberleitner, a 1961 graduate of New Castle High School, has studied in the US and abroad. He is a Viet Nam era Veteran, the author of several books for young readers, and past host of an NPR radio series, “Footlight Parade.” As a professional theatrical consultant, he has spent the past four decades in the world of motion pictures. He and his wife have founded and/or sat on the Board of Trustees of several charities.
Staffan, a life-long government official, now enjoys semi-retirement designing specialized home décor and traveling the world.
“This was an easy decision for us to make,” commented Oberleitner about his group’s donation. “We would like to now throw a challenge to other people and companies to make their own contributions of time, support and money to help this historic project.” More information is available through Oberleitner Associates at www.cinema-consuiltant.com.
“In commemorating the birth of the movie industry in New Castle,” Kern noted, “we look forward to assisting and supporting arts groups of all kinds in the New Castle area.” Updates are forthcoming. To learn more or to become a member or a volunteer with The Warner Film Center, we invite you to our newly updated website: www.warnerfilmcenter.org.”