AFP Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year

It’s hard to miss Joe Gaeta at a Gannon basketball game. He’s the guy with the full head of white hair cheering on the Golden Knights and selling 50/50 raffle tickets for the Athletic Boosters.

The Brooklyn, New York native came to Erie in 1959 to play basketball and baseball and he’s been a part of Erie ever since.

In November, the NW Pennsylvania Chapter of American Fundraising Professionals honored Joe with the Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year Award for his tireless support of Gannon and it’s student athletes. According to Gaeta it’s a simple matter of paying back. “I got a free scholarship to Gannon for bouncing the round ball and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and that provided leadership skills. My time is my gift to Gannon.”

In addition to his work with the Boosters, Joe was also inducted into the Gannon Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011.

For more information: Contact Mark Gaeta, ’87, Coordinator of Capital Support,  (814) 871-7466 or

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