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Chester County Community Foundation Set to Toast Its Changing of the Guard

Thursday, June 2, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Amy Seasholtz
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The Chester County Community Foundation will soon toast the changing of its guard, honoring outgoing Board Chair William J. Gallagher, Esq. and welcoming Robert E. Rigg as the new Board Chair.  The event takes place at Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery on June 26.

The beauty and harmony of the Kennett Square venue is an appropriate setting for celebrating Gallagher’s two successful years leading the Board.

After serving in the Marines from 1964-1967, Gallagher began his legal career as a solo practitioner in Kennett Square, and was also the Chester County Public Defender. He became a founding Partner in the MacElree Harvey Law Firm.

Gallagher has served as President of the Chester County Bar Association, and has also served as a Hearing Committee Member for the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

His commitment to the community has earned him a number of awards, including Outstanding Service to Cancer Control and Chester County Women’s Commission Unsung Hero.

“Bill has led the Foundation through strategic, focused growth and he has been an exceptional Board Chair,” said Foundation President and CEO Karen A. Simmons. “Our Board members are key to extending our reach throughout the region, serving as ambassadors to promote legacy philanthropy. Board leadership is crucial to our success.”

“We appreciate Bill’s hard work and look forward to continued achievements as Bob takes the reins.”

For the last 30 years, Robert E. Rigg has served as President of The Rigg Darlington Group, a nationally honored insurance and risk-management brokerage firm with offices in Exton and Reading.

Rigg is very active in the community, serving as the director of the Rotary Club of Thorndale and a director of the Greater Brandywine YMCA Association.

Rigg has served as a director of First Resource Bank since May 2012. He previously served as a director of National Penn Bancshares, Inc. from 1999-2012.

Rigg and his wife Karen have an endowed legacy fund at the Chester County Community Foundation.

The Foundation, headquartered in West Chester’s historic Lincoln Building, connects people who care with causes that matter, so their legacy philanthropy makes a difference now and forever. The Foundation holds nearly $50 million in trust and annually awards $2.5 million in grants and scholarships.  

For more information on the Chester County Community Foundation, visit or call (610) 696-8211.