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Sweet Jane’s Wish Foundation Awards Scholarships to Downingtown East and West Tennis Players

Tennis winners Sweet Jane’s Wish (SJW) Foundation is happy to announce Seniors, Emma Panetti, at Downingtown West and Mia Thelander, at Downingtown East have been selected as the winners of the annual SJW scholarship fund.  Four students are selected each school year from the Tennis and Ice Hockey teams by the SJW Foundation. SJW Foundation is a fund of the Chester County Community Foundation and honors the memory of Jane Gerlach Booge who tragically lost her battle with breast cancer at age 47.  Jane attended Downingtown High School and was a member of the tennis team.  Her quiet confidence and positive attitude took her to numerous championship matches including districts and state competitions.  Jane was well known for her compassion and friendship to many. 


SJW Foundation honors students such as Emma Panetti and Mia Thelander, who share Jane’s qualities of determination, optimism and kindness and have a love of tennis or ice hockey.  Emma and Mia have shown determination, resilience and a positive attitude while overcoming difficulties in their lives. They are truly lovely, independent and strong woman who demonstrate these qualities on and off the court.  We are honored to have them join the previous twenty-two recipients of this $3,000 award.  To date SJW Foundation has awarded over $60,000 in scholarships to East and West High School Seniors who have participated in the student tennis and ice hockey programs and are furthering their education at a University, College or Trade School.  


Due to the success of the annual golf outing and the amazing generosity of supporters, the SJW Foundation, is also able to support the Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) organization with a yearly donation.  The SJW Foundation has donated more than $14,000 to support local families experiencing financial crisis, due to the additional costs incurred while fighting breast cancer. 


SJW Foundation scholarships are funded by an annual golf outing, dinner and auction and by generous donations.  Next year the golf outing will be held on September 14, 2020 at Whitford Country Club, Exton PA.  Please look online for more information at and follow us on Facebook.  We hope you can join us for a wonderful day that supports our community!

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Photo caption: Coach Anthony DeCecco, Scholarship recipient Mia Thelander, Parent Gina Thelander and Parent Kirk Thelander