Raised to believe in the value of hard work, Robert V. Glaser has dedicated his time to various charitable efforts, including personal causes close to his heart. In 2001, he launched the Mary Louise Bates Scholarship Program in honor of his mother. This scholarship offered financial assistance to children who wish to attend the Maplewood Family YMCA located in Rochester, New York. Glaser spent many hours every week, for many years, at the YMCA – learning to swim, going to gym and swim classes, swimming for their competitive swim team, and teaching others how to swim..
The Peter S. Castle Foundation is another charity Robert has a strong personal connection to. The charity is named in honor of Robert’s close friend and high school classmate and it aims to provide scholarships and financial assistance to children in need in the Rochester, NY area in Peter’s name. Peter Castle excelled at sports such as baseball and basketball and was known for his warm, outgoing personality that allowed him to make friends with people from all walks of life. After college, Peter began teaching and coaching inner city children in the Rochester, NY school district. Sadly, Peter’s life came to an end when he was murdered by a teenager high on drugs during basketball practice.
Peter S. Castle Foundation raised funds from donations and from an annual golf tournament, held for 25 years, wth all work done by Peter’s friends, the Board of the foundation. Peter’s loss was tough on his friends. But, in his own way, by working on the annual golf tournament for the Peter S. Castle Foundation, Peter ended up being a key force in keeping this group of friends, together, for their entire lives.
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