Catching once in a lifetime gatherings

Events like weddings, funerals and court cases bring people together.

It isn’t often that a group of notable people from York all gather in one place that is accessible to the media. Such was the case for the fifth day of the Stephen Stetler trial.


Louis J. Appell Jr., right, is greeted Monday by Francis Wolf the wife of Tom Wolf, far left. Wolf, chairman and CEO of Wolf Organization helped create a defense fund for the Stetler trial.

List of those giving character witness testimony.

— Former Gov. Ed Rendell, a Democrat who served two terms — 2003 to 2011;
— Tom Wolf, chairman of The Wolf Organization and former state revenue secretary. Wolf also set up Stetler’s criminal defense fund;
— Steve Chronister, York County President Commissioner;
— Louis Appell Jr., local philanthropist and former owner of Susquehanna Pfaltzgraff;
— Robert Pullo, local philanthropist and former head of the Waypoint/York Federal Foundation;
— William Shipley III, CEO of The Shipley Group;
— Kim Bracey, mayor of York;
— Donald Murphy, former York treasurer;
— Eric Menzer, York Revolution president and general manager and former chair of the York County Community Foundation board;
— Henry Nixon, York city council vice president;
— Lori Mitrick, former York County commissioner;
— Deb Chronister, director of the York County Office of Children, Youth and Families;
— Donald Gogniat, former president and campus executive officer of Penn State York;
— George Swartz, chief of Spring Garden Township Police;
— Rev. David Lovelace of St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church.

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