Tag Archives: Frontline Initiative

KDKA Remains Silent About Beaver County Hometown Hero Award

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KDKA removed a Beaver County resident from its list of Hometown Hero Award winners following an investigative report by the Beaver Countian in January, and is now ignoring questions about their honoree. On January 16th KDKA announced that Beaver County resident Steven Wetzel had been selected as one of their five Hometown Hero award winners for 2014. Wetzel, director of ...

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Hero Program’s Nonprofit Spun Core Initiatives Into For-profit Company


A nonprofit entity that operates the Hero Program spun one of its most successful initiatives into a for-profit corporation run by some of the same people, an investigation by the Beaver Countian has revealed. Frontline Initiative Inc. operates the “Hero Program,” which utilized first responders, high school students, public officials, and local companies to purportedly raise money for children suffering ...

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Investigative Report: IRS Revokes Hero Program’s Nonprofit Status


The Internal Revenue Service has revoked the nonprofit status of “The Hero Program,” a charitable organization in Beaver County dedicated to raising money for the families of significantly ill children. The Hero Program was founded in 2009 by Steven Wetzel, the former varsity baseball coach for Freedom High School. Wetzel started the nonprofit in memory of John Challis, a player ...

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