Tony Campisi said he hopes the celebration of Arthur J. Glatfelter's life will inspire others to improve the lives of people in their communities.

"(Glatfelter) clearly touched the lives of countless number of people and was a true leader and humanitarian," said Campisi, president of Glatfelter Insurance Group in York Township.

Glatfelter opened the company in 1951. He died in February 14 at age 88.

Glatfelter Insurance Group will host "A Celebration of Life Event to Remember Arthur J. Glatfelter" from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the York Expo Center Toyota Arena, 334 Carlisle Ave. in West Manchester Township.

The event will include a video on Glatfelter's life and work in the York community and around the country, Campisi said.

Glatfelter, who was a U.S. Marines veteran, supported York Habitat for Humanity building projects, helped launch the Cultural Alliance of York County, funded the new SPCA facility in Emigsville and started organizations in Harrisburg and Washington, D.C., to support firefighters.

His company has grown to be one of the largest privately owned insurance agencies in the region and has more than 500 associates serving more than 30,000 clients across the U.S, according to the company.

Glatfelter showed his employees the importance of serving the community, Campisi said. Now it's time for the community and the company to gather to celebrate Glatfelter's life, Campisi added.

"We are going to celebrate the way he lived his life, specifically celebrating his philanthropy, celebrating his belief in giving back and helping to improve the lives of others and doing what he could to improve the quality of life in our community and in our world."

The May 19 event also will give the community an opportunity to socialize and share with each other their Glatfelter memories, Campisi said.

"Hopefully, they walk out feeling inspired to carry his philosophy forward," Campisi said.

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Celebration

Glatfelter Insurance Group will host "A Celebration of Life Event to Remember Arthur J. Glatfelter" will be held 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the York Expo Center Toyota Arena, 334 Carlisle Ave. in West Manchester Township.

The event is open to the public.

To inform Glatfelter Insurance Group of attendance plans, call the 800-233-1957 extension 7216, or visit http://www.glatfelters.com/remember/.

--Reach Eyana Adah McMillan at emcmillan@yorkdispatch.com.