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Steffi Swope
Active philanthropist

GIVING BACK :
the ideal image of america

STEFFI SWOPE

has long been the melting pot, where
people from different cultures offer their
unique talents and perspectives for the
greater benefit of society. West Chester,
like most towns and cities today, is a
microcosm of that melting pot and a
good exemplar of that notion is Steffi
Swope, who has lived in West Chester
for 40 years. But she's a pioneer
transplant-and her family's story
begins in the 19th century.

ranchers, builders, and developers."
Steffi grew up herding cattle on a Quarter
Horse right on the Mexican border in
southern California. Her twin sister,
Robbie McErlane, was the first to move
east to West Chester, and when Steffi
came out to visit, she ended up falling
in love with and later marrying the
best friend of her sister's husband.
She became a teacher and taught middle
school history and world cultures in
the West Chester School District for
the next 30 years.

the Sultana Foundation, and various
animal rescue organizations. Steffi has
also been active in Women for Sail, which
is women teaching other women how to sail
competitively, from the Chesapeake to
Indonesia. Steffi says it's so important
for women to celebrate women in this
way, because it gives them the confidence
to do other things in their life.

"I'm a fifth-generation Californian," she
says proudly. "My Norwegian ancestors
were immigrants who walked from
the Boston area down through the
Cumberland Gap to eventually settle in
San Diego, where they became cattle

Widowed now for 13 years, Steffi has been
active in many charitable and community
organizations in the area, including the
Swope Family Scholarship Foundation,
the Chester County Historical Society,

"I'm very passionate about people
stepping out of their comfort zone and
celebrating other people's cultures," Steffi
says. "There are people living in Chester
County who have an enormous amount
to offer who were not born and raised
here-their culture and their ideas make
Chester County a more interesting place."

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