Frank B. Fuhrer, Jr., has shown love and deep interest in golf since he was a boy in East Brady. His father founded Ridgeview Golf Club, now known as St. Jude. A lifelong golfer with a handicap as low as three, he and his brother Richard won the 1960 WPGA Brothers Championship. He played golf, soccer, basketball and baseball at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, where he earned thirteen varsity letters and his bachelor’s degree. He then attended the University of Pittsburgh Katz Business School for graduate work and earned a master’s degree in Organizational Behavior in 1951. He has generously supported both schools financially as a major part of his philanthropic profile.
His business background includes insurance – credit and auto warranty – and tech products for interior and exterior protection of cars. He founded Fuhrer Wholesale Company in 1982, a beer distribution firm that serves over 10 counties with over 160 brands. The company is among the largest twenty beer wholesalers in the country.
In sports Frank Fuhrer, Jr. has not been solely involved with golf. He has also owned professional teams in tennis (Pittsburgh Triangles), soccer (Pittsburgh Spirit) and the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1996.
In golf, he is the area’s premier financial benefactor. His significant support includes both the Tri-State PGA Section and the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association. The Fuhrer Invitational is the top purse for area golf professionals. He has sponsored the Association’s team matches with other golf associations since 1994. The donations completely underwrite the Palmer Cup match with the Tri-State Section, PGA of America, the Williamson Cup Matches, a junior match with ten organizations, and a competition with the Northern Ohio Golf Association that was discontinued in 2008.
In addition to supporting local golf, Fuhrer sponsored the Family House Invitational, 1984-1997, a two day event that brought PGA Tour stars to the area and provided area golf fans with an annual opportunity to see golf’s top players. The even raised over $3,000,000 for Family House. His charitable giving also includes Little Sisters of the Poor, Shady Side Hospital, Western Pennsylvania Firefighters and Allegheny County Law Enforcement.