“My grandfather was a generous man. He helped people by giving of his time and resources; he never asked for anything in return. The Foundation allows us to honor him and continue his legacy of giving.”

Ron Bracalente, President & CEO

In 2015, the Silvene Bracalente Memorial Foundation was created as an extension of the spirit and legacy of Bracalente’s founder, Silvene. He was a visionary, a risk-taker and a person who loved people. He gave freely to those in need and his community. He never sought recognition, he only wanted others to succeed.

The SBMF offers guidance, support and training as well as financial scholarship to students in the manufacturing industry. Partnering with local trade schools, SBMF offers shadowing opportunities, mentorships and scholarships to students looking for a career in manufacturing.

In honor of Silvene Bracalente’s love of sport, he was a prolific marksman and avid sportsman, SBMF holds The Silvene Bracalente Memorial Foundation Shoot and Fundraiser to raise money and awareness of manufacturing and the importance of continuing trade education.

Since our founding, SBMF has raised more than $345,000.


To cultivate a culture of leadership, learning and collaboration among manufacturers, educators, and industry experts to forward the next generation of manufacturing professionals.


The Silvene Bracalente Memorial Foundation is in honor and memory of Bracelente’s founder, Silvene Bracalente. We uphold his relentless spirit of giving and his love of this industry.

  1. Supports and provides resources to the education of the manufacturing trades, with special emphasis on Precision Machining.
  2. Brings awareness to the positive impact of manufacturing throughout our community, schools and most importantly the families that are raising our next generation.
  3. Builds relationships and provides funding to academic institutions and other businesses with programs related to precision machining.

The Silvene Bracalente Memorial Foundation is a legally registered 501(c)(3), EIN# 47-3551108. All contributions are tax deductible as charitable donations.

Donations have included:

  • Quakertown Community School District
  • Upper Bucks County Technical School
  • What’s So Cool About Manufacturing, PA,
  • Lehigh Career and Technical Institute
  • Career Institute of Technology
  • Bethlehem Area Vocational Technical School
  • Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center
  • Penn College
  • Thaddeus Stevens
  • North Montco Technical Career Center
  • Team Emma 4Ever Fighting Childhood Cancer
  • Church of Saint Isidore and Christ Church of UCC