CUMBERLAND — The Fresh Air Fund program not only allowed Lisa-Anna Migliore to experience a different way of life but it also allowed her to meet her future husband.
Now a Salisbury, Pa., resident, Migliore stayed there with Fresh Air hosts Phyllis and LaVern Maust for three years, from ages 9 to 11. At the age of 16, Migliore attended Camp Fusion in Pocahontas, Pa. It was there she met her future husband, Aaron Maust, who is a cousin of LaVern and Phyllis. Aaron Maust and Migliore were assigned to the same group to work on care packages for underprivileged children in Africa.
“If the Fresh Air Fund didn’t exist, I would never have come to this area. I would have never met him if it weren’t for the Fresh Air Fund,” said Migliore.
Migliore and Aaron Maust will wed Sept. 28 at the Oakdale Church in Salisbury. Migliore said she wanted to have the wedding at the camp where they met but that it would be too cold for an outdoor wedding. Phyllis and LaVern plan to attend the wedding.
The newlyweds will reside in Grantsville. Migliore currently works at Cumberland radio station WTBO/WKGO in Cumberland as a copywriter and saleswoman. Aaron Maust works at Snow Machines Inc. in Salisbury.
Migliore’s dad, Mario Migliore, got her involved with the Fresh Air Fund. Mario was a Fresh Air kid and stayed with Paul and Lela Maust of Grantsville, who are related to Phyllis and LaVern.
“My father wasn’t supposed to be with the Maust family. His host family never showed up, so he fortuitously got placed with the Mausts,” said Migliore. “So it’s really outstanding how Aaron and I finally crossed paths.”
Migliore created countless memories every summer with Phyllis and LaVern.
“My fondest memories of being a Fresh Air kid are milking cows and having a lot of space to run around. I grew up in New Jersey and it was very industrialized. There were cars everywhere,” said Migliore.
Transitioning every summer from city life to country life was a bit of culture shock for Migliore. Phyllis and LaVern, who are Mennonite, didn’t watch TV.
“It was definitely a culture shock going there and in coming back home,” said Migliore.
The Fresh Air Fund was created as an independent nonprofit organization in 1877. Its mission is to allow children who live in low-income communities to get away from the city streets and enjoy free summer experiences in the country.
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