Rotary To Hold Annual Fundraiser
Rotary Club of Lancaster members Dave Eberly, Reid Spangler, and Russ Harlan were looking for a way to get the community more involved in the organization's annual fundraiser. They found the answer in the Wheels and Wings Festival and 5K. The purpose of the summer event is to raise money that Rotary can use in a initiative of the United Way of Lancaster called Summer Youth Experience, which helps at-risk youths bridge the gap between the end of the spring semester and the return to school in the fall. "(Summer Youth Experience) is (designed to) keep students engaged and learning throughout the summer," said Harlan.
Organizers of the event hope to raise $20,000 for Summer Youth Experience. Rotary Club of Lancaster president Lisa Groff noted that the programs are carefully selected for their benefits to students. "We look at applications for many different summer programs, which are vetted through United Way and Rotarians," she said. "There are so many (summer programs to choose from), but we choose those that have a learning component," she added.
The Wheels and Wings Festival and 5K will be held at the Lancaster Airport, 500 Airport Road, Lititz, on Saturday, June 24. Festivities will kick off with a 5K race at 7:30 a.m. A fly-in will begin at 8 a.m. A car show will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. There is no charge for spectators to come and enjoy the day.
The 5K will be held rain or shine. Registration on the day of the event will begin at 6 a.m. Medals will be awarded to the overall top male and female finishers, as well as to the top three male and female finishers in six age groups. Runners may register to take part at http://www.lancasterrotary.org/impact.
Rotary Club event organizers hope to have 500 cars at the car show, and the first 400 participants will receive goodie bags. Car show registrants will have the opportunity to win cash prizes and door prizes, including a ladies' watch, a diamond bracelet, and aircraft rides. Registration on the day of the show will begin at 7 a.m. Show trophies will be awarded to winning cars.
The fly-in will include personalized aircraft on display, flying in, and taking off. There will be chances to win an airplane ride as well. In the case of inclement weather, the fly-in will be held on Sunday, June 25.
Food that will be available for purchase at the event will include pitas, salads, barbecued meats, pizza, cupcakes, and ice cream. Live music will be provided by the Rock'n'Roll Time Machine, an oldies band from Manheim.
Groff said that the organization originated the event with a goal of attracting area residents. "(Club members) were motivated by a desire to engage ... Lancaster County and to have a fun day for families and people of all ages," she said. "An event of this nature allows us the opportunity to inform a bigger audience on the wide array of services our club performs and supports."