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"Elegance" Event Supports Nonprofits June 23, 2017

The Elegance at Hershey recently took place over three days at the The Hotel Hershey. Proceeds from the weekend go to charity. The Elegance has previously donated more than $850,000 to the JDRF, the AACA Museum and the AACA Library and Research Center.

Among the events was The Elegance Garden Party, during which guests could walk among the hotel gardens and view more than 70 collector cars. The award winners were as follows: Governor's Cup/Best of Show, 1934 Packard 1106 (Twelve) Runabout Speedster by LeBaron, owned by Bob, Sandy and Gary Bahre; Founder's Award, 1929 Duesenberg J/SJ Convertible by Bohman and Schwartz, owned by Harry Yeaggy; The Hotel Hershey Award, 1938 Talbot-Lago Darracq T-150-C Roadster by Figoni et Falaschi, owned by J. W. Marriott Jr.; People's Choice, 1929 Cord L-29 Cabriolet, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Jepson Jr.; and Jack Rich Award, 1925 Locomobile 48 Convertible Sedan by Derham, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Jepson Jr.

In addition, during the gala dinner, the Olympus Award was bestowed upon Ralph Marano, a collector from New Jersey who was recognized for his lifetime dedication to the spirit of sharing automobiles with enthusiasts around the world. The award is given in honor of John W. Rich Sr., founder of The Elegance.

The weekend also included The Ascent at Hershey, during which 27 vintage race cars raced the historic hill course in back of the Hotel Hershey. David Zavetsky was quickest up the hill in his 1959 Devin Pink Elephant 5 and took home the Worker's Choice Award. The event included a variety of cars, such as Hal Fillinger's 1912 Mercedes Grand Prix Special, which has a nearly 10-liter airplane engine. Charity rides were given in these cars at noon.

The Elegance also included the Cars and Coffee event. The Elegance at Hershey's honorary chairman was Bill Warner, and the grand marshal was Pam Yates.

Next year's The Elegance at Hershey will be held from Friday to Sunday, June 8 to 10, 2018. To become a sponsor, donor or volunteer, readers may call The Elegance office at 717-534-1910 or email executive director Patricia Hetrick at phetrick@theeleganceathershey.com. More information is available at www.theeleganceathershey.com.

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Schedler Named Executive Director Of Naaman Center June 23, 2017

On Saturday, July 1, Steve Schedler will transition from serving as the clinical director of Naaman Center into a new position as the Elizabethtown-based nonprofit organization's executive director. Schedler will be taking over for Tricia Frank as she retires. Frank has served as executive director since 2009.

Schedler joined the staff of Naaman Center in 2009 as clinical supervisor. He is a licensed social worker and holds certifications as an Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Clinical Supervisor through the Pennsylvania Certification Board. As clinical director, he oversaw the clinical operations for all of the Naaman Center locations, which include Elizabethtown, Elizabethville, Gap, Lancaster, and Quarryville.

Prior to his time at Naaman Center, Schedler worked in human services beginning in 2001 and served as a program director at Philhaven. He earned his Bachelor of Science in psychology from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Social Work from Temple University. The Franklin County native currently lives in the Hershey area with his wife, Amy, and their two children.

Schedler said that one of the reasons he was interested in the executive director position is the amazing team of staff, board members, and volunteers that he has worked with during his time at Naaman Center.

"We're here to be available for support for anybody who might need it," Schedler said. "We want people to know that recovery is real and it is possible."

Naaman Center offers intensive outpatient drug and alcohol treatment, as well as specialized counseling for adolescents and individuals. The mission of Naaman Center as listed on its website is "to facilitate the restoration of people caught in the grip of drug and alcohol addictions and related mental health issues by providing a team of professionals who assist persons to pursue healing in an atmosphere of Christian faith and loving compassion." Thanks to the support of area churches, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individuals, Naaman Center has been able to maintain its commitment to treating individuals regardless of their ability to pay.

"We're a resource for people even if they need to just talk or ask questions," stated Schedler. "It can be complicated to make those first steps, but we're available for people. We want to see as many people get into recovery as possible."

To learn more, folks may call 888-243-4316 or visit www.naamancenter.com.

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Volunteer Opportunities Posted June 22, 2017

Columbia Crossing River Trails Center and the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce (SVCC) Visitors Center have announced a need for volunteers. Among the benefits of volunteering are opportunities to reconnect with old friends, make new connections, and share knowledge of the area with guests.

Columbia Crossing is the trailhead for the Northwest River Trail. The facility houses information about the trail, downtown Columbia, and the Susquehanna Riverlands corridor. Additionally, the Crossing hosts community activities and features river-related exhibits. Volunteers offer visitors information regarding programs, events, and attractions.

SVCC's Visitors Center greets more than 10,000 guests to the region each year, with guests hailing from nearly every state and from an average of 14 countries annually. Volunteers help plan and/or provide assistance with fundraising events for the center; interested individuals may visit www.parivertowns.com for additional information on events. Other volunteer opportunities include staffing the reception desk, stuffing mailers, and serving as tour guides for the trolley that runs throughout Columbia during the summer weekends and for special events.

Individuals who are interested in volunteering may call the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce at 717-684-5249 or Columbia Crossing at 717-449-5607.

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Excentia Receives Donation June 22, 2017

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Foundation Holds Golf Event June 22, 2017

More than 100 golfers turned out for Penn Manor Education Foundation's (PMEF) annual Charity Golf Scramble on June 13 at Meadia Height Country Club. The event included a round of golf, hot lunch, beverages, and a buffet dinner. Participants also took part in a drawing that included restaurant gift certificates, golf outings, and lessons at several area courses.

With a low score of 55, the team of Don Mowery, Phil Hiestand, Mike Higgins, and Matt Burkhart took home the traveling cup.

The event raised more than $10,000 for Penn Manor students and families. Proceeds will be used to fund classroom venture grants, scholarships for Penn Manor students, and programs to benefit Penn Manor families experiencing financial hardship.

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TFEC Makes Grant Announcements June 21, 2017

The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) awarded 40 grants to area nonprofits through competitive grant opportunities. All award recipients are registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or have a fiscal sponsor. Organizations interested in applying to these or other TFEC grant opportunities may visit www.tfec.org.

The Camp Hill Community Foundation (CHCF), a regional foundation of TFEC, supports projects that have the potential for the greatest impact on the quality of life and positive outcomes for individuals and families living in Camp Hill. Two organizations were awarded a total of $1,605.59.

Setebaid Services Inc. was awarded $1,000 for the Setebaid Diabetes Camp Camperships program. Awarded funds enable youths living with Type 1 Diabetes to attend a diabetes-focused summer camp.

Please Live was awarded $605.59 for fundraising infrastructure upgrades. Please Live focuses on mental health awareness and suicide prevention aimed toward youth and young adults.

The mission of The Children's Home Foundation fund, a fund of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, is to provide aid to economically disadvantaged children in Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry counties. Six organizations were awarded a total of $25,000.

Capital Region Literacy Council was awarded $2,500 for purchasing and distributing children's books to children living in low-income areas of Harrisburg.

Girls on the Run Capital Area was awarded $6,000 to provide opportunities and services to underserved and at-risk girls and establish new programs in schools.

Harrisburg Area YMCA was awarded $5,000 for youth memberships and free swim lessons for inner city youth. The funding will help the YMCA offer assistance to families in need and help subsidize services and programs.

St. Barnabas Children's Ministry was awarded $5,000 for 2017 summer camp transportation and field trip fees. This will allow the organization to take summer campers to parks and other venues as well as participate in activities like bowling and skating.

The Harrisburg Area Riverboat Society was awarded $1,500 for River School Rides Made Free for Disadvantaged Youth, which aims to make all its 75-minute cruises free for students age 13 and younger.

The Salvation Army Harrisburg Capital Region was awarded $5,000 for Food, Clothing, and Education for Kids. This funding will allow the continuation of afterschool programs, a food pantry, and other essentials for children in need.

The Family and Children's Services of Lebanon County, a fund of TFEC, supports nonprofit social service agencies that serve families and children in Lebanon County. A total of $18,723.23 was distributed to 10 organizations.

Big Brothers-Big Sisters of The Capital Region Inc. was awarded $873.23 to reduce the financial burden on the Bigs' and Littles' families and provide staff support for the teambuilding program at Gretna Glen.

Community Health Council of Lebanon County was awarded $1,500 for its Mentor a Mother, Program Starter Bags program, which provide items that promote organizational skills for participants in the program.

Lebanon Family Health Services Inc. was awarded $2,000 for its WE CAN - Ways to Enhance Children's Activity and Nutrition program. The program looks to eliminate childhood obesity by providing education sessions and materials to WIC participants, schools, and other organizations throughout Lebanon County.

Lebanon Valley Council on the Arts was awarded $2,000 for its Resource Studio program, which is a classroom and art studio in downtown Lebanon city for all county residents, particularly children in the city.

Lebanon Valley Volunteers in Medicine Clinic was awarded $2,500 for its free walk-in, urgent medical care program. The clinic will be a no appointment necessary clinic and will be open during the hours the original, appointment necessary clinic is not open.

Retired Senior Volunteer Program of the Capital Region Inc. was awarded $2,000 for its Summer Fruit and Fun Program, which distributes bags filled with fruit, activities, and recipes to children and families utilizing playgrounds throughout the summer.

Setebaid Services Inc. was awarded $1,850 for the Setebaid Diabetes Camp Camperships program, which will enable youths living with Type 1 Diabetes to attend a diabetes-focused summer camp.

The Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center of Lebanon County was awarded $2,000 for its Creating an Appropriate Environment for Trauma Focused Therapy for Children program. The funding will be used to update office space dedicated to counseling, therapy, and advocacy services.

Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania was awarded $2,000 for its Operation Backpack 2017 program, which assists students in obtaining required school supplies.

Wellspan Good Samaritan Hospital was awarded $2,000 for its Cribs for Kids and Car Seat Program. The program will create and distribute Safe Sleep Survival Kits and will purchase new infant converter and booster seats for caregivers in need.

The Kids Trust, a fund of TFEC, was created in 2005 by and in memory of Gary L. Houck Jr., whose wish before his death was to create a fund that would provide support and services to young children who living with physical or emotional abuse or neglect. The grantmaking program is for nonprofit organizations providing programs and services for children of abuse and their families in the counties of Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, and York. The Kids Trust awarded a total of $33,138.29 to 10 organizations.

Children Aid Society was awarded $5,000 for The Lehman Center Crisis Nursery. The nursery provides short-term care for children at times when their families cannot provide a stable environment.

Diakon Child Family and Community Ministries was awarded $2,273 for their Resource Family Education Initiative program. The program focuses on providing support to foster children who have experienced trauma, abuse, or neglect and their families.

Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland and Perry Counties was awarded $3,500 for its Children and Youth Program. The funding will be used for counseling services for children who are victims of domestic violence or trauma.

Harrisburg Area YMCA was awarded $2,500 for its Northern Dauphin County YMCA Mentoring program. Mentors will serve children who have experienced abuse or neglect and will provide nutrition education, teach alcohol, tobacco and drug prevention, and provide assistance for victims of bullying.

Hoffman Homes for Youth was awarded $2,499.29 for its Music Therapy Program, which will benefit children who have suffered from abuse and neglect.

Leg Up Farm Inc. was awarded $3,866 for an Animal-Assisted Therapy Group. The equine therapy will serve girls ages 7 to 18 who have been victims of sexual abuse or domestic violence.

Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance was awarded $2,000 for its Dad and Me program. It seeks to strengthen the relationship between ex-offenders and their children through bi-monthly activities in the Harrisburg area.

Pinnacle Health Hospitals was awarded $2,500 for Victims of Neglect and Chronic Neglect. It will serve children who are victims of sexual or physical abuse or neglect and provide them with mental health and early intervention services.

Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center of Lebanon and Schuylkill Counties was awarded $4,000 for its Building Healthy Relationships Summer Program, which focuses on children ages 5 to 7 and works to build resiliency skills and helps develop skills to resist bullying.

The Salvation Army was awarded $5,000 for its Bridging the Gap: Abuse Prevention through Empowering Students with Character Education and Life Skills program, a six-week summer session that touches a wide range of subjects from suicide and self-harm prevention to the development of important social skills.

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Sumner Named Director Of Finance June 21, 2017

Bell Socialization Services has announced the promotion of Anita Sumner as the agency's new director of finance. Sumner has served as assistant director of finance since Sept. 26, 2016.

Sumner said she aims to increase the nonprofit's efficiency and decrease expenses and also develop close working relationships with service program directors. Working with Bell's new executive director, Tony Schweitzer, Sumner oversees the administrative and accounting departments to manage day-to-day financial operations and budgeting.

Before joining Bell, Sumner worked as a business systems analyst specializing in finance for Encore Capital Group, an international finance company based out of San Diego, Calif.

Bell Socialization Services Inc. is a human services agency based in York. The organization provides housing and basic living skills supports to individuals living with mental illness, people with intellectual disabilities, and homeless families.

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Rotary Club Presents Grants June 21, 2017

The Rotary Club of York recently awarded grants to nonprofit organizations.

Bell Socialization Services received $1,500 to purchase early childhood educational items for volunteers to use with toddlers and preschool children in Bell's Bridge Housing program.

Child Care Consultants received $5,250 to support the Extreme STREAM fair for young children and their families. The fair will engage parents in hands-on, developmentally appropriate science, technology, reading, engineering, art, and math activities led by Early Childhood Education providers in partnership with area nonprofit organizations.

Children's Aid Society - The Lehman Center Crisis Nursery received $2,500 to purchase children's books, flash cards, posters, alphabet blocks and other teaching aids and craft and activity supplies to improve readiness to enter school.

York County Library System received $4,000 to support the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten project to improve school readiness and positive parental interactions.

The remaining $4,000 was given to the YMCA of York and York County - Downtown Early Learning Center to support the Cafe Events Program, in which parents are encouraged to actively participate in games and crafts with their children. The grant includes play yard materials; supplies for the art, music, and construction centers; and take-home activities and books.

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Grove Joins YCCF June 21, 2017

To support York County Community Foundation's (YCCF) mission of engaging donors, the development department has welcomed Dorinda J. Grove as development administrator. She joins Bryan K. Tate, vice president and chief development officer, and Angela Lauer, donor services officer, in serving YCCF's donors.

In this role, Grove provides administrative support to the development department, assists with outreach activities, and supports YCCF events. Additionally, she provides administrative support to the Women's Giving Circle.

Grove was a legal secretary with Stock and Leader for 17 years prior to joining YCCF. YCCF believes Grove's knowledge of estates and estate planning will add to the development team's ability to provide outstanding customer service to donors.

In addition to being a paralegal, Grove is a licensed practical nurse in Pennsylvania and has experience as an office manager.

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Caregivers Support Group To Meet June 21, 2017

A Caregivers Support Group will meet on Friday, July 7, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the conference room at WellSpan Neurology, 228 St. Charles Way, York. Dr. Ann Stipe from behavioral health services will facilitate the session.

The group shares information and provides emotional support for caregivers. Caregivers may bring a family member, and participation is free. The group meets on the first Friday of each month.

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