COBYS Holds Fundraiser September 20, 2018
The 22nd annual COBYS Bike and Hike took place on Sept. 9 in downtown Lititz. The event drew more than 200 supporters and donors, and a new income record of more than $141,000 was raised for COBYS ministries.
The increase in income marked the 20th consecutive year of growth for COBYS' signature fundraiser. Since its inception, the Bike and Hike has raised more than $1.4 million for COBYS ministries.
In addition to the walk, the event usually includes two bicycle rides and a motorcycle ride, all staged from the pavilion at the Lititz Church of the Brethren. The rides were cancelled due to a flood advisory, and the event was moved inside to the church fellowship hall.
A number of would-be riders walked instead, or came to donate and pick up a T-shirt. In addition to 210 walkers, many others stopped in for fellowship, ice cream, or to bid on the silent auction that ran throughout the afternoon. Total attendance was estimated at 350.
More than 100 businesses provided cash or in-kind donations of auction items, door prizes, or food and supplies. Cash sponsorships from businesses exceeded last year's amount by $11,000 and the previous best by $6,000. The auction generated $4,921.
Top fundraisers were Mari Cunningham of West Lampeter Township, $12,525; Floy Fitzkee, Manheim, $6,685; Londa Brandt, Manheim, $5,810; and Lucy de Perrot, Lititz, $3,900.
Four Church of the Brethren youth groups earned gym and pizza nights by raising at least $1,500. They included Little Swatara, Rehrersburg, $10,462; Mohrsville, $5,031; Mountville, $1,972; and West Green Tree, Elizabethtown, $1,556.
Motivated by Christian faith, COBYS educates, supports, and empowers children and adults to reach their full potential. COBYS carries out this mission through foster care and adoption services, counseling, and family life education.
Designer Purse Bingo and Basket Giveaway Drawing Event September 12, 2018
The Hempfield girls' volleyball team will host a designer purse bingo and basket giveaway drawing event on Sunday, Oct. 21, at Manor Church, 530 Central Manor Road, Lancaster, from 4 to 8 p.m. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. The event is open to people of all ages. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.
The admission fee includes six bingo cards to play in 20 games of bingo. The prizes will be designer purses. Four extra games will be available for a fee per ticket. The extra games will feature high-value prizes.
In the basket giveaway drawing, attendees may win a variety of items, including restaurant gift certificates, hunting and fishing baskets, sports items and entertainment tickets for venues throughout central Pennsylvania. A full concession area will be provided as well.
Seating is limited to the first 500 tickets sold. To guarantee a seat, readers may purchase tickets in advance by contacting Crystal Gruber, the event chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-940-7492. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door until they are sold out.
Community members may also donate purses or give money toward the purchase of purses for auction in memory or in honor of someone who has battled cancer. For more information, readers may contact Gruber.
Easterseals Organization Posts Fundraiser September 10, 2018
The York Division of Easterseals Western and Central Pennsylvania (ESWCPA) will hold its inaugural Wonder Ball fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Country Club of York, 1400 Country Club Road, York.
The black-tie-optional event is open to the public and will feature keynote speaker Robert J. DeSousa, state director for Sen. Pat Toomey. DeSousa's career achievements in public service include serving as a Pennsylvania Army National Guard colonel and receiving the Bronze Star Medal and Meritorious Service Medal. DeSousa is a supporter and former parent participant of Easterseals' Military Children Programs.
The Wonder Ball, a whimsical nod to "Alice in Wonderland," will benefit more than 2,000 individuals throughout the York region of ESWCPA annually. This year's event will serve as a kickoff for ESWCPA's 100th anniversary celebration in 2019. The event will include a served dinner, featuring live classical music by Codo Duo, followed by dancing and music provided by The Famous Rumors Band and a variety of entertainment throughout the night, including roaming magic acts by Ripley's Magic.
For more information or to purchase tickets, readers may contact Jessica Montour at 717-741-3891 or email@example.com. Tickets may also be purchased at http://eastersealswcpenna.rallybound.org/wonderball. Sponsorships, silent auction donation opportunities, and volunteer opportunities are available.
Easterseals Western and Central Pennsylvania provides programs and services in 47 Pennsylvania counties to ensure that people with disabilities or other special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities.
The Wonder Ball supports individuals with disabilities and military families in central Pennsylvania. Programs include therapeutic recreation camps for individuals with disabilities, camps for children of currently serving and veteran service members, autism social groups, community-based programs, and sign language interpreting services.
K-9s And Kayaks August 23, 2018
Race Will Aid Bloodhound Team
Strasburg residents Al and Patti Means have been working with bloodhounds since 1988, when they picked up their first man-trailing hound.
"That 40-pound dog had two people to train," Al recalled. "There was no one around here who was doing search and rescue. He taught us a lot."
Al and Patti launched Red Rose K-9 Search and Rescue in 1989 and have provided their services free of charge to the community for 30 years. Along the way, they have trained and worked with a total of 12 dogs; the current and final two are Chip, age 3, and Reuben, age 4. Although Al and Patti are anticipating retiring, probably within a decade, they are still going strong, and Patti routinely walks at least 2 miles every morning in order to be physically prepared to track a person through any kind of terrain.
"(On a case), it's different," Patti remarked. "There's a dog pulling you on. The adrenaline kicks in and carries you."
The teams - Patti works with Reuben, and Al is paired with Chip - have looked for lost children and alleged criminals in all kinds of weather. Al noted that the dogs have trained in temperatures as low as 3 degrees. "At those temps, we have to be careful their ears don't freeze because they drag on the ground," he said.
As a nonprofit organization, Red Rose K-9 Search and Rescue accepts donations from individuals, businesses, and other organizations. For nearly a decade, the team has been the recipient of funds raised by Millersville residents John and Phyllis Koenig through the Muddy Run Canoe and Kayak Race. The Meanses typically use the race proceeds for training seminars hosted primarily by law enforcement groups that use bloodhounds every day.
"Bloodhounds are highly active and intelligent dogs," John related. "(Their) scent tracking is so good that the testimony of a bloodhound's man-trailing results is accepted in almost any court."
This year's Muddy Run Canoe and Kayak Race will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22, on the lake at Muddy Run Park, 172 Bethesda Church Road W., Holtwood. Registration will open at 8:30 a.m., the race meeting that is mandatory for all entrants to attend will be held at 10:30 a.m., and the race will begin at 10:45 a.m.
Three courses of distances ranging from 1.25 miles to 5.5 miles have been established. More than 60 classes are available to accommodate racers of all skill levels and types of watercraft. Phyllis noted that a few classes have been added to the recreation category to reflect changes in kayak and canoe components and design. Awards for the top three finishers in each class will be distributed after the race, and drawings for door prizes will be held as well. Additionally, a kayak tug-of-war will take place just for fun while the times are being tabulated.
Between 80 and 100 children and adults participate each year, and even more folks attend as spectators. A number of people are regular attendees. "It's such a cool group of people," Patti remarked. "It just always has a good feel about it," she said of the event.
The lake tends to be calm, and there is minimal current. Participants may focus on their form or the scenery as they paddle, rather than worrying about obstacles or rapids. "We made it so the average person can go out and have a good time," John explained. "I try to make it enjoyable."
There is a cost to enter the race, and registrations received by Friday, Sept. 14, will be guaranteed an event T-shirt. Registrations will be accepted by postal service through Wednesday, Sept. 19; after that date, folks must wait to register at the event.
To register or for more information about the race, readers may contact John at 717-872-2805 or firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.keschneider11.wix.com/muddyrunrace, or find "Muddy Run Canoe and Kayak Race" on Facebook. To learn about the Red Rose K-9 Search and Rescue team, folks may visit http://redrosek9.com.
MCCPA Sets Annual Mustang Event August 15, 2018
The Mustang Club of Central PA (MCCPA) will hold its 15th annual Mustang Round Up and Ford Show at the Carlisle Fairgrounds, 1000 Bryn Mawr Road, Carlisle, on Saturday, Sept. 1, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
New for 2018, the show will be open to all Ford models. The event will also include food vendors, door prizes, a silent auction, basket drawings, an exhaust competition, and more.
Admission will be free for spectators, and ample free parking will be available inside the fairgrounds. There is a registration fee for show participants, which will be discounted for those who register by Sunday, Aug. 26, and full price the day of the show.
The Mustang Round Up is not a Carlisle Events production.
MCCPA is a nonprofit club that donates proceeds from its yearly events to Leg Up Farm, a nonprofit therapy center in York County for children with special needs. Proceeds from Round Up will benefit Leg Up Farm as well as fund a scholarship for an automotive student at Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School.
Readers may visit www.pamustang.org for information on the Mustang Round Up and other events.
York Heart Walk Slated August 14, 2018
The American Heart Association invites workplaces, friends and families from across York County to join the 2018 York Heart Walk. The event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 15, at John Rudy County Park, 400 Mundis Race Road, York. Registration and festivities will begin at 9 a.m., and the walk will step off at 10:30 a.m.
Activities at this year's Heart Walk will include free CPR demonstrations and health screenings, healthy snacks, activities for children, and a pet look-alike contest. The event will culminate with a 1- to 3-mile walk around John Rudy County Park.
Organizers have set a goal to raise $130,000 from the Heart Walk to support the American Heart Association. Walkers who raise a minimum amount will receive a Heart Walk T-shirt and the opportunity to earn additional prizes.
The 2018 York Heart Walk is co-chaired by Brent Doores, administrative director of the Heart and Vascular Service Line at WellSpan Health, and Dr. Paul Tolerico, cardiologist at WellSpan Health.
The Heart Walk is part of the American Heart Association's Healthy for Good movement to encourage sustainable healthy lifestyle changes. The American Heart Association is a voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
For more information about the York Heart Walk, readers may visit www.heart.org/yorkwalk or call 717-495-4691.
Sparrow Place Sets "Dress For Freedom" Event August 9, 2018
Sparrow Place, a local nonprofit looking to provide safe housing and restorative, trauma-informed care to female survivors of domestic sex trafficking, will host its Dress for Freedom event on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Grace Church Shrewsbury, 473 Plank Road, New Freedom.
The event will offer an opportunity for girls and women of York County to feel empowered by coming together for a cause. It will also provide a place for teenagers to pick out a dress for homecoming, the winter dance, or prom.
Sparrow Place has been collecting dresses for all seasons and in all styles and sizes from the community. At the event, more than 850 dresses will be offered for nominal prices. There will be refreshments and a few surprises, as well.
Proceeds from the event will help to purchase a home for survivors of domestic human trafficking. To preview the dresses, readers may visit www.facebook.com/dressforfreedomyork/. To learn more about the organization or the event, readers may visit www.sparrowplace.org, email email@example.com, or call 717-347-7176.
CROP Hunger Walk Set In Stewartstown August 8, 2018
The Stewartstown Area CROP Hunger Walk will be held on Sunday, Oct. 21, with goals of 40 walker groups, six teams, and $3,600 raised. All funds raised help end hunger and poverty through long-term sustainable approaches to significantly reduce or eliminate hunger. A portion of the funds raised through the local walk will go to the food pantry of Mason-Dixon Community Services in Delta. Last year, 39 walkers raised $3,353.
Stewartstown Presbyterian Church, 14 College Ave., Stewartstown, will be the starting point for the CROP Hunger Walk, with registration at 1 p.m. This year there will be a choice of three route distances, starting at just under a mile. Also new will be a snack-packing event just before and after the walk. This hands-on project will provide Mason-Dixon Ministries with snacks for clients it serves.
The Stewartstown Area CROP Hunger Walk committee is seeking teams of walkers and sponsors of cash or in-kind donations for the walk. Readers may contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-741-4366 for more information, to sign up a team of walkers, or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities.
CROP Hunger Walks help to teach sustainable ways to grow food and provide additional sources of food and income to families facing extreme challenges. Readers may learn more about the work that the CROP Hunger Walk supports at www.crophungerwalk.org.
Lace Up For Orphans August 3, 2018
Brittany's Hope Walk Of Love Set For Sept. 15
The team members of Brittany's Hope are thrilled to have an honored guest who has traveled all the way from Texas to train for and attend the 14th annual Walk of Love Cross Country 5K and Fun Walk on Saturday, Sept. 15, at Stone Gables Estate, 1 Hollinger Lane, Elizabethtown.
Dolly, one of the newest miniature ponies to reside in the Shepherd's Staff Petting Zoo at the Star Barn Village at Stone Gables Estate, has already begun training with caretaker and international award-winning trainer Carl O'Callaghan. Dolly will run the 5K race pulling a cart with her trainer on board to help raise funds for Brittany's Hope. "Dolly trains five days a week, so she's pretty fit. We're very fortunate because we're here, so we can do the course a few times before the event," O'Callaghan said.
Brittany's Hope is an Elizabethtown-based nonprofit organization committed to aiding orphans in crisis and helping special needs children to be adopted into forever families. Brittany's Hope provides grants to families that are in the process of adopting and has implemented programs in Vietnam, Ethiopia, and Kenya that provide holistic care directly to orphans.
Mai-Lynn Sahd, executive director of Brittany's Hope, said that the organization has set a fundraising goal of $65,000 for this year's event. That amount would enable Brittany's Hope to provide adoption grants for seven children with special needs or help with the construction of a much-needed living residence for up to 28 orphaned children with disabilities in a rural and remote area of northern Vietnam. Sahd said the new residence will provide safe, modern, clean living space and bedrooms and feature adaptive furniture and bathrooms to enable the children to gain independence. A physical therapy room and common area for the children are also planned, and the residence will be staffed by trained professionals who can provide 24/7 medical care and help the youths to develop basic living skills.
The Walk of Love, a fun-filled, family-friendly event, will begin at 8:30 a.m. and feature a 5K, a fun walk, games and activities for children, competitions for adults, giveaways, and food. Free face painting, miniature golf, miniature fishing, and pony rides will be among the festivities for children. Folks may also visit the animals that live on the property at the Shepherd's Staff Petting Zoo.
To register for the Walk of Love, interested individuals may visit www.walkoflove.org and enter the discount code "MERCH15" for 15 percent off the registration rate. All registrants will receive a T-shirt and goodie bag. Participants who opt to raise additional funds by setting up a page through https://walkoflove2018.causevox.com/ will have the chance the win special prizes. Folks who are unable to attend but would still like to contribute financially may do so at the aforementioned website.
On the day of the event, registration and games will open at 8:30 a.m., and the 5K will begin with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. Runners will follow a new route through Stone Gables Estate, with the start and finish lines located beside the recently relocated and restored Star Barn and its outbuildings. The 5K will be chip-timed, and participants will cover ground on rolling wooded trails, bridges, and historic railroad tracks.
The fun walk - a short, noncompetitive loop through the woods and manicured grounds of Stone Gables Estate - will begin at 10:10 a.m.
A post-race lunch and brief awards ceremony will begin at approximately 11 a.m. Giveaway winners will also be announced at that time. Awards will be given to the top three overall 5K finishers and to the top three male and female 5K finishers in each age group. The single top overall runner will receive a cash prize.
To learn more about Brittany's Hope, readers may visit www.brittanyshope.org.
Pamoja Event Postponed August 3, 2018
Horizon: Empower the Orphaned has postponed the "Pamoja: An Evening in Kenya" event, which was to be held at Manheim Brethren in Christ Church on Thursday, Aug. 9. The postponement was made due to unforeseen Visa issues.
It has been rescheduled for Friday, April 12, 2019. More details will follow.
To learn more about the organization, readers may visit www.empowertheorphaned.org.
Lip Sync Competition Posted August 1, 2018
The second annual Sing for a Cure Lip Sync Competition will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 6 p.m. at York College, 441 Country Club Road, York, in the Waldner Performing Arts Center. Registration is open to people of all ages. Proceeds will benefit the Walk to End Alzheimer's.
Celebrity judges will evaluate the performers, and news anchor Evan Forrester will serve as the master of ceremonies. Community members may attend to cheer on the participants.
The winner will perform at the Walk to End Alzheimer's event on Saturday, Oct. 20, during the kickoff of the walk.
Admission is free. To register, readers may visit www.visitingangels.com/york/sing-for-a-cure or call 717-751-2488. Registration is required.
Columbia Re-Uzit Shop Celebrates 40 Years August 1, 2018
This year, the Columbia Re-Uzit Shop, 363 Locust St., is celebrating 40 years of serving the community. To honor the dozens of volunteers who run the not-for-profit thrift store, a catered banquet was held on July 27 at Manor Church. Attendees heard reflections from one of the store's founding members, Ruth Charles, as well as updates from chairman of the board Nelson Hershey and current store manager Kathryn Ferree.
In 1978, Ruth was volunteering at the Mount Joy Re-Uzit Shop (now the Mount Joy Gift and Thrift) when a manager approached her to see if she would consider forming a group of ladies to open a similar shop in Columbia. Ruth prayerfully gathered several women together who began looking for a small building in Columbia to use for the new not-for-profit shop. Like other Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) thrift shops throughout the country, the new Columbia store would be volunteer-run and support the local and global relief and development efforts of MCC.
"It was birthed by prayer, and we sought the Lord's direction before we moved forward," recalled Ruth. The ladies found a small space to rent a block north of the store's current location that needed minimal renovations. With donations passed on from the excess at the Mount Joy store, the group of dedicated volunteers opened the doors of the Columbia Re-Uzit Shop on Dec. 15, 1978, with a warm reception from grateful neighbors and visitors. For many years, the volunteers would sort, price, and pack donations at the home of manager Grace Huber before transporting them back to the store to be displayed and sold. Eventually, the lack of space, combined with the shop's growth and popularity, led to the search for a larger location in Columbia.
Hershey was one of several individuals that Ruth's husband, Abe Charles, asked to serve on the original board of directors and take part in the search for a building to purchase. Abe served as bishop of what was then the Manor District of Mennonite Churches, where many of the store's founders and volunteers attended.
Abe, Paul Charles, and Hershey walked the streets of Columbia looking for a new storefront. "Nothing seemed right, but then I drove past (our current location) and it caught my eye," recalled Hershey. The burned-out, boarded-up, black-as-coal hardware store that had sat vacant for several years left the board members somewhat uneasy, so they sought advice from the board members of the Mount Joy Re-Uzit and committed the decision to prayer until Hershey said they felt the Lord confirm that 363 Locust St. was to be the new location.
After purchasing the building in 1987, volunteers spent countless hours cleaning and restoring it before opening at the new spot in January 1988. The Columbia Re-Uzit Shop gained additional space in 2003, when it expanded to encompass the building next door.
Today the retail space offers shoppers a selection of women's, men's, and children's clothing and shoes, as well as furniture, housewares, small appliances, linens, home decor, plants, toys, games, books, greeting cards, and miscellaneous items. An ongoing silent auction is another popular part of the shop where guests enjoy bidding on antiques, collectibles, and unusual items.
Volunteers are needed to serve in various capacities, and interested individuals may visit the store to apply. Time commitment is up to the individual.
Proceeds support MCC, as well as the Hands Across the Street ministry, which serves individuals in need in the Columbia area.
The Columbia Re-Uzit Shop is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays. Donations of quality, gently used items are accepted at the store during regular business hours. Readers with questions may call the store at 717-684-7621.
Bowlers Raise Funds For Organization July 30, 2018
During a recent Wii Bowling competition among the residents of Letort Manor at Church of God Home in Carlisle, organizer Helen Milliron and a group of like-minded neighbors raised $6,643 for Big Brothers Big Sisters (BB/BS) of the Capital Region. The funds brought the group's two-year total to nearly $14,000. Approximately one dozen bowlers participated each year. This year's competition kicked off in late May at Church of God Home, a StoneRidge Retirement Living Community.
Through BB/BS of the Capital Region, mentors provide youths with support and encouragement. Mentors offer advice, help with homework, and take mentees on excursions, such as trips to the movie theater.
Community Place On Washington To Launch Capital Campaign July 27, 2018
Peggy McFarland estimates that for the last 20 years or so, there has been talk of the need for a building that could house all of Elizabethtown's community service organizations in one place. "Everything is very scattered, and that makes it very difficult for clients to access everything," explained McFarland, who serves as a clinical social worker and board chair for Elizabethtown Community Housing and Outreach Services (ECHOS). The goal was to find a space in town that would be walkable or easily accessible by public transportation for clients, but for years no real estate options seemed to fit that bill.
Now, thanks to a collaborative effort between United Churches Elizabethtown Area (UCEA) and community members, organizations, businesses, and social service providers, that dream is taking root. Earlier this year, UCEA purchased the brick building at 61 E. Washington St., Elizabethtown, that formerly belonged to St. Peter Parochial School.
Once permits have been approved and renovations completed, the property will be known as Community Place on Washington. Danielle Lindemuth of UCEA said that an official move-in date has yet to be determined. Space will be rented out to agencies including ECHOS, Community Cupboard of Elizabethtown, Elizabethtown Area HUB, Bear Bags, and Elizabethtown Area Communities That Care (EACTC). It will also house a clothing bank and offer services such as job skills training, counseling, GED and ESL classes, PA 211: Community Resources, the United Way's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), and more.
"It's great because it's a community effort and not just one agency," McFarland emphasized. "It's really going to help our clients. The social problems are still here - drug issues, homelessness, hunger, lack of child care - but we're going to try to maximize our community resources so that we can better serve people."
Melissa Rhoads, director of the Community Cupboard of Elizabethtown, is thrilled about the way the new space will enable her to better serve and direct clients. "Now I'll be able to say, 'If you didn't know about ECHOS, they're right upstairs,'" Rhoads remarked.
A portion of the money needed for the project has already been raised and donated by the UCEA. According to McFarland, approximately $1.5 million is still needed to complete renovations and phase two of the project, which includes adding another building to the property to serve as the ECHOS shelter.
The public is invited to attend the launch event for the Community Place on Washington Capital Campaign from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18. Building tours, giveaways, a pork barbecue meal, a cornhole tournament, and the chance to meet Community Place partners will all be part of the evening, along with a special ceremony at 5 p.m.
Teams of two are invited to sign up for the cornhole tournament and vie for prizes and the title of Elizabethtown's Cornhole Champions. Interested individuals may email email@example.com or call 717-215-2364 to register.
Tickets for the pork barbecue sandwich meal are available for a set fee and may be ordered by Saturday, Aug. 11, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets may also be picked up at the following locations: Creations Reimagined, 206 S. Market St., Elizabethtown; B & G Lumber Company, 212 W. High St., Elizabethtown; JB Hostetter and Sons, 1225 W. Main St., Mount Joy; and Brandt's Farm Supply, 601 E. High St., Elizabethtown. A limited number of walk-in meals will be available. Whoopie pies will also be available to purchase.
All proceeds will support the Community Place on Washington Capital Campaign. Folks who would like to contribute toward the effort but are unable to attend the event are welcome to donate at www.communityplaceetown.org.
Pamoja: An Evening In Kenya July 27, 2018
Children's Group To Perform On Aug. 9 In Manheim
The members of the Baba Nyumbani Children's Performing Group will be traveling from Kitale, Kenya, to the United States for a special performance as part of "Pamoja: An Evening in Kenya" on Thursday, Aug. 9, at Manheim Brethren in Christ Church, 54 N. Penryn Road, Manheim.
The family-friendly event, which is open to the public, is being hosted by the Burkholder Family Foundation in conjunction with Horizon: Empower the Orphaned, a Lancaster-based nonprofit organization committed to empowering orphaned children to self-sustainability through a micro community model. Admission is free; however, reservations are requested and may be completed at www.empowertheorphaned.org/pamoja or by calling 717-390-9950.
Pamoja means "together" in Swahili, and the evening is designed to create a shared experience of praise, dance, and song as the 15 members of the Baba Nyumbani Children's Performing Group take the stage. Christine M. Schneider of Horizon said that the group is composed of youths ranging in age from 12 to 19 from the Baba Nyumbani Micro Community. Guests will have the opportunity to hear the orphaned children's stories of rescue, restoration, and empowerment.
A catered hors d'oeuvre reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. will provide time for guests to interact with the children and to experience a bit of what life is like in the Baba Nyumbani Micro Community through virtual reality goggles.
"A micro community creates an authentic family support system for children who lost their family - a place where orphaned children can experience love and support with house moms and dads to help guide them through life while they pursue their vocational or academic dreams to successful independence," Schneider explained.
The program will begin at 7:15 p.m. and conclude by 9 p.m. A freewill offering will be received to benefit Horizon: Empower the Orphaned. A matching contribution will be made for up to $50,000.
Child sponsorship opportunities will also be available. Horizon's sponsorship program allows individuals to make a monthly financial investment that will help to meet a child's food, shelter, health care, education, and wellness needs through a holistic care approach and micro community model. Sponsors receive a child profile, letters from their child, and updates on the impact of their financial support, as well as access to a personal online interface to communicate with their child and offer encouragement.
According to Schneider, Horizon was founded in 2004 by a group of entrepreneurial philanthropists determined to solve the problem of ineffective institutional orphan care. Horizon aims to empower orphaned children to long-term sustainability with the goal of permanently breaking the cycle of poverty. "Our vision is to radically transform the way orphaned children are cared for by expanding our micro community model to countries around the world," stated Schneider.
To learn more about Horizon: Empower the Orphaned and the stories of the children in the Baba Nyumbani Children's Performing Group, readers may visit www.empowertheorphaned.org.
Polo Match To Benefit National MS Society July 26, 2018
The 13th annual George F. Hempt Memorial MS Polo Match will take place on Friday and Saturday, July 27 and 28. Due to the weather, the polo match will take place at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex Equine Arena, 2300 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg. The Denim and Diamonds Reception slated for July 27 will be held at the Vineyard at Hershey, 598 Schoolhouse Road, Middletown, in the farmhouse.
The Denim and Diamonds Reception will take place from 6 to 9:30 p.m. It will feature signature dishes from local restaurants, silent and live auctions, and live music by the Benjamin Vo Blues Band. There is a per-person fee to attend.
The polo match will take place on July 28 from noon to 4 p.m. Gates will open at noon, with general seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. The children's tent will be open from noon to 2 p.m. The polo match will begin at 2 p.m. Separate costs have been set per person and per family.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society, including cutting-edge MS research and services for people living daily with the challenges of multiple sclerosis.
For tickets and sponsorship information, readers may visit www.nationalMSsociety.org/PAX, call 412-261-6347, or email Anne.Mageras@nmss.org.
More information about multiple sclerosis and the National MS Society is available at www.nationalMSsociety.org or by calling 800-344-4867.
Foundation Plans Golf Event July 19, 2018
The 18th annual Warwick Education Foundation Golf Classic will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 28, at Fairview Golf Course, 2399 Quentin Road, Lebanon. Registration and lunch will begin at noon, and the tournament will begin with a 1 p.m. scramble start. Dinner, prize drawings, and award distribution will follow at 6 p.m.
There is a cost per person, and sponsorships are available. The registration deadline is Wednesday, Aug. 15. To register, readers may call 717-627-3306 or visit www.WarwickEF.org. Proceeds will help to provide educational programs and computer technology for Warwick students.