YCCF Receives Award January 16, 2018
In recognition of outstanding contributions to the city of York, York County Community Foundation (YCCF) was presented with a Commonwealth Award from 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania for its social impact investment work. The award was presented during the Commonwealth Awards celebration on Dec. 7, 2017. At the event, YCCF was also recognized for the role it played in the York City Heritage Rail Trail Development and the Salem Square Neighborhood Initiative.
In the past three years, YCCF has invested more than $1 million in revitalizing downtown York through a variety of funds and initiatives. Recognizing that it is often a challenge for developers to make the financials work on urban redevelopment projects, YCCF recently established the Social Impact Investment Fund to provide patient capital at attractive rates.
The Social Impact Investment Fund mirrors what community foundations are doing across the country, using some of its assets to invest in economic development projects that may or may not be led by nonprofits. The fund also provides a vehicle for donors who want to support redevelopment while making a charitable gift to the fund. The fund was established to promote economic development in downtown York city through market-rate housing, redevelopment of blighted and vacant spaces, and development along the Codorus Creek.
Distributions from the fund may be in the form of grants, loans or other equity investments. Proceeds from the investments are returned to the fund for redistribution to new projects. Through the Social Impact Investment Fund, YCCF provided $250,000 in loan funding for RSDC's Market Street Revitalization project and made a $200,000 financial commitment to the redevelopment of the Yorktowne Hotel.
To create and sustain momentum in downtown's economy, YCCF dedicated portions of its discretionary Fund for York County and Beautiful York Fund to quality public and commercial spaces. In recent years, these funds awarded more than $350,000 in grants for the lighting of Continental Square, improvements to the rail trail, public art, building capacity of the Community First Fund to implement new market tax credit projects, security cameras in the Market District, revitalization of the Salem Square neighborhood and $50,000 toward predevelopment costs for the Yorktowne Hotel.
YCCF knows that many people are excited about the renaissance of downtown and it wanted to provide new opportunities for givers to join in. YorIt is an initiative of YCCF, comprised of people who are excited about building their lives in York, who are enthusiastic about York's potential, and who wish to contribute to the vitality of York. Through the YorIt Social Venture Challenge, the group supports emerging, socially minded organizations that add to the vitality of York. YorIt members pool their gifts and solicit project ideas, interview applicants, and organize a live pitch event where members vote on the project that they think will create the greatest spark downtown. Successful Social Venture Challenge winners include Working Class York, The Parliament Arts Organization, Pedi Cabs of York and the Taste Test pop-up restaurant.
For more information, readers may visit www.yccf.org.
Freezin' For A Reason! January 10, 2018
Polar Plunge Set For Feb. 3
Dover residents Bill and Karen Plappert can remember when two former Special Olympic coaches came up with the idea for a Polar Plunge in York County as a way to raise money for the Special Olympics York County (SOYC). "Our son, Michael, volunteered to do the plunge and help his fellow athletes by raising money," said Karen, who opted to volunteer with team registration with Bill. Folks of all ages came to the inaugural event to experience the thrill of plunging into the Susquehanna River in February.
The plunge turned out to be a big hit, Karen said, and it continues to grow. According to Karen, the event now provides a major portion of the amount needed to fund SOYC's annual budget. Michael's team, The Beach Boys and Friends, is composed of several of his fellow athletes, relatives, Special Olympics volunteers, and the pastor and members of Dover United Church of Christ, where the Plapperts attend.
Last year, The Beach Boys and Friends team raised nearly $11,000. Only the Blue Line Plungers - a group of current and retired law enforcement officers and their family members from throughout the county - edged out The Beach Boys with their financial contributions.
SOYC public relations coordinator Robyn Liggins-Smith - also a proud mom of a SOYC athlete - said that the Blue Line Plungers are always the first team in the river at the Polar Plunge and have supported the event since it began. "My son (and the) other athletes enjoy the plunge and all the activities that happen before the plunge," said Liggins-Smith. "Special Olympics has become a second family for many of us, and the Polar Plunge brings us all together."
The 10th annual York County Polar Plunge will take place on Saturday, Feb. 3, along the Susquehanna River at 124 N. Front St., Wrightsville. Registration and sign-in will open at 9:30 a.m., followed by opening ceremonies at 10 a.m. and a costume parade and contest at 10:45 a.m. Awards will be given for the best costume and most original costume. "Basically, they can wear whatever they want," said Liggins-Smith. "One year, we even had (someone wearing) a six-foot walrus (costume).
The chicken dance, set for 11:15 a.m., will be performed by all of the chicken plungers in attendance. "A chicken plunger is someone who supports the plunge but does not go into the water," explained Liggins-Smith.
Plungers will begin assembling in waves around 11:45 a.m., and the plunge will start at noon. SOYC athletes will lead each wave of participants to the river. Plungers may dip in just a toe or go all in for a total of three minutes. "When they come out (of the water), the smiles on their faces tell you why they do it," said Liggins-Smith.
The 2017 Polar Plunge, which raised a total of $91,000, had about 900 plungers and 500 chicken plungers. "The temperatures were a very warm 35 degrees," recalled Liggins-Smith. With temperatures reaching especially frigid lows this January, Liggins-Smith said that the Lake Clarke River Rescue team, which is stationed in the river at each Polar Plunge to ensure everyone's safety, will make the determination as to a potential cancellation. "If the river is frozen, we may have to postpone, but in the nine years we have had the plunge it has never been canceled," noted Liggins-Smith.
Heated tents will be set up for participants to change into dry clothes afterward. Coffee, hot chocolate, and water will also be available.
Folks may register to participate as an individual or a team at www.specialolympicsyorkcounty.org. A preregistration event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 28, at 124 N. Front St., Wrightsville. Interested individuals may sign up then or turn in the money they have raised and pick up T-shirts, which are distributed to those who raise $25 or more.
SOYC, which provides training and competition opportunities free of charge to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, currently has 360 athletes participating in 15 sports programs.
Sip, Shop, And Socialize January 10, 2018
Auction To Support Community Outreach
The Manheim Women's Club will hold its annual charity auction on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at The Booking House, 210 S. Penn St., Manheim.
Manheim-area ladies of all ages are invited to enjoy an evening of hors d'oeuvres, desserts, beverages, socializing, and bidding. There is no admission fee. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and the silent auction will also begin at that time. The live auction will start at 7 p.m., with dozens of items going on the block to be sold to the highest bidders by auctioneer Rhonda Nissley. Cash and checks will be accepted forms of payment.
The selection will include designer bags, themed gift baskets, jewelry, clothing, children's items, home and holiday decor, gift cards to area restaurants and attractions, and more. According to club member and event chair Sue Kopp, the auction items are donated by community members and businesses. "We have a lot of donations not just from the Women's Club but from the community," Kopp said. "There's really something for everybody."
To preview more of the items that will be available at the auction, readers may go to www.facebook.com/WomensClubOfManheim.
The laidback atmosphere at the auction makes for a fun evening that members say they look forward to each fall. "There's a lot of entertainment mixed in with the bidding," Kopp noted. "It's a lot of fun."
Other committee members working to make the event a success include Kathy Bower, Sue Hondru, Kathy Longenecker, Daphne Fry, Jan Callis, RuthAnn Martin, and Vicki Jenkins.
The Manheim Women's Club is a service organization that raises funds to go back into the Manheim community in the form of grants, Kopp explained. Proceeds from the auction will help to fund those grants. In the spring of 2017, the club's grant recipients included the Manheim Community Library Summer Reading Program, Aaron's Acres, Doe Run Elementary School All Pro Dads, H.C. Burgard Elementary School All Pro Dads, Manheim Central K-6 Run for Fitness, Manheim Historical Society, Manheim Central High School (MCHS) post prom, and the H.C. Burgard and Stiegel elementary schools' fundraiser run.
In addition to grants, the organization serves the community through its annual Secret Santa program, in which club members purchase Christmas gifts for children in need in the Manheim Central School District. The club also distributes annual scholarships to three female graduating seniors at MCHS.
Manheim Women's Club meetings are held once a month during the school year for the club's members. Women who are interested in becoming a member may contact Kopp at 717-715-4118.
Gailey Named To Board January 9, 2018
The American Heart Association recently announced the appointment of Alyssa Gailey to its Lancaster Division board of directors. The American Heart Association is a voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease.
Gailey is an account executive with Tower Marketing in Lancaster, where she has been employed since 2012. Her duties include working with clients in various industries to help them meet their online marketing goals, anticipate their future needs and match them with strategies and services.
Gailey holds a bachelor's degree in communication with an option in communication studies from Millersville University. She has been involved with the American Heart Association for the five years that she has been employed with Tower Marketing, and she has been an influence in the creative design and creative print material for more than 20 American Heart Association events in that time. Gailey also has 10 years of involvement with the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life.
For more information about the American Heart Association, Lancaster Division, readers may visit www.heart.org/lancaster or www.facebook.com/ahalancasterpa.
Women Invited To Fundraising Luncheon January 9, 2018
On National Wear Red Day, Friday, Feb. 2, women from across York County will gather to raise awareness and funds to fight heart disease among women at the 2018 York Go Red for Women Luncheon. The event will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Out Door Country Club, 1157 Detwiler Drive, York.
Television news anchor Amy Lutz will be the annual luncheon's master of ceremonies. The event will feature silent and live auctions, a heart-healthy lunch, an exercise demonstration by HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of York, and a healthy cooking talk and demonstration by nutritionist and dietician Lauren Musser of UPMC Pinnacle Memorial. Guests will also hear the story of local heart attack survivor Brenda Pitzer of York.
The luncheon is co-chaired by Josette Myers, chief executive officer at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, and Samantha Stover, registered nurse at WellSpan Health. The event is sponsored by WellSpan Health and HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of York.
There is a fee to attend. For more information or to make reservations, readers may contact Wade Markel at 717-207-4281 or Deb Landis at 717-207-4266.
Also on Feb. 2, individuals, companies, and landmarks throughout York County and central Pennsylvania will "go red" to raise awareness about heart disease in women for National Wear Red Day. National Wear Red Day kicks off the celebration of American Heart Month in February.
Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association's national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women. More information is available at www.GoRedForWomen.org.
Church Holds Item Collection January 4, 2018
Grace United Church of Christ (UCC), 1947 New Holland Pike, Lancaster (Eden), recently collected items for Milagro House, a Lancaster County organization with the mission of providing education, housing and counseling for women and their children experiencing homelessness. The organization strives to help women receive education and learn skills to help them support their families and secure their own housing.
During December, families and individuals in the Grace UCC congregation chose ornaments from a Christmas tree that had suggested items for Milagro House written on them. The items were purchased and placed under the tree. The donations, which included diapers, paper products, and gift cards, were delivered to Milagro House on Dec. 21.
Milagro House welcomes donations and volunteers, and details are available at www.milagrohouse.org. The items most frequently needed include diapers in sizes 4, 5, and 6; floor cleaner, laundry detergent, paper towels, toilet paper, and gift cards to specific stores.
For more information, readers may visit www.milagrohouse.com. Additional information about Grace UCC is available by visiting www.gracechurchlancaster.org or the church's Facebook page, which may be located by searching for "Grace UCC."
Relay For Life Of York Slated At Expo Center December 27, 2017
Relay For Life of York has announced that this year's event will take place from Friday, June 15, at 4 p.m. to Saturday, June 16, at noon at its previous home, the York Expo Center, 334 Carlisle Ave., York. The event was held at the York Expo Center for seven years before moving to a different location in 2008. The Expo Center location will provide indoor restrooms and accommodations for participants who wish to bring RVs.
To celebrate Relay's return to the Expo Center, the event will have the theme "Carnival for a Cure - A Return to the Fairground." The 20-hour event will be filled with activities for people of all ages, including free carnival games, demonstrations, children's activities, a health fair, vendors, and auctions. Survivors and caregivers may attend a survivors' dinner on Friday evening, followed by a luminaria ceremony.
Funds raised will help the American Cancer Society (ACS) provide free information and support for people facing the disease today, and proceeds will also fund cancer research to help protect future generations.
Through donations, the ACS has invested a total of more than $4.6 billion in research since 1946 and has funded more than 20,000 scientists at more than 1,000 institutions nationwide.
For more information or to register for Relay For Life of York, readers may visit www.relayforlife.org/payork. Updates will also be posted at www.facebook.com/rflpayork.
Scholarship Applicants Sought December 22, 2017
The Lancaster County Conservation District (LCCD) will award four Ann Brown Memorial Scholarships in 2018. The $1,000 scholarships are available for graduating seniors who reside or attend high school in Lancaster County and will be continuing their education with the intent of majoring in a curriculum that focuses on natural resources and conservation. Examples of acceptable programs of study include environmental sciences, wildlife or fisheries biology, environmental resource management, or other related programs that will lead to a two-year associate's degree or four-year baccalaureate degree.
Applications for the scholarships are available at www.lancasterconservation.org, and completed applications must be received in the LCCD office by Friday, March 30. The scholarship committee will review the applicants, and the basis for the selection will be determined by past performance and activities, current school and community involvement, future purpose and direction, and communication skills. The committee will conduct an interview of the top candidates, and an announcement of the successful candidates will be made by Tuesday, May 15.
For more information, readers may visit the previously mentioned website or contact Gerald Heistand at email@example.com.
Giveaway Drawing To Aid Autism Center December 14, 2017
TrueNorth Wellness Services will hold a community-based giveaway drawing to benefit TrueNorth's new Autism Center, located at 1181 Westminster Ave., Hanover. A $3.5 million capital campaign to support the costs of construction for the new Autism Center is ongoing.
TrueNorth Wellness Services works with more than 400 individuals in York and Adams counties through its autism programs. To accommodate the growing need in the region, the Autism Center will serve as the home for TrueNorth Wellness Services' relocated and expanded Hanover-based autism services, including The Amazing Kids Club. The Autism Center will provide increased space for therapeutic treatment and will offer a natural setting for outdoor activities. The property will also feature improved logistics for parking, pickups and dropoffs.
In the giveaway drawing, cash prizes will be awarded, with first- through third-prize winners announced at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 23, at Hanover Markets, 1649 Broadway, Hanover. Entrants do not need to be present to win.
To purchase giveaway drawing tickets, readers may contact Carol Connor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-632-4900, ext. 1072. Tickets will be available for purchase until the drawing.
Individuals may donate to the capital campaign by visiting http://www.firstgiving.com/10670/support-us. A grand opening event will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. More information about TrueNorth Wellness Services is available at www.truenorthwellness.org.
ORT Holds Fundraising Dinner December 6, 2017
OneRunTogether (ORT), a nonprofit organization that provides spiritual and financial support to cancer patients undergoing treatment, recently held its third annual fundraising dinner and silent auction at the Downingtown Country Club. The organization exceeded its goal of raising $28,000 during the event, which was attended by more than 150 invited guests.
Because local businesses sponsor the cost of the evening, the entire amount of the night's donations were able to go directly to help patients. "To be able to raise that in one night is amazing," said Vernon Murphy, ORT founder and executive director. "It was what I was praying for. We got more donations after the dinner, so we actually raised more than $29,000."
In addition to the meal and a silent auction where attendees placed bids on items such as Richard Bollinger prints, televisions, gift baskets and gift certificates, guests enjoyed a meal and an inspirational talk by Jonathan Damon, a recovering cancer patient and a recipient of ORT funds. "He spoke about how they discovered his cancer and (about) receiving assistance from us and what that meant," Murphy noted.
Murphy also shared his vision and motivation for starting the ministry after losing his wife, Beth, to breast cancer in 2009. He explained that the name of the organization refers to the 5K runs that are held by ORT throughout the year, along with other fundraisers. The charity's motto is "OneRunTogether - so no one fights cancer alone."
Those interested in seeking funds while undergoing treatment may complete an application found at www.oneruntogether.org by clicking on Patient Grant Application. ORT's board of directors reviews all applications, which must be signed and submitted by an oncologist or a certified professional. After an application is approved, bills are submitted for direct payment.
Murphy personally delivers the grant money and spends time with each of the cancer patients. "ORT helps with finances (but also) encourages (cancer patients) spiritually and mentally with a message of hope and love," he explained. "When I go out and visit them - and I have visited almost every patient - I listen and I share my experience when it's the appropriate time. I give them a Bible, and I also pray with them."
Since 2011, more than 230 patients have received help with rent, mortgage payments, utility bills and medical costs.
ORT holds an annual "Hard to the Core" 5K Mud Run at Weaver's Orchard in Morgantown, as well as tournaments at Honeybrook Golf Club. "Right now we are starting to plan next year's events. We may have restaurant fundraisers in the winter, but they are not scheduled just yet," Murphy noted.
Since ORT's fundraising events will not begin again until next spring, Murphy said people may visit the ORT website to make a financial donation.
He added that the organization's goal is to involve more churches. "We are supported by Forks of the Brandywine Presbyterian Church and my home church, East Brandywine Baptist, but I'm always looking for connections with churches," Murphy stated. "My goal is to be able to give (the cancer patient's) name to a local church that could follow up with them and minister to them. I visit them a once a year, but they need continual help."
For more information about ORT, readers may visit www.oneruntogether.org or www.facebook.com/oneruntogether. The website includes a prayer list for all of the cancer patients who have been helped by ORT. To access the list, readers may choose "Who We Are" on the home page and then select Prayer List.
LOHF Awards Grant Funds December 1, 2017
Lancaster Osteopathic Health Foundation (LOHF) approved funding to five Lancaster County community benefit organizations for children's behavioral health programs. LOHF supports programs that are evidence-based, proven to work with some best practice, and seek to take these programs to scale, expand what works, and encourage applicants to replicate existing models from outside Lancaster County and within.
CHI St. Joseph Children's Health received $15,000 for The Patchwork Quilt, a family-focused approach to children's behavioral health and psychiatric care, to support 600 children and 1,200 family members with counseling and therapy. Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County was granted $13,000 for minimizing trauma for children of justice-involved parents through a trauma-informed justice system to train 288 community members (primarily police, probation and parole officers) with the RMO to safeguard children of arrested parents.
Compass Mark was awarded $10,000 for a family services advocate, supporting the unique needs of children with incarcerated parents for 100 children, 150 family members, and 150 community members with coordinated care and case management. Samaritan Counseling Center was given $15,000 for TeenHope to help 2,250 children, 6,750 family members, and 50 community members with depression and anxiety screenings in schools and follow up to access mental health services.
Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County received $14,500 for linking positive and proactive social/emotional wellbeing strategies from school to home to support 130 children, 105 family members, and 28 community members with high quality, affordable childcare for children from birth to age 3 and their families in Head Start with positive behavior interventions and supports.
An additional $100,000 in grant funds will be available for the 2018 Children's Behavioral Health Grant program, focused on improving children's behavioral health in Lancaster County. Online applications are now available and due Thursday, March 1, 2018. To learn more, readers may visit www.lohf.org/grants. Interested organizations are encouraged to contact LOHF before applying to have questions answered.
New Year's Day Ride To Benefit Veterans December 1, 2017
Freezing temperatures have yet to stop motorcyclists from having a great time at the annual New Year's Day motorcycle ride organized to raise funds for the Lebanon VA Medical Center. Now entering its ninth year, the ride has maintained the tradition of naming one lucky - or not-so-lucky, depending whom you ask - rider as "Baby New Year." Mount Joy resident Dave Hummer will represent Baby New Year at the 2018 ride. Hummer must ride the first chilly mile dressed in a baby costume, and he will have the honor of choosing next year's Baby New Year.
The New Year's Day motorcycle ride will take off from the Walter S. Ebersole American Legion Post 185, located at 255 W. Main St., Mount Joy, at 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. The registration fee, which is a set per-person donation, will include a meal at the conclusion of the ride.
Registration will open at 10 a.m., and folks are invited to socialize at Post 185, where food trucks will have a variety of breakfast food and coffee available for purchase. The Post 185 Ladies Auxiliary will serve homemade soup before the ride.
Organized by members of the Mount Joy American Legion, including Tyler Stumpf, Billy Hecht, Jeff Andrews, and Jeff Hummer, the ride is open to the public and not only to motorcycles, but to any other vehicles that would like to participate to honor veterans.
The approximately 25- to 30-mile ride follows a scenic route along the Susquehanna River through Marietta and Bainbridge. "A lot of people will sit outside of their houses and watch us ride by and video the whole thing," Hecht said. "It's just a sea of bikes."
The ride will finish at the Elizabethtown American Legion Post 329 banquet hall, located at 240 N. Hanover St., Elizabethtown, with a pork and sauerkraut meal.
In addition to enjoying the meal, attendees may bid on items at a Chinese auction. A quilt made out of Harley-Davidson T-shirts will be up for bids, and Stumpf said that is usually one of the biggest attractions of the auction. Motorcycle merchandise, gift cards, and other items will also be available at the auction.
"Everything we (raise) is donated directly to the Lebanon VA," Hecht emphasized. According to Hecht and Stumpf, the 2017 ride had 467 motorcycles and more than 600 participants and raised more than $25,000. A total of more than $102,000 has been donated to the Lebanon VA since the ride began. Stumpf said the ride has become a tradition for many riders, who now look forward to seeing each other on that day.
"All of the legwork and planning is worth it to see how many people come out to support the veterans," remarked Hecht.
For more information, readers may call Stumpf at 717-468-6197 or Hecht at 717-283-6379.
Fundraiser Supports Officer's Brother December 1, 2017
Northwest Regional Police Department, 8855 Elizabethtown Road, Elizabethtown, has announced that fellow officers of Officer Seth Arnold decided to take part in No-Shave November, a fundraiser that was held throughout the month of November. The officers were required to donate and/or get sponsors to donate in order to be permitted to grow a beard, which is normally prohibited by department policy.
Proceeds raised benefited Seth's brother, 29-year-old Erik Arnold, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor earlier this year. The purpose of the fundraiser was to help lessen the financial, physical, and emotional impact on Erik.
Officer Gavin Kline organized the effort with other officers, including Chief Mark Mayberry, taking part in the effort by donating and growing a beard. As of Nov. 29, the total amount raised was almost $1,400.
For additional information, readers may contact Kline at 717-689-5657, ext. 120, or the Northwest Regional Police Department at 717-689-5657 and ask to speak with any officer.
Scholarship News Posted November 27, 2017
The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) recently announced that more than $1.37 million was awarded in scholarship funds to 479 local students for the 2017-18 academic year. Over 1,000 students applied for scholarship assistance.
TFEC offers over 120 scholarship opportunities through various scholarship funds and management agreements. All scholarships have been established by local individuals, corporations, or organizations to assist students with their educational pursuits.
TFEC, through its many scholarship programs, continues to assist local students each year through scholarships. Scholarship applicants demonstrate individual excellence in areas such as community service, leadership, sports, music, academics, and other unique characteristics.
Readers may visit www.tfec.org to review available scholarships, eligibility criteria, and deadlines for the 2018-19 academic year. Applications will re-open by Monday, Jan. 1, for online submissions.
TFEC is a partner with American Education Services (AES)/PHEAA's Partnerships for Access to Higher Education (PATH) Program. Scholarship recipients are eligible to have their awards matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis by AES/PHEAA's PATH Program. PHEAA may grant matching funds for TFEC scholarship recipients who are enrolled in an approved Pennsylvania college or career school, as an undergraduate student on at least a half-time basis, who are a state grant recipient and who demonstrate financial need.
Students must also be a resident of Pennsylvania, not in default on any educational loans, maintain academic progress, and not be considered an incarcerated student. The match provides last dollar support for tuition and fees. Scholarship recipient information is submitted by TFEC staff; no additional paperwork is required by students in order to be eligible for a PATH Program match. For additional information on this program, readers may visit www.pheaa.org.
COBYS Holds Fundraising Event November 22, 2017
The 21st annual COBYS Family Services Bike and Hike event was held on Sept. 10 at the Lititz Church of the Brethren. The event tied the previous attendance record of 601 people, a record established in 2008, and set an income record of more than $136,000. Donations through the event have grown for 19 consecutive years.
The Bike and Hike featured a 60-mile motorcycle ride in eastern Lancaster County, 10- and 25-mile bike rides, and a 3-mile walk through Lititz. This year, the event attracted 166 motorcyclists on 104 cycles, 129 bicyclists, and 306 walkers - nearly 100 more walkers than last year.
In addition to the walking and riding events, the Bike and Hike included a silent auction that generated $4,360. The top selling item was a meal for eight at the Lampeter Cafe, donated by COBYS board member and co-owner Lisa Reinhart. The meal was sold twice.
Top fundraisers for the event were Floy Fitzkee of Manheim, $7,500; Mari Cunningham of Lancaster, $7,080; Londa Brandt of Manheim, $6,450; and Lucy de Perrot of Lititz, $4,015. Nineteen other participants raised at least $1,000. More than 100 businesses and others donated cash, prizes, auction items, and supplies.
Five Church of the Brethren youth groups earned gym and pizza nights by raising $1,500 or more. They were Little Swatara, $10,200; Midway, $3,080; West Green Tree, $2,637; Mountville, $2,040; and Mohrsville, more than $1,512.
More than 50 volunteers staffed the event, including COBYS board members, staff, and friends and six Linden Hall students, who served as part of the United Way Day of Caring in Lancaster.
Motivated by Christian faith, COBYS Family Services educates, supports, and empowers children and adults to reach their full potential. COBYS carries out its mission through adoption and foster care services, counseling, and family life education.
To view photos from the Bike and Hike, readers may visit https://www.facebook.com/COBYSFS.
Salvation Army Launches Fundraiser November 22, 2017
The Salvation Army has kicked off its annual Kettle Campaign, which will continue through Sunday, Dec. 24. The campaign's 2017 goal is to raise $200,000 for emergency assistance and other programs.
Volunteers will ring bells at 30 retail locations throughout the region from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, except Sundays. Volunteer bell-ringers are still needed for this year's campaign, and they may collect donations for whatever amount of time their schedule allows.
To volunteer as a bell-ringer, contact Adrienne Kautz at 717-397-7565 or Adrienne.Kautz@use.salvationarmy.org.
To learn more about the Salvation Army in Lancaster, visit www.salvationarmylancaster.org or www.facebook.com/thesalvationarmylancastercorps.
Lititz Groups To Take Part In Giving Event November 10, 2017
A number of Lititz-area nonprofit organizations will take part in the Extraordinary Give on Friday, Nov. 17. On that day, donations made at www.extragive.org will be boosted by a stretch pool.
Among the participating Lititz organizations are Venture Lititz, Lititz recCenter, Lititz Public Library, Landis Homes, Moravian Manor, Lititz Christian School, and the Wolf Sanctuary.
The ExtraGive Bus will make a stop at Bulls Head Pub, 14 E. Main St., Lititz, between 4 and 5 p.m. Representatives from a dozen or more Lititz-area nonprofits will be on hand to man the bus stop with information, giveaways, and refreshments.
Food Pantry Receives Rotary Donation November 10, 2017
In October, the Rotary Club of Manheim donated funds to the Manheim Central Food Pantry to purchase a new freezer.
The Manheim Central Food Pantry, located at 334 W. Gramby St., now has a total of three freezers. Two of the freezers plus a refrigerator have all been funded by Rotary. The new freezer will help to store the boxes of meat that are donated by a local grocery store every week, said Jim Hershey, who serves on the food pantry steering committee. Additional storage space was also needed for the meat that is donated by individuals who purchase animals at the Manheim Community Farm Show each fall. "Now when the meat comes, we won't have to struggle to fit it in," Hershey remarked.
When the pantry opened at the end of 2012, Hershey said it did not distribute meat and only gave out a small amount of produce. Now all of the clients receive fresh meat, produce, milk, and eggs along with nonperishable items.
According to Rotary member Carolyn Peters, the funds for the purchase of the freezer came from the Rotary Club of Manheim, Manheim Rotary Charitable Foundation, and the Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Club of Manheim is a group of like-minded community leaders and residents who work together to improve the community through the motto "Service Above Self."
The Manheim Central Food Pantry currently serves approximately 150 households, according to Central Pennsylvania Food Bank statistics. Registered clients receive food and personal care items once a month, based on family size. To be eligible for the food pantry's services, individuals must reside in the Manheim Central School District. Potential clients may call 717-665-2331 to inquire about eligibility.
For more information, readers may visit www.manheimcentralfoodpantry.org.