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Donations Sought For Annual Sale August 18, 2017

The Friends of the Lancaster Public Library are seeking donations for their third annual Baubles and Bling Sale, which will take place in November.

Donations of fine, vintage, costume, and fashion jewelry, along with watches, scarves, handbags, purses, and evening bags, may be dropped off at the Julianna Book Store in the Lancaster Public Library, 125 N. Duke St., Lancaster, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays, as well as at the Marshall Street Book Store, 225 N. Marshall St., Lancaster, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays.

Donations will help the Friends group to support the library. According to JoAnn Dumas, co-chair of this year's event, last year's sale raised more than $6,000 for the library.

The Baubles and Bling Sale will be held at the Lancaster Public Library from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2, as well as from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, and Saturday, Nov. 4. All sale proceeds will directly benefit the library.

For more information about the library, readers may visit www.lancasterpubliclibrary.org.

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Hope Within Plans Annual Golf Tournament August 17, 2017

Hope Within Ministries invests in the health of hundreds of grateful individuals each year, and the organization is able to do so thanks to the financial support of local businesses, churches, and other generous givers. This fall, area residents are invited to join Hope Within's fourth annual Golf for Hope Tournament on Friday, Sept. 29, at Deer Valley Golf Course, 101 Stoudt Road, Hummelstown.

The tournament will feature a four-person scramble format. Registration will open at 12:30 p.m., and play will commence at 1:30 p.m. with a shotgun start. The deadline to register is Friday, Sept. 1, and space is limited to 120 golfers. To register in advance as a single player or a team, interested individuals may email annemarie.mcalester@hopewithin.org; call 717-367-9797, ext. 308; or visit www.hopewithin.org. Corporate sponsors are also needed.

Prizes will be awarded to the first- and second-place teams, plus individual prizes will be given for hole-in-one, longest putt, longest drive for male and female, straightest drive, and closest to the pin. Jacob Nyman, director of advancement for Hope Within Ministries, said the tournament will also feature a hole honoring veterans, with special prizes for the veteran that hits the ball closest to the pin.

A post-tournament meal and awards ceremony are set to begin at 5:30 p.m.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Hope Within Ministries, which operates a community health center at 4748 E. Harrisburg Pike, Elizabethtown. The center provides free primary health care to medically uninsured individuals from Lancaster, Dauphin, and Lebanon counties.

Nyman said that Hope Within focuses on people who may otherwise fall between the cracks in the health care system. For instance, many individuals who receive care at Hope Within may be employed full time but still struggling to make ends meet. "We commonly see families having to choose between food, rent, (and health care costs)," Nyman shared.

High health care costs have become an obstacle for an increasing number of the population, and Nyman noted that Hope Within recently expanded its coverage eligibility when the federal poverty guidelines were adjusted for 2017. Financial support is greatly needed in order for Hope Within to continue providing care for all who seek it. "Hope Within stands in that gap caring for people until either coverage can be obtained or they receive the care they need," Nyman stated.

The community health center opened in 2006, and Hope Within Counseling Services was added in 2014 at the same location. Hope Within Counseling Services offers mental health counseling on a self-pay, income-based sliding scale fee, and there are no eligibility requirements. Staff and intern therapists provide counseling to individuals, couples, and families. According to Nyman, Hope Within hosted 787 provider patient visits, 193 nursing care visits and 1,063 nurse visits for medication refills, and had 550 counseling visits in 2016.

Hope Within board member Omar Zook said he was attracted to the mission of Hope Within because of the organization's focus on excellence. "To care well and to do it with quality and excellence is what they strive for," Zook explained. "They provide holistic care, and they always have an eye open to how (the organization) can grow."

To learn more about Hope Within, readers may visit www.hopewithin.org or call 717-367-9797.

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Clothing Drive August 15, 2017

The Charles Ludwig VFW Post 7362, 755 Rancks Church Road, New Holland, is seeking donations of clothing for its second annual clothing drive for veterans at the Coatesville Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center.

Organizer and post commander Norman E. Brower Jr. noted that clothing for both men and women veterans, such as pants, shirts, dresses, skirts, blouses, and new stockings, will be accepted, as well as items such as carry-on bags and suitcases.

Interested individuals may schedule an appointment to deliver items to VFW Post 7362 by calling Brower at 717-824-3443.

According to Brower, many times veterans will arrive at the Coatesville VA Medical Center with only the clothing they are wearing. After receiving help through the center's programs and services, the veterans are able to leave the center to find employement and go on to lead a successful life.

VFW Post 7362 offers many programs and services to the community, including an American flag retirement program as regulated by the flag code, services to veterans and their families through the VA administration, and donations of hospital equipment.

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Fundraiser To Benefit LLS August 14, 2017

Two local sisters, Tami Garber and Lisa Garber Cannon, will host a fundraising event on Sunday, Aug. 20, at the Lucky Ducks Bar and Grille, 45 N. Market St., Elizabethtown. Live music by local musicians will begin at 12:30 p.m. on the deck and will continue through the afternoon. A percentage of sales will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) in an effort to raise money through the organization's Team in Training program, through which participants engage in endurance events while raising money in the fight again leukemia, lymphoma, and multiple myeloma.

In October, the sisters will run the Chicago Marathon, a national fundraising event for the LLS. The LLS has been instrumental in funding research for targeted therapies and advancing clinical trials. As a lymphoma survivor, Lisa has a passion for this cause. For more information, interested readers can visit http://pages.teamintraining.org/cpa/chicago17/SoulSisters.

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Muscle Walk Planned August 10, 2017

The 2017 Muscle Walk of Central Pennsylvania/Harrisburg will take place on the track at Hershey Park Stadium, 100 Hershey Drive, Hershey, on Saturday, Sept. 30. Registration will open at 8:30 a.m., and the walk will step off at 11 a.m. This year's walk will include a 3K to 5K route designed for participants of all ages and abilities, including a wheelchair and equipment-friendly course.

The annual event allows families, friends, neighbors and local businesses in central Pennsylvania to raise awareness and funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), which funds research related to muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases that severely weaken muscle strength and mobility. MDA also provides individuals with life-enhancing programs and support services, as well as summer camp for children.

The Muscle Walk will provide opportunities for MDA families to socialize, reunite campers, learn best practices, and find out what is working for families that share their daily struggles. Organizers are expecting approximately 40 to 50 teams and approximately 400 to 500 people to attend.

The event will include trash can flying disc golf, giant tic-tac-toe, mascots, cheerleaders, corn hole, ladder golf, live music, a magician, face painting, massage therapists and more. There will be activities for people of all ages and abilities. Activities will be available for people who only want to raise funds and attend but do not want to walk. This year, there will be a special area to recognize individuals who are being honored or memorialized through walkers' participation. Television news anchor Lori Burkholder will be master of ceremonies.

For details and to register, readers may visit www.musclewalkmda.org/centralpa or call the local MDA office at 717-540-4316. Information is also available at www.mdateam.org

More than 140 Muscle Walk events are expected to take place throughout the U.S. this year. Last year, participants raised a total of $7.2 million through Muscle Walk for MDA, and more than $40 million has been raised since Muscle Walk began in 2011.

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Neighborhood Thrift Shop Reopens August 9, 2017

The idea behind the Neighborhood Thrift Shop is that a great shopping experience can also support a good cause. Neighborhood Services Center (NSC) recently celebrated the grand reopening of its Neighborhood Thrift Shop with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held during Oxford's First Friday event on Aug. 4.

On hand for the festivities were NSC board members, Oxford Mayor Geoff Henry and a store full of shoppers, happily purchasing a wide variety of merchandise.

"We're very pleased to be back open again, and it looks much different than it used to look," NSC executive director Cheryl McConnell said.

The thrift shop first opened its doors 10 years ago as a way to raise funds for NSC and as a spot for NSC clients to get select items they need. Prior to that, donated items were dropped off at the NSC offices, but there was little storage room available.

Starting the thrift shop created a destination for donations. "We had so much stuff; we just felt it was a lot to handle," McConnell recalled. "We didn't have storage space up there for everything."

NSC provides assistance and referral services, including a food bank, but there are also times when clients need clothing or household items. In those cases, a voucher is provided so that individuals can select the sizes, colors or styles that are the best fit for them.

The thrift shop is also designed as a fundraiser for NSC. "When we first opened, we were bringing in about $30,000 a year. It's decreased since then. We're hoping to get it back up to that level. That's huge," McConnell said.

Part of the recent renovation project was to refresh the floor plan and decor of the shop in order to make it a brighter, friendlier place to shop.

Building owner Wilson King agreed that the store could use a new look. The thrift shop closed in February for renovations.

Fresh, bright paint is one part of the change to the store. An area previously used for sorting donations is now stocked with clothing racks for customers to browse. The middle portion of the store continues to be devoted to housewares, toys and assorted items, while the front portion of the building is now dedicated primarily to furniture. The rear portion of the building continues to act as a warehouse for the shop, where new donations are taken in, sorted and priced.

"We like the open look. When we closed in February there were no intentions of doing as much as got done," NSC vice chair Rudy Allen noted.

For shoppers, the Neighborhood Thrift Shop is full of bargains and items that may be hard to find elsewhere. The shop aims to offer quality goods, with gently used items available for sale as well as some new, never-used goods.

Most importantly, the thrift shop continues to be a vital way to support NSC. To continue that mission, donations are accepted and may be tax deductible.

"We're really looking for good donations," Allen said. "All the money goes back to the community. Everything you donate here stays here and gets used here."

Donations may be brought to the store on Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For large items, donors are asked to call in advance. Furniture in particular is appreciated, and pickup can be arranged.

Operating the shop are part-time employees, including manager Tracey Davis and assistant manager Darlene Noon, along with help from the NSC Board's Thrift Shop Committee and volunteers. Volunteers are also needed for help with sales, sorting items and picking up donations.

The Neighborhood Thrift Shop is located at 21 S. Third St., Oxford. Store hours are on Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, readers may call the thrift shop at 610-998-1868 or visit www.oxfordnsc.org/Thrift-Shop or www.oxfordthriftshop.org.

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Women's Club Of Manheim Awards Grants August 7, 2017

Since 2012, the Women's Club of Manheim has been awarding grants of up to $1,000 to nonprofit organizations that serve the Manheim community. This year, the Manheim Community Library's Summer Reading Program was the recipient of a $1,000 grant - the largest amount given out to a group in 2017.

Manheim Community Library director Melissa Foltz reported that more than 1,000 individuals signed up for the Summer Reading Program, which will conclude on Saturday, Aug. 12. "It's been a very successful year," Foltz said. By completing reading challenges according to age levels, entrants were eligible for free prize packs. In addition, the library hosted several special guests and programs for the Summer Reading Program, such as an Aug. 2 visit from archaeologists Mike and Roberta Straka, who led students in a dig for dinosaur bones.

Foltz said the Women's Club grant also funded the purchase of a button maker for the library. Children who visit the library are welcome to pick up templates to design and color and can then create their own button to take home.

Other 2017 recipients of Women's Club of Manheim grants included Aaron's Acres, Doe Run Elementary School All Pro Dads, H.C. Burgard Elementary School All Pro Dads, Manheim Central School District K-6 Run for Fitness, Manheim Historical Society, Manheim Central High School Post Prom Committee, and the H.C. Burgard and Stiegel elementary school run with colors.

According to Women's Club of Manheim grant chairperson Kathy Bower, the group distributed $10,200 in grants in 2015; $4,550 in 2016, and $3,000 in 2017. In 2016, the organization switched from a biannual grant distribution schedule to once a year. "Our goal is to take the money that we raise and put it right back into the community," said Bower.

Grant applications for 2018 will be available beginning in January and may be found by searching for "The Women's Club of Manheim" on Facebook, emailing wcgrants@gmail.com, or calling Bower at 717-665-9141.

The Women's Club of Manheim, a nonprofit organization with 501c(3) status, has been in existence since 1937. The group consists of women who are committed to friendship, community service, and civic responsibility.

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Chamber Gears Up For Annual Chicken Barbecue August 3, 2017

The delicious smell of barbecue chicken will waft through the air once again on Saturday, Aug. 19, as the Mount Joy Chamber of Commerce hosts its 22nd annual chicken barbecue at the rear of the Milanof-Schock Library, 1184 Anderson Ferry Road, Mount Joy. Food will be prepared by a Manheim-based family-owned barbecue business and served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Chamber coordinator Kerry Meyers recommends prepurchasing tickets since the event typically sells out early. Meals will include half a barbecued chicken, a baked potato, a roll and butter, applesauce, a whoopie pie, and a beverage. Half-chickens will also be available. All prepurchased meals must be picked up no later than 1 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased from Chamber members or at any of the following Mount Joy locations: J.B. Hostetter and Sons, 1225 W. Main St.; Darrenkamp's Market, 945 E. Main St.; and the Milanof-Schock Library. Tickets will also be available at the Chamber office, 62 E. Main St., Suite 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays.

This year's chicken count is up to 1,250 full dinners and 300 half-chickens, Meyers said.

All proceeds from the chicken barbecue will support the Chamber office and Visitor's Center, Music in the Park, and the scholarships that are awarded to local students each year. In addition to the annual chicken barbecue held on the third Saturday in August, the Chamber hosts a banquet and benefit auction each spring. "The banquet net profits are higher, but the chicken barbecue keeps creeping up as it grows each year," Meyers commented. "It is a fun day with lots of Chamber member volunteers."

The Chamber is grateful to the many event sponsors who help to make the annual event possible, whether through providing monetary or product donations. Meyers said that selling tickets turns into a bit of a contest among Chamber members, and everyone comes together to make the fundraiser a huge success.

To learn more about the Chamber, readers may visit www.mountjoychamber.com.

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Fundraiser To Aid Foundation July 27, 2017

A Shave for a Cure fundraiser will take place on Saturday, Aug. 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Ron's Barber Shop, 637 Fishburn Road, Hershey. Local residents may participate by shaving their heads, donating, or volunteering. Proceeds will benefit the St. Baldrick's Foundation, which works to conquer childhood cancers.

For more information, readers may visit www.stbaldricks.org/events/shaveforacure or call 717-533-2352.

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TFEC Makes Grant Announcements July 19, 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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Aaron's Acres Receives Donation July 13, 2017

Aaron's Acres received a $3,000 donation from Hempfield Cops and Rodders as a result of the Cops and Rodders' seventh annual Car Show and Community Event. A check presentation took place on July 10 at the Manheim Community Pool and Memorial Park. Hempfield Cops and Rodders representative Jason Skiles, an East Hempfield Township Police Officer, presented the check to staff and campers on the first day of Session 2 Summer Camp.

Skiles stated, "This was the seventh year for the show. Each year we pick a different local organization to receive proceeds. I knew that this year I wanted to help out with the Aaron's Acres summer camp programs. We try to have the kids be a part of the event as much as we can. It was awesome to have one of the Aaron's Acres kids be at the show and let him pick his favorite car, a mint green 1959 Edsel Ranger."

Aaron's Acres provides individuals with developmental disabilities ages 5 to 21 year-round, therapeutically based, age-appropriate recreational programs directed by specifically trained and certified staff in an environment aimed to enhance socialization and communication skills. Emotional, educational, and recreational support is offered for the entire family.

To learn more, readers may visit www.aaronsacres.org or contact Maria Kapsak, community outreach coordinator, at 717-917-6101, ext. 105, or mariakapsak@aaronsacres.org.

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Arts, Crafts Donations Sought July 11, 2017

Caitlin's Smiles, a Harrisburg-based charity, will hold its A Night of Smiles Art Auction on Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Radisson, 1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill. Quality works from local artists and craftspeople are needed for the silent auction, as well as donations of themed gift baskets and packages from local businesses.

To donate artwork, crafts, or gifts, readers may visit fill out the form at www.caitlins-smiles.org and bring their donations to Caitlin's Smiles, 3303 N. Sixth St., Harrisburg, during regular office hours.

Caitlin's Smiles delivers arts and crafts kits to children facing chronic or life-threatening illnesses. With the help of donors and volunteers, Caitlin's Smiles reaches children in 100 hospitals and clinics in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Delaware, New York, New Jersey, West Virginia, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

For more information about Caitlin's Smiles, readers may visit the aforementioned website or call 717-412-4759.

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Dyslexia Center Posts Fundraiser July 3, 2017

The Children's Dyslexia Center of Lancaster is holding a chicken corn soup and apple dumpling sale. Orders will be accepted through Thursday, July 27, and will be available for pickup on Tuesday, Aug. 15, at various distribution points. Soup is available fresh, and apple dumplings are available baked or frozen. Sugar-free dumplings are also available.

Local Masons will volunteer to cook 2,000 quarts of soup and bake 2,000 dumplings for the sale. The seasonal sale fundraisers generate approximately 10 percent of the center's annual operating budget.

To obtain an order form, visit www.childrensdyslexiacenteroflancaster.org, call 717-481-5680, or email cdclancasterpa@gmail.com.

The center currently serves 28 children from Lancaster, York, and Chester counties, offering free Orton-Gillingham remediation for children with dyslexia.

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Annual Luncheon Supports Fight Against Heart Disease June 29, 2017

More than 300 local women and men gathered at the Hotel Hershey on June 14 for the American Heart Association's annual Capital Region Go Red for Women Luncheon. The event raised more than $250,000 toward the fight against heart disease in women.

Dr. Michael Farbaniec of Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute kicked off the event with a presentation on the role of family history in heart disease and stroke risk, followed by a silent "Pursenalities" auction, featuring hundreds of designer purses and gifts donated by area businesswomen. Guests were treated to a heart-healthy lunch that included a lesson on cooking one of the meal's side dishes, herbed cauliflower rice, from chef Ken Gladysz. Attendees received a fresh basil plant to use when making the dish at home.

Guests heard testimonies from four local individuals who have been affected by heart disease and stroke. The testimonies were submitted through the Red Couch Series, which featured a signature red couch that traveled to different locations across the Harrisburg area, encouraging people to share what inspires them to live a healthy life. One of the testimonies came from the luncheon's chair, Patti Husic, president and CEO of Centric Bank, who shared her family history of heart disease and stroke as a driving force behind her passion for the Go Red for Women cause.

The Capital Region Go Red for Women Luncheon also featured the story of heart disease survivor Patti Miletta of Scranton, who received a heart transplant at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center 10 years ago. Patti had a strong family history of heart disease and was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy, linked to a defective gene, in 2004. She was put on the transplant list and received her new heart three months later. After some recovery, she realized a remarkable improvement in her strength and energy. She has since run multiple 5K races, two half marathons and an obstacle course race. Her husband even built a gym for her in their home so she can exercise at any time. Through genetic testing, Miletta also learned that her daughter, Sarah, also carries the gene that can cause dilated cardiomyopathy. Sarah is now being monitored by a cardiologist.

Lucy Gnazzo shared the story of her daughter, Lucy Alana, who had a stroke in January, and her mission to educate more people about stroke warning signs and fast treatment. She praised the American Heart Association's advocacy leading to the passing of House Bill 23, now Act 4 of 2017, that improves Pennsylvania's stroke systems of care to get stroke patients the right treatment in the shortest amount of time. The luncheon program was hosted by television news anchor Valerie Pritchett and radio personality Sue Campbell.

For more information about Go Red for Women, readers may visit www.goredforwomen.org or call 888-694-3278.

Information about the American Heart Association is available by calling 800-AHA-USA1, visiting www.heart.org or calling any of the organization's offices.

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Relay Team Sets Fundraiser June 28, 2017

The Misfits on a Mission Relay For Life team will hold a fundraiser featuring a brand name of apparel at Reformed Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Locust St., Ephrata, on Saturday, July 8, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Three consultants will be present at the clothing boutique pop-up, offering more than 1,500 garments such as ladies' and children's dresses, shirts, and leggings and possibly men's styles. Shoppers will have the opportunity to try clothes on before buying them.

Refreshments will be available.

Due to a donation from the apparel company, all proceeds will directly benefit the American Cancer Society and will support cancer patients in Lancaster County. Funds will help provide rides to treatments, wigs for chemotherapy patients, beauty tips for patients, and more.

Most members of Misfits on a Mission have had family members or friends with cancer. At the most recent Relay For Life, team members donated more than $21,000 in funds they had raised to the Norlanco chapter.

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Hoopla Raises Funds With Fun June 27, 2017

The inaugural Harrisburg Hoopla combined fun with philanthropy to raise $5,500 for local nonprofit organizations in June. The event gave participants a chance to relive memorable middle school days and compete in fun events such as potato sack race, three-legged race, tug-of-war, and more.

Each of the 14 teams that competed represented a local charity of their choice. The top three teams will donate part of the event proceeds to their selected charity. Teams and their charities of choice include The Has Beens, Samara - The Center for Individual and Family Growth, $1,650; BSSF, Capital Area Girls on the Run, $1,100; and Pigs Might Fly, Joshua Group, $550. The remaining $2,200 will go to the Emerging Philanthropist Program, funding annual grant making and next year's Harrisburg Hoopla event.

Harrisburg Hoopla is an event of the Emerging Philanthropists Program (EPP), a partnership between The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) and Harrisburg Young Professionals (HYP). The goal of Harrisburg Hoopla is to unite the local community, boost the economy, and raise money for local nonprofit organizations through friendly track and field competitions.

Readers may visit www.tfec.org/epp for more information on the Emerging Philanthropist Program or find out more about Harrisburg Hoopla at www.facebook.com/HBGhoopla.

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Wreaths Across America Fundraiser Set June 27, 2017

Lancaster Moravian Church, 227 N. Queen St., in cooperation with Lititz VFW Post 1463 Auxiliary, will sponsor a fundraiser for Wreaths Across America on Friday, July 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Lancaster. All donations will be specified for Christmas wreaths for the graves of veterans at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery on Saturday, Dec. 16. Sample wreaths will be displayed at the fundraiser, and those who donate will receive a homemade treat.

The origins of Wreaths Across American can be traced to the Worcester Wreath Company in Harrington, Maine, which delivered Christmas wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery to honor veterans in 1992. In 2007, Wreaths Across America was formed with the mission to remember fallen U.S. veterans and honor those who served by laying a wreath on each veteran's grave in December and saying the veteran's name in remembrance.

For more information, readers may call the church at 717-397-9722 or email office@LancasterMoravian.org.

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Golf Classic Benefits Charity June 27, 2017

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Shoe Drive Fundraiser Posted June 27, 2017

Boro Animal Response krew (BARk) is conducting a shoe drive fundraiser, which will continue through Saturday, Nov. 11, to raise funds to help pets in need. BARk will earn funds based on the total weight of the pairs of used and new shoes collected, as Funds2Orgs will issue a check for the collected shoes. Those funds will benefit pets in need throughout York County. Anyone may help by donating gently worn, used and new shoes at BARk, 1700 W. Philadelphia St., York. The BARk headquarters is open on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 to 3 p.m. or by appointment.

All donated shoes will then be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of small business partners. Funds2Orgs works with micro-entrepreneurs in helping them create, maintain and grow small businesses in developing countries where economic opportunity and jobs are limited. Proceeds from the sales of the shoes collected in shoe drive fundraisers are used to feed, clothe and house the entrepreneurs' families. One entrepreneur in Haiti even earned enough to send to her son to law school.

To learn more about BARk, readers may call 717-880-2957.

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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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