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Good Samaritan Services Launches Campaign March 25, 2019

Good Samaritan Services (GSS) is a Chester County- and Lancaster County-based organization that provides emergency shelter, transitional and permanent housing for those experiencing homelessness.

To honor the 10th anniversary of CEO Nate Hoffer's leadership at Good Samaritan Services (GSS), GSS board and staff have launched a campaign to fund permanent housing rental assistance for the organization's Bridge of Hope @ GSS program.

Through the "It's Good to Be Home!" campaign, GSS is seeking businesses, churches, schools, community groups and individuals to make donations or set up fundraising teams to help avert eviction and homelessness for single women with children in Chester and Lancaster counties.

When Hoffer was appointed as leader of GSS 10 years ago, the organization had three houses and served approximately 15 men in emergency shelter and transitional housing in a year. Now, GSS serves more than 185 men, women and children every year, working across the spectrum of needs, from emergency shelter and transitional housing to long-term affordable housing and permanent housing, with additional programs like matched savings, microfinance, mentoring and job training.

To find out more about the campaign, to donate or to raise funds through the crowd-sourced site Everyday Hero, readers may visit


Fundraiser To Aid Disaster Response Team March 25, 2019

The North Lancaster Disaster Response Team will benefit from a Community Day fundraiser on Tuesday, April 2, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Isaac's, 4 Crosswinds Drive, Lititz. A percentage of the cost of participants' meals will go directly toward expenses for the Response Team's trip to New Jersey to assist in Superstorm Sandy relief efforts. In addition, a percentage of gift card sales will be added to the fundraiser. The gift cards must be used on a future visit rather than during the fundraiser.

Diners are required to fill out and submit a form or display it on their phones. Forms may be picked up at the Lititz Public Library, 651 Kissel Hill Road, or Bomberger's Hardware Store on Route 501 north of Lititz.

Forms may be used for dine-in, takeout, and online orders. Anyone who would like takeouts is asked to place their order by calling 717-625-1181 before arriving at the restaurant. Those who order at should use the coupon code FUND.


Clubs Hold Pork And Sauerkraut Meal March 22, 2019

The Federated Women's Club of Hershey and the Hershey Lions Club jointly held a pork and sauerkraut dinner on March 3 despite inclement weather. Proceeds will benefit the community.

Seven cadets from the Pennsylvania State Police Academy and students from the National Honor Society volunteered at the dinner. Most of the 350 meals were presold. The dinner included homemade desserts provided by the Federated Women's Club of Hershey.

The Federated Women's Club of Hershey and the Hershey Lions Club have a long history of community service. Among the local charities the Federated Women's Club of Hershey currently supports are Cocoa Packs, the Hershey Food Bank, domestic violence shelters, the People Movers, Camp Catherine and local libraries. The Hershey Lions Club provides eye exams and glasses for residents in need, scholarships for local students, sponsorships of youth sports teams, medical equipment assistance, and more.

For more information, readers may search for "Federated Women's Club of Hershey" on Facebook or visit


Students Hold Mini-THON March 22, 2019

Elizabethtown Area High School (EAHS) students raised $85,766 at its annual Four Diamonds Mini-THON, held from 7 p.m. on March 8 to 7 a.m. on March 9. All proceeds from the 12-hour dance marathon will benefit Four Diamonds, which aims to conquer childhood cancer. The fund originated in Elizabethtown with Chris Millard, who battled childhood cancer while a student at Elizabethtown Area School District in the early 1970s.

Mini-THON is similar to Penn State University's THON in that students are not be permitted to sit down during the event. The EAHS Mini-THON ran for 12 hours and culminated with the unveiling of how much money EAHS raised. This year's theme was "One Small Step for E-town, One Giant Leap for a Cure."

Approximately 350 students were active participants in this year's Mini-THON. Over the past five years, EAHS has raised more than $400,000 for Four Diamonds.


Group Sets Luncheon, Fashion Show March 18, 2019

Zion's Angels Relay For Life team will hold its fourth annual luncheon and fashion show on Saturday, March 23, at East Petersburg Mennonite Church, 6279 Main St. (Route 72), East Petersburg.

Doors will open at 11:30 a.m., and a catered lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. The fashion show will begin after lunch. The event will also include door prizes, giveaway drawing baskets, and more.

To purchase tickets, readers may call Judy at 717-951-9493, Polly at 717-725-1687 or Bernie at 717-951-4078. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.


Foundation Opens Photo Contest March 12, 2019

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is holding its 14th annual watershed photo contest. Photo submissions are being accepted through Friday, April 5. Photographers of all skill levels are encouraged to participate to win cash prizes and to have their photos featured in CBF's award-winning publications.

CBF is seeking photographs that illustrate the positive aspects of the bay and its rivers and streams. All photos must include water from the bay or a river, stream, creek or other body of water in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

All winners will receive a one-year membership to CBF, and winning photos may be displayed on CBF's website, in a CBF e-newsletter, in CBF's 2019 calendar, and in CBF's magazine, "Save the Bay."

Contest rules and details are available at


High School To Hold Mini-THON March 6, 2019

Manheim Central High School will hold its Mini-THON on Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23. The dance event raises funds for Four Diamonds.

Readers are invited to donate to the cause at

Also supporting the event will be the "Readers Are Difference Makers" Reading Mini-THON, taking place at Doe Run and H.C. Burgard elementary schools on Wednesday, March 13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Through the effort, monetary donations are being received for Four Diamonds and Child Life.

All donations will be added to the high school Mini-THON's total amount. For more information, contact Colleen Reiner at or 717-665-8900 or Melissa Troiano at or 717-665-8800.


Pasta Dinner Benefits H.O.P.E. March 6, 2019

H.O.P.E. (Help for Oncology Problems and Emotional Support) benefited from an annual pasta dinner, which took place at New Freedom Restaurant on Feb. 25. Sales for the evening totaled more than $4,458. The dinner, supported by Vicki and Dimos Papageorgiou, featured a variety of pasta dishes, salad, and breadsticks.

All proceeds benefited H.O.P.E., a nonprofit organization that provides a variety of services, without charge, to cancer patients and their families through a network of volunteers. H.O.P.E. has provided services to patients in York County and northern Maryland for more than 25 years.

For more information, readers may visit


Heart Ball Raises Funds February 26, 2019

Several hundred business, health care and community leaders from across the Harrisburg area came together at the annual Capital Region Heart Ball on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Hershey Lodge. The event raised more than $270,000 for the American Heart Association, which focuses on heart and brain health.

The theme was "Black Tie and Semper Fi." Local meteorologist Tom Russell hosted the event.

Organizers and event chair Michael Gossert, vice president of Quandel Construction Group Inc., dedicated this year's Heart Ball and Open Your Heart appeal to longtime Heart Ball supporter and former Quandel Construction president John Koury who passed away of a sudden heart attack at age 55 in June 2018. His wife, Cheryl, shared their story and her mission to ensure more people are trained in CPR.

The event also included a silent and live auction, a heart-healthy dinner and entertainment by That Band. The gala opened with the presentation of the colors by Cumberland Valley High School JROTC and the national anthem sung by Messiah College freshman Olivia Shields.

Funds raised from the Capital Region Heart Ball will support the distribution of CPR Anytime training kits in the community and the American Heart Association's mission for longer, healthier lives through community education, public policy advocacy, health care quality improvement and investment in research.

For information about the 2020 Heart Ball, readers may contact Karen McDermott at or call 717-730-1711.


Brandywine Health Foundation Awards Grants February 20, 2019

The Brandywine Health Foundation recently distributed 30 grants totaling $834,000 to area nonprofit organizations that bring services and programs to local residents in need.

The foundation's grantmaking committee, led by Margaret Rivello, vice chair of the Brandywine Health Foundation, reviewed nearly 50 grant proposals that led to the foundation's board of directors giving unanimous approval of each of the community grants.

The first set of grants, Priority 1, "Health Equity," was presented to organizations that "ensure that (Chester County residents have) the opportunity to make choices that will allow them to live a long and healthy life, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, disability, income or background."

These grants were bestowed as follows: Brandywine YMCA, $10,000; Chester County Health Department Nurse-Family Partnership, $15,000; Child Guidance Resource Centers, $70,000; Coatesville Center for Community Health, $12,000; Community Volunteers in Medicine, $10,000; Family Service of Chester County, $19,000; Human Services Inc., $20,000; Maternal and Child Health Consortium, $45,000; Pennsylvania Health Access Network, $5,000; Coatesville Health Center, $45,000; Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY), $5,000; and Volunteer English Program in Chester County, $7,000.

Priority 2 grants, "Healthy Youth," were given to organizations that "empower youths aged 12 to 24 to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle, cultivate leadership skills and experience and achieve their goals for the future." Organizations that received grants include the following: The Bridge Academy and Community Center, $10,000; Chester County Futures, $5,000; Coatesville Youth Initiative, $60,000; Hope Beyond Borders/Coatesville Kids to College, $5,000; The Parkesburg Point, $5,000; Scott Field Project, $2,000; Valley Youth House, $10,000; and Youth Mentoring Partnership, $5,000.

Priority 3 grants, "Healthy Community," were awarded to organizations that "improve community conditions that help impact the health of everyone." These grant winners included the following: Chester County Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC), $6,000; Coatesville Partners for Progress, $20,000; Coatesville Area Senior Center, $5,000; the Crime Victims' Center of Chester County, $10,000; Domestic Violence Center of Chester County, $20,000; Good Works Inc., $7,000; and Home of the Sparrow, $6,000.

First responders grants were presented to the Chester County Economic Development Foundation/Chester County Public Safety Training Campus, which received $12,000, and the Washington Hose Company No. 1 of Coatesville, which received $3,000.

The multi-year pledge commitment through 2020 was presented to ChesPenn Health Services, which includes $380,000 in fiscal year 2019, with a grant total of $870,000.

The Brandywine Health Foundation has distributed more than $17.5 million in grants and scholarships since 2002. To learn more, readers may visit or email


Foundation Names Director February 14, 2019

The Hempfield Foundation has named Richard Packer as the first executive director of the nonprofit, which is devoted to promoting and enhancing excellence in education across the Hempfield School District by providing independent financial support for innovative projects and scholarships.

Packer's career history within professional sports and business includes executive leadership in public, private, and entrepreneurial settings. As executive director of a United Way youth organization, Packer's leadership increased revenues by more than 800 percent. While serving as executive director of a Florida public school district's nonprofit educational foundation, he established a variety of school support programs funded by revenues that increased 688 percent over his tenure.

While Packer was the head men's basketball coach of Northampton County Community College, his teams produced a winning percentage of .781, two regular season championships, four tournament championships, and the Pennsylvania Junior College State Championship. In the private sector, while serving as vice president of an Atlanta-based financial services firm, Packer recruited, hired, field-trained and supervised more than 150 financial services licensed field agents in both insurance and investment advising. He also served as president and COO of the American Basketball Association, for which he created, developed, and administered corporate business plans of more than 60 league teams and also oversaw the day-to-day league operations of the regular season and playoffs.

Packer's hiring at the Hempfield Foundation occurs as the organization seeks to broaden its growth in grant programs and scholarship gifts, development and outreach, fundraising events, business partnerships, and alumni relationships.

A volunteer board of Hempfield residents oversees the foundation's operations, raises and allocates funds, and invests capital to grow over time as a perpetual endowment for the community. To date, the foundation has donated more than $685,000 to students, staff, and programs within the Hempfield School District through the support of the community. To learn more, readers may visit


Heart Ball Raises More Than $247,000 February 14, 2019

Nearly 300 Lancaster County business and community leaders came together at the 34th annual Lancaster Heart Ball on Feb. 2 at the Lancaster Country Club. The event raised more than $247,000 for the American Heart Association, a voluntary health organization focused on heart and brain health.

The gala, themed "Fire and Ice," opened with the Keep the Beat dance hour featuring The Uptown Band playing a full hour of songs with 100 beats per minute, which is the correct tempo for performing Hands-Only CPR. The dance hour was followed by a custom "Fire and Ice" performance from American Music Theatre dancers. Lancaster Chamber president Tom Baldridge hosted the evening's festivities, which also included silent and live auctions, a heart-healthy dinner, musical entertainment and dancing. Dave Murray and Diane Murry served as the event's co-chairs.

Organizers dedicated this year's Heart Ball and Open Your Heart appeal to longtime Heart Ball committee member and American Heart Association volunteer Kim McNabb, who passed away in December of a heart-related illness. McNabb had been a volunteer for the Heart Ball since its inception 34 years ago. In his honor, American Heart Association, Lancaster Division board president Shawn Hart presented the Kim McNabb and Glenn L. Myers Friend of Heart Award to two other longtime volunteers and American Heart Association supporters, Brian and Sandy Brightbill.

Funds raised from the Lancaster Heart Ball will support the American Heart Association's mission to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives through community education, public policy advocacy, health care quality improvement and investment in lifesaving research.

For more information about sponsoring or attending the 2020 Heart Ball, set for Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, readers may contact Bill Coder at or 717-730-1736.


Annual Ball Will Support Heart Association February 13, 2019

The American Heart Association, a voluntary health organization focused on heart and brain health, invites business, health care and community leaders from across the Harrisburg area to attend the 2019 Capital Region Heart Ball. The event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m. at the Hershey Lodge, 325 University Drive, Hershey.

Tom Russell from a local television news station will host the evening's festivities, which will include silent and live auctions, a heart-healthy dinner, musical entertainment and dancing. The evening's Open Your Heart appeal will be dedicated to the memory of John Koury, a longtime supporter of the Capital Region Heart Ball who died unexpectedly of a heart attack in June 2018. His wife, Cheryl Koury, will share his story and her mission to ensure more people are trained in CPR so they will feel more prepared than she did to help a loved one in a cardiac emergency.

Funds raised will support the distribution of CPR Anytime training kits in the community and the American Heart Association's mission to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives through community education, public policy advocacy, health care quality improvement and investment in lifesaving research.

Michael Gossert, vice president of Quandel Construction Group Inc., is serving as the event's chair. His military service inspired this year's patriotic Heart Ball theme, "Black Tie & Semper Fi."

There is a fee to attend. For more information about the 2019 Capital Region Heart Ball, readers may visit or contact Karen McDermott at 717-730-1711 or


Cancer Crushin' 5K Run/Walk Set February 12, 2019

The Cancer Crushin' 5K run/walk will be held on Sunday, April 7, at 12:45 p.m. at Jacobus Lions Ambulance Building, 18 S. Main St. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge, located in Hershey and Philadelphia. Described as a "home away from home," Hope Lodge provides no-cost housing for patients undergoing active outpatient treatment for cancer.

Registration is available for a set fee at, with a higher fee after Thursday, March 7. For more information, readers may contact Nina Kenney at or 717-309-9306.


MDA Shamrocks Program Set February 12, 2019

More than 25 retailers throughout central Pennsylvania are uniting to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) raise funds to help transform the lives of those with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases by participating in the MDA Shamrocks program through the end of April. Participating retailers invite customers to join them in the St. Patrick's Day fundraising program by adding a paper shamrock (pinup) to their purchase at checkout for a set amount or a larger contribution or by rounding up their purchase.

To learn more about the program and how to get involved, readers may contact Miles Fishel at 717-540-4316 or or visit


2-1-1 Service Will Expand February 12, 2019

United Way of Pennsylvania and PA 2-1-1 have announced that all Pennsylvania residents will be able to contact 2-1-1 for help by the end of 2019. 2-1-1 is the free, confidential, 24-hour information and referral service that currently connects 97 percent of Pennsylvanians with all the health and human services available to help. In 2018, more than 202,000 people turned to 2-1-1 in Pennsylvania for help.

Information and referral specialists with 2-1-1 are trained to listen, assess a situation, ask appropriate questions, and then refer callers directly to the human services that will comprehensively address their needs. The 2-1-1 specialists also explain how to access those services, availing a translation service for more than 170 different languages, if needed.

People may contact 2-1-1 to find information on basic needs, such as utility assistance or the location of the closest food bank. However, 2-1-1 also provides callers with everyday information like where to take their child for developmental screening or how to locate job training.

To reach PA 2-1-1, readers may dial 2-1-1 from their phone or text their ZIP code to 898-211.


Schreiber Receives Gift February 7, 2019

The Schreiber Center for Pediatric Development, Lancaster County-based provider of pediatric therapy services throughout central Pennsylvania, has announced the first major gift in its effort to take the Schreiber Endowment Fund to the next level.

Atlee Hall, a Lancaster-based law firm, intends to donate $10,000 in the Atlee Hall Drive to $1 Million Challenge. Schreiber created the fund in 2014, and in a little more than four years Schreiber has grown the fund to about $800,000.

It has set a goal of reaching $1 million by June, which is the fifth anniversary of the start of the fund. The Schreiber Endowment Fund is part of the organization's strategy to strengthen its long-term financial position.

The Schreiber Center for Pediatric Development is a nonprofit organization that offers innovative therapy, education and recreation resources for children, teenagers and young adults. For more information, readers may visit


Quilt Giveaway Drawing Posted February 5, 2019

H.O.P.E. will hold a patchwork quilt giveaway drawing during a pasta dinner at the New Freedom Family Restaurant, 17308 Susquehanna Trail, on Monday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. The 54-by-54-inch quilt was hand-pieced and machine-quilted.

Separate prices have been set for individual tickets and for sets of five tickets. Tickets may be purchased at the H.O.P.E. office, 150 E. Main St., New Freedom, prior to the pasta dinner, and they will also be sold on the evening of the dinner. For more information, readers may call the H.O.P.E. office at 717-227-2824.


Yard Sale Site Will Change January 29, 2019

The Timothy's Troops Relay For Life team has moved the site of its yearly August yard sale to Newberrytown Church of God, 2825 Old Trail Road, York Haven. The additional space will allow for other vendors and personal yard sales.

Those interested in renting a space may text Rena Stare at 717-578-5708. Rental spaces are outdoors and are available for a set price per day, with proceeds to be divided between the American Cancer Society and the church.

The yard sale will run on Friday, Aug. 2, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. This will be a rain-or-shine event.


NRA Fundraising Banquet Slated January 28, 2019

The 26th annual Lancaster County Friends of the NRA fundraising banquet will take place on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Spooky Nook Sports, 2913 Spooky Nook Road, Manheim. Doors will open at 4 p.m., and an unlimited buffet will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Proceeds from the event will go to the promotion of sporting and firearm education, hunter safety, range development and improvement, women's firearm safety, and educational courses, as well as wildlife conservation efforts. Funds raised by this Friends of the NRA event are distributed by the NRA Foundation to fund local, state, and national grant programs.

There is a fee for the dinner. Checks should be made payable to The NRA Foundation. For more information, including how to purchase tickets, readers may call Donna Gerz at 717-203-2592 or Paul Means Jr. at 717-354-7789.

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