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Puttin' On The Glitz March 22, 2018

On Friday, April 27, the Mount Joy Chamber of Commerce will hold the annual Chamber Banquet and Benefit Auction in the Carriage House at the Cameron Estate Inn and Restaurant, 1855 Mansion Lane, Mount Joy. The event is open to the public, and individuals do not need to be members of the Chamber to attend.

Mount Joy Chamber coordinator Kerry Meyers shared that the theme for the evening will be "Puttin' on the Glitz," with simple, shimmering decor and background music to fit that bill. Past years' themes have included "Springtime in Paris" and "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." Guests are always welcome to dress according to the theme if they would like. A photo booth will be set up for attendees to enjoy.

Festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. with both silent and Chinese auction items to bid on and a wide selection of appetizers prepared by area restaurants. Meyers noted that the Chinese auction is a new addition for 2018.

Dinner will be served at 7 p.m., followed by the live auction, which will feature a few "celebrity" auctioneers. The items up for bids will include a beach excursion in Ocean City, Md.; a golf outing; themed baskets; a one-year membership to Dog Park Mount Joy; specialty popcorn; and tickets and gift cards to area restaurants, attractions, and businesses. Another unique experience to bid on will be lunch for two with Commissioner Craig Lehman at a restaurant in downtown Lancaster.

Interested individuals may reserve tickets for the event at a discounted rate by calling the Chamber office at 717-653-0773 or by emailing by Friday, April 13. Full-price tickets will be available at the door on the evening of the event.

Meyers said that the dinner and auction is a major fundraiser for the Chamber, and the monies raised help to support the community events such as Music in the Park, which will be held on four consecutive Sundays beginning on July 29; visits with Santa Claus at Christmas time; and the seven scholarships totaling $4,500 that the Chamber awards to local students each spring. The fundraiser also helps to cover the costs of operating the Mount Joy Chamber office and Visitors Center, which is located at 62 E. Main St., Suite 1, Mount Joy.

The Chamber is still accepting donations of items, experiences, and services for the auctions. "If you have something you would like to donate to the auction, your name will be included with your donated item, and it will also be in the program that evening," Meyers stated. Interested individuals may contact the Chamber to make a donation.


Pedal To Pummel Cancer March 22, 2018

If the third time is the charm, the organizers of Bike Towards the Cure should hit the jackpot when it comes to optimum weather for this year's rain-or-shine event. "Weather was a factor for the past two years, so we are hoping that changes this year," remarked event founder Philip Bayliss.

The sixth annual Bike Towards the Cure on Sunday, May 6, will begin and end at The Vineyard at Grandview, 1489 Grandview Road, Mount Joy. Participants may choose to complete a 15-, 30-, or 62-mile (metric century) course. "We make it as rider-friendly as possible," stated Bayliss, adding that each route will be scenic and encompass rolling hills. Aid stations will be situated along the way, and beverages, snacks, cue sheets, and SAG support will also be provided.

"We like the fact that it's getting the breadth of the community. We have a broad range of people every year, from novice riders to cycling clubs, who do an entire season of these courses," Bayliss said. "Everyone is out there to have fun."

To register in advance at a discounted rate, interested individuals may visit or Full-price registration may also be completed on the day of the event during check-in between 7 and 8:30 a.m. A rolling start will take place from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Youths age 15 and under are welcome to participate if accompanied by an adult.

A meal will be provided for participants afterward, and a disc jockey will be spinning tunes. Specialty beverage tastings will be available to adult participants for an additional cost. "It's a lot of fun," Bayliss commented. "A lot of families come and hang out during the ride, too."

Proceeds from the event will support the A Week Away Foundation and the American Cancer Society (ACS). Bike Towards the Cure got its start when Bayliss and a friend decided to bicycle across the United States - sort of on a whim but also with a goal of raising money to support ACS. Bayliss, who had his thyroid removed due to cancer when he was in high school and has a long history of cancer in his family, wanted to do something to help out the organizations that work to improve the lives of those affected by cancer.

Bayliss and his friend rode just over 4,000 miles in approximately 70 days from coast to coast. "There's really no way to prepare for it. If you can make it through the first week, then you're set," said Bayliss with a laugh. They raised more than $20,000 through that ride and have organized community rides in the years since to continue fundraising. "This was always kind of the vision. Doing some kind of crazy bucket list ride, but then the realistic vision was to do the annual ride," Bayliss reflected.

ACS remains one of the beneficiaries, and A Week Away was added in recent years to include a locally based organization. A Week Away was created by Caleb Walker as a way to give families that are battling a life-threatening illness time away together. Walker was a Lampeter-Strasburg High School graduate who succumbed to Stage III anaplastic ependymoma in 2014 at age 23. According to, the foundation coordinates and finances respite weeks for families "with the goal of providing them the hope they need to continue their fight."

Bike Towards the Cure event T-shirts are optional, and riders may choose to pay for a shirt with registration or not. Organizers note that keeping the T-shirt cost separate allows as many of the proceeds as possible to go toward the A Week Away Foundation and ACS. Readers who have questions may contact organizers through


Pinnacle Cup To Support Camp Ladybug, CMN March 21, 2018

In the past 16 years, the Pinnacle Cup Team Match Play Tournament has had more than 500 different players - including participants from nine states, according to tournament director Clair Dale Treese. More than $75,000 has been raised for GEARS' Camp Ladybug and the Children's Miracle Network (CMN), which have been the golf tournament's main beneficiaries from the beginning.

"A match play tournament is very unusual, especially in charity play," explained Treese, noting that the nature of the format intensifies the competition. "Every hole is important. (The players) like that thrill, that they have to make a shot for their team. But it still uses a scramble format with a two-person team, so that takes some of the pressure off."

The 17th annual Pinnacle Cup Team Match Play Tournament will take place on Thursday, June 7, at Royal Manchester Golf Links, 5700 Board Road, Mount Wolf. "(Participants) can play on one of the top courses in the Northeast," noted Treese, mentioning that the public golf course has received accolades.

The tournament will offer gross and net divisions, which also helps to enhance competition by placing teams based on their combined handicaps and indexed according to the United States Golf Association (USGA) rating of the course. Each team will play three matches of nine holes (27 holes overall), and those that qualify will continue to the single-elimination championship rounds, where each team will play a best-of-three holes match. The final two teams will then play a best-of-three holes single elimination match to determine the overall tournament team champions.

Matches will begin at 8:15 a.m., and lunch will be served at 2 p.m. Teams will square off for the final matches at approximately 3:15 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded to the champion and second-place team, as well as the two third-place teams.

The tournament is an all-day affair, which Treese said is purposeful. "When I developed the tournament, I had played in a lot of charity events, and I knew that if I took a day off work I wanted to play golf all day."

Registration is available by contacting Treese at 717-367-9144 or before Tuesday, May 22. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. The registration fee will cover golf cart rental, green fees, 27 holes of golf, prizes, a luncheon, and access to a practice range. An early-bird discount registration rate is available through Tuesday, May 1.

The funds raised will help Camp Ladybug to offer its programming at no charge to Elizabethtown-area residents with special needs. When Treese originally created the competition, he talked to Barry Acker, executive director of GEARS, about a program that needed support and Acker suggested Camp Ladybug.

"The need never goes away, so we keep trying to do what we can to help," Treese said. "The kids (from Camp Ladybug) have attended (the tournament) different years and received some free golf instruction."

GEARS sponsors Camp Ladybug in conjunction with the Elizabethtown Area Services for Special Needs. This year's camp will run from 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays through Fridays from June 18 through July 27, excluding Wednesday, July 4, at Elizabethtown Area Community Park Pavilion 5. Individuals age 6 and up who have mental or physical challenges are welcome to attend. Socialization skills and recreational activities are the focuses of the camp. To register or learn more about Camp Ladybug, interested individuals may visit

A portion of the proceeds will also go to CMN for the children's hospital located at the Hershey Medical Center, which provides critical care, life-saving treatment, research, equipment, and outreach programs for local children.


WGC Competitive Grants Issued March 21, 2018

Eight York area nonprofits are the recipients of grants from the Women's Giving Circle (WGC) of the York County Community Foundation (YCCF). They were selected as part of the most recent WGC Competitive Grants Program, for a total of $44,400 in grants.

Grants were awarded to City of York's Bureau of Health - Zagster Bike Share Program: $9,000 for one new bike station as part of Year 2 expansion of the pilot program designed to increase recreation-related physical activity and to provide multimodal transportation opportunities; Cultural Alliance of York - CelebrateARTS! MLK, Jr. Celebration: $1,400 to support a new event dedicated to serving children and families living in the York City neighborhoods surrounding the downtown as part of the Cultural Alliance's week of free cultural events in January; Downtown Inc. - Foundry Park Security Camera Project: $2,500 to install high-quality securing camera and monitoring equipment in Foundry Park as part of larger effort to fill gaps in York's downtown security camera infrastructure and improve public safety; and Leadership York/Leadership for Diverse Schools (LDS) - Project TEAM at Spring Grove School District: $1,000 to expand LDS graduates' efforts to create a positive school culture across the Spring Grove School District that supports problem solving, conflict resolution, resiliency, leadership, and anti-bullying.

Grants were also awarded to Watershed Alliance of York - Expansion/Promotion of Codorus Water Trail: $1,000 to build on past efforts to promote the Codorus Creek as a major recreational destination; York Academy - Makerspace Program at Upper School: $10,000 to support acquisition of equipment needed to outfit new makerspace/design center within the new high school (to be opened to students in fall 2018); York College Center for Community Engagement - YCCOSP Generations of Hope: $9,500 for a new program to better prepare York College Community Opportunity Scholarship Program recipients for meaningful employment in York and enable them to participate in organizations that shape the future of York City and York County; and York County Bar Foundation - Hard Bargains 1777 public art installation: $10,000 for detailed historical and design development for a large, permanent outdoor public art installation that commemorates the work of the Second Continental Congress in York in the fall of 1777 and highlights the adoption of the Articles of Confederation.

The Women's Giving Circle of the YCCF builds a community of thoughtful, effective philanthropists. They aspire to advance York County's social capital through the Circle's community leadership, charitable investments, and course of study. They forge new relationships among women of diverse ages, interests, and backgrounds. To learn more, readers may visit


30th Annual York Heart Ball Slated March 20, 2018

The American Heart Association invites business, health care and community leaders from across York County to attend the 30th annual York Heart Ball on Saturday, April 21, at 6 p.m. at the Out Door Country Club, 1157 Detwiler Drive, York. The theme will be "Ante Up Against Heart Disease."

The evening will be hosted by television news anchor Amy Lutz and co-chaired by Brock Hively and Josh Smeltzer of The Sides Group of RBC Wealth Management. Hively currently serves as first vice president and financial adviser of the consulting group, and Smeltzer serves as senior vice president and financial adviser.

Hively also serves as a member of the board of the Executive Referral Network. He is a native of York and a graduate of York College of Pennsylvania.

Smeltzer is also the past president and treasurer of Central Pennsylvania Professional Referral Exchange and is involved in York Young Professionals. He is a graduate of York College of Pennsylvania and remains active in the school's alumni association.

The York Heart Ball will include live entertainment by Clockwork Band, along with dinner, dancing and other activities. The event will raise funds for the American Heart Association's mission to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Guests will have opportunities to support the mission by bidding on silent and live auction items and making a gift during the Open Your Heart appeal, featuring the story of heart disease survivor Travis Martin of New Oxford.

Martin learned he had a congenital heart defect called ARVD after his sister, Becky, collapsed and nearly died on the tennis court from a dangerous arrhythmia caused by the same condition. By that time in his life, Martin had amassed many athletic achievements, including marathons and an Ironman competition.

He received an implantable defibrillator and was told he would have to give up sports and strenuous physical activity. Even with these restrictions, Martin experienced an arrhythmia episode severe enough that he was shocked 39 times. He knows the condition is progressive and genetic. He continues to work as a physical education teacher and coach and holds out hope that more advances may be made in treatment for future generations.

For more information and to purchase tickets, readers may visit or call 717-207-4281.


Experience The Flavors Of Ethiopia March 15, 2018

Hope Within Sets Annual Fundraiser

On Saturday, April 14, Hope Within Ministries will host its annual Flavors of Ethiopia dinner at Mount Joy Church of God, 30 E. Main St., Mount Joy. The food will be freshly prepared by Ethiopian cooks and served in an all-you-can-eat buffet style from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

"This event came about as the Ethiopian community in our care wanted to do something special for Hope Within as a way to raise awareness and give back," shared Donita Sturgis, president of Hope Within Ministries. "We could not be more thrilled to care for these individuals and now to work alongside them to prepare this succulent and satisfying authentic culinary feast.

"It truly is an honor and a privilege, and we know our guests will not be disappointed," added Sturgis.

Foods will include siga wat, misir wat, atikilit wat, mike alicha, injera and Ethiopian bread. The authentic Ethiopian dishes will feature a variety of spicy and mild options. Hope Within Ministries office manager Anne Marie McAlester said that the Ethiopian chicken, beef, and vegetable dishes are prepared similarly to a stew.

A variety of fresh baked goods from regional bakeries as well as homemade treats will be served for dessert. Coffee, tea, and water will also be available.

African-themed crafts and other items will be available for folks to bid on in a silent auction throughout the evening.

There is no charge for the event; however, interested individuals must register in advance to allow organizers to plan accordingly. To register, readers may fill out a form at or contact McAlester at 717-367-9797, ext. 303, or The deadline to register is Friday, April 6.

A freewill offering will be received that evening, and all proceeds from the event will benefit Hope Within Ministries, which provides medical and counseling services to individuals in need in Dauphin, Lancaster, and Lebanon counties.

According to the organization's 2017 Annual Report, the Hope Within Community Health Center hosted a total of 1,742 medical visits in 2017 and Hope Within Counseling Services served 49 unique individuals through a total of 537 counseling visits. Eight staff members and more than 80 volunteers work together to serve patients. Hope Within Ministries' mission, as stated in the Annual Report, is "to show God's love through the provision of high-quality professional health care, sound counsel, and related education."

Hope Within Ministries is located at 4748 E. Harrisburg Pike, Elizabethtown. To learn more, readers may visit or


GHF Upstream Grants Open March 14, 2018

The Greater Harrisburg Foundation (GHF), a regional foundation of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC), announced a new competitive grant opportunity available to area nonprofits on Sunday, April 1, called GHF Upstream. The GHF Upstream grant opportunity seeks to improve area communities by supporting new or existing "upstream" systems, interventions, programs, or projects that attempt to create positive social change by addressing a problem at its source rather than managing its "downstream" symptoms.

This grant opportunity is open to singular or collective nonprofit organizations whose proposals serve to address community needs of one or more counties within the GHF service region of Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, and Perry counties and the Dillsburg area of York County. Over $250,000 may be awarded and grant awards will range from $500 to $10,000. GHF Upstream encourages applications that focus upon education, environment and parks, health and wellness, homelessness and hunger, mental health, seniors, and more.

To announce this new opportunity to the community and to share information about TFEC grant making, TFEC invites nonprofit representatives and interested community members to attend one of three information sessions to take place on Wednesday, March 28, in Camp Hill; on Thursday, March 29, in Chambersburg; and Thursday, April 5, in Annville.

Attendance is free, but seating is limited, and registration is required. For more information and to register, readers may visit

The GHF Upstream grant application will be released on April 1 and is due by Wednesday, Aug. 1. Proposed projects may take place at any time from Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, through Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. Eligible applicants must have 501(c)(3) status or demonstrate nonprofit status as a church or school.

TFEC grant making does not fund individuals, capital campaigns, religious organizations for the propagation of religious doctrine, advertising, direct lobbying to influence legislation, or retroactive projects. Interested applicants may learn more about the parameters of this and other TFEC grant opportunities at Questions about grant eligibility may be directed to Jennifer Strechay, program officer for community investment at TFEC, at 717-236-5040 or


Relay For Life Team Posts Fundraiser February 27, 2018

The Irish For a Cure Relay For Life of Lancaster County team will offer homemade peanut butter and coconut eggs for purchase. The following varieties are available, with separate prices set for half-dozens and dozens: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, coconut milk, and coconut dark. Also available are mixed dozens of dark and milk chocolate eggs and mixed dozens of coconut eggs.

To place an order, contact Jason Risner at by Thursday, March 22. The eggs will be delivered on Friday, March 30.


Bingo Event To Support Brittany's Hope February 23, 2018

When Arlene Naples first began sponsoring a child through Brittany's Hope, she had no idea how much of an impact that simple commitment would have on her own life. Naples, who was born and raised in Elizabethtown, has been involved with the work of Brittany's Hope since the nonprofit organization formed as a way to aid and facilitate adoptions of children from around the world who have special needs. "The mission just gets into your skin and becomes part of you," shared Naples.

The sponsorship program - which Brittany's Hope operates in addition to helping with adoption grants and various orphan care projects - allows interested individuals to sponsor a child living in another nation for a set fee each month. The monthly payments help to provide nutrition, clean water, medical care, and education for the child.

Naples has sponsored Thu, now 19, for the past 11 years and had the opportunity to meet her on a trip to Vietnam with Brittany's Hope a few years ago. Thu went to House of Love, a children's home supported by Brittany's Hope, after her father was killed and her mother became desperately poor. Understandably shy and closed off when she first settled in at House of Love, Thu has changed dramatically, according to Naples. "She's really come into her own through the nurturing and care she's received. She's a beautiful young lady and wants to be a chef," shared Naples through tears.

Thu and Naples wrote letters to each other throughout the years leading up to their initial meeting. Naples' three children also wrote to Thu over the years. "(Thu) considers them her siblings," said Naples.

Brittany's Hope executive director Mai-Lynn Sahd attributed part of Thu's transformation to Naples being such an active sponsor. "(Thu) went from being an extremely shy girl to, by the time (Naples) met her, a confident young lady," Sahd said. "She nurtured her from afar, and that relationship deepened every month."

Although the language barrier made communication a bit challenging when they met in person, it did not deter the two from bonding and forming memories. "We communicated that night a lot through Google Translate. It felt like we were just teenagers becoming friends. The only thing missing was pizza and Mountain Dew, but we had lychee nuts and mango seeds instead," recounted Naples with a laugh.

Seeing nine of the Vietnam programs that Brittany's Hope supports, including vocational training sites in areas of extreme poverty, deepened Naples' passion for the organization.

Two years ago, Naples hosted a bingo event to raise funds to purchase bicycles that Brittany's Hope provides to students in developing nations, making it possible for them to get to school. "(A bicycle) truly is the difference between whether or not a kid can go to school or not (in some places)," explained Naples. "It's hard to picture that when you grow up over here, but that (can be) the difference between them breaking that (trend) of not having an education."

That event sold out, and this year Naples has been working to plan another food bingo to benefit the work of Brittany's Hope in Vietnam, Kenya, and Ethiopia. The event is set to take place at noon on Sunday, April 22, at the Londonderry Fire Hall, 2655 Foxianna Road, Middletown. Twenty games of bingo and a special game will be played. Prizes will include gift cards to local restaurants, grocery stores, and area attractions. Food and homemade baked goods will be available to purchase, and attendees may enter to win prize drawings.

Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 717-367-9614 or emailing A limited number of tickets may be available at the door for a higher price. To learn more about the event or how to sponsor a child through Brittany's Hope, readers may visit


Puppies Honor The Memory Of Carly Imbierowicz February 20, 2018

Carly Imbierowicz and her friend, Daulton Pointek, students at Octorara Area High School, died on Nov. 22, 2014, when a broken exhaust pipe allowed carbon monoxide to leak into the car they were driving on the way home from the movies.

Since that time, Carly's family has established the Carly Imbierowicz Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness about the issue of carbon monoxide (CO) dangers, sponsors the annual Octorara Angels Rainbow Run and Carbon Monoxide Awareness Event and provides scholarships to Octorara students.

The family's most recent effort was to breed Carly's English mastiff, named Malachi, resulting in 11 puppies, all of which have been adopted by local families. "The puppies are in loving memory of Carly and to help spread carbon monoxide awareness in her memory through her greatest love - animals," said Carly's mother, Donna, who has nicknamed the puppies CO Awareness Angels. "Every puppy in some way went to a family that either lost a dog or a loved one, as a way to bring more love into their families."

The puppies' owners have all agreed to share Carly's story. "One of the puppies' (new owners) lost her mom and sister and her dog," noted Donna. "She works at a firehouse and already shared Carly's story during a meeting at the firehouse. Another dog went to a family with twin girls, and the mom is a school counselor who plans to take the dog to school with her."

Donna said that when people see the puppies, the new owners will be able to speak of Carly and the cause of her death as a way to raise awareness. "People's attention will be drawn to the puppies, and then they will hear the story," she said. "Each home that the puppies are going to will be sharing Carly's story, and lives will be saved."

The Imbierowicz family, including Donna; her husband, Matt; and their son, Andy, as well as Emma Arriviello, one of Carly's best friends, recently brought the puppies to the cemetery at St. Malachi Church in Coatesville, Carly's final resting place. Some of the puppy's owners visited the cemetery to pick up their dogs. Additionally, Andy kept one of the dogs, named Foxy, as his own.

Donna said that some of the puppies will be in attendance at the Octorara Angels Rainbow Run on Saturday, June 2, at Octorara High School. This year's event, themed "Breathe Easy," will kick off the Octorara Agriculture, Business, Environmental Science and Technology Expo (OABEST) event. Proceeds from last year's run were used to make improvements to the Octorara track. "This year, we will use the money to upgrade the sound system at the stadium," Donna noted.

Donna said that channeling grief into the work of the foundation has brought some comfort to her and her family. She is also trying to get the message out that people should check their auto exhausts for leaks and to be sure to install CO detectors in their homes.

"I am trying to find positive ways to heal and honor (Carly's) memory," Donna added. "I know how proud Carly is of all of her CO Awareness Angels and that she is continuing to change the world from heaven. These (puppies) are the only 'kids' that Carly will ever have here on Earth, and they are both God and Carly's miracles who will go out and help save lives."

For more information about the foundation, readers may visit In addition, Daulton's family holds an annual memorial golf tournament. This year's event will take place on Friday, July 13, at Moccasin Run Golf Course in Atglen. More information about the event can be found at


TFEC Announces Grant Recipients February 20, 2018

The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) recently announced that 96 grant awards totaling $686,384 were made to area nonprofits through 10 competitive grant opportunities. All awarded projects will take place during the 2018 calendar year, and all grant recipients are registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or have a fiscal sponsor.

The Arts for All Partnership, a partnership between the Cultural Enrichment Fund and the Greater Harrisburg Foundation, a regional foundation of TFEC, works to support and increase access to the arts throughout the capital region and awarded $79,785 in grant funds to 27 area nonprofits in 2017. Awardees are as follows: Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro Inc., $2,000 for the Destination ARTS! Performance Fund; Bosler Memorial Library, $3,000 for Music at Bosler; Capital Region Arts and Education, $3,000 for Arts Master Classes; Capitol Theatre Foundation, $2,000 for Arts in Education at the Capitol Theatre; Carlisle Arts Learning Center Inc., $5,000 for ArtWorks!; and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, $4,000 for Teen Night at the Ballet.

Also, Cumberland Valley School of Music, $5,000 for the Arts Integrated Preschool Pilot Program; Diocese of Harrisburg, $2,683 for Saint Theresa School Piano Lab Expansion; Downtown Carlisle Association, $4,000 for Color Carlisle: A Public Art Initiative; Drew Michael Taylor Foundation, $1,500 for Meeting the Needs of Grievers Through Art; Gamut Theatre Group Inc., $3,000 for 25th annual Shakespeare in the Park; Harrisburg Area Community College Foundation, $1,602 for Educating the Next Generation Through the Arts (EdGe) Program; a Harrisburg men's chorus, $3,000 for Celebrating Female Composers; Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg, $1,500 for JCC Senior Artist in Residency; Lebanon Valley Council on The Arts, $2,500 for the Intergenerational Project; Market Square Concerts, $3,500 for Market Square Concerts Soundscape Educational Outreach Program; and Nativity School of Harrisburg, $5,000 for The Nativity School of Harrisburg Arts Program.

Also, Open Stage of Harrisburg, $3,000 for the Student Matinee Series: "Akeelah and the Bee" and "The Diary of Anne Frank"; Open Stage of Harrisburg, $3,000 for Sankofa African American Theatre Company's Peer2Peer Education Project; Pennsylvania Regional Ballet, $4,000 for the R.A.I.S.E. (Refined Arts Inspire Successful Education) Program; Retired Senior Volunteer Program of The Capital Region Inc., $3,500 for The Art ZONE project; The Arc of Cumberland and Perry Counties (CPARC), $3,000 for the From A to X: Art Creation to eXhibit project; the Salvation Army Harrisburg Capital City Region, $1,000 for arts programming within the 2018 Summer Youth Enrichment program; St. Stephen's Episcopal Cathedral, $1,500 for Music by the River, Season 5; Susquehanna Folk Music Society Inc., $2,000 for Little Pickers Family Activities; West Perry School District, $5,000 for the Children Learn to Play Ukulele and Join in Jam Sessions with Community Musicians project; and World Affairs Council of Harrisburg, $1,500 for the 2018 International Poetry and Storytelling Competition for High School Students.

The mission of the Children's Home Foundation Fund, a fund of TFEC, is to provide aid to economically disadvantaged children in Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry counties. Ten grantees were awarded $23,100 within this grant round, including Bethesda Mission of Harrisburg, $2,000 for Outdoor Play Area for Bethesda Mission Community Center; Center For Champions of Pa Inc., $2,000 for Rooted Site Mentoring; Community Check Up Center of South Harrisburg Inc., $4,000 for health care for children; Foundation for the Central Dauphin Schools, $3,000 for Food for the NutriPacks weekend backpack program for food-insecure children; Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, $2,000 for Music Education Program for Children; Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg, $2,000 for Scholarships for Early Learning Center; Nativity School of Harrisburg, $2,600 for Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Through Education; New Hope Ministries Inc., $2,000 to support New Hope's Power Pac program for low-income children's meals; Shalom House, $2,000 for the Emergency Shelter - Kids Still Counting on Us program; and The Salvation Army Carlisle Corps, $1,500 for the purchase of new underwear and socks for children.

The Emerging Philanthropist Program (EPP) seeks to engage Harrisburg's emerging business and community leaders with the great possibilities that lie within philanthropic endeavors in Harrisburg and is a joint project of TFEC and Harrisburg Young Professionals. In 2017, EPP awarded $5,000 to Downtown Daily Bread for its Workshops for Living program.

The Franklin County Foundation (FCF), a regional foundation of TFEC, conducts an annual competitive grantmaking program for nonprofit organizations serving Franklin County. FCF awarded 16 grants totaling $65,059 to 16 organizations: Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library, $4,000 for Novel Reels; Capitol Theatre Foundation, $6,575.50 for Arts in Education at The Capitol Theatre; Chambersburg Ballet Theatre Youth Company Inc., $3,735 for Reaching New Audiences; Children's Aid Society, $4,803 to support self-pay clients at the Frances Leiter Center; Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter Inc., $2,500 for its Spay and Neuter Clinic; Cumberland Valley School of Music, $3,500 for the Arts Integrated Preschool Pilot Program; Diaper Depot at Central, $7,000; a local breast cancer foundation, $1,000 for its College Outreach Program - Wilson College; Franklin County Library System, $6,575.50 for Theatre and Lecture Hall materials at the Coyle Library; Healthy Communities Partnership of Greater Franklin Co Inc., $2,384 for Go Girls Go! County-Wide Expansion; Pennsylvania Behavioral Health and Aging Coalition Inc., $1,700 for All In: Trainings That Make a Difference; and Presbyterian Senior Living (Fiscal Sponsor): Quincy Village, $983 for Enhancement of Physical Therapy Program at Quincy Village.

Also, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central PA, $5,000 for the Ronald McDonald House in Hershey; United Cerebral Palsy Foundation of Central Pennsylvania, $4,803 for UCP Pathways Social Club; United Way of Franklin County, $7,000 for Stepping Forward Works; and Waynesboro Community Concert Association, $3,500 for WCCA No-Cost Invitation to Veterans and Community Service Providers, 2018.

The Mechanicsburg Area Foundation (MAF), a regional foundation of TFEC, conducts an annual competitive grantmaking program for nonprofit organizations serving the Mechanicsburg ZIP codes of 17050 and 17055. MAF awarded $49,635 in grant funds to 10 organizations: Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Capital Region Inc., $5,211 for Mechanicsburg Area Bigs In Blue; Capital Area Girls on the Run (GOTR), $2,000 for GOTR middle school program, Heart and Sole expansion; Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Harrisburg Inc., $6,000 for Catholic Charities ESL Program: Evening Classes; Employment Skills Center, $4,500 for Nurse Aide Training and Employment - Mechanicsburg; Homeland Center, $8,036 for Homeland Hospice In-Home-Relief; Hospice of Central Pennsylvania, $8,037 for complementary therapies, including palliative massage and music therapy; Joseph T. Simpson Public Library, $5,000 for graphic novels and comics computer tablets; Mechanicsburg Museum Association, $4,000 for Frankenberger Tavern Easement; Please Live, $3,402 for STOMP: Student/Teen Outreach for Mental (Illness) Prevention for Mechanicsburg and Cumberland Valley; and United Cerebral Palsy Foundation of Central Pennsylvania, $3,449 for Changing Hands.

Greater Harrisburg Foundation Early Childhood Strategic Initiative: Phase 2 - The Greater Harrisburg Foundation (GHF), a regional foundation of TFEC, awarded six four-year grants totaling $330,000 to organizations for programs that will serve to connect families to early childhood services and resources. Recipients include Covenant Community Corporation, $55,000 for the Camp Curtin Community Preschool and New City School program, Early Investment - Increased Opportunity for Good Outcomes: Early Childhood Development in Harrisburg; Palmyra Public Library, $55,000 for Little Explorers Outreach Program; Perry County Literacy Council, $55,000 for Ready, Set, Kindergarten!; South Middleton School District, $55,000 for South Middleton Early Learning Community Project; The Salvation Army Harrisburg Capital City Region, $55,000 for Kindergarten Readiness Academy and Parent Engagement; and WITF Inc., $55,000 for The Path to Kindergarten Starts Here.

The Lenker Fund is a fund the GHF, a regional foundation of TFEC, and serves to benefit residents of Millersburg and awarded $50,320 to four organizations: Gamut Theatre Group Inc., $5,000 for Shakespeare in the Woods Residency; Halifax United Methodist Church, $23,320 for walk-in refrigerator/freezer for Halifax UMC Food Pantry Serving Millersburg and Halifax areas; Millersburg Area Pool Association, $15,000 for Millersburg Area Pool - Splash Pad; and Upper Dauphin Human Services Inc., $7,000 for Family Services and Emergency Assistance.

The Our Challenge for Giving, a competitive challenge grant opportunity provided by the GHF that seeks to inspire nonprofits aligned with GHF's priorities to increase their capacity, awarded $52,500 to seven organizations: Camp Koala, $7,500; Capital Area GOTR, $7,500 for GOTR Keeps Growing; Capital Theatre Foundation, $7,500 for The Spirit of the Arts Awards; Gamut Theatre Group Inc., $7,500 for the Gamut Theatre Group Challenge; Hope Within Ministries Inc., $7,500 for Organization-Wide Capacity Building Through Expanded Program Offerings; New City School, $7,500 for expanding educational opportunities for Harrisburg's children through high-quality prekindergarten classes; and Perry County Literacy Council, $7,500 for PCLC GHF Challenge for Giving.

The Martin M. Sacks Memorial Fund was established in 1984 and supports nonprofit organizations that provide programs and services for the disadvantaged and underserved, particularly youths in Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry counties. The annual competitive grantmaking program awarded $11,000 to seven organizations: Bethesda Mission of Harrisburg, $1,200 for Outdoor Play Area for Bethesda Mission Community Center; Boys and Girls Club of Harrisburg Inc., $1,225 for Power Hour; Center for Champions of PA Inc., $575 for Rooted Site Mentoring; Harrisburg Area YMCA East Shore Branch, $1,000 for YMCA Childcare and Summer Day Camp Program; Healthy Steps Diaper Bank, $1,000 for Diaper Need in Our Community; Jewish Family Service of Greater Harrisburg Inc., $5,000 for Mental Health Pilot Program; and Sierra Club Foundation, $1,000 for Harrisburg Inspiring Connections Outdoors's three urban youth outings and one service project.

The Women's Fund, a special initiative of TFEC, makes grants to programs and initiatives that serve women and girls in the counties of Dauphin, Cumberland, Franklin, Lebanon, and Perry, as well as the Dillsburg area of York County. It awarded $19,985 to eight organizations: Capital Area GOTR, $2,090 for Camp GOTR summer program; Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, $3,000 for 2-GEN at Pinnacle Place; Community Check-Up Center of South Harrisburg Inc., $2,090; GOTR of Lancaster, $2,090 for its Lebanon Scholarship Fund; Hope Within Ministries Inc., $2,090 for Hope for Improved Chronic Disease Management for Uninsured Women; Lebanon Rescue Mission Inc., $3,000 for Agape Family Shelter Graduate Housing Expansion; Perry County Literacy Council, $2,625 for Clearing Pathways to Employment; and the Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center of Lebanon and Schuylkill Counties, $3,000 for Support/Educational Groups for Female Survivors of Sexual Assault or Abuse.

Organizations interested in applying to these or other TFEC grant opportunities may visit


WEF Celebrates One School, One Book, One Community February 19, 2018

About 2,000 Warwick elementary students have been participating in the One School, One Book, One Community program, which encourages students and their families to all read the same book at the same time. This year, the book that was chosen for the One Book event was "Fenway and Hattie" by Victoria J. Coe.

On Feb. 8, more than 150 students and parents gathered in the Warwick Middle School auditorium for the program's finale featuring a presentation by Coe, followed by a question-and-answer session and a book signing. Attendees arrived at 6 p.m. and were promptly greeted by student hosts who had prepared a short introduction for the occasion. The stage was decorated with balloons and items associated with dogs in honor of Fenway, the Jack Russell terrier who is the star of Coe's books.

The student hosts introduced Barbara Mobley, Warwick Education Foundation (WEF) executive director. WEF sponsors the One School, One Book, One Community program. "WEF is all about providing learning opportunities for children in our school district," said Mobley.

Coe, who is from Boston, opened the program with a slide of her own dog, Kipper, a 13-year-old rescue, and explained how his fear of moving led her to write the first Fenway book. "The day before we moved, we put our furniture in the garage, and Kipper freaked out," said Coe, who recalled that Kipper got into the family car, where he sat shaking uncontrollably for the whole day. "He was really scared," shared Coe. "That fear that his family would leave and maybe not take him along captured my heart and imagination."

Coe began brainstorming and writing down her ideas daily. She asked herself questions about the dog character she was creating, choosing a Jack Russell terrier because the canines are known for traits that Coe feels she herself embodies. "(Jack Russell terriers) are optimistic, energetic, enthusiastic, (and) determined, and they never give up," said Coe, who soon realized the dog in her story would be frightened of being left behind by his family because he loves Hattie, the 10-year-old daughter, so much. "Being without her is the worst thing he can imagine," said Coe.

The author briefly discussed the process of bringing the book to stores, which took more than four years. Coe began writing in the fall of 2011, and she completed her first draft in three months. When she found an agent who loved the story, the rewriting and editing process began. Most of 2015 was taken up with the publisher shooting the cover photo and proofreading before the book reached store shelves on Feb. 9, 2016.

Coe also shared her thoughts on the importance of perspective in writing from a dog's point of view. "I love the idea that there are two sides to every story ... and that we each experience the world in a unique way," said Coe, adding that dogs interest her especially because they live in the world of people but bring their own ways of understanding and communicating to that world. Coe discussed the importance of smell and body language in a dog's world, pointing out that dogs use their noses in much the same way humans use vision. "Dogs use their noses to gather information," she explained.

Another interesting aspect of dogs, according to Coe, is that they study humans to learn cues that apprise them of what a human might do next. "They know our routines, and they recognize patterns (of behavior)," noted Coe.

Coe answered a number of questions, including "How old is your dog?" and "How do you become an author?" and "How did you feel after finishing the final copy?" "I felt so relieved," said Coe, who is now the author of three "Fenway and Hattie" books.

Readers who would like to learn more about WEF and how the organization benefits area students may visit Individuals who have questions may email


Township Parents Given Opportunity To Thank A Teacher February 19, 2018

The Manheim Township Educational Foundation (MTEF) has offered a teacher appreciation avenue to parents for some time, but recently changes were made to enhance the program. In the fall of 2017, Thank a Teacher kicked off with new benefits for teachers, schools, and, ultimately, Manheim Township School District (MTSD) students.

MTEF, located at 450A Candlewyck Drive, Lancaster, is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit that provides resources to support innovative ideas for projects that directly benefit MTSD students, enhance educational programs, and promote community involvement. Parents who wish to honor a teacher, school staff member, or coach may make a donation to MTEF in that educator's name. The educator will then receive a personalized certificate including the name of the donor and a message of appreciation.

Now, the program also includes the opportunity to give a book in the teacher's name. "You can make a donation to the MTEF Thank a Teacher program, and if it's above a certain (dollar) threshold, we will donate a book back to that teacher's school library," explained Jenny Germann, executive director of MTEF. "The book will hold a plaque that says who made the donation and the name of the honored educator, and in some cases, the (school) librarian works with the teacher to choose the book."

Germann noted that when parents take part in the program, each party benefits because parents have an opportunity to recognize teachers in a meaningful way, teachers are honored, and MTEF receives a donation, which goes back to teachers and students in the form of grants.

During the fall 2017 semester, 33 MTSD educators received certificates, and MTEF received nearly $1,000 to put toward teacher grants. In addition, eight school libraries benefited by receiving books. "Of the 33 honors given, 25 were eligible for the book donations," explained Germann.

Teachers who received certificates included Julie Allan, Rebecca Bisking, Cara Brooks, Donna Buckwalter, Jessica Burkett, David Farina, Deanna French, Nathan Gajecki, Scott Gehres, Taylor Good, Christina Handwerk, Michelle Hickey, Cristiana Imperati, Maria Jones, Bridget Kaufhold, Ashley Keath, Bob Kennedy, Alexis Ketterman, Emily Korzon, Andrew Martin, Vicki McMullen, Natalie Mundorf, Barbara Murphy, Samantha Pratzner, Thomas Rutledge IV, Steve Schulz, Greg Seiger, Fred Showers, Charles Smith, Taylor Straub, Linda Swift, Jody White, and Nicole Wingert.

Germann noted that MTEF has been working recently to familiarize area residents with the foundation. MTEF awards grants twice each school year. A few ongoing sources of income for the organization include MTEF Community Partners, MTEF Tutoring Solutions, and an online boutique where customized Blue Streak spirit wear may be purchased. The Community Partners program is a separate nonprofit entity that allows area businesses to purchase advertising at various locations on the Manheim Township campus, including the arena, tennis courts, stadium, and soccer field.

MTEF also raises funds for grants through fundraisers, including the annual Education Forecast Breakfast held at the Lancaster Country Club each spring. The 2018 event will be held on Wednesday, April 4.

Parents who wish to honor a teacher may do so by downloading a form from Readers who have questions about the program may email or call 717-735-1751.


Relay For Life Fundraiser Posted February 15, 2018

A Relay For Life fundraiser will take place at Outback Steakhouse, 100 North Pointe Blvd., Lancaster, on Wednesday, Feb. 28, from 4 to 9 p.m. Participants should mention Relay when they order.

Registration is required at The event is organized by Kim Piper.


Event Raises Funds For American Heart Association February 13, 2018

More than 330 business, health care and community leaders from across Lancaster County attended the 33rd annual Lancaster Heart Ball, "A Night of Red at the Moulin Rouge," on Feb. 3 at the Lancaster Country Club. The event raised more than $318,000 for the American Heart Association.

The evening opened with a performance from American Music Theatre dancers and also featured the stories of local survivors Elena Harnish and Mike Yeager.

Robin Williams Harnish told the story of her 18-year-old daughter, Elena, who was born with only two chambers in her heart. Her complex congenital heart defects include complex single ventricle, hypoplastic right heart, and double inlet left ventricle. She had 13 invasive procedures within her first 15 years of life and requires a pacemaker to ensure electrical connectivity between the upper and lower chambers. Today, she is a freshman at Towson University and is studying to become a child life specialist.

Yeager, vice president of Cargas Systems and chair of the 2018 Lancaster Heart Ball, shared his story of surviving a cardiac arrest and stroke. When Yeager was 8, his father died of a heart attack, so he was always concerned about his own heart health. In 2005, Yeager was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, but medication was able to help him regain normal heart function. However, one day in 2013, he became ill and his daughter sensed something more serious was wrong. She called 911 when he became unconscious during a nap, and he was rushed into surgery. Doctors found a one-pound blood clot the size of a softball that had moved from his lungs to his heart, causing cardiac arrest. He had to be resuscitated and spent 12 days in a coma, during which time he suffered a stroke.

The event was hosted by Katie Breit, senior account executive for a local television station and marketing company, and also included silent and live auctions, featuring hundreds of goods and services donated by local businesses and individuals; dinner; dancing; and live entertainment from the Uptown Band. Funds raised will support the American Heart Association's mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

For information about next year's event, readers may visit or contact Bill Coder at 717-207-4234 or


Students Thrive In MCMS Makerspace February 9, 2018

Walk into the makerspace in the Media Center at Manheim Central Middle School (MCMS) on any given school day, and one will find a buzz of activity with students engrossed in problem solving, creating, inventing, and learning. With a 3-D printer, green screens, virtual reality goggles, robotics and kits, and more innovative tools, the makerspace helps to integrate formal or unstructured STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) learning.

Teachers at MCMS are welcome to sign up for a time slot in the room as they are interested. MCMS librarian Dr. Corey Hall said that every time slot has already been filled for the current school year. "It's an incredibly popular area. Teachers are realizing the connection it has to their classrooms," remarked Hall.

As an introduction to the virtual reality goggles, one class recently watched a video on sharks. "It was really cool - sort of spacy and strange," said fifth-grader Madison Zeiset. "It felt like a natural environment." Students in an art class used the goggles to take a virtual walk through a Salvador Dali painting, and eighth-graders went on a virtual expedition in Rome using the goggles.

Hall said that another popular feature in the space is the selection of Spheros, which are robotic balls that allow students to learn computer programming and coding, among other concepts. "(The makerspace) is about 21st-century skills, and we really are trying to give these kids experiences so they have them for the next stage of life," Hall explained.

A sewing station is part of the makerspace too, allowing students the option to learn how to sew, knit, and crochet.

According to Hall, the concept of a makerspace is really about a way of thinking that kids need a time and space to learn through self-directed and collaborative play. Hall said that so far Manheim Central and Ephrata school districts are leading the way as more school districts in the county work toward adding makerspaces.

Hall and former MCMS librarian Brooke Gerlach, who is now a librarian in the Ephrata School District, gave a presentation together in October at the IU 13 Secondary Technology Conference, offering information to fellow educators on how to create and fund a makerspace, what to include, and how to encourage teachers to use the makerspace as part of their classroom curriculum.

The MCMS makerspace launched at the beginning of the 2016-17 academic year, thanks in part to a grant provided by the Manheim Central Foundation for Educational Enrichment (MCFEE), which helps to make opportunities like these possible for Manheim Central students by awarding numerous grants. The makerspace received grants from MCFEE in 2016 and 2017.

Hall hopes to continue expanding the space in the future, perhaps with more virtual reality goggles, an additional 3-D printer, and other new supplies.

According to MCFEE executive director Amy Howett, the organization provided $69,000 in total grants to the district for the 2017-18 school year, and a total of $1.3 million has been distributed through MCFEE grants since it formed in 2001.

MCFEE will hold its annual auction on Saturday, April 14, at the Manheim Brethren in Christ Church activity center, 54 N. Penryn Road, Manheim. To learn more about MCFEE, readers may visit


Lions Club Breakfast To Benefit HMPS February 8, 2018

Throughout the spring, summer, and autumn months, the Haldeman Mansion, 230 Locust Grove Road, Bainbridge, is the site of a variety of community activities and events thanks to the efforts of the members of the Haldeman Mansion Preservation Society (HMPS). Restoring and maintaining the buildings on the property - perhaps best known for being the birthplace of professor Samuel Steman Haldeman - is an ongoing endeavor of HMPS. In 2016, the mansion's roof was replaced, and since then the HMPS has focused its efforts on installing heat in the building so the mansion can host events during the wintertime.

The Conoy Lions Club has selected the HMPS to be the beneficiary of its buffet breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 17. The community is invited to attend the meal, which will be held from 6 to 10 a.m. at the Bainbridge Fire Company, 34 S. Second St., Bainbridge. An all-you-can-eat buffet of pancakes, scrambled eggs, biscuits with gravy, sausage, fried potatoes, fruit, and beverages will be served.

Separate prices have been set for adults and for children ages 5 to 12. Children age 4 and under may eat for free. Reservations are not needed.

The Conoy Lions Club will host another buffet breakfast on Saturday, March 17, to benefit the Elizabethtown ice hockey team.

Conoy Lions Club meetings take place on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Bainbridge Fire Company. New members are always welcome. Other community service projects for the Conoy Lions include serving food and refreshments at the Elizabethtown Fair, Falmouth Goat Races, Bainbridge Heritage Days, and other social events; financially supporting the visually impaired; and sharing educational information about diabetes.

Individuals with questions about the breakfast or HMPS may contact board member Elaine Jackson at 717-426-3794.


Student Raises Funds For Organization February 7, 2018


Masons Announce Spring Pie Sale February 1, 2018

"Our pies are as close to homemade mass-produced as you can get," remarked Nevin Cooley, talking about the 10-inch deep-dish dessert pies that he and other members of the Valley of Lancaster Lodge of Perfection have made and sold every spring and fall for decades.

"The recipe for pumpkin pie is my mom's," added lodge member Bill Hackman, who serves as the chair of the pie-baking project. "All the crumbs (on the fruit pies) are made with butter instead of margarine, and we add tart red cherries to the cherry pie filling to give it a better flavor."

Making the pies is a labor-intensive process that involves at least 150 people, who work in the kitchen of the Masonic Center of Lancaster County, 213 W. Chestnut St., Lancaster. The lodge makes pie dough from scratch, peels and slices apples, and measures out sweeteners and spices. Some of the pies are frozen after assembly so that they can be baked in home ovens. Others are baked and then chilled at the Masonic Center shortly before delivery.

"It smells amazing in here," commented Heather Hinkel, who is the director of the Children's Dyslexia Center of Lancaster, which is housed in the Masonic Center.

The proceeds from the pie sales benefit the Dyslexia Center and constitute about 40 percent of the center's operating budget. The center currently serves 27 students in first through 12th grades from Lancaster, Lebanon, York, and Chester counties by providing remediation for dyslexia using the Orton-Gillingham method. An additional 20 students are on a waiting list. All instruction is provided individually at no charge to clients, but it costs the center approximately $5,000 to tutor one client for a year.

The Dyslexia Center certifies adults in the Orton-Gillingham method so they can work with students. The training schedule was recently revamped, so the training has been moved up from the fall. Adults will attend lectures at the center in March, then begin working with individual students in June.

Work on the pies will also take place during March, as the distribution has been set for Wednesday, March 28, just in time for Easter, which will be observed on Sunday, April 1. Folks who place orders by Wednesday, Feb. 28, may pick up their pies on March 28 between 2 and 6 p.m. at the Masonic Center of Lancaster County or at Masonic meeting halls in Quarryville, Ephrata, Donegal, and Elizabethtown.

The pie offerings include fresh crumb in apple, cherry, and peach varieties, as well as pumpkin and a fresh apple sweetened with Splenda. Unbaked apple, cherry, and peach crumb pies will be available frozen.

"We found a heavy freezer bag that protects them," Hackman said. "I have taken a pie out of the freezer after two years and it tasted great."

Of course, the lodge members hope customers do not store pies that long, as another sale will be held in the fall in time for Thanksgiving. The group would also like to see the number of pies sold in the spring match that of the fall sales, Cooley said. This past fall, the lodge sold 2,150 pies, which was 400 more than the previous spring.

Order forms may be obtained by visiting or by emailing For more information about the Dyslexia Center, readers may call 717-481-5680 or email


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