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YCCF Posts Board News July 16, 2018

York County Community Foundation (YCCF) recently announced the addition of Liz Dellinger and Michael Glezer to its board. In addition, four longtime board members retired upon the completion of their terms, including Henry Christ, Dave Davidson, Michael Hady III, and Bill Hartman, former YCCF president and CEO.

Dellinger is the director of treasury management at York Traditions Bank. She holds a degree from the University of Delaware and has served on various community organization boards, most recently as president of the YWCA York board.

Glezer serves as the CEO of Wagman Inc. He attended the University of Delaware and holds an M.B.A. from Loyola University Maryland. Already a member of YCCF's finance committee, Glezer has also accepted the role of treasurer on the YCCF board and joins the energy committee.

The YCCF 2017-18 board of directors includes Jeffrey D. Lobach, chair; Krista Snyder Darr, first vice chair; Bruce Bartels, second vice chair; Ronald L. Hershner, Esq., secretary; Holly A. Mayer, assistant secretary; Michael Glezer, treasurer; John Bailey; Timothy J. Bupp, Esq.; Joseph P. Clark II; Jane M. Conover, ex-officio; Dominic DelliCarpini; Elizabeth Dellinger; Chloe R. Eichelberger; Jennifer Geesey; Michael Haun; Darryl E. Jones; Jack Kay; Timothy Kinsley; Susan D. Krebs; Matthew Poff; Scott C. Rogers; Maria L. Royce; Jack Shorb; Patti Stirk; Joseph G. Wagman; Daniel Waltersdorff; and Tim Warfield.


School Supply Drive To Benefit Local Students July 13, 2018

Almost as quickly as the school year ends, summer always seems to race to a finish, and the preparations for a new school year begin. To help ensure that children in Columbia Borough are ready, Columbia Life Network is once again hosting its annual school supply drive to collect items for students of the Columbia Borough School District and Our Lady of the Angels Catholic School.

Items requested include new backpacks, pencils, pens, crayons, rulers, scissors, binders, notebooks, glue sticks, and more. Several opportunities for the community to donate school supplies to the effort are planned. The first will be at several local retail stores on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Once the list of locations is finalized, it will be posted at

Another opportunity to drop off donations will be at the popular "Jail 'N' Bail" event during the Columbia Borough Police Department's National Night Out from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Glatfelter Field, 1249 Lancaster Ave., Columbia. Throughout the evening, donors will receive tickets that can be used to help their favorite local celebrity get out of the makeshift "jail." Celebrities will include teachers and administrators from Columbia Borough School District and Our Lady of the Angels, Columbia Mayor Leo Lutz, Columbia Borough Police Chief Jack Brommer, Ray McCarty of the Columbia Boys Athletic Association, and Columbia Public Library staff members.

School supplies may also be dropped off at Columbia Life Network, 336 Locust St., Columbia, between the hours of 8 a.m. and noon on Mondays through Fridays. Monetary donations are also accepted by Columbia Life Network and will be used to purchase other supplies that are needed throughout the school year.

Jamie Widener, who has been serving as the executive director of Columbia Life Network since November 2017, said that the costs of school supplies continue to rise each year and having assistance can provide a tremendous amount of savings for families. The school supplies are divvied up and donated to each of the schools in Columbia and then distributed to students according to need.

Widener said that financial donations are also crucial for helping teachers and families out during the midpoint of the school year - typically after the holiday break - with restocking items. Columbia Life Network reaches out to the schools at that time to see what they need. "A lot of time they're asking for simple things like tissues, because at that point it's flu season," Widener noted.

Columbia Life Network exists to offer a hand up to residents in need in the Columbia Borough and surrounding areas by connecting them with available resources and facilitating efforts to develop services to answer needs within the local community.

As of this summer, Columbia Life Network has teamed up with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Community Action Partnership, and several other groups and businesses to bring Fresh Express to the area. Income eligible individuals and families are now able to pick up free fresh fruits, vegetables, milk, and eggs from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on the fourth Friday of each month (excluding November) at Park Elementary School, 50 S. Sixth St., Columbia. Volunteers to support the Fresh Express program are desperately needed, Widener noted. To register for the program or to sign up to volunteer, readers may contact Widener at or 717-684-8094.


Chamber To Host Music In Memorial Park July 12, 2018

The Mount Joy Chamber of Commerce will once again sponsor Music in Memorial Park for the community beginning on Sunday, July 29, with The Kracker Beez. Live music performances are set to take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on four consecutive Sundays in War Memorial Park, located off Marietta Avenue in Mount Joy. There is no charge to attend.

In addition to The Kracker Beez on July 29, the summer music series will include The Celtic Martins on Aug. 5, SweetLife Music on Aug. 12, and the Bainbridge Band on Aug. 19.

The members of Rotary Club of Mount Joy will have their famous french fries for sale, as well as hot dogs and cold beverages available for purchase on July 29 and Aug. 5 beginning at 5 p.m. Monies raised at Music in Memorial Park will help to fix Mount Joy's Rotary Clock, which has been removed from its downtown location for refurbishing and will return in good working order by the end of the summer.

The Chamber's free ice cream social will take place on Aug. 19, while supplies last.

In the event of inclement weather on the evening of a concert, the concert will be moved indoors to New Path Community Church, 22 W. Main St., Mount Joy.

At the first three concerts, tickets will be available to purchase for the Chamber's 23rd annual chicken barbecue, which is set to take place on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Milanof-Schock Library, 1184 Anderson Ferry Road, Mount Joy. There is a set cost for dinners, which will include a half-chicken, a baked potato, a roll and butter, applesauce, a whoopie pie, and a beverage. Folks may also opt to purchase a half-chicken and beverage.

The Mount Joy Chamber of Commerce is made up of approximately 200 businesses of all sizes, as well as churches, organizations, nonprofit groups, and individuals. Members pay minimal yearly dues depending on the number of employees. Information on members is published in the Chamber's yearly business directory and on the Chamber website. Members can also take advantage of advertising in the Chamber newsletter, email blasts, and other advertising. The Chamber holds monthly luncheons on the second Wednesday of each month, monthly mixers at member businesses, and ribbon cuttings and grand openings for its members.

Every year, the Chamber awards seven scholarships totaling $4,500 to local students, and it also holds community events including Music in Memorial Park and visits with Santa. The Chamber is currently in the process of refurbishing the large welcome sign at the east end of town.

The Mount Joy Chamber is self-funded with member dues and upgraded memberships and two yearly fundraisers: the annual banquet and benefit auction held each spring and the chicken barbecue held on the third Saturday in August every year.

The Mount Joy Chamber of Commerce was established in 1939. For more information, readers may visit or call 717-653-0773.


Still Roarin' - Lions Club Helps Support Community July 12, 2018

Former Bareville, Leola, Leacock Lions Club president Justin Kulp likes how club activities fit into his regular schedule. "I am pretty busy, but it has been practical to stay a member and active," said Kulp. "The expectations (of a club member) are realistic."

The 34-member club met in the Leola Community Park on July 9 for a barbecue, but members generally meet at the Upper Leacock War Memorial Building, 54 W. Main St., Leola. "We meet the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 6:15 p.m.," shared Kulp.

The club supports a number of local organizations, including Upper Leacock Township, the Leola Branch Library, the Leacock and Bareville fire departments, and the Leola Ambulance. The Conestoga Valley Christian Community Services, Leola Homes of Hope, and Cub Scout Troop 54 have all been recent recipients of financial donations from the club. A Conestoga Valley High School student award is also given. More than $10,000 was bestowed on local groups and individuals in the last year.

To raise funds for these donations, the club hosts a number of yearly events, including a challenging 5K run, held each September. This year's Lions 5K Country Run/Walk will take place on Friday, Sept. 14. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m., and the race will step off at 6:30 p.m. The event will begin at Leola Community Park and Pool, Upper Pavilion, 23 E. Main St., Leola.

According to Kulp, the club holds a pancake and sausage breakfast at the War Memorial Building each spring and a few chicken barbecues each summer, along with one or two hoagie sales. One of Kulp's favorite club fundraisers is White Cane Days. "We hang out at Oregon Dairy and Sharp Shopper," said Kulp. "We're not pushy in asking for money, but people talk to us, and it's amazing how generous people are." Kulp noted that the two-day events often raise as much as $1,000.

The Bareville, Leola, Leacock Lions business directory fundraiser is well-known in the local area. "Don Allen pours his heart into creating the Leola business directory that we sell," said Kulp. "(Allen) is the editor-in-chief, and the rest of us sell ads. This is still a community that relies on paper communications."

Because each meeting includes small club fundraisers, Kulp noted that administrative costs are easily covered. "That allows us to keep the money we raise through fundraising going back out to the community," Kulp said. He added that the Lions Clubs International Foundation requires some funds from the group. The international organization enables local clubs to help in the work to fight the devastation caused by diseases like measles.

Kulp reiterated that taking part in club activities is not as taxing as some nonmembers may believe. "People think they are way too busy to be part of a club, but if they can make half the meetings and pay (all) their dues and help at some of the fundraising events, (they) are a full-fledged active Lion," said Kulp. "You can choose one or two events to really participate in (because) we have enough active (club members to) allow us (to do that)."

Long associated with serving the blind and visually impaired, the club also accepts gently used eyeglasses and supports local organizations such as VisionCorps.

Readers who would like to learn more may search for "Bareville, Leola, Leacock Lions Club" on Facebook or call 717-656-7375.


Fundraiser To Benefit Police July 11, 2018

A fundraising campaign is underway to help equip the New Holland Police Department with Cuddle Bear book and plush sets to offer to children that they encounter during police calls.

The goal, with the help of community members and local businesses, is to provide a way for officers to comfort young children at crash scenes and in other situations where children are traumatized. The practice simultaneously fosters good relationships between police officers and the community they serve.

Through the Literacy for a Lifetime program of Usborne Books and More, donations will be matched at 50 percent. Donations of any amount will be accepted.

The fundraiser will continue through Thursday, July 26. For more details, readers may visit


Annual Bridge Ride Posted July 11, 2018

American Legion Riders Post 662 will hold the sixth annual Cover Our Vets With Hope Bridge Ride on Saturday, July 21. Registration will be at Post 662, 35 S. Hoover Ave., New Holland, from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

The ride will travel through Lancaster County and will highlight historic covered bridges. Afterward, there will be a chicken barbecue dinner, with entertainment.

The public is invited, and separate fees have been set per rider and per passenger. Proceeds will benefit David's Drive 831, Triangle Therapeutic Riding, and Veteran Service Canines Inc.

For more information, call 717-368-1151 or visit


DVGRR Posts Contest July 11, 2018

Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue (DVGRR) is participating in the Bissell Pet Foundation (BPF) Support the Shelters Sweepstakes. The foundation will award a total of $50,000, with the grand prize of $30,000 going to the shelter or rescue that garners the greatest number of online votes. The contest will end on Wednesday, Aug. 1.

To vote, supporters may visit, answer a few questions and select the rescue by entering PA under State and then selecting Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue from the alphabetical list of shelters. Only one vote per valid email address is permitted.

At the conclusion of the contest, BPF will hold a random drawing, including two $5,000 prize winners, two $2,500 prize winners, and five $1,000 prize winners.


FoodStock To Support Local Organizations July 6, 2018

Telling others about why the FoodStock Music Festival raises funds to support area organizations that are working toward eliminating hunger is easy for Tom Hayden. As one of FoodStock's three founders, Hayden said that he became passionate about fighting hunger 26 years ago, when the postal service held its first Stamp Out Hunger food drive. As a postal service worker, Hayden had the chance to pick up thousands of donations and deliver 12,000 pounds of food to the Ephrata Food Bank. "We overwhelmed our local food bank with donations. This was in May, and I said, 'This ought to last you through the year,' and the guy said, 'Actually, this won't even last us past July,'" recalled Hayden. "That's when it hit me how big the need was."

"This is a problem that flies under the radar. Hunger has a certain stigma to it," said Hayden, noting that although it is a widespread issue, people oftentimes do not want to admit to struggling with it. Hardworking people often still face the choice of deciding between heat for their homes or food for their families, and Hayden believes that is something everyone can pitch in to help change.

Hayden, Bobby D. Jones, and Todd Fuginetti formed FoodStock, a nonprofit organization, in 2011 as a way to combine their shared passion for music and helping others. Every summer, the organization hosts the FoodStock Music Festival as a way to raise funds for area organizations working to end hunger. This year's event will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, in the Barn and Barrel Courtyard at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, 2775 Lebanon Road, Manheim.

The music festival will include performances by Steel Radiance, Corsair Blue Jazz Orchestra, Benjamin Vo Blues Band, solo guitarist Rob Reese, and Hydroponic Philharmonic. Headlining the event at 5 p.m. will be Vinyl Groov, a Harrisburg-based band that plays everything from Motown to modern hits. "They're an event in and of themselves," Hayden said. "We try to keep it fresh, so we have a really eclectic mix of performers this year."

Food and beverages will be available to purchase, and a variety of arts and craft vendors from throughout central Pennsylvania will have items for attendees to browse and buy.

Giveaways and silent and Chinese auctions are planned as well, with items including autographed CDs, Beatles memorabilia, a black five-piece Pearl Roadshow complete drum set, original artwork, a wedding photography package, tickets to area attractions and restaurants, and more.

To purchase tickets to the FoodStock Music Festival, interested individuals may visit Admission for children age 12 and under is free. Proceeds from the 2018 event will primarily benefit Conestoga Valley Christian Community Services (CVCCS), as well as Water Street Mission and other local food banks and pantries. "We have a main beneficiary every year, but then we break it down and choose other organizations, too," Hayden explained. FoodStock always donates to the food bank in the town where the event is hosted, so the Manheim Central Food Pantry will benefit again this year.

"We just want people to come out and enjoy the spirit of the event," said Hayden. "There's a lot of people out there in need. One circumstance - one illness, the loss of a spouse - can change it all. I think a lot of people take that for granted," he reflected.

For more details, readers may visit or


Lions Club Presents Donations July 5, 2018


Polo Match To Benefit National MS Society July 3, 2018

The 13th annual George F. Hempt Memorial MS Polo Match will take place on Friday and Saturday, July 27 and 28, at a new venue - the Vineyard at Hershey, 598 Schoolhouse Road, Middletown.

On July 27 from 6 to 9:30 p.m., a Denim and Diamonds Reception will take place. It will feature signature dishes from local restaurants, silent and live auctions, and live music by the Benjamin Vo Blues Band. There is a per-person fee to attend.

The polo match will take place on July 28 from noon to 4 p.m. Gates will open at noon, with general seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. Blankets and lawn chairs will be welcome, and guests may purchase refreshments from food vendors or bring picnics. The children's tent will be open from noon to 2 p.m. The polo match will begin at 2 p.m. Separate costs have been set per person and per family.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society, including cutting-edge MS research and services for people living daily with the challenges of multiple sclerosis.

For tickets and sponsorship information, readers may visit, call 412-261-6347, or email

More information about multiple sclerosis and the National MS Society is available at or by calling 800-344-4867.


Bowlers Raise Funds For Organization July 3, 2018

During a recent Wii Bowling competition among the residents of Letort Manor at Church of God Home in Carlisle, organizer Helen Milliron and a group of like-minded neighbors raised $6,643 for Big Brothers Big Sisters (BB/BS) of the Capital Region. The funds brought the group's two-year total to nearly $14,000. Approximately one dozen bowlers participated each year. This year's competition kicked off in late May at Church of God Home, a StoneRidge Retirement Living Community.

Through BB/BS of the Capital Region, mentors provide youths with support and encouragement. Mentors offer advice, help with homework, and take mentees on excursions, such as trips to the movie theater.


Student Raises Funds For Foundation July 3, 2018

State Sen. Andy Dinniman recently recognized Dylan Blair, an eighth-grade student at the Montgomery School who raised more than $1,500 for the Aidan's Heart Foundation.

Dylan chose to focus on sudden cardiac arrest for his final project, and he set a goal to raise money for the foundation, which is committed to providing awareness, education, and support to create heart-safe communities for youths regarding the prevention of and/or response to sudden cardiac arrest.

An athlete and basketball player whose father is head coach of men's basketball at West Chester University, Dylan challenged people via Facebook to donate to the Aidan's Heart Foundation point-for-point for every basket he scored during a weekend tournament. He scored 65 points.

Dylan presented a check to the Aidan's Heart Foundation for $1,558 during the eighth annual 5K for Aidan J on June 17 at Kerr Park in Downingtown.

The foundation was started by Steve and Christy Silva and named for their late son, Aidan, who passed away from sudden cardiac arrest in 2010 at age 7.

In 2014, Dinniman worked with the Silva family to pass "Aidan's Law," Act 35, which helps ensure every school in Pennsylvania has an automated external defibrillator (AED) that is up to date and ready to use. Since then, the Aidan's Heart Foundation has trained more than 4,500 students in performing CPR and the use of AEDs and has placed more than 60 AEDs in schools and locations throughout southeastern Pennsylvania.

From 2011 through 2018, the foundation has also screened more than 1,700 young people between the ages of 5 and 19. Serious cardiac issues have been detected in more than 10 of these children, and critical follow-up care has been recommended for dozens of others.

For more information on the Aidan's Heart Foundation, readers may visit


EPC Golf Outing Supports Good Samaritan Services July 3, 2018


Relay For Life Supports ACS July 3, 2018

A total of 40 teams and more than 500 people participated in the American Cancer Society (ACS) Relay For Life of York event on June 15 to 16 at the York Expo Center.

More than $175,000 was raised to support the organization's mission of saving lives from cancer. Funds raised help the ACS provide free information and support for people facing the disease and fund cancer research to help protect future generations.

According to event co-leader Kelly Smith, the event celebrated those who have survived cancer, remembered those who lost their battles, and took action in the fight against the disease.

The following participants were recognized for their efforts: The Naturals, Top Fundraising Business Team; Friends, Top Fundraising Friends and Family Team; and Jessi Frantz, Top Fundraising Individual.

Founded by Dr. Gordy Klatt in Washington in 1985, the Relay For Life movement is the world's largest fundraising event to save lives from cancer. During Relay For Life events, members of each team take turns walking or running around a track. Teams participate in fundraising efforts in the months leading up to the event.

Donations can still be made by visiting


Arts, Crafts Donations Sought July 2, 2018

Caitlin's Smiles, a Harrisburg-based charity, will hold its A Night of Smiles Art Auction on Saturday, Oct. 6. The theme will be "Celebrating Your Hero!" Quality works, including originals or signed prints from artists and craftspeople, are needed for the silent auction, as well as donations of themed gift baskets. Donations will be accepted through Friday, Aug. 31.

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

The art auction's Preview Night will take place on Thursday, Aug. 16, at 6 p.m. at Color Me Mine in Colonial Commons, 5106 Jonestown Road, Harrisburg. Through Aug. 31, readers may paint a mug to donate to the art auction. Those who donate a coloring book and will earn a free studio session.


Fundraiser To Benefit Alzheimer's Association June 29, 2018

The Alzheimer's Association will benefit from a fundraiser that will take place on Monday, July 9, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Friendly's, 1521 Oregon Pike, Lancaster.

A percentage of the proceeds from purchases made during that time frame will benefit the association. Giveaway drawings and other prizes will also be part of the event.

For more information, readers may call Mary Read at 717-333-0689.


Ride To Support Veteran Service Canines June 28, 2018

Mount Joy resident Dave Laughman founded Veteran Service Canines three and a half years ago as a way to connect honorably discharged veterans with service-related disabilities with their own service dog - free of charge. Those disabilities may include anything from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to traumatic brain injuries (TBI) or physical needs. "Service animals are amazing tools," said Laughman, who served in the United States Marine Corps for 12 years and on four deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. "There are a lot of veterans, including myself, who have suffered from PTSD. It's something that's been going on for generations."

Readjusting to civilian life can be challenging at best, with unique hurdles to overcome, and Laughman said that service dogs help in numerous ways as veterans learn to establish a new normal in their lives. "Having a dog that is there to serve you 24/7 is huge," said Laughman, noting that the loyalty of a dog can be healing. Laughman also said that while many combat veterans may tend to feel paranoid about their surroundings - particularly in large crowds - service dogs can be trained to help ease some of that tension. For instance, the canines are taught to "Cover Your 6," which means they will guard the area in the six o'clock position, or to the rear, of their handler's viewpoint and warn the handler when someone is approaching. When it comes to anxiety disorders, Laughman said that service dogs are able to break the handler's concentration and provide a distraction.

Veteran Service Canines has a training facility in York where veterans who apply and are accepted into the program then go to meet and train their canine. Each dog receives basic training beforehand, but Laughman said from there the veteran works with a professional handler to train the dog according to whatever his or her personal needs may be.

According to Laughman, an added bonus to this setup is that it provides the participating veterans with a welcomed sense of community. "You miss a lot of the camaraderie you had in the military when you get out," Laughman reflected. "By combining guys in the same setting who are at different levels, they realize they're not alone or singled out with whatever they're going through."

The nonprofit organization works closely with the Lebanon and Coatesville VA medical centers and has connected 35 veterans with service dogs since it began. Each recipient has been a veteran from the central Pennsylvania area, but Laughman said he receives inquiries from all over the country.

On Saturday, Aug. 11, the community is invited to the third annual Veteran Service Canine Ride, an event where all proceeds will support the work of the volunteer-run nonprofit organization. The motorcycle ride is coordinated by members of the Marietta Legion Riders, Wrightsville Legion Riders, and AMVETS Riders Post 19. "To combine with multiple organizations and across counties like that is phenomenal," Laughman stated.

The ride will start at the American Legion, 19 S. Gay St., Marietta. Registration will begin at 11 a.m. Kickstands will go up at 1 p.m., and participants will weave through Lancaster County before crossing the Susquehanna River into York County to stop at several locations, including the Veteran Service Canines training facility, which was donated to the organization by a local business. The ride will conclude at the Kreutz Creek Valley Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7045, 341 Yorkana Road, York, for an event that will include a vehicle and motorcycle show, a live band, a pig roast, vendors, and more.

For more information or to donate to Veteran Service Canines, readers may visit


Charity Ride Makes Local Stops June 27, 2018

The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America raised $1.3 million during its recent 24th Anniversary Ride. Funds raised directly benefit Victory Junction, a camp dedicated to providing life-changing camping experiences for children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses. The ride's donation will support maintenance programs, building projects and camperships.

For the first time since 2011, former NASCAR driver and TV racing analyst Kyle Petty brought his annual motorcycle ride back to the East Coast. On May 5, Petty embarked on 1,200-mile route, leading 225 participants from Portland, Maine, to Greensboro, N.C. Traveling through nine states in seven days, the ride included various stops and sights on its themed "Americana Tour."

Local stops included the Eden Resort in Lancaster and Manheim Pennsylvania Auto Auction. The ride finished with a finale celebration at Victory Junction in North Carolina.

Victory Junction has served as the ride's primary beneficiary since its establishment by Petty and his family in 2004 in honor of his late son, Adam. Since 1995, more than 8,400 riders have logged more than 12 million cumulative motorcycle miles and raised $19.3 million for Victory Junction and other children's charities.

Funds were gathered from fans along the route as part of the ride's "Small Change. Big Impact." program, as well as donations made by sponsors, organizations, and the riders themselves. Team members in Manheim raised $84,437 for the ride.

This year's ride also featured several celebrity riders, including NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty; NASCAR legends Harry Gant, Hershel McGriff, and Donnie Allison; current NASCAR driver David Ragan; former NASCAR driver and TV racing analyst Ricky Craven; former NFL players Herschel Walker and George Rogers; and NASCAR personalities Krista Voda, Rutledge Wood, and Rick Allen.

For more information or to donate, readers may visit To look back at Petty and the riders' journey, individuals may visit visit and


Event Raises Funds For Agriculture Education June 27, 2018

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) raised $45,000 to help support agriculture education and awareness programs during the 26th annual Richard Prether Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Golf Classic in Hershey.

Since 1993, the fundraising event has generated more than $869,000 in total contributions to the Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation (PFAF), a charitable organization supported by PFB. PFAF funds a variety of projects, including six Mobile Agriculture Education Science Labs, the Ag on the Go program and the weeklong Educator's Ag Institute for teachers working with students in prekindergarten through 12th grade. Through PFAF programs, children learn about farming, the environment, and nutrition.

PFB has more than 62,000 member families, representing farms of every size and commodity across Pennsylvania.


EPP 2018 Grant Application Open June 26, 2018

The Emerging Philanthropist Program (EPP), a joint project of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) and Harrisburg Young Professionals (HYP), recently announced that the EPP 2018 Grant application is now available. In 2018, the EPP program will focus upon and work toward decreasing childhood poverty by eliminating barriers to education.

To address this mission, EPP invites nonprofit organizations to apply for a one-time grant of $5,000 that will work to decrease childhood poverty by eliminating barriers to education. Proposed projects and/or programs must take place in Harrisburg and the surrounding areas. Preference will be given to proposals serving children from birth to age 10. Select applicants will be asked to complete an interview and/or site visit with the EPP participants, and EPP participants will give priority to programs with a proven track record of success in the focus area and that can demonstrate measurable outcomes.

Proposed projects may take place at any time during the grant year beginning Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, and ending Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. Applicants must either be a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or have a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization act as a fiscal sponsor for the proposed project. Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, Aug. 1, and notification of grant awards will be made in the fall.

Organizations interested in applying may visit to learn how to apply and review the grant guidelines.

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