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"Elegance" Event Supports Nonprofits June 23, 2017

The Elegance at Hershey recently took place over three days at the The Hotel Hershey. Proceeds from the weekend go to charity. The Elegance has previously donated more than $850,000 to the JDRF, the AACA Museum and the AACA Library and Research Center.

Among the events was The Elegance Garden Party, during which guests could walk among the hotel gardens and view more than 70 collector cars. The award winners were as follows: Governor's Cup/Best of Show, 1934 Packard 1106 (Twelve) Runabout Speedster by LeBaron, owned by Bob, Sandy and Gary Bahre; Founder's Award, 1929 Duesenberg J/SJ Convertible by Bohman and Schwartz, owned by Harry Yeaggy; The Hotel Hershey Award, 1938 Talbot-Lago Darracq T-150-C Roadster by Figoni et Falaschi, owned by J. W. Marriott Jr.; People's Choice, 1929 Cord L-29 Cabriolet, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Jepson Jr.; and Jack Rich Award, 1925 Locomobile 48 Convertible Sedan by Derham, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Jepson Jr.

In addition, during the gala dinner, the Olympus Award was bestowed upon Ralph Marano, a collector from New Jersey who was recognized for his lifetime dedication to the spirit of sharing automobiles with enthusiasts around the world. The award is given in honor of John W. Rich Sr., founder of The Elegance.

The weekend also included The Ascent at Hershey, during which 27 vintage race cars raced the historic hill course in back of the Hotel Hershey. David Zavetsky was quickest up the hill in his 1959 Devin Pink Elephant 5 and took home the Worker's Choice Award. The event included a variety of cars, such as Hal Fillinger's 1912 Mercedes Grand Prix Special, which has a nearly 10-liter airplane engine. Charity rides were given in these cars at noon.

The Elegance also included the Cars and Coffee event. The Elegance at Hershey's honorary chairman was Bill Warner, and the grand marshal was Pam Yates.

Next year's The Elegance at Hershey will be held from Friday to Sunday, June 8 to 10, 2018. To become a sponsor, donor or volunteer, readers may call The Elegance office at 717-534-1910 or email executive director Patricia Hetrick at phetrick@theeleganceathershey.com. More information is available at www.theeleganceathershey.com.

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Foundation Holds Golf Event June 22, 2017

More than 100 golfers turned out for Penn Manor Education Foundation's (PMEF) annual Charity Golf Scramble on June 13 at Meadia Height Country Club. The event included a round of golf, hot lunch, beverages, and a buffet dinner. Participants also took part in a drawing that included restaurant gift certificates, golf outings, and lessons at several area courses.

With a low score of 55, the team of Don Mowery, Phil Hiestand, Mike Higgins, and Matt Burkhart took home the traveling cup.

The event raised more than $10,000 for Penn Manor students and families. Proceeds will be used to fund classroom venture grants, scholarships for Penn Manor students, and programs to benefit Penn Manor families experiencing financial hardship.

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TFEC Makes Grant Announcements June 21, 2017

The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) awarded 40 grants to area nonprofits through competitive grant opportunities. All award recipients are registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or have a fiscal sponsor. Organizations interested in applying to these or other TFEC grant opportunities may visit www.tfec.org.

The Camp Hill Community Foundation (CHCF), a regional foundation of TFEC, supports projects that have the potential for the greatest impact on the quality of life and positive outcomes for individuals and families living in Camp Hill. Two organizations were awarded a total of $1,605.59.

Setebaid Services Inc. was awarded $1,000 for the Setebaid Diabetes Camp Camperships program. Awarded funds enable youths living with Type 1 Diabetes to attend a diabetes-focused summer camp.

Please Live was awarded $605.59 for fundraising infrastructure upgrades. Please Live focuses on mental health awareness and suicide prevention aimed toward youth and young adults.

The mission of The Children's Home Foundation fund, a fund of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, is to provide aid to economically disadvantaged children in Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry counties. Six organizations were awarded a total of $25,000.

Capital Region Literacy Council was awarded $2,500 for purchasing and distributing children's books to children living in low-income areas of Harrisburg.

Girls on the Run Capital Area was awarded $6,000 to provide opportunities and services to underserved and at-risk girls and establish new programs in schools.

Harrisburg Area YMCA was awarded $5,000 for youth memberships and free swim lessons for inner city youth. The funding will help the YMCA offer assistance to families in need and help subsidize services and programs.

St. Barnabas Children's Ministry was awarded $5,000 for 2017 summer camp transportation and field trip fees. This will allow the organization to take summer campers to parks and other venues as well as participate in activities like bowling and skating.

The Harrisburg Area Riverboat Society was awarded $1,500 for River School Rides Made Free for Disadvantaged Youth, which aims to make all its 75-minute cruises free for students age 13 and younger.

The Salvation Army Harrisburg Capital Region was awarded $5,000 for Food, Clothing, and Education for Kids. This funding will allow the continuation of afterschool programs, a food pantry, and other essentials for children in need.

The Family and Children's Services of Lebanon County, a fund of TFEC, supports nonprofit social service agencies that serve families and children in Lebanon County. A total of $18,723.23 was distributed to 10 organizations.

Big Brothers-Big Sisters of The Capital Region Inc. was awarded $873.23 to reduce the financial burden on the Bigs' and Littles' families and provide staff support for the teambuilding program at Gretna Glen.

Community Health Council of Lebanon County was awarded $1,500 for its Mentor a Mother, Program Starter Bags program, which provide items that promote organizational skills for participants in the program.

Lebanon Family Health Services Inc. was awarded $2,000 for its WE CAN - Ways to Enhance Children's Activity and Nutrition program. The program looks to eliminate childhood obesity by providing education sessions and materials to WIC participants, schools, and other organizations throughout Lebanon County.

Lebanon Valley Council on the Arts was awarded $2,000 for its Resource Studio program, which is a classroom and art studio in downtown Lebanon city for all county residents, particularly children in the city.

Lebanon Valley Volunteers in Medicine Clinic was awarded $2,500 for its free walk-in, urgent medical care program. The clinic will be a no appointment necessary clinic and will be open during the hours the original, appointment necessary clinic is not open.

Retired Senior Volunteer Program of the Capital Region Inc. was awarded $2,000 for its Summer Fruit and Fun Program, which distributes bags filled with fruit, activities, and recipes to children and families utilizing playgrounds throughout the summer.

Setebaid Services Inc. was awarded $1,850 for the Setebaid Diabetes Camp Camperships program, which will enable youths living with Type 1 Diabetes to attend a diabetes-focused summer camp.

The Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center of Lebanon County was awarded $2,000 for its Creating an Appropriate Environment for Trauma Focused Therapy for Children program. The funding will be used to update office space dedicated to counseling, therapy, and advocacy services.

Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania was awarded $2,000 for its Operation Backpack 2017 program, which assists students in obtaining required school supplies.

Wellspan Good Samaritan Hospital was awarded $2,000 for its Cribs for Kids and Car Seat Program. The program will create and distribute Safe Sleep Survival Kits and will purchase new infant converter and booster seats for caregivers in need.

The Kids Trust, a fund of TFEC, was created in 2005 by and in memory of Gary L. Houck Jr., whose wish before his death was to create a fund that would provide support and services to young children who living with physical or emotional abuse or neglect. The grantmaking program is for nonprofit organizations providing programs and services for children of abuse and their families in the counties of Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, and York. The Kids Trust awarded a total of $33,138.29 to 10 organizations.

Children Aid Society was awarded $5,000 for The Lehman Center Crisis Nursery. The nursery provides short-term care for children at times when their families cannot provide a stable environment.

Diakon Child Family and Community Ministries was awarded $2,273 for their Resource Family Education Initiative program. The program focuses on providing support to foster children who have experienced trauma, abuse, or neglect and their families.

Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland and Perry Counties was awarded $3,500 for its Children and Youth Program. The funding will be used for counseling services for children who are victims of domestic violence or trauma.

Harrisburg Area YMCA was awarded $2,500 for its Northern Dauphin County YMCA Mentoring program. Mentors will serve children who have experienced abuse or neglect and will provide nutrition education, teach alcohol, tobacco and drug prevention, and provide assistance for victims of bullying.

Hoffman Homes for Youth was awarded $2,499.29 for its Music Therapy Program, which will benefit children who have suffered from abuse and neglect.

Leg Up Farm Inc. was awarded $3,866 for an Animal-Assisted Therapy Group. The equine therapy will serve girls ages 7 to 18 who have been victims of sexual abuse or domestic violence.

Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance was awarded $2,000 for its Dad and Me program. It seeks to strengthen the relationship between ex-offenders and their children through bi-monthly activities in the Harrisburg area.

Pinnacle Health Hospitals was awarded $2,500 for Victims of Neglect and Chronic Neglect. It will serve children who are victims of sexual or physical abuse or neglect and provide them with mental health and early intervention services.

Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center of Lebanon and Schuylkill Counties was awarded $4,000 for its Building Healthy Relationships Summer Program, which focuses on children ages 5 to 7 and works to build resiliency skills and helps develop skills to resist bullying.

The Salvation Army was awarded $5,000 for its Bridging the Gap: Abuse Prevention through Empowering Students with Character Education and Life Skills program, a six-week summer session that touches a wide range of subjects from suicide and self-harm prevention to the development of important social skills.

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Fundraiser To Benefit EAHS Alumni June 15, 2017

The Elizabethtown Area High School (EAHS) Class of 1985 will hold a fundraiser on Friday, June 23, at 6 p.m. on the deck at Hennigan's Restaurant, 1990 W. Main St., Mount Joy. The event, which is open to the public, will support classmates Dennis and Kim Funk and their family. Dennis was injured in a motorcycle accident and is now paralyzed. During the event, many gift baskets and gift certificates will be available via a giveaway drawing.

To obtain details, donate a basket, or make a cash donation, call Brenda at 717-799-8335, Cyndi at 717-495-9162, or Jodi at 717-669-0993. Donations may also be brought along to the event.

Prior to the fundraising event, there will be a casual golf outing at Par Line Golf Course, 4545 E. Harrisburg Pike, Elizabethtown, starting at 11 a.m. Contact Jerry at 717-368-4784.

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Autism Center To Feature Artwork June 14, 2017

TrueNorth Wellness Services has announced that the Autism Center on Westminster Avenue in Hanover will feature artwork from individuals who are undergoing art therapy. Benefactors will be able to sponsor the framed artwork in the facility to raise funds for programming and costs at the Autism Center, which is currently under construction. Additionally, supporters may personalize pavers throughout the grounds with a message or an image to be displayed.

To find out more about sponsoring a paver or artwork, readers may contact Melissa Speal at mspeal@truenorthwellness.org by Saturday, July 1.

The forthcoming Autism Center will aim to enhance the learning opportunities and reach of services for the Amazing Kids Club program. The new facility will offer more than 8,000 square feet of additional space and will allow TrueNorth to reopen enrollment for the Amazing Kids Club, eliminating the current wait list. In addition, the new campus will provide access to more outdoor play space, additional play therapy areas indoors, room for more staff offices, and abundant parking for parents, staff and visitors, who currently pay metered parking at the office in downtown Hanover.

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Cancer Survivor Reception Planned June 5, 2017

The 2017 Dillsburg Relay For Life committee will host its annual survivor reception and dinner at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, at Bostic Field at Northern York County High School, 650 S. Baltimore St., Dillsburg. Cancer survivors are invited to attend the dinner and to stay for the survivor and caregiver ceremonies as well as the luminaria lighting.

Cancer survivors may register to participate as a survivor at www.relayforlife.org. Questions may be directed to Jenni Stacknick at 717-432-5862 or SBBblondie@aol.com.

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Chamber Awards Scholarships June 1, 2017

The Southern Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce has awarded $500 scholarships to graduating seniors at Solanco and Lampeter-Strasburg high schools.

The Solanco scholarship recipient is Alec Munro, who will attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he will major in culinary arts and hospitality management.

The Lampeter-Strasburg scholarship recipient is Joshua Leaman, who will attend Millersville University to study business administration.

Scholarships are awarded annually to one student in each district who will pursue a career in business through postsecondary education or by starting their own business. The Southern Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce obtains funding for the scholarships through its annual Shredding Event.

This year's community Shredding Event will be held on Friday, June 9, from 2 to 5 p.m. at G.R. Mitchell Inc., 14 Beaver Valley Pike, Willow Street. Each year, local businesses, organizations and residents are invited to bring their sensitive and confidential paper-based materials for shredding. All shredded material is recycled. Donations are encouraged and are used by the chamber of commerce to fund the annual college scholarships.

For more information, readers may call Keith Kaufman at 717-786-5617.

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Aaron's Acres Holds Golf Tournament June 1, 2017

Aaron's Acres' seventh annual golf tournament raised $85,075 on May 22 at Bent Creek Country Club. The tournament drew 140 golfers and 66 sponsors. Robert Grossman, Aaron's Acres board member, along with Christine Felger, co-chaired the event.

Volunteers and golfers were treated to a barbecue lunch and an Italian dinner buffet following the tournament. After the tournament, golfers listened to the speakers, Patrick Trimble from The Patrick Trimble Team and Melissa Roslevege, a parent of an Aaron's Acres participant. Two hole-in-one vehicles were presented.

This year's tournament will support Aaron's Acres' programs for more than 220 campers during the summer in two counties and more than 60 children and young adults during the school year. Aaron's Acres provides individuals with developmental disabilities year-round therapeutically based age-appropriate recreational programs directed by specifically trained and certified staff. Emotional, educational, and recreational support is offered for individuals ages 5 to 21 and their entire family.

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

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Foundation Announces Scholarships May 31, 2017

The Chester County Community Foundation has announced the creation of the West Chester Vietnam Memorial Scholarship Charitable Fund. The fund was established by local Gold Star Families and Vietnam Veterans in memory of the 11 men from the West Chester area who died in the Vietnam War. Scholarships will be awarded each year in honor of these individuals and to keep alive the memory of their sacrifice. Family members of the first and last men from West Chester killed in the Vietnam War, Cpl. Ernest E. Orendorff Jr., USMC, and Spc. 5 Nathanial Matthews, were instrumental in establishing the fund.

Monies are being raised to fund an endowment fund for the scholarships. It is the founders' goal to raise sufficient funds to be able to award 11 scholarships each year in the name of each individual.

The fund provides scholarships to Bishop Shanahan High School and/or West Chester Area School District High School seniors with family members who are veterans. Applicants are asked to write an essay about their family member who is a veteran and how their service impacted the applicant's life; the essay must also describe how the applicant plans to honor the service of the family veteran in the future. Scholarships will be awarded each year on a competitive basis to a deserving student who maintains a minimum 3.0 grade point average and, in the judgment of the scholarship committee, best demonstrates financial need while exhibiting school and community involvement. The student must plan to attend college or a trade school. For more information on how to apply for this scholarship, interested applicants should contact their guidance counselor or visit www.chescocf.org.

The list of those who died in Vietnam includes 2nd Lt. Gene Smedley McMullen, Punahou Academy, U.S. Marine Corps, killed in action July 16, 1966; Cpl. Ernest E. Orendorff Jr., Bishop Shanahan High School, U.S. Marine Corps, killed in action Aug. 3, 1966; Lanc Cpl. Blaine A. DeBoard Jr., Henderson High School, U.S. Marine Corps, killed in action Dec. 29, 1966; Spc. 4 David C. Stanley, West Chester High School, U.S. Army, killed in action Sept. 14, 1967; Maj. Louis F. Guillermin, U.S. Air Force, West Chester High School, killed in action April 30, 1968; Lance Cpl. Dwight Dawson Johnson, West Chester High School, U.S. Marine Corps, killed in action May 4, 1968; Spc. 5 Paul L. Cosgriff, Bishop Shanahan High School, U.S. Army, killed in action Oct. 21, 1968; Pfc. Thomas Michael Marchand, Bishop Shanahan High School, U.S. Army, killed in action June 12, 1969; Lance Cpl. Eldin G. Berger Jr., Henderson High School, U.S. Marine Corps, killed in action Oct. 9, 1969; 2nd Lt. Robert W. Donahue, Archmere Academy, U.S. Army, killed in action Nov. 28, 1969; and Spc. 5 Nathanial Carl Matthews, Henderson High School, U.S. Army, killed in action Aug. 10, 1971.

The West Chester Vietnam Memorial Scholarship is a fund of the Chester County Community Foundation. For more information or to donate, readers may visit the website. For more information about the scholarship or the foundation, readers may call 610-696-8211.

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Opportunities For Grants Available May 31, 2017

The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) recently announced that several grant opportunities are now available for application. Applicants either must 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 are due Tuesday, Aug. 1, and proposed activities may take place at any time during the grant year of Monday, Jan. 1, to Monday, Dec. 31, 2018. Organizations interested in applying may visit www.tfec.org to learn how to apply and review the grant guidelines.

The Arts for All Partnership is a partnership between TFEC and the Cultural Enrichment Fund. This unique collaborative funding initiative aims to improve the efficiency of arts grant funding and increase the overall impact of grant funding for arts programming in our communities. The Arts for All Partnership is most interested in proposals that will increase access to the arts in the Capital Region through free public performances for families, ticket subsidy programs that fill houses, innovative programs that engage and build young audiences, and educational outreach programs. Priority will be given to programs that increase arts engagement and access among diverse audiences, underserved, and/or economically disadvantaged communities. Nonprofit organizations serving the counties of Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, Perry, and the Dillsburg area and/or located within 20 miles of center city Harrisburg are invited to apply. The maximum grant award is $5,000.

The Franklin County Foundation (FCF), a regional foundation of TFEC conducts an annual competitive grant making program for nonprofit organizations serving Franklin County. FCF seeks to support programs and services that have the potential for the greatest impact on the quality of life and positive outcomes for individuals and families living in Franklin County. In addition, FCF strategic grant making focus is to invest in innovative, collaborative approaches, and solutions to community problems, and to support projects that demonstrate achievable outcomes, the potential for replication as a model program, and plans for sustainability beyond the grant term. Applicant organizations are expected to be aligned with one or more of the following priorities: arts and culture, community development, education, environment, and health and human services. The maximum grant award is $7,000.

The Mechanicsburg Area Foundation (MAF), a regional foundation of TFEC, conducts an annual competitive grant making program for nonprofit organizations serving the Mechanicsburg zip codes of 17050 and 17055. MAF seeks to fund programs and services that have the potential for the greatest impact on the quality of life and positive outcomes for individuals and families living in the Mechanicsburg area. MAF requires that applicant organizations be aligned with one or more of the following funding priorities: arts and culture, community development, education, environment, and health and human services. MAF also welcomes grant applications that address civic interests in Mechanicsburg, hospice services, and degenerative disease services. The maximum grant is $12,000.

The Lenker Fund is a fund of the Greater Harrisburg Foundation (GHF), a regional foundation of TFEC, and serves to benefit residents of Millersburg, a borough of Dauphin County. Eligible projects must benefit the residents of Millersburg, and applicant organizations must be aligned with one or more of the funding areas: arts and culture, community development, education, environment, and health and human services. The GHF Lenker Fund does not utilize a minimum or maximum grant level.

The GHF Our Challenge for Giving grant is a matching grant in which the GHF will award selected organizations $7,500 in matching funds. Organizations with a total operating budget of up to $250,000 will be eligible for a $1 to $1 match. Organizations with a total operating budget between $250,000 and $1 million are eligible for a $3 to $1 match. To raise matching dollars, selected organizations will work to secure gifts from new donors, reengage lapsed donors, and seek increased gifts from current donors. Registered 501(c)(3) organizations eligible to apply will have a total operating budget of $1 million or less and serve one or more counties within the GHF service area of Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, and Perry counties and the Dillsburg area of York County.

The Children's Home Foundation Fund, created in 2017 when The Children's Home Foundation transferred their funds and the fund management to TFEC, will make grants that serve to provide aid to economically disadvantaged children in Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry counties. In accordance with this mission, funding priority will be given in the following areas: human services, especially programs which address needs for food, clothing, and shelter; education; and cultural enrichment and the arts. Funding is restricted to programs serving only disadvantaged children in Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry counties.

The Martin M. Sacks Memorial Fund is for nonprofit organizations providing youth and family-oriented programs in Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry counties. Proposals should be innovative and not duplicate existing programs and services, empower the disadvantaged and underserved, be collaborative in nature, and demonstrate measurable and achievable outcomes.

The mission of The Women's Fund, a special initiative of TFEC, is to broaden the awareness of and response to issues affecting women and girls through the power of collective philanthropy. The Women's Fund will make grants to programs and initiatives that serve women and girls in the South Central PA counties of Dauphin, Cumberland, Franklin, Lebanon, Perry, and the Dillsburg area of York County. To further its mission, the Women's Fund utilizes three Funding Priorities, which seek to support projects that advance the lives of girls and women by providing opportunities to address basic needs or develop economic self-sufficiency, strengthening and/or providing health and safety programs for women and girls, and promoting the education of women and girls.

For more information on TFEC and grant applications, readers may visit www.tfec.org.

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