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Dinner Raises Funds May 23, 2018

The fourth annual West Chester Beefsteak dinner took place last fall at the Chester County Historical Society in West Chester.

One hundred men gathered to enjoy a meal featuring tenderloin steak as well as to raise money for Kasipiti Children's Home, a home for 18 children in Harare, Zimbabwe. Attendees and sponsors donated $13,960 to the cause.

Since it began, the event has raised more than $38,000 for several causes. Details on next year's event will be posted at as they become available.


Yard Sale To Benefit Mission Trip May 23, 2018

Sisters Zoie and Marissa Senn, who are students at Lancaster Bible College, will hold a yard sale at 48 Rabbit Run Lane, Glenmoore, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, June 1, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 2. The sale will feature hundreds of items, including bikes, antiques, quilts, fashions, jewelry, sports gear, electronics, and a canoe.

The rain-or-shine event will raise funds for a mission trip to assist young children, many of whom are orphaned, at the Ngunyo Care Point in eSwatini (previously called Swaziland) in southern Africa.

The young children often walk 3 or more miles daily to the Ngunyo Care Point for care and love, as well as a meal, which is the only meal of the day most of them receive. Zoie and Marissa have prayed for these children since they learned of their plight several years ago through Calvary Chapel Chester Springs (CCCS). This year, CCCS is sending a mission team to work with the children at the Care Point as well as on home visits, and both Zoie and Marissa will be part of the group.

Each member of the team is raising $2,900 to pay for their travel and expenses. All proceeds from the yard sale will benefit the mission trip.


Fundraiser To Benefit Four Diamonds May 23, 2018

Four Diamonds at Hershey Medical Center will benefit from a fundraiser on Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Paradise Park, 6 Londonvale Road, Paradise. Live music by the Allen Fisher Band, Victory Express, and Call of Grace and Levi King will begin at 4 p.m. Children's activities, a bounce house, a candy drop, coed softball and volleyball tournaments, food, entertainment by comedian Amos Fisher and Sons, and a stilt walker will be featured. Attendees are encouraged to bring seating.

Four Diamonds helps families with children who are battling cancer. For more information, call Lydia at 717-701-3645 or Abner at 717-701-1643.


Teeing Off For A Good Cause May 22, 2018

Naaman Center Plans Golf Tournament

A four-person scramble golf tournament to benefit the efforts of Naaman Center, a drug and alcohol treatment facility, will be held on Friday, July 13, at Par Line Golf Course, 4545 E. Harrisburg Pike, Elizabethtown. Registration for the 26th annual event will begin at 7 a.m., and golfers will take to the green with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.

The tournament is open to the first 144 golfers. Interested individuals may email by Friday, June 29, to register. Entry forms may also be downloaded at The entry fee will include green fees and golf cart rental, a continental breakfast and refreshments during the tournament, the opportunity to win one of several prizes, and a complimentary post-tournament luncheon at 1 p.m.

An awards ceremony will take place during the luncheon. Prizes will be awarded to the first- and second-place teams in the open division, as well as in the 65-plus division. Additional prizes will be distributed to the top women's team, the top mixed group, and the top church team with a pastor participating. Plus, this year golfers will have the chance to win a Harley-Davidson motorcycle by sinking a hole-in-one on the hole designated by course officials.

Multiple sponsorship opportunities are available, including a platinum sponsorship level, which will include full-page recognition in the printed materials distributed to each player, a banner display at registration or a hole on the course, and eight golfer entries. To learn more about becoming a sponsor, readers may email

Naaman Center is a nonprofit, faith-based drug and alcohol treatment center that provides intensive outpatient drug and alcohol abuse treatment, including individual, family, and group counseling, along with drug and alcohol evaluations. The organization currently operates treatment centers in Elizabethtown, Elizabethville, Gap, Lancaster, and Quarryville.

As stated on, Naaman Center believes that "all persons are created in the image of God, endowed with dignity and worth. We believe that a relationship with Jesus Christ is necessary for ultimate healing and wholeness. We seek to provide services to persons who desire recovery in a loving relationship where Jesus Christ is the source of their recovery and growth."

To learn more, readers may call 888-243-4316 or visit


Foundation Holds Fundraising Event May 22, 2018

The Foundation for the West York Area School District held its All In For Education community fundraising event on March 16. Proceeds from the event were to benefit students and teachers in the West York Area School District.

The Foundation for the West York Area School District is a volunteer-led organization that serves the students of the West York Area School District by funding programs that otherwise may not be implemented due to budgetary constraints. Most of the money raised by the foundation benefits West York Area School District students through scholarships, teacher grants and technology-enhanced classrooms that are placed throughout schools in the district. For more information, readers may email or visit

A list of all monetary and gift-in-kind donors for this year's fundraising event is available at


Another Cycle Around The Sun May 18, 2018

Solstice Ride To Benefit Horn Farm Center

"This is the fourth year we've put on Cycle the Solstice, and we always try to do something different to keep riders coming back," said organizer Jason Blome. "While we try hard to keep the courses as tame as possible, York County - the river valley especially - is constantly rolling. We often hear how challenging the ride was because of the elevation gain but how beautiful the views were."

This year, Blome and others reworked the routes to cut more of the elevation gain and to keep riders out of traffic. "Having ridden all over York and Lancaster counties, eastern York County is my favorite with the constant undulation of the road to keep you engaged in the ride," said Blome, adding that quaint farms, lush woodlands, and plentiful waterways all help to set the backdrop for a wonderful bike ride.

The fourth annual Cycle the Solstice bicycle ride will take place on Saturday, June 23, with three ride options through York and Lancaster counties. The 20-mile Grower Ride is a no-one-dropped, guided ride led by an experienced bicycle mechanic and is ideal for beginners. The Heirloom 30-Miler will follow a rolling, scenic route that includes four rest stops, while the Metric Century will cover 62 miles in two counties, including trips over the Veterans Memorial Bridge, which spans the Susquehanna River.

Each ride will depart from the Horn Farm Center, 4945 Horn Road, York, in the morning, and riders will complete their chosen loop at their own pace. Road blazes and cue sheets will offer guidance along the way, and refreshments will be provided at several farms and other local food and agriculture businesses. Each loop will conclude at the Horn Farm Center, where a lunch made with fresh, local ingredients will be served to participants.

Proceeds will benefit the Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education, particularly the Woodlands Restoration Project. In 2016, after the Horn Farm Center team achieved its dream of placing the 186-acre property in a farmland preservation program, it began the Woodlands Restoration Project in a six-acre woodland and stream corridor on its grounds. According to, the project is designed to provide ecological, economic, and educational yields through the replacement of overly abundant vining species with a greater diversity of useful plant species.

"Cycle the Solstice is a great opportunity for riders to support local agricultural education and check out the riding eastern York has to offer," summarized Blome.

Riders of all ages and ability levels are invited to register for the route of their choice at

Folks may pick up registration packets from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 22, at the Horn Farm Center or beginning at 6:30 a.m. on the day of the event. Start times will vary depending on the distance. A light breakfast and coffee will be provided for participants during registration, in addition to the post-ride meal.

Past years' participants have traveled from all over Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., to support the event.

To learn more, readers may visit or call 717-757-6441.


Luncheon Raises Funds For AHA May 17, 2018

More than 200 women, along with a few men, from across Lancaster County gathered at Bent Creek Country Club in Lititz on May 4 for the 2018 Lancaster Go Red for Women Luncheon to raise awareness and funds to support the fight against heart disease in women. The event raised more than $129,000 for the American Heart Association (AHA).

Gale Zorian of Lancaster shared her story of surviving two strokes on April 30, 2017. Zorian had just returned from a brief trip to Florida, where she and her husband had just purchased their second home. She went out with friends to celebrate at a restaurant in downtown Lancaster. After a sudden neck movement, she instantly knew something was wrong. She lost her balance and control of her movements and then experienced a headache. She realized she could not lift her left arm or speak without slurring. Her friends called 911, and while they never suspected Zorian was having a stroke, the emergency medical technicians were able to diagnose her stroke immediately and alerted the hospital.

Zorian was diagnosed with having two cerebellum strokes within 15 minutes of each other, but she survived. Slowly, with the help of intense therapy, she recovered the ability to walk and speak. While doctors could not determine for certain what led to Zorian's stroke, she believes that the extended time she spent sitting on an airplane and at her desk working in the days leading up to her stroke may have contributed to the formation of a blood clot.

Zorian mentioned the acronym F.A.S.T., which is a reminder of the signs of a stroke and a step for action: facial drooping, arm weakness, speech difficulty, and time to call 911. She encouraged people to call 911 as soon as they recognize the signs.

Dr. Venkatachalam Mangeshkumar, founder of Neurology & Stroke Associates, PC, in Lititz, and Dr. David Scher, cardiologist with The Heart Group of Lancaster General Health, provided keynote lectures on stroke and heart health.

Guests who arrived early also had the opportunity to browse the silent auction, receive a mini manicure provided by students of the Lancaster School of Cosmetology, be inspired for summer styles by roaming models wearing the latest fashions from local boutiques, and receive a free blood pressure screening from UPMC Pinnacle.

Funds include $26,000 that was raised at the Go Red for Women Pursenalities Party on Oct. 16, 2017. Those funds were used to provide a donation of Infant CPR Anytime Kits to the Women's Place at UPMC Pinnacle Lititz. Additional funds raised will support the AHA's Go Red for Women campaign and mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

The event was co-chaired by Marilyn Berger, real estate agent with Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty, and Dr. Dana Weinstein, cardiologist with The Heart Group of Lancaster General Health.


Teenager Creates Pet Bandanas, Treats To Benefit Charities May 16, 2018

Zoë Fontecchio, 14, has combined her love of animals and her crafting talent to form Ziggy's Biscuits, a nonprofit that benefits local animal rescues through the sale of dog and cat bandanas and pet treats.

Zoë, the daughter of Tia Malkin-Fontecchio and Adam Fontecchio of Downingtown, started Ziggy's Biscuits in November 2017 as an eighth-grader at Downingtown Middle School (DMS). Since its formation, the charity has raised more than $1,000 for the Brandywine Valley SPCA (BVSPCA) and Tails of the Free Animal Rescue. The charity is named for Zoe's dog, Ziggy, a Shiba Inu.

"I love making cute bandanas for my cats and dog, and I thought it would be a good way to raise money for these great organizations," Zoë explained. "I also love to bake dog treats, and I sell those as well."

Zoë created a Facebook page and website to sell the bandanas, and she also sets up stands at various events. Most recently, she was a vendor at Walk for Paws, where she raised more than $300 for the BVSPCA. "We divide it equally between the two rescues, but when we did the event for the SPCA, we gave everything to them," she said, noting that she also recently sold bandanas at the DMS Art Show.

Zoë works on making the bandanas every day. She explained that the bandanas, which come in sizes from extra-small to extra-large, slip right over the pets' collars. This design means the bandanas are secure and less likely to be lost.

"I have paper patterns so I can cut out the different sizes and I sew them all the time," she said.

Each handmade bandana features a different theme or message such as "You Had Me at Woof" and "I Woof You!" Some patterns feature local sports teams. The items can be personalized for an added fee.

Zoë's mother has created a spreadsheet to allow Zoë to keep track of her sales and donations. "Not everyone has a dog or cat, so people are welcome to donate material," noted Tia.

Zoë also donates her time to Tails of the Free Animal Rescue. Tails of the Free does not operate an animal shelter. Rather, the organization consists of a group of individuals who foster cats and dogs that are waiting for permanent placement.

In addition, the organization places cats that are available for adoption at Pet Valu stores throughout the area. Volunteers help with the daily care of the cats living at the pet stores. "I clean the cages, and I take care of the cats at the Exton Pet Valu," Zoë said. "We've got two cats from Tails of the Free and one from the SPCA in the past year."

Zoë's goal is to become a veterinarian and start an animal rescue of her own. "(People) are always amazed at how old I am," she said. "They say that it's not often that people do something like this at (my) age."

This summer, Zoë will design a bandana with lemons on it so that her friend Sydnie Bayles can sell them at her Alex's Lemonade Stand with half of the proceeds to benefit the pediatric cancer charity. Both girls will attend the Downingtown STEM Academy in the fall.

For more information about purchasing a bandana or donating to Ziggy's Biscuits, readers may visit or or email


Brandon's Battle To Host Fifth Annual Golf Tournament May 16, 2018

To put a smile on the faces of children and families affected by pediatric cancer and to help them forget about that disease for even just a minute is what drives the volunteers of Brandon's Battle Foundation as they create goodie bags for pediatric cancer patients at the Penn State Children's Hospital - Hershey and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central PA.

The fifth annual Brandon's Battle golf tournament, which benefits the foundation's efforts to help pediatric cancer patients and their families, is set to take place on Saturday, June 23, at Cool Creek Golf Club, 300 Cool Creek Road, Wrightsville. Check-in will begin at 7 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.

Teams of four players may register for the tournament by emailing to request a form. The deadline to register is Friday, June 8. Individuals who do not have a team can be placed with other golfers. The cost will include green fees and the use of a cart, a catered lunch, beverages, and the opportunity to win a variety of door prizes.

The event will also include the opportunity to purchase tickets for a chance to win baskets in giveaway drawings. "We are putting together some amazing baskets with the theme of five since this is our fifth year," shared organizer Lisa Culp. "So far we have baskets for five different golf courses, five things pertaining to the Philadelphia area, and five things pertaining to the Hershey area." Experiences and items related to the areas of Pittsburgh, Baltimore/Fells Point, and Rehoboth Beach/Dover are still in the works.

The Brandon's Battle Foundation was established in honor of Eastern York High School alumnus Brandon Hohenadel. Brandon, the son of Lisa Culp and Brad Hohenadel, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in December 2012 and underwent a bone marrow transplant in March 2014. After nearly four years of undergoing treatments and battling cancer, Brandon passed away on Oct. 11, 2016.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available for the tournament. Interested businesses and individuals may contact Culp at 717-332-3401 or


"Run Ride Walk" Planned May 16, 2018

Together Initiative invites the community to take part in the Together Run Ride Walk during Intercourse Heritage Days on Saturday, June 16, with events from 6:30 a.m. to noon at Intercourse Community Park, 3730 Old Philadelphia Pike, Gordonville. Medals will be awarded, and awards will be given to children's fun run participants.

This year's event, in partnership with The Factory Ministries and Pequea Valley Education Foundation, will offer opportunities to run, ride, and walk to provide educational support and cutting-edge advancements for the Pequea Valley School District.

Participants who register by Sunday, June 3, will receive a T-shirt. For more information, to register, or to volunteer, visit and click on Together Run Ride Walk.


5K To Benefit Four Diamonds May 16, 2018

Four Diamonds will benefit from the Dreams for Life 5K Run/Walk, slated for Saturday, June 2, at 9 a.m. at Paradise Park, 6 Londonvale Road, Paradise. The purpose of the event is to support children with cancer.

Awards will be presented shortly after all runners have finished. Children are invited.

Race-day registration will be available. To preregister, visit prior to the closing of online registration at midnight on Wednesday, May 30. For details, including additional ways to register, call John Stoltzfus at 717-617-4252.

The 5K is part of an all-day event featuring coed volleyball and softball tournaments, children's activities, crafts, an auction, and an evening gospel concert. Food and beverages will be available all day.


Student's Charity Feeds Babies In Need May 15, 2018

Even though Nate Hyson is only 10 years old, he has already developed a heart for charity. With the help of his parents, Sarah and Chris Hyson, Nate founded a nonprofit organization, Baby Food Fund (BFF), which provides baby food to area families in need through a partnership with the Chester County Food Bank (CCFB).

Nate, a fourth-grader at West Bradford Elementary School, talked to his class about BFF on April 20, which was designated as Global Youth Service Day (GYSD), an annual event that recognizes youths who improve their communities through service. Now in its 30th year, GYSD is celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide.

As part of his talk on GYSD, Nate discussed the formation of his charity and invited students and staff members to donate to a baby food drive, which will run at the school through Friday, May 18.

The idea for BFF began when Nate was just 6 years old. After seeing a food collection box at a local restaurant, he created one of his own from set of magnetic building blocks.

"He saw the donation boxes for Philabundance, and he would put change in them if he had some," Sarah explained. "After he made his own donation box, he collected about $30 from friends and neighbors. Once he collected that money, his dad and I helped him figure out how he was going to (distribute) the money."

Nate said he decided to use that initial intake of donations to focus on helping babies. "One of the reasons is because they are too helpless to feed themselves," he said.

"His other reason was he thought everyone deserves an equal start in life," added Sarah.

The family used the money to purchase baby food, which they delivered to the Community Youth and Women's Alliance (CYWA) in Coatesville. "As we were coming out, a mother was bringing her baby in and Nate saw who he was helping and that cinched it for him," Sarah said. "He talked about how he wanted to help more people."

Nate started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to form a nonprofit organization incorporated in the state of Pennsylvania. "We had to make sure that it was done right so people could get tax deductions for their donations," Sarah noted.

After getting the legal nonprofit status in place, they contacted Larry Welsh, director of the CCFB. "Nate went over and met him, and he gave Nate a tour of the facility," Sarah explained. "We arranged that we would drop off baby food whenever we could, and they would distribute it around the county."

Since its founding in 2014, BFF has provided more than 1,000 pounds of baby food to local families through food drives at Nate's church and school. BFF also sponsors fundraisers at local eateries, using the donations to purchase baby food, baby cereal and formula.

After doing research, Sarah determined that the charity would need to collect 120,000 pounds of food a year to feed babies born in food-insecure households in Chester County. Nate reviewed these statistics with his class during the talk on April 20.

Nate also announced that BFF was awarded a GYSD grant through the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation. "We got a grant for $400, which will make things a little bit better this year," Nate said.

Nate, who plays the cello and the saxophone in the school orchestra and band, said he plans to become a scientist when he grows up, but he also intends to continue his efforts to feed babies in need.

"For now, we are doing this, but Nate has aspirations," Sarah said. "He would like to expand and someday help all the babies in the state and in the country and, if he has his way, eventually the whole world. He wants to get rid of infant hunger altogether."

For more information about BFF or to make a donation, readers may visit or


Ride, After-Party To Support Breast Cancer Survivors May 15, 2018

As a five-year breast cancer survivor, Bainbridge resident Kim McCoy is all too familiar with the way that medical expenses continue to add up after insurance coverage ends. "A survivor has another chapter in an unwritten book that changes almost daily," McCoy said. "Some things change temporarily; others are permanent changes that have to be adjusted and accepted."

Treatment side effects like neuropathy, lymphedema, heat flashes, scars, fatigue, pain, swelling, hair loss, and depression can linger for a while or last forever. Regardless of the intensity or duration, McCoy points out that these things are often not covered by insurance or other resources. "These (things) are very real to us survivors," she shared. "We live with these ailments on a daily basis."

Last year she and several friends held a fundraiser to help raise funds to support breast cancer survivors. This year, they are teaming up with the Perfect Match Boutique, a durable medical equipment supplier that specializes in meeting the needs of women after breast surgery. "Most hospitals in the area send patients to Perfect Match," McCoy explained. The money raised at this year's fundraiser will go directly toward helping breast cancer survivors who need assistance purchasing items such as compression sleeves, prosthetics and other medical garments and accessories for after surgery and treatments.

"Our goal is to help as many breast cancer survivors with the financial burdens of this disease," McCoy said. "My friends pulled me through all of this. They wouldn't let me hunker down in a hole."

The second annual Ta Ta Rebels Breast Cancer Survivors Event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 7. The event will include a motorcycle ride, with registration from noon to 2 p.m. at the Elizabethtown American Legion Post 329, 240 N. Hanover St., Elizabethtown. Maps will be provided for the approximately one-hour ride, which will conclude at the Delaches Fishing Association, 5450 Elizabethtown Road, Palmyra. "It's going to be a 'follow the dot' ride, at your own pace," said McCoy.

The after-party will kick off at 2 p.m. at the Delaches Fishing Association and will feature food, music, door prizes, and giveaways. There is a set donation per person to participate in the ride or event.

Meatballs, chicken corn soup, hot dogs and sauerkraut, and homemade side dishes and desserts will be on the menu, and a local business will donate beverages. Bainbridge resident Ernie "Only" Kresge will serve as disc jockey for the day. Door prizes and giveaway items will include electronics, oil changes and motorcycle inspections, jewelry, golf passes, themed baskets, and plenty of gift cards to area restaurants, attractions, and businesses.

Ta Ta Rebels T-shirts will also be available to purchase at the event.

In the case of rain, the motorcycle ride will be canceled but the after-party will still be held. Preregistration for either component is not necessary. Individuals who cannot attend the ride and event but would still like to make a financial contribution to the Ta Ta Rebels Breast Cancer Survivors Fund may email or call 717-368-2586 for more information.


School Holds Mini-THON May 11, 2018

Columbia High School sponsored its fourth biannual Mini-THON on April 14. Inspired by J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels, the theme of this year's event was "The Cure Is Just a Spell Away!"

At the beginning of the year, the students started raising money, working toward a goal of $10,000 to be raised by the day of the event. Students sold diamond placards, raised money on their individual donor drive, and solicited donations from local businesses, teachers, family, and friends. The school also sold T-shirts featuring several designs created by a former student.

On the day of the Mini-THON, a local Four Diamonds family was in attendance and participated in the festivities. The family's second-grade son has leukemia. The students organized many different indoor and outdoor activities, including water balloon and egg tosses, scavenger hunts, and human Hungry, Hungry Hippo. The event ended with a glow dance hour. The final fundraising amount reveal showed the students had raised more than $10,286 for Four Diamonds.


Fundraiser To Support CMN May 10, 2018

Team Kisses for Kaeden will hold its 14th annual Children's Miracle Network (CMN) auction fundraiser on Saturday, June 2, at Walmart, 2034 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kisses for Kaeden team members will sell hot dogs, walking tacos, baked goods, soft pretzels, and beverages by donation. Barnstormers mascot Cylo and several superhero characters will be on hand, and face painting and balloon animals will be available.

More than 50 filled baskets will be up for bids during the event. The baskets will include gift cards, tickets, and items from local restaurants, stores, theme parks, and corporate offices. Tickets for prize baskets will be sold. Winners will be selected at 4:30 p.m. and do not need to be present.

All proceeds will benefit the Children's Miracle Network, which has supported Kaeden. In 2002, Kaeden arrived at Penn State Children's Hospital via Life Lion Critical transport and received lifesaving open heart surgery. He has received additional surgeries since then. Since his first birthday, his family has raised thousands of dollars for the Children's Miracle Network.

For more information, readers may visit For tickets for prize baskets, interested individuals may call 717-871-9779.


DVGRR Posts Fundraising Campaign May 9, 2018

Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue (DVGRR) is participating in Michelson Found Animals' fifth annual Saving Pets Challenge, which will take place through Thursday, May 31. The online fundraising campaign is designed to support animal welfare organizations focused on reducing euthanasia. A total of $150,000 in grants will be awarded, with the organization that raises the most money receiving the $50,000 grand prize.

DVGRR has been nationally recognized for its Project Home Life (PHL) program, designed to help retired breeder dogs transition from life in a commercial breeding operation to life in a typical household. Its Lynne Glennon Sanctuary for Senior Goldens and Puppy Mill Survivors on DVGRR's Golden Gateway campus provides the necessary environment for this rehabilitation to occur.

During the Saving Pets Challenge, in addition to making donations, supporters may create their own fundraising pages for the organizations they are supporting. To donate to DVGRR during the Saving Pets Challenge, readers may visit Anyone interested in helping to fundraise for DVGRR may visit the page and click on Join the Team.

The Michelson Found Animals Foundation supports pet owners and animal welfare organizations. Its mission is to save pets and enrich lives.


Concert To Support Food Pantry May 3, 2018

Friends of The Caring Cupboard and Voices of the Valley have announced a joint choral concert on Sunday, May 20, at 7 p.m. in Lutz Recital Hall at the Blair Music Center on the campus of Lebanon Valley College, 101 N. College Ave., Annville. Prelude music will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The choirs of Palmyra Church of the Brethren, St. Mark Lutheran Church, Palmyra First United Methodist Church, and Church of the Holy Spirit will join Voices of the Valley. The inaugural event will feature selections from each choir with a final piece performed jointly by all choirs. Harpist Betsy Chapman will also present prelude and offering music.

A freewill offering and food drive will benefit The Caring Cupboard, which aids families in the Palmyra and Annville-Cleona areas. The community food pantry is located at 131 N. Railroad St., Palmyra.

For more information, readers may contact Jeff Clouser, event coordinator and music ministry director at Palmyra Church of the Brethren, at


Benefit Concert Scheduled May 3, 2018

A sacred benefit concert will take place on Saturday, May 12, at 7 p.m. at Lampeter United Methodist Church, 1101 Village Road, Lampeter, to support the adoption fund of Lillian and Eric Domitrovits. The McCoy Boys, Brad Willwerth, Sophie and Eva Strawser, Nancy Snyder, and others will perform. Snyder is Lillian's mother.

The concert will be followed by light refreshments and a bake sale.

For more information, readers may email or To donate, readers may find "Eric and Lil's Adoption Fund" on


CVEF Issues Spring Grants May 2, 2018

More than $45,000 in innovative academic resources and programs are coming to students in Conestoga Valley (CV) School District thanks to the Conestoga Valley Education Foundation (CVEF). CVEF is a registered nonprofit organization committed to enhancing CV schools by funding innovative programs and classroom strategies.

In the spring 2018 cycle, projects receiving CVEF grant awards include Lego Makerspace in a Brownstown elementary classroom to enhance students' STEM skills; Summer Leadership Summit and IMPACT Team, providing seed money for a homegrown organization at the high school designed to develop peer leaders and school role models; slow motion video camera at the middle school; Kindergarten Connection Kits, which help to develop kits containing children's books and conversation starters to send home to families of kindergarten students; Fritz Flexible Seating to provide flexible seating options for students in two classrooms at Fritz Elementary; MOVING Trauma-Impacted Students Toward Success for flexible seating for students in the high school's Alternative Learning Program; Collaborative/Flexible Space HS Classroom to create a multidimensional space at the high school that promotes movement and activity in a high school classroom; Order in the Court to provide money for mock trial students to receive advanced training; United in Song: Gospel Music Spirituals and World Music with a Purpose to fund a workshop for choir students to learn hands-on about various genres of music that serve the purpose of uniting people; Learning Beyond the Classroom Walls, which funds virtual reality headsets for students to step into places, roles, and experiences that were previously impossible or inaccessible; Cricut for Counselors to fund a Cricut Maker machine and accessories, which can be used to create individualized break/group passes, assessment materials, bulletin boards, and creative group materials; iPad Grant for GHMS Physical Education to provide iPads for middle school physical education classes; and TV Studio Upgrade to provide funds to upgrade equipment at the middle school TV studio.

Since its inception, CVEF has provided nearly $1 million in grants to teachers, administrators, and students. Grant awards are announced in the fall and spring. For more information about CVEF, readers may visit


Volleyball Team Holds Fundraiser May 2, 2018

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