Applications Sought From Nonprofits January 10, 2019
Applications are currently being accepted from local charitable organizations to be the recipient of the proceeds from Hartz Physical Therapy's 16th annual Fall Blast 5K run/walk. The event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5.
Interested nonprofits must be headquartered in Lancaster County or specifically earmark the funds to benefit Lancaster County initiatives. Applications must be received by Thursday, Feb. 28. More information may be found at www.hartzpt.com.
Tree Decorating Contest Supports Nonprofits January 3, 2019
The Lancaster Barnstormers hosted Christmas Tree Lane at the baseball team's home stadium on the weekends from Nov. 30 through Dec. 23, 2018. The event's purpose was to aid community nonprofits that support vital and worthwhile causes. Ninety-five local businesses and families sponsored trees to raise funds to assist in the effort.
Visitors were invited to vote on their favorite tree or charity by purchasing tickets to place in ballot boxes by each tree. The event raised $19,513, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the nonprofits represented. The Lancaster Barnstormers added $10,000 to this amount, bringing the total raised to nearly $30,000.
The Humankind Foundation tree finished in first place, receiving 4,352 votes. The Humankind Foundation also received an additional $5,000 from the Lancaster Barnstormers, for a total of $9,352. A Tail to Tell Puppy Mill Rescue received 2,265 votes, plus $3,000 from the Lancaster Barnstormers for a total of $5,265. Walking Forward Together received 2,232 votes, plus $2,000 from the Lancaster Barnstormers, for a total of $4,232.
Some of the other trees received more than 1,000 votes or more than 500 votes. Many trees received more than 100 votes.
Beards For Brothers Fundraiser Held January 3, 2019
Lancaster County police departments and first responders joined together in November to support Beards for Brothers. The campaign was organized by Officer Bill Watt of West Hempfield Township.
Each year, officers select a first responder from the community currently battling cancer or an organization providing care to those battling cancer. This year's Beards for Brothers campaign raised money for Officer Wendell Metzler of New Holland Borough Police Department, a 25-year veteran of law enforcement, a volunteer firefighter, and a emergency medical technician. In June, he was diagnosed with stage four melanoma. Metzler has undergone numerous radiation treatments and is currently receiving immunotherapy treatments to battle the disease.
Faulkner Chevrolet employees also joined representatives from the departments, including Akron Borough, Columbia Borough, East Cocalico Township, East Hempfield Township, Elizabethtown Borough, Lititz Borough, Lancaster City, Lancaster County Park Rangers, Manheim Borough, Manor Township, Millersville University, New Holland Borough, Southern Regional, Strasburg Borough, West Hempfield Township, West Lampeter Township, and Quarryville Borough, along with volunteer firefighters, EMS, and dispatchers from Lancaster County, joined to raise funds for Metzler and his family.
For more details, readers may contact Eileen Culp at 717-723-5240 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Organization Wins Christmas Tree Contest December 27, 2018
Humankind, an organization that exists to provide people around the world with clean drinking water, has won the inaugural Christmas Tree Lane Contest at the Lancaster Barnstormers' stadium. The top prize was $5,000.
This holiday season, the ballpark introduced a winter wonderland that included Christmas Tree Lane. Approximately 100 nonprofits were supported by local businesses that each sponsored a tree. Humankind entered the competition thanks to sponsor Brandon Hostetter, a local real estate agent.
Humankind sells bottled water, tea, and lemonade to benefit those without clean drinking water. Its tree featured stuffed elves hugging bottles of its tea and lemonade, as well as images of children around the world drinking clean water provided through the organization's efforts.
The public was encouraged to vote for four weeks, with each vote costing $1. The charities got to keep all their "vote money." Humankind got 4,352 votes - or $4,352 - in addition to the $5,000 top prize, for a total of $9,352. The funds will be used to provide clean water in African and Dominican communities.
Anyone else who wishes to give to Humankind through its nonprofit foundation, Kind Human, may do so by clicking the "Give" button at www.BeHumankind.com.
The Barnstormers plan to run the competition again next holiday season.
Foundation Receives Donation December 20, 2018
The Elizabethtown Area Education Foundation recently received a check for $5,000 from the PMSS Group Inc. The funds will be used to support foundation initiatives such as the educational classroom grant program, agribusiness program at the high school, and career and workforce readiness initiative. The donation was made as part of Pennsylvania's Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program, which helps businesses reduce their state tax liability by investing in their local community.
The foundation's mission is to secure funding and award monies to provide supplemental resources that will enrich and enhance teaching and learning in the Elizabethtown Area School District and help prepare students for the 21st century. Since 2009, the foundation has awarded more than $140,000 to the school district for innovation and unique educational programs in the classroom. In addition, the foundation raised more than $1 million for athletic field improvements and gives out more than $25,000 in student scholarships each year.
Individuals and businesses may support the Elizabethtown Area Education Foundation by making a donation. For more information, readers may contact Troy Portser at 717-367-1521 or email@example.com.
Kroeck To Benefit From Fundraiser December 20, 2018
A fundraiser, "Coffee for Karen," is taking place at Country Table Restaurant, 740 E. Main St., Mount Joy. Through New Year's Eve, Monday, Dec. 31, donations are being accepted at the eatery to benefit Karen Kroeck.
Kroeck has been employed at Country Table for 19 years. Just over four years ago, she was diagnosed with the early stages of vocal cord cancer. Following this diagnosis, the plan was for her to undergo radiation five days a week for six weeks. She went for her radiation appointment every afternoon after her shift at work. She continued to work six days a week at two locations, sometimes working 12 to 14 hours a day. At the beginning of 2015, a PET scan showed that her cancer was gone.
In the summer of 2016, Kroeck noticed that her voice was becoming weary. After a check-up and another PET scan, she learned that the cancer had returned. When subsequent laser surgery was unsuccessful, she had a laryngectomy (removal of the voice box). By December 2016, she was back at work.
In September this year, the cancer returned, and the plan was to remove the tumor and follow up with radiation and chemotherapy. However, in the time since her previous surgery, Kroeck's husband had become ill and retired from work. This resulted in a change in Kroeck's insurance policy; complications due to this change delayed the surgery, and the surgery window passed. Kroeck is now planning to pursue radiation and chemotherapy for her treatment.
STEM Sisters Program Receives Donation December 18, 2018
North Museum of Nature and Science's STEM Sisters Program recently received a donation of $15,000 from National Novelty Brush Company, Lancaster. The STEM Sisters Program aims to inspire, empower, and ignite young women's passions for careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).
The STEM Sisters program offers girls in grades six to 12 an opportunity to meet professional women in STEM careers through engaging programs, hands-on activities, and a variety of site visits. The program's ongoing events aim to encourage and empower young women to explore career options, college prospects, and vocational education across a spectrum of STEM fields. All STEM Sisters events are provided at no cost to girls.
North Museum of Nature and Science is located at 400 College Ave., Lancaster, and is open year-round. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, readers may call the museum at 717-358-3941.
Santa, ASL Interpreter To Visit Venue December 13, 2018
Santa and his friends, including Santa Cow and an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter, at Chick-fil-A East York, 2801 E. Market St., York, on Wednesday, Dec. 19, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The event is open to the public.
Individuals who are deaf and/or hard of hearing, as well as all area children, are invited. In partnership with Easterseals Western and Central Pennsylvania - York Division, the Easterseals Sign Language Interpreting Services will assist Santa in communicating with guests. Children will receive a sweet treat.
For more information, readers may find the event page on Facebook or call 717-757-7171.
Celebrating 100 years of service, Easterseals Western and Central Pennsylvania provides programs and services for people with disabilities or other special needs and their families. For more information, readers may call Easterseals at 717-741-3891.
Fundraiser To Benefit Meals On Wheels December 13, 2018
For the 11th consecutive year, the Meals on Wheels network will benefit from the Share the Love Campaign. Through the network, Golden Connections Community Center provides nutritious meals to seniors in need in the Red Lion and Dallastown area.
Customers who purchase or lease a new Subaru through Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, will be able to have $250 donated to their choice of charities. Through this event, as a member of Meals on Wheels America, the Golden Connections Community Center will receive a share of the donation from Subaru vehicles sold in Pennsylvania.