ExtraOrdinary Give Is Back for Round Two
The first ever 24-hour online giving campaign sponsored last November by the Lancaster County Community Foundation was so successful that the Foundation is doing it again. And so is COBYS.
This year's ExtraOrdinary Give is slated for Friday, November 22. More than 200 non-profit organizations are expected to participate. The logistics are the same as last year. With credit card in hand, donors simply need to visit extragive.org between 12:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on Friday, November 22, choose COBYS from the list of organizations, and give a donation of $25 or more.
The Foundation, with help from Presenting Sponsor Rodgers & Associates, is promoting the event, providing prize money, and offering a $250,000 "stretch fund" that will be divided proportionately among participating organizations. The more our donors give, the greater COBYS' proportion of the $250,000. For example, if a total of $2 million dollars is given to all organizations and COBYS receives $40,000 from its donors, we would receive two percent or $5,000 of the match.
On top of the match, an additional $50,000 will be awarded in prizes. During certain time periods, individual donations will be randomly selected. If a COBYS donor is chosen, the foundation will add $1,000 to that donation. The more individual donations COBYS receives, the greater our chance of winning one or more prizes. And the organization with the most donors receives a $2,500 Grand Prize. Click here to learn more about prizes and the best times to give.
Last year COBYS had the fifth highest donation amount out of 192 organizations and earned a $1,000 Early Bird prize for being the second organization to reach 50 "unique donors." COBYS' net income for the day exceeded $32,500. (A unique donor is one person giving with one credit card. A husband and wife can give two "unique donations" if they use two different credit cards. The greater the number of donations, the greater COBYS' chance of winning prizes.)
"Now that people know how this works," says COBYS Director of Development Don Fitzkee, "we think the competition will be tougher this year. If we're going to win the Early Bird prize this time around, it probably will take some night owls to give at the stroke of midnight."
Please mark your calendar, tell your friends, and remember COBYS on November 22. Additional information will be mailed to COBYS supporters with a year-end appeal letter in mid-November.
If you know a potential donor who doesn't have access to a computer or just have questions about the ExtraOrdinary Give, contact Don Fitzkee at 717-656-6580 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adoption Coalition to Sponsor Free Movie Night at Penn Cinema
The Adoption Coalition of Lancaster County (ACLC) is sponsoring a free Movie Night at Penn Cinema on Thursday, November 7, beginning at 6 p.m. Held in conjunction with National Adoption Awareness Month, the event aims to help raise awareness of the need for foster and adoptive families. Attendees can view one of two adoption-themed movies-Annie or Despicable Me. The event is open to the public and registration is not required.
The King's Strings, a string ensemble comprised of John & Cindy King, of Mechanicsburg, and their seven children (two of whom are adopted) will perform in the lobby, beginning at 6 p.m., prior to the movie showings at 6:30. According to their website (www.thekingsstrings.com), the group has been described as "the von Trapp family with instruments." They play a variety of music from classical to folk, worship to Broadway, fiddle and beyond.
Annie is the classic musical of an orphan girl who is adopted by the wealthy Daddy Warbucks.
Despicable Me is a 2010 computer-animated comedy featuring supervillain Felonious Gru (voice by Steve Carell) and the three little girls he adopts and falls in love with.
A WJTL radio personality will remote broadcast from the event. Penn Cinema has provided free promotion. Vouchers for free popcorn for each family will be available at the ACLC informational table, along with an opportunity to win door prizes. Movie tickets are available while supplies last, with Despicable Me showing in two theaters and Annie in one.
The Adoption Coalition of Lancaster County is a group of agencies affiliated with the Statewide Adoption & Permanency Network (SWAN), who share the goal of finding permanent adoptive homes for children in the state foster care system. Members of the ACLC include Bethanna, Bethany Christian Services, COBYS Family Services, Families United Network, Pressley Ridge, and the Lancaster County Children & Youth Social Service Agency.
Each member agency and the Pennsylvania Adoption Exchange will have staff available to provide information about foster care and adoption before and during the movies. The King family also will be available to talk to interested community members about their adoption experience.
Penn Cinema is located at 541 Airport Road, Lititz. For more information, contact ACLC member Mary Sourber at email@example.com or 717-656-6580.
Bike & Hike Giving Crests $100,000 Mark
With more than a little help from our friends COBYS Family Services achieved a milestone by having its first $100,000 fundraiser ever. More than 538 people participated in the September 8 COBYS Bike & Hike at Lititz Church of the Brethren, raising more than $104,000 (as of mid-September) to support COBYS ministries.
In comparison, last year's Bike & Hike attracted 514 participants and raised more than $94,500.
"We are thrilled with the results," said COBYS Director of Development Don Fitzkee. "We have been working toward this goal the past few years, and people really pitched in to make it happen. It was great to be able to announce that we exceeded our goal on the day of the event."
The income growth was across the board. Income from business sponsors grew by nearly $5,000 over the previous year. And income from participants and their sponsors also reached a record high.
"Some of our perennial big fundraisers raised more than usual," said Don, "and some of our regular strong givers gave even more. We also picked up some new participants, who gave really generously."
A record number of walkers and bicyclists participated, including eight-year old Noah Fitz and 82-year-old Eunice Hess, both of whom biked 25 miles. One regular motorcycle rider was released from the hospital at 3:30 p.m. and stopped at the event on his way home to drop off his sponsor sheet so his total could be counted. One walk participant struck up a conversation with an onlooker and collected a small donation from him on the spot.
Top fundraisers for the day were Mari Cunningham, $6,000; Londa Brandt, $5,715; Floy Fitzkee, $5,625; and Lucy de Perrot, $3,000. A total of 16 participants gave or raised $1,000 or more. Grand Prize donors for top fundraisers were Good's Store, Bob Neff Tours, Conestoga Tours, and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store & Restaurant.
Eight church youth groups participated, five of which raised $1,500 or more to earn a gym and pizza night. Top youth groups were Midway COB, $4,030; Little Swatara COB, $3,793; Chiques COB junior high, $2,440; Middle Creek COB, $1,750; and Mohrsville COB, $1,500.25.
Eighty businesses supported the event, donating cash, grand prizes, door prizes, and supplies. They are listed below.
WJTL FM 90.3 radio broadcast live from the event and Lancaster newspapers covered it. You can read the Lancaster Newspapers article here.
A photo gallery is available on our Facebook page...click here to view the gallery.
The Bike & Hike is held the Sunday after Labor Day. Next year's event is slated for September 7.
Special Thanks to These Business Supporters
Speedwell Construction, Inc.
The Hess Agency
The Wenger Foundation
Bomberger's Store Inc.
Gibbel Kraybill & Hess, LLP
Hawthorne Electric, Inc.
Scenic Ridge Construction
TCW Computer Systems, Inc.
The Furniture Doctor, Inc.
Young & Young, Attorneys at Law
Grand Prize Donors
Bob Neff Tours, Inc.
Cracker Barrel Restaurant
Lititz Church of the Brethren
Elizabethtown BIC Church
Balsbaugh Insurance Agency, Inc.
Cassel Signs, Inc.
Curt's Cleaning Service
Ebersole Brothers Construction, Inc.
Flyway Excavating, Inc.
Hess Tent Rental
John M. Hess Auction Service, Inc.
Keller Brothers Auto Company
Landis Locksmith Service
M.S. Horst, Inc.
Martin Paving, Inc.
Merchandiser Advertiser PennySaver
Penway Construction, Inc.
Permanent Impressions Concrete
S & A Paint & Repair
Simon Lever LLP
Spence Funeral & Cremation Svcs., Inc.
The Country Store
Umbergers of Fontana
White's Harley Davidson Sales, Inc.
WJTL FM 90.3
Crystal Springs Water Company
Four Seasons Produce
Hess Brothers Fruit Company
John Herr's Village Market
Turkey Hill Dairy, Inc.
AMERIgreen Energy, Inc.
Blue Ridge Communications
Country Table Restaurant, Bakery, Deli
Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
Esbenshade's Garden Centers
Halo Branded Solutions-Rick Bridgman
Harrisburg Senators Baseball Club
Kauffman's Bar-B-Q Restaurant
Keystone Pretzel Bakery
Leisure Lanes of Lancaster
Miller's Christmas Tree Farm
Penway Construction, Inc.
Pepperidge Farm, Inc.
Prince Street Cafe
Reist Popcorn Company
S. Clyde Weaver, Inc.
Signature Custom Cabinetry, Inc.
Stauffers of Kissel Hill
The Castle Roller Skating, Inc.
The Country Store
Turkey Hill Dairy, Inc.
Umbergers of Fontana
Village Greens Golf Inc.
Wenger's of Myerstown Motorcycle Sales
Zig's Bakery & Deli LLC
Video Clip Highlights Adoption as Life-Affirming Option
The politically charged debate surrounding abortion sometimes drives people apart, but adoption is a life-affirming option that people of diverse perspectives can embrace.
COBYS Family Services has prepared a three-minute video segment for churches to use in their observance of Sanctity of Life Sunday on January 20. The video highlights the story of Beverly, who received free birth parent counseling through COBYS and chose to make an adoption plan for her soon-to-be-born daughter.
View and download the video here. Or check it out on Facebook and help spread the word to your friends. DVDs also are available for congregations who request them.
For more information about the video, contact Janae Allgire or to learn more about COBYS Birth Parent Counseling services, please contact Melanie Swansfeger or go to http://www.cobys.org/birth_parent_counseling.
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